The latest generation of Paulton Rovers Netball Club Juniors entered the U12 Somerset League on Sunday 9th October in Wells. The Club entered two teams, this is a first in the club’s history. All of the girls were excited at the prospect of playing their first competitive tournament despite this there were still some nerves.
Paulton 1’s first match was against an experienced Wells team, however once the girls had shaken off their nerves and gelled together the team were able to give Wells a good match. Unfortunately and despite the good defensive play of Ella, Meg and Vanessa working hard together Wells pulled ahead 0 – 3 to win. The next two matches for the team weren’t so easy with an exceptionally talented side from Bridgwater consistently managing to score against Paulton and a determined Yeovil winning 1 – 8. Shannon, Cerys, Grace and Vanessa worked well together in attack, focusing on their passing into the circle allowing Cerys to score a fantastic goal despite the tall defenders and much to the delight of the team’s supporters. Finally the girls took on Purnell but again despite working hard to attack the ball the team’s lack of experience and height disadvantaged proved too much, losing 7 – 0.
Paulton 2 had a different mixture of results, winning two matches, drawing one and losing one. The girls first played Galmington and gelled quickly for Lauren to score two well deserved goals. Accurate passing out of defence from Macey, Bethany and Emmie ensured that the team kept procession long enough to win the match 2 – 0. Bursting with excitement from their first game the team next played Wells in a well matched fast paced game. Lori, Ellie and Emmie worked hard dodging to get free to ensure that the ball flowed consistently between the defence and shooters of Rebecca and Lauren. Both teams worked hard resulting in a draw of 1 – 1. Next the team played Yeovil in an exciting game which saw both teams passing the ball well and defending hard each end of the court. Unfortunately Yeovil’s shooters hit the target repeatedly resulting in Paulton losing 2–5. Finally the team took on Purnell in a nail biting equally fought match with Paulton clinching the win 0 – 1.
Paulton’s coaches would like to thank all of the parents who came along to support and cheer the teams on and would like to congratulate Morgan and Bethany on being awarded Players of the Tournament.
The Club is still looking to increase its junior membership, especially its U14 and U16 age groups. Email us for more info – [email protected]