Although a little unusual to have a netball match in the hockey season the girls were certainly up for the challenge. Ruby H was captain today and she started the afternoon well by winning the toss. The girls were off to a rather nervous start and their play was slightly muddled. Eventually both teams settled and Copthorne scored the first goal and this was shortly followed by a goal from Cottesmore. With the score 1-1 Copthorne stepped up a gear and there were some outstanding elements of play. Beth and Alana were working well together in the circle supported by Ruby H and Emily. Defenders Mallory, Ruby O and Alayna were solid in defence and the Cottesmore shooters struggled to get into the circle. When the whistle went Copthorne were leading 8-1. In the second quarter Copthorne continued to fly and at times play was far too fast resulting in poor team structure and careless passing. Once Ruby H started to control the flow of the game there were spells of some fantastic team work. At the end of the half Copthorne had extended their lead 15-1.
Several positional changes were made at half time with most of the team playing out of position. Beth was superb in defence making some fantastic interceptions. Ruby H moved from centre to GS and used her speed within the circle to work superbly with Alana. In the last quarter Copthorne all changed positions again and showed great versatility. Mallory was very calm at centre and set the pace of the game. Everyone was marking well making it difficult for Cottesmore to get the ball into their shooting circle. Beth and Ruby were fantastic in the shooting circle and were quick to follow their shots. When the whistle went for full time Copthorne had won 24-1.
Congratulations to the girls this afternoon, you have great potential and I look forward to coaching you next term. The player of the match voted by Cottesmore was Ruby H and my POM was Beth for her great versatility. A huge thank you to all our supporters today.