Eagles U16 v Royals Navy

Another exciting match with the team looking well able to defeat the Royals team from the first quarter
Eagles 36 - 23 Royals Navy
Wellington College 29.09.2019

The Q1 CP was won by Eagles although the first couple of goals were scored by Royals putting the girls on the back foot. With good pressure from Helena in particular, Eagles were also able to score with the first goal from Grace.  There were a lot of great interceptions from Georgia and Keira chased the ball doggedly. It became clear that after two defeats, this game was eminently winnable. There was some excellent passing between Izzy & Lottie which moved the ball up the court and Nya also defended excellently. Score at the end of the first quarter a very respectable 8 - 8. (Holly & Sophie off)

Q2 started well with a couple of goals in quick succession from Grace. Eagles were clearly moving into their stride. There was a lot of great & well timed passing between Izzy, Lottie & Sophie. Nya stuck like glue to her GA to ensure that she couldn’t get close to the goal thus curtailing her goal scoring opportunities. Keira made some good flying interceptions and the passing between the girls was much more fluid than the previous week. Holly was drafted in to support the girls, as the squad was depleted due to injury and other sporting commitments, and she made some excellent interceptions in the circle again reducing the number of goals the Royals team could score. Score at the end of the second quarter 20-15 to Eagles. (Helena & Georgia off)

Q3 Holly again made some excellent interceptions thereby putting pressure on Royals who missed opportunities to shoot. Good pressure from Helena, Holly & Georgia meant Royals were only able to score 2 goals in this quarter. There was excellent passing between Sophie, Lottie & Keira which meant that Eagles were able to score 7 goals to Royals 2. Score at the end of third quarter 27-17 to Eagles. (Izzy & Nya off)

Q4 Having done so brilliantly in the previous quarters there were some passing errors which impacted on the number of goals that could have been scored. This was probably as a result of tiredness as the girls had all played incredibly well – hard and fast with some brilliant interceptions. This quarter saw another 9 goals from Eagles with some excellent shooting from Sophie.  Final score 36-23 to Royals.

Eagles worked really hard and applied a lot of pressure to the U16 Royals team. Overall another really excellent & entertaining performance. With focus on more precision passing, the girls should be able to widen their lead over the Royals team the next time they play them.

Player of the match went to Helena which was very well deserved.

Squad – Georgia, Grace, Helena, Keira, Nya, Izzy, Lottie, Holly & Sophie.

Shooting stats – Grace 70%, Sophie 69%, Lottie 50%.