1st VII Netball v Belhaven

Wednesday 3rd February
Belhaven 20 – St. Mary’s 2

1st Netball v Belhaven 3216

Sunny Wednesday’s have been in short supply recently, so to be blessed with a bright, although perhaps not balmy afternoon, was a pleasant change. We arrived in Dunbar in good time for a rigorous warm up and for a 2.30pm start.

Although the score-line might suggest otherwise, with the exception of the second quarter, the game was well fought. Yes, we came second in the each quarter, however the margins were not significant. Add them together though and it paints a slightly different picture!

The game started positively and both teams enjoyed possession. We were sloppy with it which the Belhaven girls capitalised upon, but not perhaps as much as they might have. Lucy R and Stephaniedefended well and forced them the shoot from distance which subsequently affected their success rate. The quarter finished 0 – 4.

We then switched off slightly and allowed our hosts too much space. As a result and with their shooters finding their range, we were 1 – 13 down at half time.

We made a couple of tactical changes at the break and the girls were encouraged to dig deep and fight and that’s exactly what they did. Our marking was significantly better as was our ability to find space. Unfortunately some careless handling gave away possession too frequently, otherwise the 1 – 2 score-line in that quarter could easily have been more favourable. All the girls played their best netball in this period. Molly, Cameron & Lucy B linked well with each other and achieved a much healthier success rate with their passing. At times we struggled to get the ball to Flora and Annabel who in turn were being very well marked, although I was pleased that the team were rewarded with a well- deserved goal at the end of a very positive quarter.

Unfortunately the final ten minutes was less productive for us, although the girls certainly did fight. More dynamic movement and change of speed and direction would have enabled passes to find their targets more easily and this will be a focus of our game going forward. I was also pleased to see that infringements for footwork, close marking or contact were very few and far between.

We have proven so far this season in at least one phase of every game that the girls have the ability to compete and match their opponents. I hope the girls take heart from this and raise their self belief. However, this won’t just happen, girls; we need to make it happen. Well persevered today.

Mr P.


Ian Purvis, 04/02/2016

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