Paulton Rovers’ Juniors travelled to Wells on a surprisingly dry Sunday morning to play the last tournament in 2009. With only one squad in action the girls had only three matches to play compared to the usual 5, however they knew the matches would be more competitive playing against the top teams in the league.
Paulton’s first match was arguably the toughest against Galmington A, which proved to be the most nail biting as the girls managed to hold their own in the first half to finish 6 – 4 behind. Some great defending from Harley at GD and centre court play from Evie and Ruby had enabled shooters Darby and Zoe to make the most of every attacking opportunity. However, Galmington came out to win in the second half with great movement across the court which put Paulton off their stride to lose 10 – 6.
After a good team talk and the girls identifying their own team areas for improvement they took to the court against Burnham with great confidence. Evie continued to work the centre court linking up with the attack to feed the ball into Megan at GS along with Olivia, Harley and Zoe testing Burnham’s attack with some great interceptions in defence. At half time the girls realised they needed to calm their passing down as interceptions were being thrown away, undoing their hard defending work. With Steph on to replace an injured Olivia the team took to the court determined to reduce Burnham’s 4 – 2 lead. The team achieved this slowing their own game down and coming forward for the ball to keep possession, preventing Burnham from running away with the match. The final score was 3 – 6, a loss to Paulton but a great win after discovering the match was a friendly against an older side!
The final match was against Wells B which displayed the skills the team had been practicing over the last few weeks. Steph worked hard at WD marking with two hands, with Ruby, Harley, Evie and Olivia chasing down every loose ball, with a few tap backs. Harley and Zoe continued to dominate in defence showcasing their ability to anticipate the move of the attackers and the flow of the match, along with Megan dodging well in the semi circle to shoot and link up with Darby at GA. Paulton deservedly won the match 10 – 2.
Overall the girls impressed their coaches not just with their skills on court but also with their attitude, constantly cheering each other on and praising performances.
Players of the tournaments: Darby and Zoe
Paulton Rovers NC would once again like to thank all the parents for their support on the day.