Netball: Read v The Mount School

11th February

U13s : The U13 girls start with their England netball warm-up we picked up last weekend!

U13 8-0 Defeat

On the 11th February Read under 13s played a netball match against The Mount School.  After a thorough warm-up we began the match. The Mount got off to a good start by scoring. We tried not to let the goal get to us as we carried on the match, however it was hard because they scored another 3 times putting them up 4-0 going into the second quarter. After a team talk we began the second quarter. We knew what we needed to put into the game and tried really hard to fight back. Unfortunately, we let them score another 2 goals! After half time we knew the score was 7-0 so we set ourselves a target of scoring at least once. The third quarter was better than the first two and although we didn’t score we only let The Mount score 1 goal meaning that this was the best quarter yet. Going into the final quarter we held it together well and with some great play we managed to perform effectively but it was a little too late so the final score was 8-0 to The Mount.

Georgia Beaumont (captain)

U15s: Grace Handforth moves in for a dynamic interception

U15: 34-31 Victory

After watching the opposition warming up I knew this was going to be a tough match for our girls. There were clearly two or three very strong shooters and the whole team looked dynamic. However, it was obvious that our girls picked up on this quickly and so it was essential that we focussed on the strengths of our team and developed positive thoughts that gave each other confidence. We were already missing a few of our usual team players and so Polly Brooks in Year 8 was promoted to the Year 10 team. We started hard and although we were down by three goals at quarter time, this could be turned around. The girls tightened up their marking, ensured strong passes were made and looked for interceptions to turnover the ball. By the final quarter there were two goals in it. It was vital that they played with determination and kept this positive spirit up. Unfortunately for The Mount they missed a few crucial shots and this gave us a window of opportunity and with Alex Collinson and Katie Watson shooting with such precision, we were able to go into the lead. Annie Henry, Anya McAvoy and Polly Brooks played a valuable part in linking the mid-court through the defence to attack after being fed from Grace Handforth and Lucy Barrick’s outstanding interceptions. The final score was an impressive 34-31win. I am so proud of these girls.

Mrs Prosser