On Wednesday the 1st team had a match against Bryn Elian which was a very good opportunity to put training into practice and play as a team.
We started off strong but due to our passing and lack off communication just fell short of a win final score 22-20 to Bryn Elian.
Keen to put what we had learnt from Wednesday’s match into Saturday’s game, the team travelled to Stonyhurst where despite playing outside in freezing temperatures the girls managed to deliver a superb effort.
Winning in the first two quarters we started off very strong but unfortunately due to the unfamiliar playing conditions lost possession of the ball resulted in Stonyhurst's victory.
None the less, the girls showed amazing skills and through more training as a team the rest of the season looks strong.
On Saturday the girls travelled to Stonyhurst, with the U13A and B teams playing against St Mary's Hall.
Despite the bitterly cold conditions the junior teams remained focused, the U13A team dominated their game form the first centre pass, with excellent linking play, between the shooters throughout the game.
With strong defensive play by Bea Gardener and great intercepts by Eve Durrans and Ella James, SMH found it difficult to score any goals with Rydal Penrhos leading 10-2 going into the final quarter.
However, SMH were much stronger in the final quarter, and were able to profit from our errors. Thankfully, it was too little too late and Rydal Penrhos won 11-7. A great start to their season. Player of the match Eve Durrans.
The U13B team had a slow start to their game taking time to gel as a team losing the first half 6-2. In the second half Rydal Penrhos started to pull back St Mary's Hall's lead with brilliant shots from Jasmine and amazing marking from Ella Northcott, coupled with outstanding passes from Elise Mazars and Sophie Hall, bringing the final score to 6-5 to St Mary's Hall. Player of the match was Emily Jones.
As the juniors’ headed back to Colwyn Bay Ruby Merrick and Ariana Milligan had to stay to strengthen a depleted U15A and B team.
The u15a team faced a strong opposition, who dominated the game, however, with some excellent defensive play by Gloria Johnson and Megan Gibson, they were able to limit the number of goals scored.
The score by no means reflected the tenacity of the team and were rewarded for their effort in the final quarter. Player of the match was Gloria Johnson.
The second VII, started off slow, allowing a physical Stonyhurst side to take a significant lead going into half time. However, in the third and fourth quarters we had settled and with some strong defence we were able to work the ball down court and get several shots on goal.
This led to us dominating the fourth quarter but despite our best efforts we were unable to catch Stonyhurst resulting in a 14-22 loss.
Well done to all the girls involved. It was a very promising start to the season.