GARNETS MATCH REPORTS
With their final game against top of the table, Reckleford, Garnets knew they were in for a tough game. The first quarter saw Reckleford take the lead 11-3, however this was not without some timely mid court interceptions from Hannah Walis at centre and great marking from Sophie Butt at WD. During the second quarter Tanisha Birch (GA) and Steph Riordan (GS) saw slightly more of the ball thanks to some strong centre court play from Vicky Evans (WA) and Hannah Wallis. Unfortunately, quick play from Reckleford defence saw the ball making its way back up the court. The third quarter saw Mia Bennett come on as WA which brought some speedier centre court play, and further goals being scored by Garnets shooters. The final quarter saw Garnets defenders Molly Gould and Rheanne Lee going out strongly against Reckleford’s experienced shooters, who once the ball was in their hand, rarely missed. The whole team tried for 100% of the game, and kept their heads held high. They knew they were not going to win but they went out and enjoyed their last game. Player of the match was shared between Rheanne Lee and Hannah Wallis.
Inter club games are never easy, and it was no different for the Ambers v Garnets
Throughout the first 3 quarters the game was fiercely contested, with both teams taking the lead for short periods of time. Excellent play from centre Hannah Wallis helped Garnets to move the ball speedily towards the shooting circle, where Tanisha Birch and Carly Langdon remained calm under great pressure from Ambers defence. Rheanne Lee (GD) had yet another outstanding game, linking well with Step Riordan who was once again playing out of position at GK, but still giving 100%. However it was Ambers that ran away with the game, in the last 5 minutes, despite great play from Vicky Evans and Kirsty Richards who played only her second part game for the senior club. Well done to all that played. Player was Hannah Wallis
With a different line up, lacking shooters, Garnets went into the Walton game with
uncertainty and a lack of confidence. This showed with the score line just 2-10 at
the end of the first quarter. However, after the break, Garnets’ confidence arrive
in abundance, with Jo Bromme and Steph Riordan working fantastically well and chalking
up the goals to reduce the score line, whilst at the other end Molly Gould and Rheanne
Lee made some brilliant interceptions.
The third quarter was the best by far with some strong centre court play from Vicky Evans, Hannah Wallis and Sophie Butt making great space and some well-timed interceptions, helping to turn the play towards Garnets and bring the score to 33-22 going into the final quarter. Unfortunately, during the final quarter Garnets panicked and rushed their passes as they tried to bring the score line down. Although there was also some great play by the team, but it was not enough to make up for the slow start in the first quarter, and Walton won the game 43 - 30. The player of the match vote went to Sophie Butt
Garnets started strongly with some effortless shooting from Stef Riordan in her new
position as GS, holding Priory to a minimal lead by the end of the first quarter.
During the second quarter Tanisha Birch (GA) got her eye in and produced some lovely goals thanks to some quick feeds from Mia Bennett at WA and Hannah Wallis at Centre.
The third quarter saw a shake up in the Garnets team which gave the team renewed spirit, and in turn reduced Priory’s lead thanks to some brilliant defending from Molly Gould at GK and Rheanne Lee at GD. Karen Lewis at centre helped to open the centre court play up, creating space, making several interceptions, and helping to feed the ball down the court. However Garnets could not hold on during the last quarter allowing Priory to extend their lead further to take the victory. Rheanne Lee was voted player of the match.
Garnets got off to a great start in their match against Newbarn from Galmington,
and took an early lead. However, Newbarn fought hard and pulled the quarter back
to a 2 goal lead after the first 15 minutes. Garnets battled on in the second and
third quarters with some great defensive work from players' player of the match Rheanne
Lee, but Newbarn played well to the end resulting in a final score of Garnets 28
- 38 Newbarn.
Garnets played away against Frome, and started strongly with accurate shooting from Steph Riordan and Tanisha Birch, and great centre court passing between Jo Bromme and Steph Elkins. For the second quarter Nick Elkins swapped with Sophie Butt who worked well with Rheanne Lee and Lucie Mcdowell in defence, helping Garnets to remain in the lead with steady play. With Nick Elkins back on the court in the third quarter, Garnets continued making great interceptions, and creating space, whilst using small, accurate passes through the court to the shooters who chose clever passes and worked well to carry on the impressive shooting. In the last quarter, the team remained calm, and with excellent team play, Garnets finished the game with a 39-16 win. Player of the match was shared between Steph Elkins, Lucie McDowell and Tanisha Birch.
Garnets started the match taking an early lead thanks to accurate shooting from Nic Hale & Step Riordan, but Mercury’s defence soon picked up the pace, picking up missed shots. This gave Mercury the lead after the first quarter. The second quarter saw the excellent partnership between Lucy McDowell and Rheanne Lee in defence, continue. Both players using their height and springy legs to put pressure on their opponents. Unfortunately it was not enough to stop Mercury building on their lead. The final half saw garnets tire and Mercury gained their win 46 - 29. However the score line did not reflect the effort that Garnets put into their game, with excellent centre court play from all involved. Player of the match went to Steph Riordan
Garnets played against Monmouth from Taunton at home. Great movement in the centre third meant that the ball was finding its way to the shooters but unfortunately the opposition had a strong and experienced defenders and so the girls struggled to find the net. First quarter ended with Monmouth leading 13-5. Second quarter saw Monmouth extend their lead to 26-8 despite good centre court play from Steph Elkins, linking well with Vicky Evans and Sophie Butt. In the third quarter a few changes were made to the team which has a positive affect, and saw Garnets shooters Amber Lovell and Carly Langdon create more space, and confidently score, which took the score to 35-14. In the final quarter the team was changed again. Nicola Elkins at WD worked hard throughout the game, tipping and intercepting passes and Molly Gould and Rheanne Lee worked well together in the circle against strong Monmouth shooters, but Garnets had their strongest quarter, and ended the game 49-21 to Monmouth. Player vote - Steph Elkins.
Garnets started off strongly with excellent shooting from Amber Lovell and Tanisha Birch. Solid passing in the centre court from Steph Elkins, Steph Riordan and Jo Bromme, with great support from Sophie Butt gave Garnets that all important lead. The defence worked hard with some timely interceptions from Molly Gould and Rheanne Lee working well together and with Nick Elkins at WD. The score was neck and neck at the end of the third quarter, however the Garnets girls remained calm and had their nose in front thanks to steady play when the whistle went. It was a well deserved 26 – 24 win. Player of the match was Jo Bromme.
Garnets faced a tough game against Spears from Paulton. In the first quarter, there was some great play in the centre court from Garnets mid court led by Vicky Evans, with Steph Riordan and Emma-Jayne Brown, working the ball well into Garnets shooters Amber Lovell and Tanisha Birch. The team swapped each quarter, and brought Steph and Nic Elkins on. As each quarter progressed, the team gelled well and stepped their game up. Excellent defending from Lucie McDowell and Rheanne Lee helped with great interceptions, with the ball being moved into the attacking end. The team played with great determination, but lost a well fought game 28 – 13. Player of the match was Rheanne Lee.
Garnets started the game determined and raring to go knowing that Newbarn would give a good game. This was shown in the first quarter, where Garnets struggled to get in front to receive the ball. Although Garnets realised this in the second quarter and Hannah Wallis (C) along with Mia Bennet (WA) worked well together to create strong passes to allow the ball get down to Tanish Birch (GA) and Amber Lovell (GS) in the semi circle, and with accurate shooting from both GA and GS Garnets started to pull back. At half time we saw changes of Sophie Butt coming off as WD and Rhianne Lee taking GD as her first game and Vicky Evans swapping from GD to WD. This allowed Garnets to defend Newbarn, putting much more pressure on to their attackers, allowing Garnets to slow the match right down, giving them more of a chance. Both, Rhianne and Vicky along with Lucie McDowell (GK) worked well to gain advantage of the ball from Newbarn. Even though Garnets work hard Newbarn won the match 41-15.
Player(s) of the match vote rewardingly went to Lucie McDowell, Rhianne Lee and Hannah Wallis.
With a different team in place Garnets were feeling more optimistic about their return visit to Canons of Wells. Garnets were raring to go during the first quarter but found they were hiding away from the ball allowing Canons to easily intercept and open up an early lead. This was addressed in the second quarter with Mia Bennett (WA) and Hannah Wallis (C) working hard to get in front of their players to enable them to move the ball down the court. Stef Riordan (WD) also helped to open the play up and worked brilliantly to reset the play to allow the attackers to find space in the end third. Third quarter saw a change in the Garnets team with Sophie Butt returning to WD allowing Vicky Evans to move to WA and Stef Riordan to GD. This did unnerve Garnets for a short while allowing Canons to increase their lead slightly. However by the 4th quarter Garnets had found their feet in their new formation giving them a new lease of life. Centre passes moved with ease into the semi circle giving Tanisha Birch (GA) and Carly Langdon (GS) many opportunities to shoot. Lucie McDowell (GK) was also having a fantastic quarter with some timely interceptions causing the play to turn over and move with ease back up the court. But Canons, currently lying fourth in the league won the game 44 – 28.
Player of the match vote deservedly went to Hannah Wallis who worked exceptionally hard throughout the game linking the play as well as working brilliantly alongside the shooters to move the ball around the semi circle.
With a depleted team, Garnets knew they were going to be in for a hard game against a strong Reckleford team from Yeovil. With many of the players having to play out of position throughout the game it showed in the final score line.
Throughout the game Garnets fought hard but the accurate shooting from Reckleford and the inexperience of the Garnets players in their new positions, really showed. All the girls worked really hard despite the stormy weather, but found it difficult to penetrate the Reckleford defense, who ended the game with a 68 – 5 win. There was some excellent play down the court at times, particularly from Vicky Evans and player of match, Stephanie Riordan who both played out of position.
Garnets started strongly in the first quarter with good passing from Steph Elkins (C) to the accurate shooters Michelle Parr (GA) and Carly Langdon (GS), however, Canons began to pull away with a lead ending the first quarter 9-12. Garnets continued playing with integrity and put pressure onto Canons leading to faults in play with Vicky Evans (GK) being able to intercept the ball and pass down the court. Defensively Garnets were strong, with Jo Bromme at (GD) being able to add additional support for Lucy McCabe, who had moved to centre. Mia Bennett also had an excellent game making strong drives for the ball, particularly with centre passes. Nicola Elkins, however, had an outstanding game making timely interceptions and supporting the attack rightfully earning player of the match!
It was a busy weekend for the club’s lower teams, as they played an interclub league match on Sunday. A closely fought game by both teams with some outstanding shooting from Carly Langdon and Tanisha Birch. Good team work throughout the court by Vicky Evans and Mia Bennett, supported by Nicky Elkins, and really strong defending from Garnets defenders’ Millie Burridge and Lucie McDowell, but Ambers were on form, and took a slight lead which they didn’t relinquish to win the game 35 – 29. Player of the match was Millie Burridge.
With shooters in short supply, it was very difficult for Garnets to score against a strong Monmouth team who are currently second in the division, and this resulted in Monmouth taking an early lead. However, strong performances from Nicky Elkins (WD) and Mia Bennett (WA) led to Garnets having more opportunities in the second quarter. By the third quarter Garnets began to gel more, with Lucy McCabe moving to her usual position of centre, creating a flow in the centre court, with the ball moving more easily to shooters Amber Lovell (GA) and Lucie McDowell (GS), and the shots began to be more consistent. Monmouth had a distinctive lead throughout the game, but it was difficult for them to dominate with Molly Gould (GD) making timely interceptions and strong passes to the rest of the team. A special mention goes to Garnets’ captain Vicky Evans whose reliable versatility, right the way through, kept Garnets playing an excellent game despite the difficulties faced and even led to her scoring a goal in the second quarter! The game ended with Monmouth winning 52-14 which was a disappointment for the Garnets players after their great effort. Player of the match was shared between Molly Gould and Vicky Evans.
Garnets started strongly taking the lead in the first few minutes after some strong centre court passing from Vicky Evans (C), Amber Lovell (GA) and Mia Bennett (WA). Play flowed nicely but unfortunately Garnets could not keep up with Mercury’s accurate and quick passing.
The team needed to reshape due to injury in the second quarter, leading to players playing out of position. However Hannah Wallis really stepped up her game when she moved to centre. Nicky Elkins also played well as WD. Pressure was also placed onto Nic Hale at GS, as the injury led to her becoming the only shooter. She kept up the pace and the goals kept going in. During the last half the game returned to normal and the team worked well together, finding more space and feeding the balls nicely to the shooters. Lucie McDowell (GK) and Molly Gould(GD) provided some timely interceptions throughout the game to help minimise the final score. Garnets played a strong game against unbeaten table leaders Mercury, in a game that was not reflected in the final score. The Player of the match vote was shared between Nic Hale, Amber Lovell and Nicky Elkins.
A depleted Garnets team left them unsure and nervous of what the game ahead entailed. However Garnets went out fighting from the first centre pass and it paid off thanks to the accurate shooting of Tanisha Birch (GA) and Carly Langdon (GS).
Throughout the first half there was lovely centre court play from Steph Elkins (C), Georgia Edmundson (WD) and Grace Morris making her debut at (WA). They passed the ball around the court well and made accurate, strong passes into the semi circle where the shooters held their space well. Half time saw Kirsty Richards make her debut at WA. Both young girls should be extremely proud of their debut at Senior netball as they performed very well, making some fantastic passes and creating spaces. During the second half, due to a reshuffle in the Barons team, Millie Burridge (GD) and Vicky Evans (GK) saw slightly more action in their end, however it was not enough to threaten the final score line thanks to the continuous strong passing and teamwork from all of the girls in Garnets, as they won the match 54 – 16. Players of the match Tanisha Birch and Carly Langdon
Garnets started the game very slowly - never really finding their feet which allowed a fast paced and flowing Spears from Paulton, to build up a healthy lead within the first three quarters. Lucie McDowell (GK) and Vicky Evans (GD) worked hard to try and keep Spears’ shooters out but they once they had the ball, the shooters were accurate and on form. Garnets benefitted from the experience of Amy Edmundson at C in the 2nd and 3rd quarters helping to open up space and delaying the opponents shooters. During the 4th quarter Garnets went out just to have fun as they knew the game was not theirs, however their relaxed attitude saw them play their best quarter yet with good linking play from Nick Elkins (WD), Georgia Edmundson now at Centre and Mia Bennett (WA) to Carly Langdon (GS) and Tanisha Birch (GA). Both of whom worked well around the semi circle, held their space and shot well throughout the game. The girls were unfortunate not to get within half of Spears score losing 45 - 21. Tanisha Birch was voted player of the game.
Against a very strong Purnell team, it was difficult for Garnets to get some momentum. Excellent interceptions by Nicola Elkins (GK) kept giving Garnets the opportunity to move the ball down towards the shooters. Nearing the end of the first quarter Garnets began to play their own game again, ending the first quarter 6-4 down from an initial 6-0 start. Throughout the second and third quarter Garnets powered on taking a strong lead as shooters Amber Lovell (GS) and Tanisha Birch (GA) continued to shoot accurately, not fazed by Purnell’s defence. Also, brilliant defensive play from Georgia Edmundson (WD) and Molly Gould (GD) kept Garnets in possession, enabling centre and wing attack, shared between Lucy McCabe, Vicky Evans and Hannah Wallis, to move up the court. In a challenging last quarter where Garnets gave a 100% effort, Purnell just pulled back into the lead for a dramatic finish to the game. Molly Gould was voted player of the match as Purnell won 36 – 33. A great team effort from all the young players.
Garnets started the first quarter slightly unsure of what to expect from the new Frome team as they took the early lead in the opening minutes. However with some timely interceptions from Molly Gould (GD) and Nicky Elkins (GK), the team starting to gel and the ball finally started to make it to Millie Burridge (GA) and Carly Langdon (GS). Both were shooting accurately taking Garnets into the lead 8 – 6 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued to see accurate shooting, and an early debut from Migle Praninskaite at GS due to injury. The centre court continued to work well with Lucy McCabe(C), Steph Elkins (WA), Vicky Evans (WD) forcing errors, while Lucie McDowell (GK) continued to move the ball well out of the end third after making some timely interceptions. The third quarter saw more changes for Garnets, with Sophie Butt joining the team alongside Hannah Wallis. Both worked well to find space and to help keep the lead which stretched to 21 - 15. The final quarter saw the lead open up further as Frome became flustered and began to run out of energy, but Garnets kept strong to win the game 27 - 17. The whole team played exceptionally well and really worked hard. They never let their guard down and ensured they played to the best of their ability the whole time. The player of the match was shared between Carly Langdon (GS) and Nicky Elkins (GK)
Garnets started the game strongly with great shooting from Steph Elkins (GA) and Alice Hocking (GS), supported by Hannah Wallis (C) and Lucy McCabe (WA). This resulted in the two teams keeping the game close at the end of the first quarter. Defensively there was also some excellent play from Vicky Evans (GD), Mia Bennett (WD) and Molly Gould (GK), who was playing her first game for the club. They were able to bring the ball into the attacking half giving Garnets the opportunity to keep with Walton. However, despite playing a steady game, Walton began to pull away. The introduction of Lucie McDowell at GK gave Garnets a definite boost, with her accurate interceptions, she was able to reach Lucy McCabe, who had moved to centre, and Nicola Elkins who had come on at WD. Sophie Butt had also a successful game at WA during the third quarter in her second game for the club. Although Garnets lost the game 16-40, the team gave 100% and didn’t give up. Lucy McCabe was voted player of the match.
Garnets gave a pleasing first performance on Saturday against Priory from Taunton. Priory took an early lead 7 – 2, despite good defending from Nic Hale and Nicky Elkins. During the second quarter, there were some great performances from Georgia Edmundson, and Hannah Wallis playing in her first senior game. A switch of positions during the third quarter took Hale to GS and Tanisha Birch to GA. The duo settled quickly to their task and brought the score to 12 – 18 going into the final quarter. Sophie Butt and Lucie McDowell, both also playing in their first senior game, played well. The final quarter was very even, with all players showing strength and determination, bringing the score to 20 – 26 to Priory at the whistle. Players of the match were Steph Elkins, Emma-Jayne Brown and Georgia Edmundson.