Paulton Rovers Under 12’s travelled to Wells Blue School on a cold but sunny morning in their brand new kit’s raring to go.
The first match was against Bridgwater 3. Paulton started strong from the start with great defensive work from Morgan WD, Emmie GD, and Vanessa GK. This allowed the attack of Lori C, Ellie WA, Rebecca GA and Grace GS to link up well, converting some great interceptions into goals. A change in the squad for the second half had the girls continuing their great form increasing the score. As the team’s confidence grew so did the speed of the game, their passing accuracy and movement into space. With some great shooting from Cerys and Grace and excellent defensive play from Shannon, Macy, Bethany and Ella, Paulton were able to win 6-0.
The second match was against Bridgwater 2, a stronger side who pressured the girls to make some passing mistakes. Everyone worked their hardest with Bethany, Emmie and Macy working together to close down Bridgwater’s fast attack to limit their goals. Another rotation at half time saw Rebecca GA and Cerys at GS working hard in attack to try and convert the team’s centre court play into goals, unfortunately Bridgwater’s defence proved too strong. Bethany, Ellie, Vanessa and Ella continued to work hard in defence restricting Bridgwater’s attacking opportunities. The team lost 8-0 but fought to the end showing great commitment and determination.
The next match was against Purnell. Paulton took to the court with Emmie at C and Lori on the wing. This new partnership provided a strong link with the attackers using all of the court’s channels to impress their spectators linking up with Cerys GS and Rebecca, GA who found the net time again to creep Paulton ahead. The defence also worked hard with Shannon, Bethany and Macy continually making interceptions proving to be too tough for Purnell. In the second half Grace came on at GS to give a strong performance. With the defence changing to Morgan, Vanessa and Ella who ensured that Paulton maintained their dominance over Purnell to win 6-1.
Finally the last match was against a tough Galmington side. The girls made a good start with Grace, Ella, Shannon and Lori linking up well in attack and Morgan, Vanessa and Rebecca providing a solid defence with some great marking to hold Galmington to a 1 – 0 lead. However in the second half despite the girls keeping in the game, marking well and putting everything they had been taught at training into play, Galmington proved too strong, winning 6-0. This was the team’s best performance to date with them leaving proud of how they all played showing a great club effort. Player of the tournament was Shannon.
The coaches would like to thank all of the parents for supporting the team. Paulton Rovers Netball are always looking for new players for more information email [email protected] or contact Victoria on 07735507963/01761 471448