by Ruth Hobbs
We were grateful to have another match so soon after our poor performance last week, we needed to move onwards and upwards - fast! We felt that training had been going well, we just needed to find our rhythm. As mentioned before, consistency was the key for this match.
We practiced our warm up and this allowed us to feel prepared from the first whistle. The first few minutes went on centre and then we got our turnover. Alice and Emily in defence working hard as always. LJ was marking the WA out of the game and our confidence as a team was growing. Melksham had an impressive long ball into the D, which was almost impossible to mark but we just needed to keep scoring off our centre passes and we knew the turnovers would come. Kala was fab at C, linking up well with myself (WA) and Zoe (GA). We had practiced the pocket ball and this was playing dividends. Sinem and Zoe had some beautiful pop balls to each other, my favourite being a no look back line pass from Sinem, which took even Zoe by surprise, but she collected and (of course) scored. We went into the first break 6 goals up - it was still anyone’s game.
It was decided to keep the team the same for the next quarter and this turned out to be a good decision. Players were getting to know each other and partnerships were blossoming. Alice and Emily were putting pressure on the ball coming in and being rewarded with interceptions. Alice made a beautiful interception that deserved a goal, but unfortunately I tried to force the ball into the D and I definitely deserve a forfeit for that one!!! Half time approached and we were riding high, 9 goals up.
Alice came off looking a different colour, so we allowed her some space and Kala moved back to GD with Emily GK. Hanna put on the WD bib with Kelly at WA and Elaine at GS and we were ready to go again. Our centre passes seemed easier than last week and we got the ball out well. We pressured their centre pass, with it often coming back to their defensive players. The pocket ball was working well and our shooters must have been at 90% success rate. Whilst we weren’t perfect, this now felt like our game to lose and we were NOT going to let that happen! We were changing direction and stage 2 defending all down the court, great to see that we were putting into practice, what we had worked on at training. The team stayed the same for the final quarter and we were looking to close out the game and keep working hard.
Credit to Melksham, it was a lovely game to play, competitive but clean. Both teams praising each other for good play and putting their hands up when they knew their indiscretions. Also credit to our supporters on the sideline, great to hear shouts of encouragement and words of advice and support in the breaks.
Final score: 51:36 to Pewsey
POM: Kala (or Redhead!) well deserved, she did not stop and put pressure on every Melksham pass. Switching from C to GD seamlessly.
Players player: Zoë. As mentioned, excellent shooting, with one long bomb in particular that was b-e-a-utiful! She followed her shots and was always available for the centre pass.
by Ruth Hobbs
Thursday 4th November vs Holt Royals
We took to the court full of nerves, our first game in 20 months was the cause for much excitement but players were worried; 15 minutes quarters, would we survive?! Having never played with each other except at training, we all entered with trepidation and nerves in our bellies. We started well and some great turnovers in defence gave us a healthy lead. Sinem and Zoe linking up well in attack to capitalise on great defensive play all down the court. LJ’s stage 2 defending was to be admired. But then Holt started coming back at us and we only led by one going into the first break. Moving into the second quarter and Elaine came on at GS, she got to work immediately, and her shooting was as consistent as ever. Zoe played beautifully and Hanna stepped into the WA position with fire and passion. We got some excellent interceptions……. And then threw them away. Holt had changed their attacking force and came at us with renewed effort. We clumsily allowed our lead to slip away and we needed to clear the mechanism and refocus, half time could not come soon enough. Special mention to Kala who played her socks off at C. We knew we needed to calm it down and just play our game, but somehow, we just didn’t know what our game was?
We started the 3rd quarter strongly and it went on centre pass. We needed 4 turnovers…… and then Holt got the first turnover and it felt like a mountain to climb, but we fought on. When we got it right it was superb, but my oh my, did we get it wrong on more than one occasion. In the break, everyone was saying the same thing “it’s a strange game” no one really knew what was happening, we were better than this. Credit to Holt, they ran everywhere and were strong in every position, the only thing I could offer was that we were frantic but also delaying the pass……. A strange combination indeed! Alice and Emily were putting up a good battle in defence and Kelly was picking up the GA admirably. Going into the 4th quarter, we still felt we could pull it back if only we could find our game….. but unfortunately, we couldn’t. We fought well and tried hard….. maybe too hard. Lessons were learnt and things to work on. From my perspective we needed to give the ball earlier and have confidence in our passing. The delayed pass allowed for too many interceptions. But we also did not change direction AT ALL!!!! Something to work on for next week. Tactically I got it wrong, I will rectify this I promise. Too many changes were made at the break and consistency is the key for next week.
Opponents’ player of the match: Elaine. Well-deserved and I don’t think she missed a shot. Great vision for rebounds and knows how to hold her space well.
Players player: Kala. Thoroughly deserved. She always gives 100% and when moved to GD (her preferred position) she was a menace.
Our brand new Kukri kit shop is LIVE. The link is below. A big thanks to Hanna and Lauren for doing this.
We're back to training! After months of small group fitness sessions we were able to increase our group sizes and include match play in our training from Sept 2nd following England Netball guidelines. We're so happy to be back on court and playing netball. Surprisingly the new COVID-19 modifications feel very normal.
We even had our first friendly match against KSM, finishing with a win of 31-12. We're enjoying playing competitively again. If you'd like to arrange a friendly against one of our teams let us know.
Tickets are now available for our Mamma Mia! themed ball which is supporting Julia's House Children's Hospices. Tickets are £45 per person and include a welcome drink, 3 course meal and live band. For more information please contact us at email@example.com
Introducing our monthly newsletter with everything you need to know about Pewsey Netball Club. Full article available to download below.
As voted by our members this year our Charity of the Year will be Julia's House. We will be raising money for them through our Charity Netball Tournament and our Ball.
Today twelve of us went to a Technical Training Session with Team Bath's Kim Commane. We mainly focused on defence but also looked at centre passes and back line throws as well as lots of ball skills. Plenty to practice on Wednesday. We look forward to supporting Kim and Team Bath at future Superleague games.
In support of England Netball's Couch to Court campaign this January Pewsey Netball Club are offering all new members two free sessions starting Wednesday 8th January. We are a friendly and sociable club with a mix of ages (16+) and abilities who are always looking for new members.
If you would like more information or to let us know you're coming please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page (www.facebook.com/pewseyvalenetball). We look forward to welcoming you.
Saturday 7th December was the Pewsey Vale Rugby Ball. We had one table of netball ladies but many more were there too. A great night was had by all with a few of us feeling slightly worse for wear on Sunday! We're really looking forward to hosting our own ball on Saturday June 20th now, the planning has started already. More information to come in the new year.
Weds 11th December was our annual Christmas Tournament. We had an amazing turn out with 4 teams made up of all Pewsey players competing in a round robin versatility tournament. We started the night with an obstacle race warm up. All teams then played each other. We finished off the evening with minced pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate but not before announcing the fancy dress winners. As always the fancy dress was very well contested but there could be only one winner...Jodie!! Closely followed by Sarah and Nicole.
You may have seen England Netball announced their new campaign 'Couch to Court' this week which will start in January. It aims to remove some of the barriers stopping women from playing netball and encourage them to stay playing.
We're supporting this campaign and as always welcome new players of any ability. More information will come after Christmas, link below for more information.
Training starts again Weds 8th Jan at 7.30pm. In the meantime eat and drink plenty!
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year all.