The U8s have had a super season so far and is was a real treat to watch them play today. Camillia was captain and started the afternoon off well by winning the toss. Copthorne took first centre pass and as soon the whistle went Copthorne were straight on the attack. Anne, Camillia and Sienna moved quickly to get the ball into shooter Clara in the circle. Copthorne had several shots on goal, but were unlucky not to score. Once their nerves settled they started to pass the ball well and were moving into space. Goals were scored by both Clara and Sienna who were working well together, supported by Anne and Camillia. The score after the first quarter was 3-0 to Copthorne. In the second quarter all girls were marking their partners tightly and were fighting for the ball. At times they were a little crowded and needed to find space before driving forward, however this did not stop the ball moving down into the shooters. Further goals were scored by Sienna and Clara. Great interceptions were made by Maryam, Melia and Levahna limiting the chances that Hurst had on goal. At half time Copthorne had increased their lead to 5-0.
In the second half after several positional changes the girls continued to play well, thinking carefully about their passing and moving into space. Lucy, Anne and Camillia worked hard in attack moving the ball around nicely leading to further goals from Cassia and Sienna. The whole team worked tirelessly fighting for the ball and demonstrating good netball skills. Clara, Maryam, Melia and Levahna were fantastic in defence making lots of vital interceptions. The final score was a win for Copthorne 9-0.
Congratulations to Sienna who was voted girl of the match by the Hurst team. Thank you girls for a great afternoon of netball, it was a pleasure for me to be able to umpire you.
The team: Camillia (captain) Sienna, Clara, Anne, Lucy, Melia, Maryam, Cassia and Levahna.