U11 Crosskeys vs Hatfield Wormley 12th May 2018

Crosskeys U11 Squad May 2018

Last Match of the Winter Season against top of the league. A big ask for this squad and they gave me plenty of answers, courtesy of Hatfield.
In the first half we played some quality netball against a very good side. Our movement and passing were consistent against a well-drilled defence and our defending circle pair, Kacey and Juliette, held out against an attack that is used to scoring a lot of goals. The game was fast and furious and we managed to create enough shooting chances to think we were players in this game. Many shouts of, “This is good Netball Keys”. Half-time score 10-5 to Hatfield.
The second half was a different story. It seems to me that our commitment to all-out effort, particularly when chasing determinedly to regain possession in the first half, had tired us out and we were making too many unforced errors. Tiredness and losing possession in passing and receiving go hand in hand; the more possession we lost the more we were chasing the opponents and the game and the more tired we got. The exception to this was our defence who steadfastly managed to break down many of the attacks. They are certainly one of the strongest defences in the league.
We have to find a way to improve our fitness and so retain a better level of possession. An interesting statistic supplied by Tom was that we scored 5 goals directly from 15 centre passes overall; but 4 goals from 8 centre passes in the first half. Something to work on here! Final score 25-7 to Hatfield.
As usual, the matches against the top teams give us food for thought, and point us in the direction to become one of the very top teams. In the winter league, we have finished at least 4th out of 10 and possibly 3rd depending on other results. A commendable result for our first full league adventure.
POM voted by Hatfield Squad: Kacey — deservedly for double-figure interceptions in the defending circle.
Coach POM: The whole squad for their sticking with it and determination not to give up.
Our Squad: Kacey(capt), Juliette, Becky, Izabelle, Millie, Gracie(vice-capt) and Rhiana.
Thanks to Joan for coaching on the day, Louise for her coaching on Wednesdays, to Carol for her help, and Tom for recording some stats for me on the match, which will help with coaching next week and to Pat for umpiring. What a team! Thanks to all the parents for their support on the day. Praise is due for all the team’s spirited efforts.
Points noted from the match for attention and practice in next training session:
• Fitness
• Timing and movement to drive into the pass to retain that elusive possession
• Coordination in the attacking circle

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