On Sunday, January 7, Rydal Penrhos hosted their second annual pre-season tournament involving ourselves, North West Wales and the Australian Wanderers.
The tri-tournament proved a huge success last year and a true experience for all the girls. We entered two teams and our U18 team started off with a 25-20 win against North West Wales U18 squad.
The game was pleasing to watch and the girls worked incredibly well as a unit. Unfortunately, they experienced a defeat against the touring team from Australia.
Nonetheless, they persevered and played hard until the last whistle.
The U16 team, bolstered by some older players, faced the North West Wales mixed team first and despite some good play and strong passing, they could not claim a win.
The second match against the Australian wanderers was a stronger game, skill wise. However, the opposition's quick passages of play and height gave them a clear advantage.
On Saturday a mixture of the netball firsts and seconds team travelled to Welshpool to play Christ College Brecon’s first and second teams.
To begin, we played the first team which proved to be difficult but we managed to put pressure on the opposing team and strongly hold our positions. Special mention to Mollie Smithfield and Caitlin Teece who worked consistently hard in defence.
Following this game, our mixed team played their seconds team which was a slightly messier game but it allowed us to practice our spatial awareness and communication. The girls adapted well to a newly formed team and showed their versatility throughout.
U13 A team had a weak start, with Birkenhead dominating the game, by the end of the second quarter they were leading. With a rotation of positions, the team started to gel, resulting in powerful passes and greater determination for the ball.
Good goals were scored by Maddie Fardoe and Ruby Merrick, supported by strong defence and attacking by Eve Durrans and Ariana Milligan. Player of the match was Emily Thomas.
The U15s started slowly, which allowed Birkenhead to get a few shots on goal. However, as the match progressed, the team’s passing and movement improved, with Amanda Sperring and Phoebe Walker working well in midcourt. This, along with some great defending from the team, allowed Emily Madden to score some excellent goals. Player of the match was Anna Parry-Williams.
The U16s played in the Conwy Tournament on Thursday where they played John Bright, Eirias High School and Bryan Elian School. With each of the opposing teams consisting of county and club netball players, we struggled to keep up with the pace of the games and despite some fine linking play from Sydney Johnson, Kiera Bennington and Brona Richardson it was not enough to progress through to the next stage.