Eagles U13 v Woodley

Eagles 61 - 19 Woodley

The final match! Undefeated Eagles take on mid-table Woodley Blue.  The last time these two teams met Eagles defeated them with a comfortable 43 – 14.  Can the Eagles improve on this and remain the only undefeated team in the U13s Berkshire League?


Woodley have the first centre pass and the start of the game begins with some quick passing and an early goal from the Eagles GS Grace.  Eagles are already dominating the first quarter with a lovely defensive interception from Keira which sets up the second goal for the Eagles with just a couple of minutes having passed.  There is a positive buzz around the court and the Eagles are decisive and fluid in their passing in the first five minutes of play.  Some silly mistakes from the team however see Woodley score their first goal, this only to fuel the energy back into the Eagles.  With the Eagles placing pressure on Woodley, it makes it difficult for them to find players to pass and they are penalised for holding the ball beyond 3 seconds. Eagles take this advantage and beautiful passing to Grace between Izzy, Sophie and Lottie result in a further goal.  Izzy holds the ball from going out of play with one hand and swiftly passes this to Grace who converts this to another goal.  The play between the girls is fast paced and they are finding spaces and passing to each other with skill and a high degree of accuracy.  Woodley are defending well but the Eagles show persistence and tenacity resulting in a breakthrough of the Woodley defence and another brilliant goal. Towards the end of this quarter Woodley want to cause Eagles difficulties by double marking Grace, but the Eagles attackers and centre come to her aid, passing high balls which Grace easily snatches from the air to score another goal.  This quarter ends with Eagles ahead; Eagles 16 – 5 Woodley.


The only change in the team is Izzy, who steps out as centre to make way for Amelia. The play is full of energy and Eagles are in control of the game and finding their way through the Woodley defence with relative ease during the first few minutes of this quarter. Woodley are working hard to break through the Eagles tight knit team and a couple of errors from the Eagles result in Woodley scoring a goal.  However, the Eagles team are showing their strength in intercepting and applying pressure on the opposition.  Anna is again proving to be an outstanding goal keeper and Sophie and Georgia show how to benefit from the Woodley team dropping the ball.  Their quick thinking and action leads to further goals for the Eagles with some excellent goal scoring from Sophie.  This quarter ends with Woodley managing 2 goals and the Eagles converting 21 goals; this quarter ends Eagles 37 – 7 Woodley.


Eagles have come out to this quarter with a few changes to the team; Georgia and Anna swopping positions (GD and GK) and Izzy placed as WA.  Woodley have come out in this quarter with a fighting edge to them and this is causing the Eagles to make a few silly mistakes.  Woodley take advantage of this and score; keeping the pressure on the Eagles who have to defend hard.  There are moments of the Eagles dropping of the ball and their play appears a little scrambled but a few words from the coach on the side-lines helps them get back into their rhythm and start claiming the goals to keep them ahead.  This was a tough quarter with Woodley pulling back 6 goals to the Eagles 11.  However, the Eagles remain ahead with 48 - 13 Woodley.


This is the final quarter of the final match of the season and the Eagles have so far remained undefeated.  The team make their final changes; with Grace off and replaced with Sophie as GS, Lottie as GA, Izzy as C and Amelia as WA.  This quarter sees Woodley defending hard against the tenacious and unforgiving Eagles. The team appear a little tired as they play this last quarter and Woodley are pushing against the Eagles defence and score.  Some encouragement on ‘one second passing’ from the coach sees the team pick up the pace a little and they manage to pull the scoring back and defend and attack well resulting in a final score of Eagles 61 – 19 Woodley.

This was an incredible match and all the girls demonstrated some fantastic ball skill, pace and team-working and each deserves recognition for their play today. Woodley voted Keira as their Player of the Match; and this is the 6th time this season she has been voted. Well done Keira.

The end to a very successful season for the girls playing and winning 10 matches; intact they have only lost one quarter all season. A remarkable achievement. Well done ALL.


Eagles U11 v Wokingham Red

Final Score Eagles 37 : 10 Wokingham Red

Quarter 1 saw a confident start for the Eagles with two rapidly scored opening goals and, with some good interception work from Isobel and Tamara the way was made for two more goals from Imogen.  Isla at C and Sienna at GA kept feeding the ball forwards, and together with Eloise at WA, they co-ordinated well to set up the next three goals. Wokingham grabbed a first goal in the last minute of the quarter.


Quarter 2 saw changes for all but one of the positions.  However the goals still kept coming, Annabel passed well at WA, working hard with Melody to keep feeding the shooters.  At half time it was 19 : 5 to Eagles, due in no small part to the doggedness of the central players and excellent defending. 


Quarter 3 again started with a swift goal for the Eagles and more goals quickly followed. Rhiannon as GK worked hard to get the ball back up towards the shooters and another string of goals.  


Quarter 4 with more changes Eagles powered on with great team co-ordination in attack and defence with Joely working well at WD.  


At the final score Wokingham’s tally was 10 and Eagles had moved on to 37.

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Eagles U13 v Wokingham

Eagles 56 - 11 Wokingham

Another Sunday, and another Berkshire league U13 netball game in the offing.  This week’s opposition Wokingham - could the girls improve on the 45 - 12 win from last time they played?

A coin toss saw Eagles win the centre pass, and immediately piled on the pressure, quickly going 5 up without reply. Even with a very slippery surface the girls worked well together with great linkage between Lottie and SophieKeira and Georgia and some great work from Izzy as centre, intercepts from Holly and shooting from Grace - the whistle went and in the girls went at the end of the 1st quarter, 14 - 2 up.

The start to Q2 saw first blood go to Wokingham - so was there fire in the Wokingham belly?  Sophie quickly replied to quench the fire. Some great disruptive play from Eagles and again drives and linkages between IzzyKeira and Sophie and Lottie and Grace saw points rack up one after another. In our defensive third fantastic work from Holly and Georgia neutralise their attack to win the period 14 - 3 and go into half time with a score of 28 – 5.

Q3 saw some positional changes with Emily (playing up) as GS, helping out for the day.  Keira moved to C, Georgia to GK, Holly to GD and Grace to WD. Straight out of the blocks saw pressure on Wokingham with a number of held balls aiding and abetting the Eagles turnovers. An intercept from Holly saw the ball move to Keira to Sophie to Emilyand bang, one on the scoreline for Eagles.  Lottie was keeping their GD busy and Grace and Georgia were neutralising their attack. The whistle soon blew and in the girls went for their last coach discussion, winning the period 16 – 3 to go into the fourth quarter at 44 – 8.

Q4 saw a few changes in position, Sophie was given a rest and Izzy came back on as C as Keira moved to WA.  Lottie as GA drew first blood in a rather error strewn start of the period, but after some encouragement from the coach the simple errors started to disappear. Again, some nice interplay between IzzyKeiraLottie and Emily put pressure on the Wokingham defence and kept it on them all the way to the final whistle. The held balls, intercepts and turnovers kept coming as the girls turned the screw in attack and in defence. Once again, Holly, Georgia and Grace effectively neutralised any attack and were quick to move the ball out of the defensive D, through the channels and put pressure back on the Wokingham defence. Our girls pushed through the 50-point barrier with little reply.  Wokingham managed to grab a couple of points to take them into double points. A contact penalty was the only way the opposition scored and the whistle blew with the girls winning the period 12 - 3 to round off with a final score of 56 - 11: an improvement in attack and defence from the previous meeting (45-12).

Keira aka “elastagirl” was awarded player of the match by the Wokingham team, which would have been justified on her slides and stretches on the slippery court alone  - and who found out that “yes”, she could do the splits!



Eagles U13 v Newbury

Eagles 40 - 28 Newbury

With a starting seven of Anna, Holly, Keira, Amelia, Izzy, Lottie and Grace we got the luck of the toss to have the centre pass but in a sign of what was could be to come, Newbury got the turnover and went 1 up.  For the next 10 minutes the play on both sides was turnover after turnover – and the score climbed steadily for both teams. After some strong defence and intercepts we started to gel, putting points on the board without reply thanks to some top quality shooting by Grace – eventually finishing the quarter 12 - 6 up.

For Q2, Sophie came in as GA and Lottie had a break. With an Eagles centre pass and some strong defence we were quickly 15 - 6 up and then piled on the pressure with great intercepts. Excellent linkages between Izzy, Amelia and Sophie saw pressure build on the Newbury defence. Combined with much better work in our defensive circle and across the court saw us deliver a much better 2nd quarter to win the period 13 to 7, finishing 25 - 13.

Q3 saw a bench change with Lottie as GA, Sophie as GS and Grace taking a break. Newbury had the centre pass and with a turnover we started the 3rd Quarter strongly taking the first point. With some great defence and intercepts from Anna and Holly and some brilliant intercepts from Keira, leaping like a flying salmon, we built the pressure in the first few minutes but Newbury pegged us back to see us narrowly win the period 7 to 6, finishing 32 - 19.

The final quarter saw Grace come back on a GS and Sophie take a break. Whatever team talk the Newbury coach had given her squad, it had worked as they came out fighting with 5 points on the bounce before we were able to sink one. The flow of play then was with us, and our centre court players ensured that the ball was kept in the opposition half. Thanks to accurate shooting by Grace and Lottie we put a few on the board without reply. The flow of the game was then tit for tat until the final whistle which saw the score 40 - 28.

 With strong determination and resilience shown across the court, it was our toughest battle so far this season and it has identified some things for us to work on for the future.

There were elements of brilliance in all the players, and Keira was awarded player of the match by the Newbury team.



Eagles U12B v Newbury


March 10th, 2019


Final score Eagles 22 : 28 Newbury


Coming up to the end of the season, with two more matches left to play, this was an important game for Eagles. From the start it was clear that this would be a closely battled game.  Both sides came out with a tough defence and Eagles struggled with their passing at times, especially in getting the ball into the circle.  The first quarter ended 4 -8.


The second quarter saw some better passing and shooting.  Again the defenders kept up the pressure and Eagles stayed with Newbury ending the half just four points behind.


If the match was not tense enough, the third quarter increased the intensity even further.  With some excellent teamwork from Eagles, they were able to close the gap, levelling the score at one point.  Going into the fourth quarter the score was 16-18 to Newbury. 


It was a nail biting final quarter, with Eagles staying close and the defenders doing a good job of slowing down Newbury. But in the end the accuracy of Newbury’s shooters and some great passing proved too much.  Newbury took the win 28-22.  


Well done to both teams for an exciting and tense match with neither team giving up until the final whistle. 



Player of the Match was Annabel.




Final score Eagles 50 - 24 Royals

Venue: Bracknell Leisure Centre

Date: Sunday 3rd March 2019

Happy girls with their coach Neil Day.

Happy girls with their coach Neil Day.

The game was really good spirited and both teams worked very hard.

An early held ball by Royals gave Eagles a chance and an early goal ensued. Royals then replied with a tremendous goal from long range. Royals then dominated early play and scored the next 3 goals. Royals played with a calm, relaxed demeanour and their passing was considered and accurate. 

Suddenly, Eagles found their feet and there was a flurry of goals. The shooters missed few chances and scored the next 6 goals. Eagles’ Goal Defence and Goal Keeper played well together and cleared several balls. They were reading the game well and denied the Royals' shooters. 

Eagles’ Wing Defence was playing well too and outwitted the opposition several times. It was a close quarter.

The quarter finished Eagles 10 - 7 Royals.

Eagles commanded the start of the next quarter. The game was more fluid and the pace picked up. There were several blocks by Eagles’ defence. Eagles relied on a few rebounds to score but the team looked in control. There was a super long range goal by Royals which was matched by a similar goal from Eagles.

Eagles’ Goal Defence was determined and held off the attacks by Royals. The game was exciting to watch. Royals kept their composure and played with confidence. The Eagles’ Centre Third were working hard and they made several turnovers.

The quarter finished Eagles 24 - 13 Royals.

Royals started the quarter with an impressive goal. Quickly matched by an Eagles' counterattack and goal. Royals were marking well but there were several Eagles’ turnovers in the Centre Third. Eagles’  Wing Attack made some solid interceptions. The middle of the quarter saw scoring from both teams. 

The game was fast moving and passing was accurate with many long balls. Both teams were taking their time to think of their next move and there was much set play. There were several long, high balls played to the Eagles’ Goal Shooter. Royals were applying a lot of pressure towards the end of the quarter but the Eagles’ defence stayed strong.

The quarter finished Eagles 36 - 21 Royals.

Eagles' Wing Attack and Wing Defence started the quarter on fire and this allowed Eagles to notch up the goals. The pace of the game had picked up again. Eagles Centre was working hard and winning ball. Although Royals were playing well, the Eagles were relentless. Several long range goals from Eagles fuelled the confidence of the strikers.

Eagles’ Goal Keeper and Goal Defence were working well together and denied Royals several times. Royals showed their grit and resilience with consistent play but it was another win for Eagles. An enjoyable game to watch.

Natasha Rycroft was Player of the Match. Well done!


Final Score Eagles 14 : 20 Royals

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A fast paced start to the first quarter with a quick goal from each team. Followed quickly by another two for Eagles despite some good play from Royals. Royals scored four times in quick succession taking the score to 3-5 despite some good defence from Isla, Rhiannon and Isobel. A long shot on goal from Imogen took the score to 4-5 but Royals added another goal to take the first quarter score to 4-6 to Royals.

Despite the continued pace in the start of the second quarter the goals were slow to come with both teams missing passes. The Royals then took the score to 6-10 but then two  goals from Eagles with some great passing into the circle from Annabel and Sienna. The score at the end of the first half was 8-11 despite some good interceptions in the Royals circle by Tamara.

Royals took the score to 11-14  but some great play down the court by Melody, Eva and Lucy gave the Eagles two chances on goal. The next few minutes of play were nail biting with the ball moving from one circle to another with no increase in the score. 

A great final quarter with all girls from both teams looking tired and determined. Despite some great play by Eagles the final score was 14-20 to Royals.

Eagles player of the match - Tamara
Royals player of the match - GD


Undefeated Eagles take on top of the table B’s…
A tough match for both teams!

Q1.  With the Eagles having the first centre pass, they get the ball up the court and score their first goal within the first 30 seconds. It’s a bit of a shaky start for the team, and the B’s are proving a tough opposition within the first few minutes, with some impressive defending and attacking.  Grace manages to score the second goal a minute later despite the B’s GK doing her best to defend.  It appears difficult for the Eagles to maintain possession, and the B’s are dominating and gaining control of the game.  Eagles have a throw in but passing is a little clumsy and there are a few drops of the ball.  The defending Eagles Keira and Holly are working hard in an attempt to prevent the B’s passing the ball down the court.  Some good passing between Izzy and Lottie and managing to feed the ball to Grace but the B’s have managed to close the gap in score within about five minutes of play ending this quarter with B’s 6 – 7 Eagles.

Q2.  The only change in the team is Sophie as GS replacing Grace.  There is a positive start to the game for the Eagles with Lottie scoring within the first minute.  The Eagles are showing some better defending and the team’s passing is a little tighter.  Anna is proving a great GK and defending the goal brilliantly.  The ball is making its way up the court to Lottie who has responded with a fantastic goal quickly followed by a goal from Sophie.  Despite their lead, the Eagles have to defend hard against the B’s and Izzy makes a great interception, towards Holly who’s defending and then passing to Sophie leads to a further goal. There is some better movement within the passing of the ball and a great manoeuvre by Lottie results in another goal. This quarter ends B’s 12 – 20 Eagles.

Q3.  A slow start to the game and some clumsy passing results in loss of possession resulting in the B’s scoring the first goal of this quarter. The Eagles are desperately trying to find a way through the B’s defence and are struggling to maintain possession of the ball.  However, a chance opening and Sophie scores.  There are some changes in style and tactics and this seems to be confusing the team and it is taking time to get the ball into the D and to get another goal.  A rethink and change back to recognisable strategies results in the Eagles scoring; but what a fight for possession and despite this being a difficult quarter, Eagles remain ahead. B’ 18 – 27 Eagles.

Q4.  Sophie opens this quarter with a great goal and we are seeing much improved play from the Eagles team.  The ball was just about to go out of court but a beautiful interception by Amelia keeps it in play and results in another goal for the Eagles team.  The ball play looks cleaner and sharper and despite pressure by the B’s the Eagles are keeping their head in the game and some great passing between Amelia and Izzy to our shooters.  This quarter sees the Eagles play with more fluidity and tenacity resulting in a final score of B’s 22 – 42 Eagles and the Eagles being the only undefeated team in their league.

B’s SKY 22 - 42 EAGLES

All the girls played well, Holly especially deserved the vote by B’s as the Player of the Match.


Final Score: Eagles 36 - Royals 17

Venue: Windsor Girls School

Date: Sunday 23 September 2018

A resounding team effort resulting in a convincing win by Eagles.

Eagles were strong in the 1st quarter and dominated play. The team certainly had a fighting spirit. With excellent passing and much Eagles’ possession, the girls played at a fast and furious pace. The determined defenders worked hard throughout the whole game but gave the opposition very few chances in this quarter. They intercepted many Royals’ passes. Conversely, Eagles shooters capitalised on their opportunities, which were created by a strong centre third, and the quarter finished 12-3.

Royals came out stronger in the 2nd quarter and the game was much more balanced. The ball moved end to end, with each team scoring, and the tension built. Footwork faults were punished but the overall flow of the game was not disrupted. The match became more exciting with great passing and several turnovers. The score in the quarter was level pegging until a late flourish from Eagles. The quarter finished with an overall score of 21-9.

Eagles started the quarter well and landed the first 3 goals. Eagles’ defenders were on fire and prevented Royals from scoring early on. Royals then clawed back 3 goals from sustained effort. The centre third worked hard and it was a game of cat and mouse with both teams playing well. Overall score at the end of the quarter 27-14.

The final quarter started with early pressure from Royals, who scored first. Eagles then levelled. The defence stayed strong and there were many interceptions which kept Royals at bay. Meanwhile, plenty of ball was reaching the shooters who played tactically and passed wisely. They took their opportunities and Eagles scored well to finished on top and widen the scoreline. The match score finished at 36-17.

U12A Eagles v Magnet

Final score Eagles 57 - 14 Magnet.

Venue: Windsor Girls School

Date: Sunday 6th January 2019


The Eagles looked rested after the Christmas break and took an early lead with three goals in quick succession. This gave the team confidence and gameplay flowed as the ball was passed from end to end with ease. There was solid marking by the Eagles’ defence but Magnet persisted and scored regularly throughout the quarter. Magnet’s Goalkeeper made several impressive blocks to deny Eagles and there were several long range goals from the Magnet’s shooter.

However, the Eagles’ attackers took their chances and the goals started to add up. There was sustained pressure from Eagles’ Wing Attack. 

The quarter finished Eagles 11 - 6 Magnet.

Eagles were relentless in the second quarter and there was a flurry of early goals by the Eagles’ shooters. Magnet started the quarter with passion and scored an amazing goal but Eagles were moving the ball quickly and were keeping possession. Eagles passed the ball accurately and there was plenty of interception by Eagles’ Centre. Eagles’ Wing Attack was proving pivotal to the game and Eagles continued to score time and time again.

The Eagles’ centre third worked hard to feed the ball back to the attackers; their passing, timing and footwork was solid and flawless. The game was fast moving with plenty of action and although Magnet were working very hard, the strength of the Eagles’ defenders shone through. Wing Defence was playing solidly too. The quarter finished with another outstanding goal from Magnet.

The quarter finished Eagles 28 - 10 Magnet.

Magnet were the first to score but once again Eagles dominated at the start of the quarter. Magnet’s defenders were applying much pressure and the Eagles shooters had to work harder to score. Magnet then started to take control, held possession and they scored several goals. The game then became a little rushed and both sides missed opportunities. Penalties were awarded to both sides.

The quarter finished Eagles 40 - 14 Magnet.

Magnet played with determination in the last quarter but Eagles were motivated to increase the goal difference. The Eagles were unstoppable and every member of the team played their part with conviction. Eagles continued to score regularly throughout the quarter and the shooters took more risk with some long range balls. 

Rebecca Perry was Player of the Match. Well done!

Overall an exciting game to watch with both teams playing really well.

Eagles U12A v B's Sky

Final score Eagles 37 : 29 B’s Sky

Eagles U12A Soar to the Summit

10th February 2019, St Neots School was the venue that Eagles U12A won what will probably prove to be their toughest fixture of the season, beating B’s Sky by 37-29.

The game started with even possession between the sides, and perhaps a few signs of nerves in this 'must win' fixture, as a number of passes were mis-placed, and despite having a lead of four at one point, the score was only 9-7 to the away side by the end of the first quarter.

B’s started the second quarter strongly and with Eagles conceding a number of chances, they were slightly fortunate to increase their lead to 16-13 at half time.

In the third quarter Eagles got a grip of the game, with greater possession. The goal shooting continued to be of a high standard, with the percentages of both teams very strong. The third quarter finished with the score at 25-21, with Eagles having increased their lead by one point each quarter.

The team showed great energy in the final quarter and girl of the game Rebecca Perry kept her composure as the score finished 37-29, leaving Eagles set to be perched on top of the league table.

A great match, thank you B’s!

A great match, thank you B’s!