Match Reports: Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Amesbury School
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Under 10A Netball v GHS

Lost 1-11

Player’s Player: Maia
Lady of the match: Isabelle I

This was a really tough match to start off the netball season. GHS were a slick team, who passed the ball beautifully from the first whistle. They dodged into space, leaving the Amesbury girls struggling to keep up. There were some fantastic ‘tips’ and interceptions from Jazzy and Isabelle I in defence. However, unfortunately this wasn’t enough to keep the GHS shooters out of the circle. Despite a number of great chances in the circle, we weren’t able to add to the scoresheet from any of these shots. The girls put in a valiant effort and shouldn’t be disheartened. This match has given us much food for thought and we now have a number of key areas to work on in training.

Good effort girls! Mrs Dover



U11B Team v GHS
Lost: 11-0
Players Player: Alice A
Lady of the Match: Millie Martin

The U11s were away to GHS on Wednesday, it was the first match of the season and a tough one to start! In the first quarter the ball travelled up and down the court and there was great determination from the team. Emily A worked well with the centre court players trying to move the ball to the attacking 3rd. GHS did have a lot of chances to score and after 8 minutes had scored 2 goals, this was due to the great defence from Sienna and Lissie. GHS stretched the lead and scored 3 goals to make the score 5-0 at half time. Millie, Emily P and Alice A played with great perseverance and even though GHS were leading, they didn’t give up and marked their players tightly. GHS scored 3 more goals in the third quarter, taking the lead to 8-0. Anna moved to GK and intercepted the ball with precision and commitment. In the final quarter, Raffy and Flora moved well in the D and Raffy showed versatility moving from a defender to an attacking player. Throughout the match there were a handful of occasions to shoot, but GHS marked tightly and made it hard for the U11Bs. Although the final score was 11-0 to GHS, it was a good match and illustrated some areas to focus on next week in Games. Well tried U11Bs, a positive and hard working approach in a challenging first match of the term.  Mrs Dover

Lost: 12 – 5
Lady of the match: Jasmine
Players player: Charlotte

The first match of the season for the U11’s over at Guildford High. From start to finish every single player gave it their all, working hard on the court. In the first quarter the girls quickly realised they had to put the pressure on the opposition, mark hard and communicate more as a team. Laura had a really tough job as GK as the GS was extremely tall. This however soon had Laura leaping into the air in order to intercept and have a chance in going for the rebound. The ball travelled up and down the court with some fantastic passing throughout the team. The girls were soon calling for the ball and working together to regain possession. At half time the girls were still enjoying being back on the court and never failed to lose hope. Sienna, Raply, Lyla and Jazzy all worked hard in centre court with lots of movement and communication. Katie and Laura were really fighting for the ball in the D, not making it easy for the GHS shooters. They made some brilliant interceptions and rebound followed by strong passing back down the court. Lucy and Charlotte scored some fantastic goals and continued to work well together as a team. The last few minutes of the game all became a little frantic from both teams as tiredness was starting to kick in. A really tough game for the girls but it was brilliant to see them to motivated and driven to play their best from beginning to end. Keep up the excellent work girls, its going to be a fantastic netball season. Well done! Mrs Dover


U10B vs GHS
Lost 1-5
Players Player: Alice
Lady of the match: Isabelle C

The under 10B’s played their first match of the season at home and did a fantastic job against the tough opposition. The girls all came out firing, fighting for the ball all over the court and trying their hardest until the final whistle! As the first quarter started off it became clear that it was going to be a tough match-both teams were very even with the ball constantly moving up and down to both ends. The attackers showed off their skills with some sharp dodging to get free, making it easier for their team mates to pass the ball and move it down the court. Well done to Flora who did a great job as WD, passing the ball strongly and moving into space, helping Amesbury get the ball up towards the goal. The shooters worked well together, Alice moving swiftly through the D to get free for a pass followed by close shots at goal. At the other end of the court the defenders all did a great job, marking their players and making it very difficult for GHS to get the ball into their D. Despite GHS having many attempts at goal the girls managed to keep them to only 5 goals due to the tight defence. Isabelle did a super job as GD, performing many nifty intercepts throughout the entire match that helped Amesbury get the ball back down to their attacking end. Although Amesbury did not come out with the win today they all did a great job and should be proud of their efforts. Can’t wait to see the skill and effort the girls will bring to their next match! Miss O’Sullivan


U10A Football v Churcher’s College

The U10A’s first game of the season was a highly anticipated event with a great turn from parents. The boys cheered on were eager to get the season off to a fly, and they did. The opening exchanges were all going Amesbury’s was and the boys quickly opened up their goal account with a well worked goal. Some slick passing and cut throat finishing, Churches were on the ropes. Credit to the opposition who fought their way back in sneaking a goal in before half time. The half time team talk was a simple message of keep it up and work hard off the ball. The boys continued the great play. Churches suddenly started to thrive off the counter attack and our slow reactions cost us. Against the run of play a Churches boy from the half way scored an outstanding goal. With little doubt and a strong team belief the boys dusted themselves off and went back at them. They played the ball beautifully around the pitch making the opposition work hard. A goal seemed evitable but the clock was ticking. We scored! The clock breathing down the boys neck they went for the kill. One more goal. With a minute to go they had all the possession and territory only to suddenly lose it to a counter attack. Churches took the ball up the pitch and stole the game. Time was up with no time to restart. A brutal end thoroughly undeserved. The boys were superb from 1-7. A real team performance! Mr O’Reilly


U11C team v GHS

Lost 15-1

Players Player: Clara Roberts

Lady of the Match: Ruby Lowes

The U11c’s started the netball season playing against a very strong GHS team. The girls brought great energy and enthusiasm into the first quarter, moving the ball quickly down the caught, especially through the center third led by Ruby L at C, as well as Lucy A and Anna H in the attack. Although GHS took their opportunities to score in the first quarter making the score 6-0, the U11c’s did not give up! They came back strong in the second quarter with a great defensive performance from Alice R, Mia and Clara R. The defense limited the GHS attacking players by sticking to their opponents throughout the third making it hard for the GHS shooters to receive the ball in the D. Due to strong defense from Amesbury, the GHS only scored 3 goals in the second quarter keeping the score down to 9-0 at half time. At half time Emily A joined the team and added even more energy and speed in the attack, helping to move the ball into the final third and into the D to Camilla, who along with Emily had far more opportunities to shoot in the third quarter. Going into the last quarter GHS were up 13-0 but the U11c’s managed to work well as a team to score a goal in the last minutes of the game. This came from improved decision making and driving towards the ball. Along with fast accurate passes from all the girls this enable the ball to travel fast up the caught. The girls did not give up despite the strong opposition and continued to improve throughout the game. This game has highlighted areas which the U11c’s need to work on before their next match, however every girl in the team played should be proud of their performance considering it was the first game back after a long summer holiday! Well done the U11c’s! Miss Donaldson


U11 B Football 13.9.2017 v Churcher’s & Alton
Triangular Tournament

We lost 1-3 to Churcher’s and drew 1-1 with Alton. Slow to get going we conceded three quick goals to our hosts and looked like being massacred, despite some good tackles and fine saves. However, we worked our way into the match and began to have more possession and territory, creating some decent attacks and eventually scoring a superb goal when a fine deep cross was brilliantly headed home at the far post.
Playing Alton immediately afterwards, we grabbed the initiative and launched attack after attack. We created several excellent chances, hit the bar and scored one goal. With two minutes to go, Alton broke away and their only shot on target in the entire game brought an equaliser; too many Amesburians had gone forward leaving us vulnerable to the break. There were two minutes left and in those two minutes we had two more great chances to score a winner but neither shot was on target so the game finished 1-1. We could reflect on playing some really good football and learning two lessons: to play flat out from the first whistle and to try and convert territorial superiority into goals.

Well played, everyone! Mr Hamilton


U11 A Football v Churchers & Alton
Triangular Tournament

We lost 0-3 to Churchers and lost 0-1 with Alton. The boys knew that the first game against Churchers would be tough, but if we played together as a team, and moved the ball early then we would be able to get a win. Unfortunately we started slowly, and a couple of unlucky incidents meant they took a 0-2 lead early on. We created several chances throughout the match, and with a little bit more composure we could have got back on level terms. Their goalkeeper played well, and his distribution put us in trouble a couple of times as players were slow to track their runners. If we sharpened up we knew that we could win the next game.
Playing Alton immediately afterwards, we started very well and dominated possession throughout, with good interplay between our front four. They combined very well, and on another day we could have run out 4 or 5 nil winners. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we were punished for our inability to convert the chances that came our way. In the last couple of minutes, Alton had a break away down the right, and a great moment of composure saw their player unselfishly roll the ball across the face of the goal for an easy tap in at the far post. A bit of a smash and grab from Alton, but positive signs from Amesbury, just lacking with the final shot or pass. Mr Rouse


U10 Football v Churcher’s College

The Under 10 C team took on Churcher’s College at home for their first fixture of the season. Unfortunately, the Churcher’s side were strong for a C team so we were often chasing the play and ended up losing the game 0-6. The boys were able to get some good possession, though, so we must now practise hard on our passing and movement to be able to get into a good scoring position. A little more energy and bustle will be required to do this consistently. Mr Lawrence


U10B v Churcher’s

Amesbury started the football season brightly with some excellent attacking play in the opponents final third. However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a finely taken goal in the opening ten minutes. Amesbury continued to attack through the wings and were rewarded with a goal scored by Marko from the right wing position. The opposition could not be prevented from putting together some lovely passes and forcing Archie to make some fantastic saves in goal. Following the half time break Amesbury were unlucky not to take the lead had it not been from some fine defending of their own from Churcher’s. Unfortunately the first game of the season ended in a 4-1 defeat for Amesbury, but there is plenty of positives to take forward into last week. Mr Tribe


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