Paulton Rovers’ Juniors took to the court on Sunday 20th February to play their first ever full hour match against Purnells’ U14s 1st Team. With a squad of 9, Paulton warmed up well and took to the court with determination to play with focus. Both teams started well with accurate passing and movement, creating a balanced first quarter which ended 7 – 6 to Paulton.
After a positive team talk and a squad change with Jade replacing Olivia at GK, Megan switching with Evie at WD and Olivia moving to WA swapping with Alice, the girls returned to the court with the desire to build on their small lead by slowing down the pace and moving into space. The second quarter also saw Lucie (GS) and Darby (GA) find their feet, working well together to balance the circle and score some fantastic goals, expertly feed by Ruby (C) and Olivia. The defence also worked hard, bringing the ball up the court from the back line with precision movement and control, allowing the team to capitalise on Meg’s (WD) interceptions and Purnells’ rebounds, pulling the team forward to finish 17 – 12 at half time.
The third quarter saw Paulton change again with Ruby switching with Evie at C and Alice with Megan at WD. The girls returned to the court to focus again on their court spacing and to capitalise on their lead, using different centre passes and long balls into the shooters. However Purnells came out fighting disrupting Paulton’s flow and managing to gain possession of the ball more frequently. Despite this Zoe and Jade defended the circle hard making some great interceptions to ensure that Purnells could only score 4 goals, with Lucie and Darby scoring at every opportunity to insure that the team stayed in front to finish 24 – 15.
Finally the team prepared themselves for the final quarter knowing that Purnells would come out fighting, with our fitness declining the fresh legs of Ruby (C) and Meagn (WD) helped Paulton to remain in control of the game. With the team working hard to use all of the court and to keep their passing accurate the girls were able to match Purnell goal for goal as they fought back. Some excellent feeding from Olivia and support from the defence ensured that Paulton kept pushing forward to win 33 – 23, much to the delight of the team and their supporters.
Both teams played some fantastic netball and proved that they are now ready to move up to hour long matches. Paulton would like to wish Purnells the best of luck when they enter the U14 Regional Tournament in March and look forward to playing them again soon. The team would also like to thank everyone who came to support them.
Players voted by Purnell: Ruby and Zoe
Player’s player: Lucie
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