This year’s netball season comes to an end and Gems played their final game against Wyndham from Yeovil. Gems communicated well throughout the game, which enabled them to play a fast and accurate match. They took an early lead and built on it in every quarter. All players worked hard the final score was 63 – 29 to Gems. Danni Keirle deserved the player of the match award.
Gems showed their impressive versatility on Saturday when they met Babylon from Yeovil, with all bar one player playing out of their regular position.
Excellent dynamic play from Hannah Clapp and Kerry Hobbs in the shooting circle gave Gems a lead from the start, and with consistent pressure from defending players Amy Witcombe and Susan Bushnell, Gems kept the lead throughout the game to win 44 – 36.
Players of the match were Helen Martin, Kerry Hobbs and Hannah Clapp.
Special thank you to Debbie Chapman for a fantastic effort, standing in at the last minute due to an injury during warm up.
Everyone was in positive spirit their game against Knights, with Beth fella filling in for Danni Keirle, still recovering from her ankle injury. The first quarter saw everyone playing well well, with good movement coming down the court and accurate shooting taking Gems to an 8 goal lead. With a new GA coming on for Knights, Kerry Hobbs and Susan Bushnell adapted well to the change, getting tips on ball and helping with the resulting attacking play, and Gems had extended their lead to 10 at half time. The third quarter saw Gems looking to increase their lead and with interceptions from Amy Witcombe, and strong play from Helen Martin making excellent passes into shooters Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp, Gems had and impressive quarter and were ahead by 19 goals going into the final quarter. With yet another GA on for Knights, Gems were not fazed and stuck to their task with great play from one end to the other and many interceptions from everyone, Gems closed them down and forced Knights to make mistakes. Gems took advantage of this to win the game 53-31. Player of the match was shared between Kerry Hobbs and Helen Martin.
In a tough game against Galmington side Hovelands, Gems were goal for goal in the first opening minutes. With tight defending from Hovelands, Gems attack struggled to find any movement around the circle. However, when the shooters were given the ball they took the long shot to great accuracy. Moving down the court Hovelands were quick, however some great delaying from defenders Susan Bushnell and Beth Fella forced Hovelands to reset their play. Kerry Hobbs moved back to GK to try and keep Hovelands’ tall shooter at bay, with some long balls going in to her, Gems’ defence coped tremendously well and forced some errors. Centre court was kept under control by Helen Martin and Amy Witcombe who both found great space, working hard throughout the game. The final score was a disappointing loss for Gems with a score of 57-38 Player of the match - Kerry Hobbs
Gems met local rivals Saturn from Bridgwater NC today. Throughout the first and
second quarter Gems flowed quickly, moving the ball well down the court, and with
both ends working hard. During the second quarter Gems defence started to gel, and
they extended their lead thanks to well timed interceptions from both Kerry Hobbs
and Sue Bushnell, taking the score to 24-14. Great centre play by Carly Martin and
Helen Martin ensured Gems turned over Saturn's centre passes on numerous occasions.
Great shooting by Hannah Clapp and Justine Pearn ensured gems won 47-27 player of
match was Susan Bushnell.
Gems met Trident for the second time this season, and the first half was evenly contested by both teams with GK Susan Bushnell and GD Amy Witcombe putting pressure on Trident's shooters, but a few errors by Gems meant the quarter ended 14-17 to Trident. The game was fast paced and WA Helen Martin worked well with Gems shooters to continue o provide scoring opportunities. However, Trident made the most of any possession and pulled ahead to 29-36 at half time. With great team play, Gems continued to play strongly, and did not allow Trident to increase their lead in an evenly fought quaurter at the end of which the score was 40-47 to Trident. Gems continued to fight and on various occasions closed the gap. WD Danni Keirle combined well with the attack to work the ball down to the circle, but accurate play by Trident enabled them to stay ahead with the final score being 56-63. Players and umpires player of the match was Helen Martin .
Gems were determined to start the game strongly, and went out hard from the first whistle. Gems put great pressure on Jupiter as they worked the ball down the court, forcing errors and enabling Gems to make crucial turn overs to gain an early lead, with the first quarter finishing 16 – 11. Gems maintained their lead in the second quarter and accurate shooting from Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp helped Gems to increase their lead to 33 - 24 at half time. ile Gems’ defenders, Sue Bushnell and Kerry Hobbs, kept the pressure on Jupiter’s shooters, and with Danni Keirle intercepting many centre court passes, ensured the advantage remained with Gems. With the pace fast and effort from both teams high, the final quarter was well fought out by both teams. A change to Jupiter’s defenders meant Gems had to adapt to a different sytle of defending, making it more difficult for Amy Witcombe and Helen Martin to pass the ball straight into Gems’ shooters, but patient edge of the circle play, enabled the shooters to find their space before an accurate and safel pass made it into the circle. Gems wanted to ensure they maintained their lead, and with great team effort and depth and determination in their game, Gems took the game 52 – 47, depsite a strong fight back from Jupiter in the final minutes. Danni Keirle was voted player of the game.
Gems met Newton from Yeovil for their match this weekend. From the start it was clear that Gems were on top form. Strong pressure was put on Newton’s attack by all players, and the turn over balls were taken advantage of by Gems, who took a substantial lead from the start. Quick passes and accurate shooting took Gems to a 59 – 28 victory, with player of the match being deserved by shooter Hannah Clapp.
With a wet start to match Gems started off slowly, but with accurate shooting from Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp, and with good movement in the circle, Gems took the lead at the end of the first quarter. With great passing down the court between Amy Witcombe and Danni Keirle, Gems maintained their lead going into the second half of the game. However, Gems took a while to get going in the third quarter allowing Sharks to pull back the deficit, but with good interceptions from Helen Martin, Gems kept their lead by just a couple of goals. With Kerry Hobbs and Susan Bushnell swapping positions in the last quarter, the defence frustrated Sharks’ shooters, with strong and tight marking, and well-timed interceptions resulting in turn over play. With continued great shooting Gems won the match 39 – 42. Man of match was Helen Martin.
After extra practices and hard work from all the team, Gems started their game against Vivary from Taunton, in high spirits. The first quarter remained close as expected, and Vivary had a marginal one goal advantage as the teams moved into the second quarter. Gems’ extra speed and fitness showed during this quarter, and with great defending from Kerry Hobbs and Sue Bushnell, putting pressure on the Vivary attack, Gems took full advantage to move in front 20 – 15 at half time. Danni Keirle, Amy Witcombe and Helen Martin worked the central court area strongly, moving the ball swiftly into shooters Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp, who ensured that Gems held a 32 – 25 lead moving into the final quarter. Both teams worked hard during the final quarter, fighting to the end, however, Gems’ shooters were magnificent, barely missing and with well-timed interceptions throughout the court, Gems took a very well deserved victory 46 – 29. Player of the match was shared between Helen Martin and Sue Bushnell
Gems started off well against the travelling Tomahawks. With new ideas from Thursday’s training session Gems were eager to try to put these on the court. Throughout the first and second quarter Gems were flowing well, with both ends working hard. Great centre court play from Katie Ball and Helen Martin ensured Gems turned over the Tomahawkes centre pass on numerous occasions, and helped the team to a 34 – 16 lead at half time. During the third quarter Gems’ defence started to zone, therefore making it difficult for Tomahawks to move the ball forward, and the resulting turnovers helped Gems to extend their lead to 49 - 21. During the fourth quarter Tomahawks started to settle into the game and started to play some good netball. However that did not stop Gems as they still worked hard to take the match 57 – 34. Player of the match was shared between Hannah Clapp and Kerry Hobbs, but it was a great all round team effort
Gems started goal for goal in their cup tie against Wyndham from Yeovil, but began to pull away with good movement down the court, making every pass count. With great feeding from Amy Witcombe and Helen Martin, shooters Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp finished the move off, with excellent and accurate shots. Throughout the game, Gems worked well as a team, with good movement and support. Strong defending from Danni Keirle, Kerry Hobbs and Sue Bushnell restricted Wyndham’s attempts at goal, which showed in the final result a 61 – 23 win for Gems.
Gems met Knights from Glastonbury on a frosty Saturday morning. After a good warm up Gems were raring to go and started the first quarter strongly, leading 16 -7 at the end of the first quarter. Great centre court play from Amy Witcombe, Helen Martin and Danni Keirle helped Gems to keep the pressure on the Knights players and increased their lead to 28 – 12. Strong shooting from Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp, and strong team play throughout the court, helped to maintain Gems lead in the third quarter extending the lead to 39 – 19. Gems were determined to continue to dominate the game during the final quarter, but Knights began to fight back causing Gems to make some errors, however, Gems got it together and with great interceptions from Sue Bushnell and Kerry Hobbs, the team took the final score to a great 47 – 28 win. Justine Pearn was voted player of the match.
Vivary started strongly against Gems, taking a 6 – 1 lead, however, determination from Gems, and interceptions from centre court players Amy Witcombe, Helen Martin and Danni Keirle helped Gems to close the gap, and the first quarter ended 12 – 10 to Vivary. Gems kept the pressure on their opponents during the second quarter, and great marking from Sue Bushnell and Kerry Hobbs, made it difficult for Vivary’s attackers to feed the ball into their shooters. During the third quarter, Vivary fought back and began to pull away despite accurate shooting from Hannah Clapp and Justine Pearn and the score was 36 – 28 to Vivary going into the final quarter. Despite drive and determination from the Gems players, they were unable to pull back the score and Vivary won the game 48 – 39. Players of the match were Kerry Hobbs and Helen Martin
Gems met Saturn today in a local derby on a dull, wintry morning. After a slow start Gems began to get into their stride taking a small lead at the end of the first quarter. Although Saturn pushed Gems all the way, towards the end of the third quarter, Gems finally managed to see some daylight between theirs and Saturn’s score. They continued to pull away thanks to strong defending from Sue Bushnell and Kerry Hobbs, whilst shooters Justine Pearn and Hannah Clapp were making every shot count. The final score was 53- 46 to Gems with Helen Martin voted player of the game.
Gems pushed Trident hard in a closely contested game. With the score remaining close throughout the first half thanks to great defensive work from Sue Bushnell and Kerry Hobbs. Helen Martin supported well throughout the court, finding shooters Hannah Clapp and Justine Pearn. Trident managed to pull away to a 9 goal lead, but during the second half, Amy Witcombe and player of the match Danni Keirle hassled their opponents strongly and made some great interceptions which resulted in goals for Gems, who reduced the deficit to 6 at the final whistle. A good result against a strong unbeaten Trident side.
Gems made the journey to Paulton to play Tomahawks today, and started their game strongly with great partnership in the attacking circle with Hannah Clapp and Justine Pearn. Centre court players Katie Ball, Danni Keirle and Helen Martin worked the ball well up the court. The defensive circle saw Sue Bushnell and Amy Witcombe pressurising their opponents well, and in a tight and well fought game, Gems came out on top winning 48 – 45. Justine Pearn was voted player of the match.
Gems has a new line up this season in defence and attack, with Sue Bushnell playing her first Premier game at GK, and Helen Martin returning to the team at WA. Although Gems suffered a defeat in their first match of the season against Hovelands of Galmington, they went out with a positive start keeping the first quarter pretty even ending 11 – 8 to Hovelands. All players were working tirelessly trying to get the ball down to the shooting end so Nic Hale and Justine Pearn could sink the ball in to the back of the net. Half time approached and Hovelands’ fast pace, well timed interceptions and accurate shooting made the gap in the score line even greater ending 23 - 13. Entering the third quarter, Gems made some changes to try and close the gap, however, on this occasion Hovelands were too strong and quick for the Gems side with the final score being 43 – 24 to Hovelands. Man of the match was shared between Danni Keirle and Sue Bushnell, with Danni receiving the umpire vote too.
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