RUBIES MATCH REPORTS
In Rubies final match of the season against Bishops from Wells, Rubies were hopeful to finish the season with a win. Millie Burridge stepped in to cover injury as GS, and had her work cut out against experienced defence. Rubies played their own game with good steady accurate passing and excellent play between Paige Pople and Mille Burridge to take the lead at the end of the first quarter by 13-6. Bishops fought back and with some good interceptions, and made Rubies work hard but Rubies continued to stay ahead and led at half time 22-11. In the third quarter Rubies really upped their game and were able to force Bishops to make errors, which Rubies took advantage of. Mikki Hole and Sammie Brown made it easy to get the ball into the shooting circle, and with timely interceptions by Sandy Hocking and Debbie Chapman in defence, Rubies continued to stretch their lead to 29-17. In the final quarter however Bishops took control and play was very tight with Bishops reducing Rubies’ lead. In the last five minutes Rubies realised that they had to take control back and did so and were able to hold onto the lead and won 38-23. Player of the match Mikki Hole
In their penultimate match Rubies were home to Millfield. Rubies missing three team players had Adele Ranford, Nic Hale and Karen Lewis stepping into the breach. In the first quarter both teams were evenly matched and Rubies managed to lead with the score 7-6. In the second quarter Rubies had some issues with their passing which Millfield took advantage of and took the lead 15-11. In the third quarter Rubies made some changes but unfortunately did not work to their advantage and Millfield were able to pull away a little further to lead 30-18. In the final quarter Rubies returned their team to its original set up but Millfield stepped up their game and although Rubies fought hard and continued with their steady play from the defence, through the centre court to the attack, but they were unable to close the gap and Millfield won 42-23. Player of the match went to Mikki Hole.
Rubies played Parkfield of Galmington NC in Taunton. Rubies started slowly making errors with passing which allowed Parkfield to lead 12-10 during the first quarter. Unfortunately Rubies struggled during the second quarter, and with Parkfield continuing their strong play, they were able to take advantage and increase their lead with half time score 24-18. Kelly Radford was brought on at half time and she linked well with Mikki Hole and Paige Pople, bringing the ball into the circle and Rubies shooters held their own with accurate shots, to reduce the deficit to 3 at the end of the third quarter. Sandy Hocking and Deb Chapman worked really hard in the final quarter making crucial interceptions, and the ball was brought through the centre court by Rubies attackers, and finding their target Rubies pulled into the lead with only a few minutes left to play. With great communication between the team Rubies were able to hold onto their lead and won a very good, well fought and hard match 43-39. Player of match: Mikki Hole and Kerry Clark
With Rubies only winning by only one goal in their first meeting with Tone, it was
going to be a close second meeting today. Rubies took a few minutes to settle down
into their game but were able to take advantage of mistakes made by Tone to lead
at the end of the first quarter 13-4. With excellent defending once again by Sandy
Hocking and Nicola Hale Rubies were able to extend their lead at half time 24-9.
Lynne Cornish and Paige Pople were certainly on form with their shots meeting goal
from anywhere within the circle. Kerry Clark, Mikki Hole and Sammie Brown worked
extremely well to bring the ball through the centre court to the circle, and again
Rubies extended their lead to 35-16 thanks to accurate shooting. The whole team were
back on form and with the normal team effort ended with a good victory 48-21. Paige
Pople and Mikki Hole shared player of the match.
It was a hard struggle for Rubies when meeting Swans from Wells for the second time this season. After having many weeks of great matches, Rubies struggled to make their game work against Swans who are sitting second in the table. Swans attack never missed goal and led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately Rubies fell further behind in the second quarter despite excellent defending from Sandy Hocking and Debbie Chapman. At half time the score was 34-13 to Swans. Rubies started to communicate more, supporting each other well during the third quarter, which was much better, and showed some great play between Sammie Brown, Mikki Hole and Kerry Clark, but even though they kept fighting into the fourth quarter were not able to make any headway, with Swans winning the game 56-34. Player of the match went to Kerry Clark.
Rubies played away to Harlequins from Norton with three of their team missing and Roxy McDowell, Leanne Wegg and Emily Hoare stepping into the breach. The first quarter was equally matched with both sides taking time to start scoring and with excellent defence leaving the score 8-6 to Minstrels. Rubies struggled in the second quarter as Harlequins came into their own and were able to increase their lead with a half time score 22-17. Continued hard work by Rubies and some accurate shooting by Lynne Cornish kept Rubies within reach, but Harlequins kept their lead 32-26. In the last quarter with great defence by Sandy Hocking, Kerry Clark and Emily Hoare making it hard work for the Harlequins shooters, however they didn’t miss and were able to stretch their lead with a final score of 44-34. Once again Rubies made a good team effort and thanks to those who played up. Player of the match Sandy Hocking.
On the return match Rubies met town rivals Neptune, and after a steady start Rubies pulled ahead 16 - 8. With continued calm play Rubies kept the lead however Neptune worked hard to pull closer despite strong defending from Rubies. but Rubies held onto their lead 27 - 22. Both teams worked hard in the third quarter with mistakes being made at both ends. Mikki Hole and Kerry Clark linked well with good back up from Karen Lewis. Strong passing into the circle assisted with excellent shots from Paige Pople kept Rubies in the lead 39-31. In the final quarter both teams continued to play strongly and competitively, but Rubies held onto their lead winning 56-42. The whole team played exceptional well. Player match was Paige Pople
Rubies Claremont of Galmington for the second time this season. Rubies had three team players missing, bringing up Katie Dennison, Karen Lewis and Emma-Jayne Brown. Steady play throughout the first quarter enabled Rubies to keep ahead 13 - 8. Tight marking and good passing from Emma-Jayne Brown into the shooting circle enabled Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish to make excellent shots at goal, and Rubies continued to move ahead, and at half time the score was 23-19. Mikki Hole, had an excellent game at centre, making vital interceptions, and with her accurate passing at both ends of the Court, Rubies remained focussed and positive. Tight defence led by Sandy Hocking, assisted in Rubies keeping their lead with three quarter time score 32 - 27. Claremont kept Rubies on their toes with tight marking during the final quarter, and forced Rubies into making some mistakes, but with determination Rubies pulled ahead increasing their lead to a final score of 46-34. Once more a good team effort and thanks to those playing up. Mikki Hole was voted player of match.
It was a very intense midweek interclub game in which Rubies took an early lead in the first quarter whilst Sapphires struggled to find their rhythm, and settle into a different line up. The second quarter saw some excellent shooting by Sapphires which reduced the deficit, and at the end of the quarter, Sapphires had taken the lead. A great team effort from Rubies with youngsters Kerry Clark, Mikki Hole and Paige Pople linking well and moving the ball swiftly into the shooting circle, and with excellent shooting accuracy from Paige and Lynne Cornish, keeping the game close, but Sapphires remained ahead. Rubies pressured attack forced Sapphires to change their team around, but despite the continued strong play Sapphires stayed ahead with a small lead going into the final quarter. Rubies however, stepped up a gear and determined defence from Sandy Hocking and Debbie Chapman forced errors by Sapphires and Rubies capitalised on their interceptions. In a close and exciting finish, Rubies retook the lead half way through the quarter, and as the whistle blew won the game 37 – 33. Player of the match was awarded to Mikki Hole.
In the worst weather so far this season Rubies played away to Claremont. It was a slow start for both teams with lots of mistakes being made due to coldness and at the end of the first quarter Claremont led 8 - 5. Sammie Brown returning after injury settled down and Rubies defence of Laura Coombes and Sandy Hocking came into their own and made Claremont work for any goals scored. At half time the score was even at 13 - 13. Rubies continued to work hard, and with Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish finding good space in the circle managed to keep the score very close with only one goal in it at 3/4 time with Claremont leading 21 - 20. In the final quarter everyone went all out on both sides. Laura Coombes had an excellent game back at GD, Kerry Clark and Mikki Hole helped bring the ball to Rubies end but however hard everyone fought Rubies were pipped to the post and lost by one with the final score 27 - 26 to Claremont. Player of the match was deservedly Laura Coombes.
Rubies played Wells’ first team Swans, in what they knew was to be a very hard match as they are currently unbeaten in second place in the league. Rubies however with steady play, tight marking and accurate shooting came out the leaders of the first quarter by two goals 8 - 6. Unfortunately in the second quarter Wells played strongly, with their shooters on great form and not missing, and mistakes being made by Rubies and so Rubies trailed at half time 17 - 23. After a good team talk Rubies once again steadied their play, and with excellent defending by Sandy Hocking and Nic Hale, Rubies managed to pull back the score at 3/4 time with Wells only leading 32 to 29. Laura Coombes had a brilliant game finding space to help centre Court Mikki Hole and Kerry Clark and feeding in to the circle to Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish. But Swans fought hard with strong determination and were able to pull away to a final score of 48 - 40. Rubies played very well as a team and everyone deserved praise. Player of the match was rightly deserved by Laura Coombes.
Rubies travelled to Dolphins of Stanchester in their first encounter this season. Rubies started steadily in what they knew would be a tough match. Due to the steady game play and determination, Rubies were able to take the lead at the end of the first quarter 10 goals to 9. The play continued to be even with interceptions being made by each team with a half time score of 18 - 17 to Rubies. Rubies kept their heads and with excellent defending by Sandy Hocking, Laura Coombes and Kerry Clark they were able to bring the ball up through centre court making valuable passes to Mikki Hole and Emma Brown who were then able to find Lynne Cornish and Paige Pople. The game remained very close but Rubies held onto their one goal lead 28 - 27 at end of third quarter. In the final quarter Rubies became a little unsettled but soon got back to their game and throughout it was goal for goal. Rubies did however pull out the stops and were able to hold their lead winning 37 to 35. An excellent team effort. Player of the match Laura Coombes.
With another change in the line up for Rubies the team set out to play Dukes from Tor for the 2nd time this season. It was a slow start for both teams, who were hampered by the weather. Dukes took an early lead but Rubies were able to pull it back leading 13 -11 at the end of the first quarter. Kerry Clark at centre linked well with Emma Brown, and Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish worked hard to receive their passes into the circle. Mistakes on both sides kept the score close at half time 23 -20 to Rubies. Excellent defending by Sandy Hocking and Laura Coombes kept the Dukes shooters working hard. Alex Williams made good tips and marked extremely well, with Rubies taking advantage of their opponents errors, enabling Rubies to extend their lead to 37 - 28 at end of third quarter. In the final quarter everyone went out full throttle. Rubies connected well as a team and it was a real team effort from the defence to the centre Court to the shooting end. Rubies pulled ahead and kept their lead winning 45 -36. Player of the match was Lynne Cornish
Rubies had a hard fought match against Taunton second team Tone, but with steady play Rubies managed to pull into the lead, which was brought level by Tone at quarter time 8 all. In the second quarter Mikki Hole and Laura Coombes fought hard to get the passes into the circle and with some excellent moves by Paige Pople and great team play with Lynne Cornish, Rubies took a lead at half time 20 -16. The defensive duo Sandy Hocking, Deb Chapman and Kerry Clark worked overtime keeping Tone’s shooters from scoring, and Rubies managed to extend the lead to 28 – 20. With changes made to Tone's attack, in the final quarter, Rubies had to pull out all the stops. Mistakes were made on both sides, and the shooting from Tone became accurate enabling them to pull back making the fourth quarter some very exciting and nail biting netball. Rubies were able to keep Tone at bay, and pipped them at the final whistle by winning by a goal with the final score Rubies 37 Tone 36. Players of the match Sandy Hocking and Paige Pople.
Rubies had a slow start to this week's match however were able to keep within one goal of Neptune with the first quarter score 14 13. Unfortunately Rubies let the game slip in the second quarter and Neptune took full advantage of mistakes made taking a half time lead of 32 24. In the third quarter saw Rubies started to settle down and fight back but were unable to pull any closer as Neptune shooters were on great form keeping a 10 goal lead at 46 36. In the final quarter Rubies really fought back and were able to close the gap losing by 5 goals with the final score 55 50. Player of the match Mikki Hole
Rubies had a tough game against Dolphins and with a slow start in the first quarter Dolphins took full advantage leading 15 4. In the second quarter some changes to the centre Court helped Rubies settled down with Roxy McDowell filling in at GS and Paige Pople at GA, finding goal they were able to reduce the deficit, but Dolphins kept their lead 24 14 by half time. Debbie Chapman and Mikki Hole fought hard in the defence and Emma Brown and Laura Coombes feeding well into the circle, but Dolphins defence made it hard work, retaining their lead 30 21. In the final quarter Nic Hale was brought on to give some added height, and with the whole team trying their hardest were able to pull closer to Dolphins, but with Dolphins GS on fine form, it was very difficult to close the gap as much as the team would have liked, with the game ending 37 30 to Dolphins. A good effort by Rubies overall. Players of the match were Emma-Jayne Brown and Laura Coombes
Rubies played their fourth game of the season against Dukes. Rubies started well with good consistent play in the first quarter. Some mistakes were made whilst they settled down, but Rubies were able to take the lead 13-8 at the end of the first quarter. With continued steady play Laura Coombes and Jo Bromme linking well with Rubies shooters, and Rubies defence making it difficult for Dukes attack, and Rubies were able to increase their lead to 23-16 at half time. Some position changes made a postive difference to Rubies’ game. It was a good team effort but during the third quarter, Dukes took advantage of small mistakes made by Rubies. However, once Rubies had the ball they utilised it well, pulling further ahead 39-20. The final quarter was a good all round one. Sandy Hocking, Debbie Chapman and Emily Hoare defended extremely well, centre Court Laura Coombes and Jo Bromme found Rubies shooters Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish, and nothing could be taken away from the great team effort with a final score of 50-27 to Rubies. Players of the match were Laura Coombes, Paige Pople and Lynne Cornish.
Rubies met with Millfield for what they knew would be a hard match. The first quarter did not go well for Rubies with Millfield pulling ahead 12 - 4. Rubies made some changes to gain height in their defending circle by placing Paige Pople as GK, which proved successful. Although Rubies battled hard, Millfield made good use of mistakes made. Half time score was 21 - 10. Paige Pople, Debbie Chapman and Jo Bromme continued to battle hard and caused problems for the Millfield attack however Rubies were still finding it difficult to score. In the final quarter with consistent effort by Laura Coombes and Emma-Jayne Brown Rubies improved getting the ball into their own circle, having their best quarter out of the game. Tracey Stiles managed to score regularly but it was not enough to pull any closer to Millfield’s final score at full time which was 51 – 22. Player of the match was well deserved by Paige Pople.
Rubies started slowly against Bishops from Wells, trailing 11 – 8 at the end of the first quarter, however, the team picked up their game during the second quarter, with better movement in the shooting circle between Tracey Stiles and Lynne Cornish, ending 19 – 16 to Bishops. Great defence from Sandy Hocking and Debbie Chapman, linking well with centre court players, saw Rubies begin to fight back and the quarter ended 27 – 25. A closely fought final quarter, with the lead eventually being taken by Rubies and Bishops levelling, however, a goal in the final seconds from Stiles helped
Rubies to win their first game 33 - 32
Rubies started well against Parkfield, with great flow through the centre court, and interceptions from defenders Debbie Chapman and Nic Hale. Meanwhile, Paige Pople was playing an excellent game in her promotion to the third team, working well with Roxy McDowell and Laura Coombes. The score at half time was 26 – 15 to Parkfield. An injury to Sammie Brown meant a shuffle around for the Rubies team, who were already missing two regular team members. Kerry Clark came on at WD, Clare Tottle moved to WA and Laura Coombes to C. The team settled to their task quickly, with excellent movement in the attacking circle keeping spirits up for the team, however, on this occasion and with so many changes to the team, Rubies were unable to match their opponents and Parkfield won the game 51 – 34. Paige Pople was voted player of the game.