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Newton end their season with victory over close rivals

 

FOR the last home match of the season Newton played Kestrels who were sitting just below them in the league table so both teams were keen for a win.

The team talk at the start of the match was for tight man to man marking which the whole team stuck to giving Kestrels little chance to settle into their game. This resulted in Newton having a 17 -5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

This tight defensive play carried through to the second quarter, particularly in the Newton defensive circle where numerous interceptions were made, making it difficult for the Kestrels to get the ball to goal. Final score in this quarter was 27-13.

A change to the centre court & shooting circle in the third quarter brought an increase in speed & drive through the court which Kestrels couldn’t match & Newton increased their lead further finishing 40-22.

Kestrels stepped up their play in the last quarter but Newton consolidated their position with some patient play, strong defence & great drives into the circle finishing the game with a deserved 50-31 win.
Squad: GS – Ali, GA – Katie, WA – Kathy, C – Niki, WD – Amelia, GD – Rachel, GK – Sasha, Subs – Gill & Jan

Player of the Match Nominated by Home Team:- KatiePlayer of the Match Nominated by Away Team:- Katie

Wyndham v Sapphires
54:44

Wyndham secured a hard fought 10 goal victory against table toppers, Sapphires, in their penultimate game of the season.

It was the home team that had the advantage in the first quarter, forcing turnovers and quashing the Sapphires attack. Wyndham looked sharp in their goal third and were able to convert interceptions into goals thanks to some on point shooting. At quarter time the score stood at 12:9 to Wyndham.

A rejuvenated Sapphires came back fighting in quarter two, defending with intent and showing why they are still the team to beat in Division 1 of the County Competition. However, composure from the attacking line up, saw Wyndham cling on by the narrowest of margins; 22:21 at half time.

Wyndham rang the changes in quarter three and brought energy and determination into their defensive play, being rewarded (almost immediately) following the restart of play, with an interception by the attacking quartet. A gap began to develop, and for the first time in the game, Sapphire seemed unable to respond, despite a valiant effort by their circle defence. By three quarter time, the score stood at 40:33.

It was going to take a supreme effort for Sapphires to claw back the growing deficit in the last quarter; Wyndham controlled the game throughout the court and Wyndham GS had found her range with conviction. Not even tired legs and a late flurry of goals could deter the Yeovil team from winning and they finished with a well deserved 54:44 victory.

Players player went to ‘interception queen’ and WD, Zoe and Opposition Player went to the indomitable Emily at GA.

Wyndham now face club rivals, Hendford, in their final game of the season.

Reckleford v Rubies
44-48

Reckleford sponsored by Stalbridge Linen played Rubies at Home.

Winning the first centre pass Reckleford started strong and scored the first goal. Great play across the whole court saw turnover after turnover and a good lead for Reckleford ending the quarter 14-10.

Adamant to win, Reckleford started their the second quarter with determination. The shooters were on fire and fought for every rebound allowing us to keep the lead. Rubies attack upped their game and closed the gap by two, ending the second quarter 26-24.

There were a few changes made across the whole court at half time and some fresh legs for Reckleford. Attack continued with their amazing feeds into the circle, and defence worked tirelessly to stop the over head passes. Goal for goal, neither side were going to give up!

Reckleford started the final quarter 2 ahead. With everything to play for Rubies put pressure on every ball forcing errors and gaining turnovers. Rubies took the lead for the first time and won the game 48-44.

Both players player and oppositions player went to Katie W.

Aldon v Kites
33-30

Today's game saw Aldon take on Kites in the dome at Westfield. With the home advantage on their side, Aldon took to the court calm and had a strong first quarter. Some good passages of play through the court allowed Aldon to score some good shots however, Kites came out strong and the quarter finished 10-8 to kites.

In the second quarter, Aldon held their own and some good passages of play and use of the court in the centre third meant more attempts at goal for Aldon. However kites stayed strong and consistent despite Aldon's incredible defence and the quarter ended 15-18 to kites.

With some changes on court, Aldon came out determined to pull it back in this quarter. Some good feeds into the circle and lovely defence saw Aldon finish the quarter 24-24.

Going into the last quarter equal saw both sides fighting for every ball. Both teams were so determined and capable of taking the win. The play on court from Aldon was consistent and strong and both sides were evenly matched. However, kites managed to pull ahead and the game ended 30-33 in their favour.

PP- Emily
OP-Vicki


U14 Regional
Yeovil v St Agnes
17-19

For the final match of the season Yeovil welcomed St Agnes from Cornwall. The game started in a fast and furious fashion with both teams taking a while to settle into their play. Unfortunately the opposition did that first and led 2-6 at quarter time.

Some tactical changes were made for the second quarter and that had an immediate affect on the possession on court with Yeovil causing several turnovers and interceptions leading to a run of goals and the score narrowing to 7-9 at half time.

Further changes by both sides saw a very tight quarter with neither side willing to give anything up. There were some fantastic interceptions in the defensive end with the ball then passed down the court in a fast and accurate style finishing with a goal. The quarter was tied and the scores moved on to 12-14.

The final quarter was very exciting with Yeovil playing in a determined way piling on the pressure and taking the lead. With the supporters cheering, applauding, ooing and aahing, the girls tried to maintain the lead but it wasn't to be. St Agnes pulled it back and ended up winning by 2 goals.

Final score Yeovil 17 - 19 St Agnes.

This was a fantastic game to watch with end to end play, thrilling goals being scored and a real display of how much Yeovil have improved over the season. Well done everyone!


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