Crosskeys U12 White vs Cheshunt Wormley 17th May 2018

What a difference a week makes. And finding a formation that works on court in match-play. We could be forgiven for thinking that every club in this league is a top club, and our previous experience of Cheshunt is that they are. But our newly formed squad of four weeks turned in a barnstorming performance in the first quarter, which left me at a loss for words except repeating enthusiastically, “That’s good netball Keys”. Our attack of Ruby C and Grace in the circle and Mileina WA and Kacey C simply just clicked. And our defence of Molly GK, Elani GD, Kiara WD and Kacey stopped the Cheshunt attack in their tracks. The squad swept into a 9-2 lead!
However, after the start of the second quarter, with an unchanged formation, we were thrown by Ruby C having to come off. We quickly rearranged the formation to put Mileina in at GS (a position she hadn’t played before) and Ruby Mc came on as WA. We held on in the second quarter to draw 1-1.
What was going to happen? After a long talk at half-time this squad, with Ruby C in support on the sidelines, showed their spirit, raised their game and turned in a sterling performance to win the third quarter 12-2. And although we faded in the final quarter — we shaved it 4-3 — the squad turned in an outstanding overall performance to secure their first league win ever: 26-8!
POM voted by the Cheshunt Squad: Kacey— deservedly for seeming to be everywhere in the right place, demonstrating so consistently how to get into good space to receive a pass.
Coach POM: Ruby C for her good heart in dealing with her disappointment and cheering the squad on, and Grace for turning in an outstanding performance at GA. Congratulations to all the squad for throwing themselves into this game with good heart, commitment and fighting spirit. We are not the finished netball article by a long way but we are showing some signs of winning at life. Let’s roll some more.
Our Squad: Grace(capt), Ruby Mc, Ruby C, Mileina, Kacey, Kiara, Elani and Molly.
Thanks to Cam for jumping in to help with coaching on Wednesday, you made a real difference, please come back again any time – we had 30+ girls on two courts — Jackie for her even-handed, safe umpiring and her encouraging words at half-time. And the parents for supporting this new rookie squad and celebrating with them their hard-earned, first win.
Points noted from the match for next training session:
• Celebrating team spirit.
• Passing: timing, movement and thinking — for every session.

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