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- Congratulations U16′s: through to next round of Nationals
- Congratulations U14′s: through to next round of Nationals
- Jennifer Johnson: Jack Petchey Award Winner, October 2015
- Click on “East Region League” and “Herts County League” in left hand sidebar for current Results, Fixtures and League Tables
- *** THREE UP AND COMING UMPIRES ?? ***
- Hanae Sbai: Jack Petchey Award Winner, September 2015
- Well done Lauren Ayers
- Tegan at Jo Harten Workshop
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- CONGRATULATIONS U16′s: Runners Up at Colchester Tournament
- ** CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JACK PETCHEY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS **
Click on “East Region League” and “Herts County League” in left hand sidebar for current Results, Fixtures and League Tables
More GREAT news for another Crosskeys junior. This time it’s AMBER MOORE. Sally Close (Herts County Coach) has selected Amber to play at a Regional Academy Match Day on November 29th in St Albans. This is a fantastic achievement as only 3 girls were chosen from a squad of 27. Many congratulations from us all Amber . We are VERY proud of you.
You couldn’t ask for worst playing conditions than what the Crosskeys players had to endure today. Even so, I can’t put into words how proud I am of each and every player that contributed to us getting through to the next round in March 2016.
Our first game was against Abbey Flyers and although we seem to have lead in our boots we won 10-4. A great start to the tournament which gave all players a boost for the next game. Kardale was our next game and again we played exceptionally well winning 20-1.
Our best game was no doubt against Turnford. We played out of our skins keeping the passes short. We gained more possession in our shooting circle but alas the God of Winds blew harder and the ball just flew over the top of the net. At half time Turnford were up 1-0 and with changes they were still feeling the pressure. The final score was 4-3 with Turnford scoring in the last minutes of the game. Hatfield were next to play and took us by surprise with a very tall GS, who dominated their game, thankfully we keep tight and won 9-8. Two games left to go and we were up against Hornets. Hornets were an amazing team, a team that had played together for a long time, so their movement down the court was very impressive. Read More
Great day at National Qualifying tournament today for the U14s – 6 teams in the mix, top 2 qualify to the regional round next year. The team gelled really well in every game, despite the gale force winds making any kind of fast play (and shooting!) all but impossible. Kate H and Ellie Vears getting some great interceptions in defence, Yasmin fighting for the ball and supporting well up through the court, Lily L having a storming day at both wings, especially WD which she doesn’t usually play. Megan Williams solid in the C glueing it all together, some lovely feeding by Verity and great shooting as ever by Olivia Burn and Nada. Scores for the first 4 games were: 7:2 vs Abbey Flyers; 6:2 vs Hornets; 7:4 to Hatfield and 14:2 vs ASCO. We then just had Turnford in our last game.. We held it together and were only down 3:2 at half time, but then they kicked up a gear and we lost heart a bit, ending the game 13-4 (we will just forget about that one girls!) we came 2nd overall therefore qualifying for the next round. Very proud coach girls well done!
Jennifer has been with Crosskeys some four years. She has a great personality, always smiling and is kind and helpful to her peers. She gives 100% at all times, both in training and matches, and her standard of play continually improves. Her Coach says that she is a pleasure to have in the squad.
On Sunday 25th October, Emma-Louise, Jess and I decided to participate in an umpiring course in preparation to become fully qualified umpires. The course we took was for beginners which is optional before the C Award. We travelled to Chelmsford to engage in this course run by Maureen Lee and Dawn Bullimore for beginner umpires over 12 years of age.
Beginning the day we were asked to pair up with somebody we were unfamiliar with, then we had to ask them a few questions before reporting back to the class. Clear communication and confidence are important in umpiring therefore throughout the day we were involved in more exercises similar to this one. Also we had to find out what makes a good umpire and what an umpire needs in mixed groups, again before feeding back to the class. Although the majority of the morning was theory, it was broken up with practical activities that highlighted the correct terminology of infringements. Learning how much the umpire had to do before, during and after a match amazed us. However this did not put us off as the course was very interesting particularly because it was very active. Read More
Hanae has, over the last 12 months, excelled in her netball. She has secured a place in Herts Netball Academy, Mavericks Development Squad, Barking Abbey Netball Academy and been recognised by her coaches as an outstanding defender. At Club level she has gone from playing U 14’s through to Herts League Division 2 (promoted to Div 1). All in her first year of playing senior netball. Now Crosskeys East Region team are eyeing up Hanae as their next first team GK/GD. Hanae is a truly dedicated netball player (sometimes leaving Harlow at 5.30 am to train twice a week at Barking), she is dependable, friendly and hard working. To cap it all, she is also a very good student, achieving 3 GCSE passes, taken a year early, with outstanding passes.
We are SO proud of Lauren Ayers who has battled back (almost to full fitness) after a horrific injury (January 2015) and has just heard she has once again been offered a place in East Essex Academy as well as being recommended by her coach there to attend some REGIONAL training sessions!
What a truly fantastic achievement Lauren? You have shown such determination and really deserve this recognition. You are now virtually “back where you were” before the accident. Now go and show them what you have!
On Sunday the 11th of October I attended a Jo Harten netball workshop at Barking Abbey School from 12-2:30pm. I went to the centre court training session that covered WA, WD and C. There were around 30 girls there, mainly from Turnford, AP Saints and Manor. Most girls were around 11 years old, but there were a few who were my age (14) and above.
The training session started with a warm-up which consisted of:
Running a few lengths of the court
Pairing up and running short sprints and side steps to overtake each other
Splitting into two teams to play a game of passing. Each team needed to bounce the ball 10 times between them without being tagged by the other team. From this warm up drill I learnt to try find the space.
In pairs we did passing drills – chest, left hand, right hand, overhead, round waist and throw with 1 hand, low underhand knee high pass, backwards overhead and bounce pass (trying the catch with eyes closed).
After the warm-up there were six drills: Read More
Another one of our girls has gained a place in their new Uni netball teams. This time it’s ZOE GRIFFITH who text me this evening to say she had secured a 2nd team place! Can’t tell you how proud we are of you Zoe. Congratulations/Well Done from everyone at Crosskeys .Well deserved. A 2nd team spot when the University runs 6 teams is excellent.