Bishops v Hawks (KO CUP) 04/10/14

Paulton Rovers Tomahawks popped down the road to Wells this Weekend to take on The Bishops in the 1st round of the Knockout Cup. Despite the miserable weather, Hawks were looking forward to building on their success from last week and looking confidently for the all-important win.

As the heavens opened the game began, Hawks took an instant lead working the sodden ball cautiously up the court.  Cheryl and Darby dominated in the shooting circle, barely missing a chance to score and rapidly racking up the goals. Kirsty and Vina further dampened the mood of the Bishops by putting in an outstanding performance in defence, keeping a clean sheet and bringing the first quarter to an end.  Hawks 8, Bishops 0.

Soaked to the bone, the second quarter commenced, with the rotation of Victoria to defence. Darby and Cheryl continued to graft well and avoided the puddles to propel Hawks further into the lead. Laura, Victoria and Vina battled hard to intercept the Bishops passes but the clean sheet couldn’t last forever and Bishops were finally let off the mark to finish half time, Hawks 17, Bishops 5.

The third quarter saw the return of Kirsty to the defensive circle. In previous games this has been the quarter where we have allowed the opposition back into the game, however not on this occasion. Despite the rare loose ball slipping through our fingers, Hawks continued to work well as a team, driving the ball forward and limiting the Bishops shots on goal. The 3rd quarter finished with Hawks still on top!  28-6.

With all hope lost of the rain stopping the 4th quarter commenced. Vina joined her sister in the attacking circle and they proved to be a force not to be reckoned with.  The goals continued to accumulate for Hawks while Bishops struggled to amass more than 4 goals against Laura, Kirsty and Victoria in defence. Jade continued to take control in the centre court and the Hawks have sailed through to the 2nd round of the Knock out Cup! The game ended with a team of very wet but happy Hawks. Hawks 38, Bishops 9.

Thanks to our drenched supporters who travelled to Wells. Players of the match (as voted by Bishops) Darby  and Players Player (as voted by Hawks) Darby.

U14s take part in their first tournament of the season.

Paulton’s U14s displayed great teamwork at their first tournament of the season in Wells against 9 other Somerset clubs.  For most of the squad this was their first time playing in the U14 League making the transition from U12 to U14 netball.  With this comes longer more intense matches and the need to be more accurate with attacking as the level of defensive play is stepped up.  The young squad of 9 did not disappoint winning two of their matches and narrowly missing out on two more.  Although the team lost 5 matches they never give up scoring some fantastic goals against some of the County’s strongest teams.  Lori, Mollie and Meg provided the team with experience either end of the court while Sky, Maisie and Ellie held their own in the new league with great centre court play.  Along with new comers Mya and Gracie improving with every match, turning over some great balls.  A competitive morning in the sunshine was enjoyed by all and the coaches would like to thank the parents for supporting the team and Gracie for reserving.

Paulton Rovers are still looking to increase their U12 membership, for more information please email [email protected]

Arrows v Tor 27/09/14

In their first home match of the season, Paulton Arrows took to the court with positivity and a determination to build on their last game’s result. The team started well and fought to keep the score close with Gemma B and Lucie linking up well in the mid court at C and WA. The quarter ended 9-7 to Tor.

No changes were made to the line-up going into the second quarter and the defence kept the pressure on the Tor shooters with Melissa at GD making some vital interceptions and Gemma at WD supporting the conversions up to the attack. Ella, making her debut at senior netball, worked hard at GS in the circle to keep the score tight ending the quarter 22-17 to Tor.

A switch around at the defensive end brought fresh legs at GK from Rebecca (also making her senior netball debut) and Harriet out to GD. Making some fantastic interceptions and sticking tight to their players meant that they could feed and support the mid court to attack. However, the score did not reflect the efforts of the team as Tor stayed ahead for the third time, 31-23.

A final move around of the team meant that Gemma K moved to C and Melissa returned to court at WD. But despite the efforts of Ella and Pip in the attacking third and the teams determination, Tor pulled away to end the match 39-27. Arrows would like to thank the umpires and supporters for giving up their time. The oppositions Player was Pip and the Players’ Player was Harriet.

Dolphins v Vipers 27/09/14

Vipers winning streak continued with another away victory against the recently relegated Dolphins.

The game started strongly for the Paulton side, with the attack coming out strong. Some fantastic movement from Shelley (WA) and Deb (C) allowed the ball to move with ease up the court. Dolphins struggled to intercept the quick and direct balls that were swiftly sent into the awaiting Vipers shooters. The quarter ended with Paulton easily ahead 9-16.

The second quarter saw the Vipers debut of Kristie on at GK, linking well with Kim (GD) and Andrea (WD) shutting down the Dolphins attack. Dolphins were rattled and Vipers capitalised on this making multiple interceptions that were quickly converted, ending the first half 22-32.

The third quarter once again saw rotations in defence with Becky back on court dominating the defensive circle ensuring that Dolphins had their poorest quarter scoring only 7 goals. Dolphins put the pressure on Helen and Ness in the Vipers shooting circle, however the ladies remained unfazed scoring a fantastic 27 goals in this one quarter closing it out 29-43.

The final quarter saw another defensive rotation that once again shut down Dolphins and ensured Vipers came home undefeated. The score at the final whistle was 42-55.

Thanks to all the spectators who travelled to Yeovil to watch. Player of the match: Helen.

Sharks v Hawks 27/09/14

Tomahawks gained a win away playing against Sharks in an impressive game away at Yeovil on Saturday.

With both teams’ shooters being consistently on target Saturday’s score line was heavily dependent on excellent dominance in the mid to centre court from Tomahawks.

The match started out fairly even in the first quarter with Tomahawks’ assertiveness growing after successfully debuting Davina in her rotation as GD and Victoria moving up the court to WD. ‘Hawks pulled away in the second quarter with valued  support from spectators that encouraged a composed and focused demeanour in the team.  With the defence (Darby-WD, Victoria –GD and Kirsty-GK) forcing errors on the opposition and the shooters (Cheryl and Davina) capitalising on the turnovers half time ended 19-24 to ‘Hawks.

The second half of the game saw some phenomenal turnovers with ‘Hawks closing down on multiple centre passes and the centre court players, Sarah and Jade, dominating their territories meaning ‘Hawks won 4 consecutive turnovers contributing to their 13 goal lead as the third quarter ended 25-38.

Both teams battled hard into the last minutes of the game but Tomahawks guarded their lead as the game ended 37-45.

Congratulations to Davina, who was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ and ‘Players’ Player’ and thank you to the spectators and umpires for an enjoyable game.

Reckleford v Vipers 20/09/14

Paulton Rovers Vipers travelled to Yeovil to take on Reckleford in the Saturday mist. Still buzzing from their win last week Vipers were looking to maintain their winning streak.

The game started well with the Vipers defence once again shutting down the Reckleford attack. Becky and Kim worked hard to force errors, the ball was quickly turned over and Andrea’s movement in centre court allowed Vipers to take an early lead 5-17.

The second quarter was much the same with great centre court movement by Shelley and Deb. The ladies continued to work hard and some great communication throughout the team meant that Reckleford struggled to find any attacking advantage. The quarter ended 9-26.

In the third quarter Vipers chose to shake things up a bit with Kim swapping to attack to make her debut at GA and Amy on at GD.  Reckleford still struggled to gain any momentum and Vipers pulled together with great interceptions by the defence. The quarter was goal for goal ending 14-31.

The final quarter saw Ness back on at GA, Amy move to WD and Kim back in the defensive circle. Once again Vipers looked strong with Amy making interceptions all over the court and providing back up to the attack. Helen and Ness once again proved to be a formidable force in the shooting circle, running rings around their defence to repeatedly find the net. Vipers romped home victorious 19-41.

Thanks to our supporters who travelled to Yeovil. Players of the match (as voted by Reckleford) Deb and Players Player (as voted by Vipers) Helen and Deb.

Mars v Vipers 12/09/14

The only Paulton Rovers team in action this week was Vipers who travelled to take on Bridgwater side Mars at Taunton Vale. There was a definite sense of anticipation in the air as the ladies warmed up ready for the game with many of the ladies nervous to take to the court for the first time since the summer break..

With the Stacey Francis masterclass still fresh in their minds the first quarter started well with the ladies linking up throughout the court. Smooth passing from Shelley (C) and Deb (WA) allowed Vipers to take control of the court early on winning the first quarter 2-10.

The second quarter continued much as the first had, with Vipers continuing to shut down any attack the Mars side made. Becky (GK) and Kim (GD) worked hard, using the skills Stacey Francis had instilled at training, with excellent communication and domination within the circle. The Mars attack were rattled and Vipers continued to lead 4-20.

The third quarter saw a change with Helen and Ness rotating positions to GA and GS respectively. The Bridgwater side also changed their shooter this proved a good move for Paulton’s opposition with the momentum changing slightly. A few fumbled passes allowed Mars a slight glimpse at recovering a win. However Paulton held strong to keep the lead 13-29.

The final quarter saw Vipers step it up a gear with Andrea closing down her opposite number and the Paulton shooters finding the net repeatedly. The side came together and used their superior fitness to bring the win home finishing the game with all the points 22-45.

Player of the Match (voted by the opposition) was Helen, Players Player (voted for by Vipers) was Kim


Thanks to all the Wiltshires for coming to support and a very special thank you to Pip for coming to reserve.

Junior Tournaments 2014/2015

Junior Tournaments take place at Wells Blue School starting from 10.30am.

Below are the fixtures for the 2014/2015 netball season:

28th September U14 & U16

12th October U12 & U14

16th November U12 & U16

7th December U12 & U14

18th January U12 & U16

22nd February U12 & U14

22nd March Fun Day & U16s

Robins v Arrows 06/09/14

For their ever game as a team Paulton Rovers Netball Club’s brand spanking new squad Arrows traveled to Bruton in the September sunshine to take on Robins.

Arrows started  the match with a fantastic positive attitude. Pip and Kyla started at GA and GS respectively Arrows managed to gain two goals in the first quarter, thanks to help from Lucie starting at WA her fantastic passing enabled the team to work hard together.

Even though the goals were building up for Robins, every member of Arrows held a positive attitude throughout the second quarter. Arrows gained another goal making the half time score 39-4.

 The third quarter saw Gemma B and Gemma K switch positions to WD and C respectively. Gemma K made some great interceptions. Amy and Zoe switched in defence, both showing great defensive aptitude  Also Lucie moved to GS to provide fresh shooting arms in the Arrows attacking circle.
The final quarter saw the gap in goals increase, with the  final win of 74-6 to Robins. Despite the score line Arrows showed skill of passing,  good interceptions and all of the shooters showed great skills. The team ended with their heads held high and their positive attitude still intact. The team are now eagerly anticipating their next match.

Spears v Cometrowe 29/03/14

Spears still fly high at the top of the table

Paulton Spears performed brilliantly against Comeytrowe keeping their top spot in the table. The starting quarter began with Hayley and Ruby consistently feeding the ball into Milly and Cheryl and Kelly H and Kelly F not letting Comeytrowe’s shooters anywhere near the ball. The quarter ended 13-3.

Spears came out strong in the second quarter and with the ever growing number of interceptions, they quickly added to their goals. Amy marked well, picking up any loose balls and making several interceptions.

Spears went into the third quarter ahead at 29-5. Milly changed to WD and Pip was brought on at GS. Attack linked up well to head into the final quarter leading 46-10.

With a final shuffle of Amy back at WD and Milly back at GA, Hayley was working hard at centre and Ruby picked up several turn overs. In the defensive circle, Kelly was plucking the ball out of the air with ease and Kelly was marking tightly. Despite Comeytrowe’s best efforts Spears walked away with a phenomenal win of 53-14.