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U11 Crosskeys 21 vs 12 Wodson A Wormley 10th March 2018

We finished in the top half of the league before the split last week, so there are going to be only hard games with the top teams in the division for today’s match and the remaining matches. Today we managed to edge every quarter by one or two goals apart from the third quarter, which we won by 4 goals. It is always gratifying to see the team produce quality play moving down the court with a good passing rhythm, to prompt the coach to shout on several occasions, “That’s good netball, Keys!” The more I am able to shout it, the better I like it. That’s the sort of coaching I like to do.
It is hard to pick out one player who figured in these purple patches, even Wodson had difficulty choosing a POM – they came up with two — Izabelle and Rhiana, deservedly. But I want to mention Gracie because despite not playing in her favoured position, she showed how a good WA can make all the difference. By timing her dodging, when marked by two players at Centre Pass, or collecting in mid-court, or positioning on the circle to support the shooter, she managed on many occasions to get into space, or drive into the ball, so that the passer of the ball had an easy job to do. That’s good play in a nutshell. If all our squad would/could do that consistently, we would progress in leaps and bounds.
It is important also to recognise the role that our defenders play in digging out our results. Well done Kacey, Juliette, Darcey and Ruby. I finish with congratulations to Hannah, who plays consistently well for us, whose school team finished about 12th yesterday in the Nationals for independent schools.
Thanks to all the parents for their support.
Our Squad: Kacey(capt), Juliette, Darcey, Ruby, Izabelle, Gracie(vice capt.), Hannah and Rihana.
Thanks to Kayla for her excellent umpiring for which she was commended by a member of the organising committee, and for her spot of coaching for our attack last Wednesday at training.
Points noted from the match for practice in next training session:
• Fitness
• Passing: timing, movement and thinking — for every session until we get it!

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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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U12 Crosskeys 21 vs 18 Wodson B Wormley March 10th 2018

We went on court with our starting 7, with the idea of an interchangeable axis of GD, C, GA of Keira, Daisy and Georgia, and a squad of 9. We certainly held our own in the first quarter, but we thought it was important to see if stability in the team would give them a chance to bed in, so we remained unchanged for the second and we made it 11-9 at half-time. During that time, there were times when our movement and passing through the court, were a joy to watch, but we lack consistency. With that consistency, this game would have been over by half time . Good to see the link up in attack with Tia at WA and Olivia at GS holding up the GK to take the overhead ball, and the axis working well for Daisy and Keira to switch at half-time. Keira’s opponent, In my view their best player, moved with her to C, and Keira fought hard to contain her throughout the match. An interesting duel.
The second half, with Yasmin and Bronte slotting in the wing positions, and Georgia and Maddie working tirelessly to keep us ahead, was a real slog. The ball changed sides too many times: a testament to our doggedness, our ability to mark tight and harry and chase our opponents, and a pointer to the need for us to practise the basic elements of making and receiving a pass that helps us to retain possession. If we focus more on retaining possession then we would not have to work so hard to defend and chase the game. We deserved our win 21-18.

POM selected by Wodson: Kezzia; well deserved in her first outing for Crosskeys.

Squad: Olivia, Georgia(capt), Tia, Bronte, Keira, Daisy, Yasmin, Maddie, and Kezzia.

Coach’s POM: Olivia – most improved player.
Thanks to Jackie for umpiring, Kacey and parents for supporting and appreciating the game.
Points for training: All aspects of successful passing.

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U11 Crosskeys vs Cheshunt Wormley 24th February 2018

Making a good start in a match sometimes makes the difference, and so it proved in this highly contested match. We put on a new lineup, a strong starting 7 and kept them on for 2 quarters without change. The scores for the 4 quarters: 7-2, 3-2, 3-3, 2-4. There is no doubt that our defensive starting trio of Kacey, Juliette and Beki held the Cheshunt attack out, with Kacey managing consistent interceptions against a much taller shooter. The key highlight improvement for our team was a consistent fluency in movement and passing through the court, that we have been striving for this season, that enabled our shooters Rhiana and Hannah to score aided in the final third by Gracie and Izabelle. Darcy and Ruby slotted into the attacking and defensive wing positions in the second half, as Cheshunt came back at us.We faded a bit particularly in the fourth quarter and our lead fluctuated between 7 and 4 goals, but the match remained pretty even as we continued to fight for every ball. Cheshunt are rated as one of the top teams in our division, so this was indeed a good win. Scoreline 16-11.

Thanks to all the parents for their support on a really cold but fine day. Praise is due for all the squad’s efforts.
POM voted by Cheshunt Squad: Izabelle — in her second match for Crosskeys.
Our Squad: Kacey(capt), Juliette, Becky, Izabelle, Gracie, Hannah, Rihanna, Darcey and Ruby.
Thanks to Joan and Louise for coaching and encouraging the squad (and me!), and to Pat for her even-handed, cheerful, umpiring.

Points noted from the match for discussion and practice in the next training session:
It has to be:
• How to manage and overcome feelings of frustration and disappointment when many decisions go against you and maintain your game and your determination to play your best in a game. Juliette showed us in the 3rd quarter how she was prepared to play on — and give her best, despite real frustration with decisions given against her.
• Passing: timing, movement and thinking — for every session!

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U11 Crosskeys vs Wodson B Wormley 10th February

U11 Squad

The best matches are where you win by the skin of your teeth; the next best when you draw; and the next best, though full of ‘if onlys’, is when you lose by 1. In all these cases be prepared for the inevitable bumpy ride.
Don’t count your chickens. A nailbiter in the end. Don’t stop trying. Those three phrases go a long way towards summing up this match. We needed to win this match to have a chance of finishing in the top half of the draw when the league splits into two for the rest of this season. We could be forgiven for feeling slightly confident since we beat Wodson A earlier in the season, and started this match against their B side brightly with two goals up in a matter of minutes. Our scoring slowed down in the first quarter but our opponents were not scoring either. In the second and third quarters we lost our way, Wodson B upped their game and ended up 5 goals in front.
In the final quarter we had a mountain to climb. But we started in the break with, ‘at least let us try to win this quarter’. And so it started. We slowly hauled them back and eventually with just a few minutes to go we drew level at 10-10. Then they scored again. Were we going to be eclipsed as we were earlier in the game. After many turnarounds, it seemed ages before we managed an equaliser. Then it was, ‘can we hang on for the draw’ or ‘do we go for the win’. But I have never seen this squad give up, and in the last knockings we got the winner. Final Score 12-11.
Thanks to all the parents for their tireless support. Praise is due for all the squad’s efforts,
Kacey(capt), Juliette, Darcey, Becky, Ruby, Izabelle, Gracie and Rihanna.
Opposing team vote for best player: Becky
And a special mention for Izabelle’s fine debut in the squad, Rihanna’s exceptional shooting and Becky’s managing of the midcourt. Thanks to Joan for coaching and encouraging the squad, Louise for coaching in our training sessions, and to Pat for her cheerful umpiring.
Points noted from the match for practice in next training session:
It has to be:
• Passing: timing, movement and thinking
• Fitness
• How to manage physicality in a game

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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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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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