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U11 Crosskeys vs Turnford C 13th January 2018 at Wormley 27–2

A new term and time to try out some new combinations of players in the squad today in a match, after introducing some ideas in training on Wednesday. Congratulations to Gracie, Rihanna, Juliette, Becky and Ruby, who played well in positions, outside their comfort zone, that they hadn’t played in before in a match. No doubt you all have your favourite position, but it is important as a squad player to be skilled in, and able to turn in a good performance in more than one position. And so appreciated by your coaches when trying to get the best out of this squad.
The experimenting really paid off, both for the attack and especially for the defence, turning in scorelines of 8-0, 7-0 in the first two quarters. In the second half, Turnford re-grouped as we expected and perhaps we rested on our laurels a bit, and we shaved the 3rd quarter 3-2. But we re-grouped too, in the final quarter, and we have come to rely upon this squad putting in the extra work and effort needed when called upon, and we finished the quarter 9-0 with a final scoreline 27-2.
POM voted by Turnford: Gracie
A special mention from our coaches for Ruby and Rihanna, who turned in sterling performances.
Thanks to all the parents for their support on a cold morning, to our coaches Louise and Joan, who make the difference for the squad, to our umpire Pat, and to our sporting opponents Turnford.
Our squad: Kacey(capt), Juliette, Darcey, Becky, Ruby, Hannah, Gracie and Rihanna.
Points noted from the match for practice in next training session:
1. Tactics and skills Rebounds in the circle, movement and feeding into the circle – Louise.
2. Skills Passing: timing and thinking – Dave
3. Tactics Centre-pass – Dave

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U11 Crosskeys vs Saffron Hawks B 25th November 2017

Still early days, but encouragement for me today to see the team put into practice some of the basics in passing and movement. It was Millie’s first match and the team congratulated her on a good performance. Also it was a day when Ruby and Darcey our two wing players really got more involved in the game than before and showed signs of coming into their own. Keep at it you two. Hannah and Rhiana had a bonanza as a new pairing as shooters particularly in the first half with a scoreline of 19-1.
But the resolute defending of the rotating GD/GK combination of Kacey and Juliette proved effective in denying the Saffron shooters any real chance of establishing a platform of scoring opportunities, and provided a reliable springboard for our attacks. We do, and I think we can, rely on this squad to put everything into their game and it gave us a fine winning performance in each quarter. Final Score 31-5.
POM voted by Saffron Hawks Hannah who played GA for us for the first time.
Thanks to all the parents for their support on a very frosty morning, to Marion for standing in as umpire, and offering some good tips in the breaks, and to our sporting opponents Saffron Hawks.
Our squad: Kacey, Juliette, Darcey, Millie, Ruby, Hannah, and Rhiana.
Points for practice:
1. Using channels in mid court particularly.
2. Driving in to receive a pass instead of standing still and flag waving.

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Crosskeys hold England Netball CAPS Award: Gold Standard

Crosskeys Netball Club Harlow was formed as an “open” friendly club in 1980 with ambition to do well. In those essentials we haven’t changed. New players of all ages, from 6 years old, and all abilities are welcome to join us. We provide coaching, umpiring and competitive games for our U10′s right through to the senior first team and the opportunity for talented girls to go forward for Satellite and Academy Trials.

England Netball Gold CAPS Award: Gold Standard

England Netball criteria for the Gold Award:
  • covers the areas of safeguarding and protecting children and young people,
  • higher quality coaching and officiating, leadership and volunteering opportunities for young people,
  • competition, talent development, sports equity and good management.

Crosskeys is the only Netball Club in Harlow and West Essex to hold England CAPS Award at Gold Standard and has held and renewed the award since 2003.
These awards recognise Crosskeys Netball Club Harlow as being committed to providing a safe, effective and child friendly environment in the promotion of excellence in netball. We are affiliated to the England Netball Association. We are also rated at Gold Standard within the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme. Come and join us.
Ring Pat on 01279 834625 or click here

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Dates for your diary

4th October 2017 : Macmillan evening

20th October 2017 : Senior AGM ( Provisional date)

1st November 2017 : Quiz Night

28th January 2018 : High 5′s Tournament

29th April 2018 : Junior Tournament

22nd June 2018 : Senior Presentation Evening

24th June :  SENIOR TRIALS

29th June 2018 : Junior Presentation Evening

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Ice Skating at Van Hages

Just a few enjoying themselves at Van Hages Ice Rink on 13th December 2017

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Macmillan Coffee morning

Thank you to Crosskeys from Macmillan for supporting their annual coffee morning.

As you can see we raised £122.80. Amazing. A big Thank you to everyone that supported this very worthwhile charity.

I think we did fantastically well.

Lisa Best

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Olivia Curaba: Jack Petchey Award Winner, November 2017

This young player has seen her Mum battle against illness not once , but twice recently.  Olivia has show real character in not allowing this to overshadow her life and to carry on as normal.  This entails attending training every week and being available for matches.  She helped to organise a Shooting Competition, to raise money for a young girl with brain cancer.  Olivia looked after her when she came to join in the netball evening.  She has also taken part in Breast Cancer Charity walks and comes into club an hour early to help with coaching our younger players.

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Charlotte Barton: Jack Petchey Award Winner, October 2017

Charlotte joined Crosskeys approximately 11years ago. She has become a very talented player, and has a regular place in one of our County League teams.  In addition to her netball she has spent time working at a Homeless Shelter and serving meals in a Soup Kitchen.  Last year, she went to America and volunteered at a Wildlife Centre, helping to nurse baby birds, snapping turtles and sunburnt crocodiles, back to good health.  She has also been a County and Regional swimmer and a County Hockey player.  She is now at University, but returns regularly to train and play matches.

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U11 Crosskeys vs Hatfield 11th November 2017 Wormley

Our third match in the league, and our first defeat at the hands of a good squad from Hatfield. How did our squad play in the game? They fought tirelessly, in the rain, which bodes well for the future. In the first two quarters, we were very much in contention with the scores for the first two quarters set at 5-2 and 4-3 to Hatfield. We played some good flowing end to end netball, particularly in the second quarter, and our weakness was evidently losing possession — in the main through hurried or badly judged passing. What we tried very hard to do was defend every ball, resulting in good repossession from our defensive quartet of Rebecca, Kacey, Juliette and Hannah.
In the second half, losing possession so often meant that we were literally chasing our opponents and the game. Fighting so hard to regain the ball, and to get the ball into the attacking circle, which we did many times, in the last quarter, particularly, against a much taller defence duo, resulted in a tiredness that affected our scoring level and our attack groupings of Rhiana, Gracie, Ruby, Darcey and Hannah. Well done the Keys Squad for effort and spirit. Final score 8-18 to Hatfield.
POM voted by Hatfield: Hannah who excelled, in particular, in the number of interceptions she made.
Thanks to all the parents for their support, to Jackie for umpiring and to our opponents Hatfield for a hard fought game, and for giving us the opportunity to see what we need to improve in our netball.
Our squad: Rebecca, Kacey, Juliette, Hannah, Ruby, Gracie, Rhiana and Darcey.
Points for practice:
1. Finding ways to keep possession so that we don’t have to chase the game so much. The art of passing!
2. Raise our fitness for netball levels.

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U11 Crosskeys vs Turnford B at Wormley October 28th 2017

Early days. We always knew a match against any Turnford side wasn’t going to be easy, especially in only our second match of the season. And so it proved. Welcome to Gracie and Lily for their first match. In the first quarter, we were finding our feet, and getting used to playing with a changed squad. It was tough: their defence was strong and our main difficulty was with our service to the attack of Rhiana and Gracie although we managed a number of shots from distance in the circle; and we were under a lot of pressure from their attack, but Kacey and Rebecca in our defensive circle broke their attacks down and we held them at bay for 0-0 scoreline. In the second quarter a change of line up with Kacey at GD gave us more fluency out of defence and in mid-court. We had better chances in attack and at last scored. 1-0 to the Keys!
In the second half our mid-court of Hannah, Darcey, Ruby and Lily got more of a flow going and our confidence picked up. In the third quarter, they came back and equalised, but by this time we had upped our game scored 3 more and finished the quarter with a 4-2 scoreline. In the final quarter, we had more shots at goal from both shooters, still from a distance but with more success and we ran out winners in all three final quarters. Result 6-3.
POM voted by Turnford: Hannah who showed outstanding drive in all the skills of Center.
Thanks to all the parents for their support, to Pat for umpiring and to our opponents Turnford for a hard game.
Our squad Kacey, Rebecca, Darcey, Hannah, Ruby, Lily, Gracie and Rhiana.
Points for practice:
1. Feeding into and in the circle, to be able to shoot closer to the stick.
2. Making our passes count, by driving into a pass to receive it.

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U12 Crosskeys vs Asco Wormley 14th October 2017

What a lovely day for netball. And what a great squad, Crosskeys U12s, and a pleasure for me to step in and coach in today’s match. The players in the squad are a credit to their parents and to the coaches who train them on a Wednesday.
We started off brightly enough but were 2 goals down at the end of the first quarter. At the start of 2nd quarter we drew level looking more consistent in our play. Unfortunately an injury to Daisy, which took some time off court to treat, disrupted our game and we were 5 down at half time. The squad agreed that we could win the next quarter and resolved to do so. Moving Daisy to Center and Keira to GD improved both our possession and delivery in the final third, where Olivia and Georgia combined really well in the shooting circle, and strengthened our interceptions in defence. We won the third quarter by 1. Morale was up and the final quarter was a really competitive one, which again we won by 3 — only to lose the match by 1 goal. Score 22-23.
To lose a match by 1 goal means it was close, but there’s always a keen sense of ‘if only’ with a tight result like that. As a squad, I think we could answer that with the following improvements:
1. Fight more to win the loose balls – grab it.
2. After making interceptions or winning the ball back, keep possession with a simple pass. Don’t throw it away.
3. Try not to be too fed up and distracted from your game, when decisions, however unfair they seem to you, go against you.
Squad: Olivia, Georgia, Bronte, Keira, Casey, Daisy, Maddie, Zhara.
POM voted by Asco: Keira, who I thought was outstanding in anticipating and making quality interceptions.
Thanks to Jackie for umpiring, Kacey for playing up, and parents for supporting the squad and me, and appreciating the game.

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