Match Reports: Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Amesbury School
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U11 C Netball v Cranleigh
Score: Lost 9-16
Players player: Ruby
Person of the match: Isabella

The girls knew that they would have to play some of their best netball in order to get a result against Cranleigh. Cranleigh settled into their rhythm quicker than Amesbury and flew into a 6-2 lead by the end of the 1st quarter.
Their scoring continued to flow but Amesbury had other ideas. They started to move better, string more passes together, and grow in confidence as a result.
Despite being 14-4 down going into the last quarter, the Amesbury girls did not lose heart and started to stage a comeback. Some excellent intercepting at one end was converted into goals by some accurate shooting at the other. Unfortunately, there was not enough time left in the match for the girls to come closer to Cranleigh’s score and the match finished 16-9 to Cranleigh.
Report by: Miss Toynton.


U11A Team Netball v Cranleigh

Drew: 6-6

Players Player: Jasmine J

The U11A team were captained by Raffy on Wednesday afternoon, they warmed up eager to get going and it was a prompt start. Cranleigh made a strong start and won the first quarter 3-0, the ball did travel into our attacking end and it was great to see lots of dodging and movement on court. In the second quarter Amesbury were hungry for the ball, the pace of the game picked up (at times to fast) and at half time the score was 3-3. There was great shooting under pressure from Lucy, Charlotte and Laura. The determination from both teams was incredible and the interceptions were strong from Katie and Sienna. Moving into the third quarter, Amesbury scored one and Cranleigh scored 3, taking Cranleigh into the lead 6-4. Raffy, Jasmine and Lyla, fought had for the ball, marking their players tightly throughout the match. The fourth quarter was so exciting, Amesbury scored 2 goals to make the final score 6 – 6. A really fantastic match, I was very proud of their performance.

Report by: Mrs Page


U11C Football v St Andrews

In the third game of the year the U11C’s were keen to make an impression and from the starting whistle the tempo and effort was superb. With the defence and goal keeper setting an excellent platform it made the game significantly easier for the midfield. The midfield moved the ball well with the centre forward and threatened the goal on numerous occasions. Sadly a break away goal, which went against the run of play, cost us as St Andrews took the lead. The second half was a lot more competitive but the boys dug in and they quickly picked up a goal. The pressure continued t build from Amesbury and as hope was fading and the clock was closing in full time a full length run was made. From a St Andrews corner suddenly we had a chance on goal. GOAL! 2-1. Deserved win for the boys and great team performance. Mr O’Reilly


1st Netball v Pennthorpe
Lost 7-19

Player’s Player: Libby
Lady of the match: Emily H

The girls had a really tough match today against a very tall, strong Pennthorpe Year 8 side. The girls fought incredibly hard, marking tightly and making some lovely interceptions. Emily worked superbly at GD to mark her player out of the game and turned over possession many times thank to some well timed ‘tips’. Gracie should be commended for her lovely game at GA; she dodged well to find space and she shot with a calm confidence. Despite this, we couldn’t quite keep up with Pennthorpe’s slick passing and incredible shooting. Libby also worked the centre court well, alongside Dora, Georgie and Bo, making some great moves into space and passing really well.
A really tough game, finishing with a score line of 7-19. Nonetheless, the girls should be pleased with their commitment and work ethic on the day. Well done girls! Mrs Dover


U11B Netball vs Cranleigh
Won 6-3
Players Player: Alice
Lady of the match: Lissie

The Amesbury Girls’ played another fantastic match, this week against Cranleigh. They all tried their absolute hardest until the very final whistle, and their hard work payed off with a well deserved win! In the first quarter Amesbury took the lead to 2-0 as a result of some great teamwork by the mid-court players. Both Alice and Emily P showed off her excellent dodging and moving into free space, creating opportunities for their teammates to pass the ball up the court. In the second quarter the defending end put on some awesome pressure, keeping Cranleigh to only 1 goal. Alice R worked extremely hard and did a great job at marking her player while Lissie performed some swift intercepts in the D. The score at the end of the third quarter was 3-1, Milly having displayed great passing to open teammates, helping create scoring opportunities for Amesbury. It was in the last quarter the girls were really on fire and managed to score another 3 goals! Both Emily A and Lucy did a super job in the attacking end, moving quickly and skillfully through the D and as a result they were able to take some great shots at goal. A big well done girls! You all worked very hard and should be proud of your win.

Report by: Miss O’Sullivan


U10A v St Andrews
Lost 5-6

The game started at a frantic pace, with Amesbury pressing the opposition very well. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make this early pressure count and we went behind from a corner. This reenergised the team and the continued pressure resulted in their defence giving us the ball on several occasions. We managed to convert 4 of these chances in the first half, with 2 each for Josh and Wilf.

The second half saw wholesale changes in the Amesbury line up, but the message was still the same: press the opposition and create chances from this. Unfortunately we were unable to do this in the second half, and with the extra time afforded on the ball, the opposition were able to play some good football and get back in to the games during take the lead with a few quick fire goals. A great finish from Alfie, with one of the few chances he had, levelled the game with a couple minutes to play, but a last minute winner sealed the win for St Andrews.

Message for next week is to ensure we press the opposition and not allow them time to play. Mr Rouse


1st XI Football 27.9.17 v St Andrew’s Won 4-2
With two experienced players, including the captain, missing due to injury, the 1st XI dug deep to win an exciting match against visitors who were also short of some first-choice players. The Amesbury team worked extremely hard in closing down space and covering, and this work-rate was a major factor in the win. An unusual lobbed goal gave us the lead before St Andrew’s equalised with a long shot; almost at once, a well-struck free kick restored our advantage for a half-time lead of 2-1.
The first five minutes of the second half were crucial as we pressurised the opposition into conceding possession and a good long throw-in led to a trip in the penalty area. The penalty was coolly slotted home and shortly afterwards a fine individual goal gave us a 4-1 lead which we maintained until the final quarter when the visitors pulled one back. We need to practise maintaining our shape, not diving into tackles when we have little chance of winning the ball, and retaining possession through developing our passing and movement but this was an encouraging start. Well played, everyone! Mr Hamiltonn


U10B Football v St Andrews

Amesbury started the match today with lots of enthusiasm and willingness to get forward from the start. Darting runs from Marko up front put some early pressure on the opposition. Archie and Felix were also called into action early to do some defending of their own as St Andrews created a number of good opportunities. Unfortunately it was the home side that took an early lead and then subsequently made it a two nil lead soon after. At half time Louis and Max came on from the substitute bench and made a fantastic contribution. Louis was tireless in chasing down the opposition to get the ball back for Amesbury. Max did well to slot in at the back and stop any attacks from St Andrews. Archie went into a more attacking position and with Henry started to turn the tide in Amesburys favour. Henry was the Amesburian to get a goal back for the visitors and then Archie quickly equalised to make it 2-2 with 5 minutes to go. In the dying seconds Archie scored the winner to make it a 3-2 win for Amesbury. Congratulations to the team for not giving up and finishing a fantastic comeback.  Mr Tribe


U11B Football vs St Andrews
Score: 1-3
It was a grey but warm day over on Fyfield with the ground damp underfoot as the U11B team lined up for their match against St Andrews. During the first half the team passed and controlled the ball well with some lovely deft touches, sadly they were unable to capitalise on these passages and went into half time 1-0 down. The second half began with the team redoubling their effort and a tangible improvement in on field communication. The team scored a deserved goal through some fantastic interplay but sadly St Andrews managed to score a couple to take the score out of reach. Everybody contributed fantastically to the team and they played incredibly well. The final score 1-3 did not reflect the way the team played.
Report by: Mr Randall


Girls 2nd Netball v Pennthorpe

Won 13 – 8

Players player: Isabella
Lady of the Match: Jenny

The girls started tentatively, taking time to settle down and remembering the basics of the game. Some poor passing and lack of marking gave the ball to the opposition who shot well. We did capitalise on our chances when the ball came down our attacking end with great shooting from Alice and Isabella. Play went from end to end with the score after the first quarter at 3 – 3. Lottie came on as GK and Maddy as WD for the second quarter so had to adjust quickly to the game. Our passing was rather haphazard and a general fumbling of the ball meant Pennthorpe managed to get the ball to the shooters who scored another 3 goals with the half time score at 6 – 5. A special mention for Jenny who had giants against her but she kept battling through out the game giving great support to the circle at WA. The third quarter was much more positive with Immy getting into space and using her height to its best advantage. Passing was much improved with a flow down the court to Alice who was brilliant at getting free then on to Isabella who kept popping the goals in. Annie did a sterling job in defence, really trying to prevent her player from entering the circle and showing great spirit in winning the ball with a secure pass out to Jenny or Immy. Both Charlie and Maddy started to show some real determination in winning the ball with much better reactions and passing to team members.
The score after the third quarter was 8 – 7 to Amesbury so still very close. The fourth quarter was amazing with all the girls raising their game with much better awareness of their team members, getting free for the ball and more accurate passing. Immy was jumping for the ball and intercepting the Pennthorpe centre passes which enabled Isabella and Alice to score another 5 goals in the last quarter. The girls were elated and need commending for listening and acting upon the coaching points. They all played really well and deserved to win.

Report by: Ms Crathern


2nd XI Football v St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s 2, Amesbury 9

The 2nd XI opened the season with an impressive all round performance. With only 30 seconds on the clock Max opened the scoring with a superb left footed volley which gave the keeper no chance. The midfield dominated possession and most of the match was played in and around the St Andrew’s penalty area. On the odd occasion when the opposition did manage to break the siege the Amesbury defence stood strong. Goals were scored by Hugh (3), Oscar (2), Mark (2), Max (1) and Jack(1). Well done to all the boys on a great start to the season.

Mr Donaldson


U10B Netball v Cranleigh

score 8-0

Lady of the Match: Daisy and Flora

The girls were very excited to play Cranleigh for their next match of the season. They were ready to improve upon their previous performance in areas which they had been working hard on during the week. The girls worked well together as a team throughout the match, executing powerful and accurate passes down the court allowing fluid movement of the ball down to the shooters. After difficulties in the first half to get free from their opponents, the girls made good use of a verity of dodges to help themselves to lose their defenders for the remainder of the match. However, the girls lost confidence as the game progressed and the very strong Cranleigh team took the lead. All of the girls need to make sure that they stay positive and show a fighting spirit ready for their tournament next week as the team have showed great improvement since the beginning of the season. Well done girls, be ready to train hard next week!

Miss Donaldson


U11A Netball v Cranleigh
Lost 9-4
Players Player – Iona
Lady of the match – Isabelle

After winning the toss, Amesbury had the first center pass. The girls were determined and ready to give it their all right from the beginning, knowing that they were up against a strong side. The first quarter was extremely good, they worked as a team and made strong, accurate passes to one another. The distribution of the ball around the court was great and the girls definitely took what they had learnt from training and put it into the game. We saw some excellent foot work and all round hard working. Their knowledge of the game is fantastic and they are slowly finding their ways. The girls got tired as the game went on and sadly lost a bit of focus but despite their loss, the U11A Girls played extremely well and had great sportsmanship. Well done girls!

By: Miss Busssey

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