With the new season starting a few weeks ago, it’s been a fantastic run so far for the Beacons netball squads. They are training hard and having fun at the same time which is what we at Beacons strongly believe in!
The five senior squads have had a busy time since the beginning of the season competing in the North West Kent league. The 1st team had a great opening game on September 8th against New Edition and came out strong with a 47-39 win!
Matches on 29th September saw all the teams working hard and showing a great amount of skill on the court. Beacons 2 gained a win this week after a previous draw, as did Beacons 3 who held their own and secured a win against Abbey Angels, whilst Beacons 4 and Beacons 5 had tough games against Chislehurst and Sabina which meant not a win for either team this time but the experience gained and persistence shown on court was inspiring for all watching and all the girls should be very pleased with how they performed.
Beacons U12 and U14 squads are also completing in the Rising Star junior netball league this year.
Our U12 squad have had a great opening to their first league experience, with two consecutive wins under their belt, they are looking like a force to be reckoned with. The first match against Eclipse saw them win 17-2 and the following week an even more impressive result of 47-0 against Swanley. The girls are truly an inspiration!
The U14s are also showing that hard work plays off with lightening performances resulting in wins against Breakaways (29-2) and Club Langley (42-1) so far.
This was followed by a stunning performance by our U16 Junior County League squad in their Qualifying tournament to secure their league place, winning all three matches played (48-11, 52-13, 44-13).
A staggering 638 goals have been scored so far this season across all our teams and just 381 conceded!!
We are super proud of all the effort and determination that every member puts into both training and competitive match play and we can’t wait to see how the season progresses for all of them.
The first game of the season saw the 4th team take on Wilsons, now this game was tough from the first whistle! Wilsons were a very physical team and it took the girls some time to adjust their play to this. The game was nail-biting, with the score going back and forth every quarter, with some fantastic circle defence in the last quarter they finally managed to end the game with a 29-27 win to us, yay! The second game of the season was against Hornets and we took a while to settle into the game and get used to some different combinations. However, as the quarters went on we worked hard and continued to make intercepts and score the goals. After a tense and exciting game, the team achieved a 23-23 draw. The next game was against our very own Beacons 5, this was an interesting game from the first whistle with both teams out for the win, both teams worked well down the court and there was some lovely shooting. The game was a pleasure to watch and the end score was 15-23 to Beacons 5, but a good game for both teams. Beacons 4 then took on Daggers, with it being a horrible windy and wet day it was not a good game for shooters and we struggled to get the ball in the net. This was a tough game and unfortunately, it wasn’t our day with the score ending 17 -15 to Daggers. They are currently 5th in their division.
In their first game of the season the 5th team put on a great show against an experienced Blackheath Wanderers Team, we took the lead early on but first game nerves meant we made a few mistakes. However, the girls found their stride and worked as a team to finally win the game 31-19, a great way to start the season! The 5th team had a tough game on their hands against Club Langley 3 but nothing phases this group of wonderful netball players. They took to the court with confidence and worked tirelessly as a team. They stayed calm through every obstacle and came out triumphantly with a 31-24 win. The next game saw the girls come up against Telstars 6, we knew this would be a tough game coming up a well-drilled team but the girls had a good warm-up and were ready to go. Unfortunately, it was a very dull/windy day and this did not help our performance, we started off well with good movement but we struggled to get the ball to the shooters with balls being turned over a lot in midcourt. The girls dug deep in the 2nd quarter but at halftime we were still down by about 10 goals, in the 3rd and 4th quarter we struggled with passing and getting free, unfortunately we lost the game 21-45, but this was a learning curve for the girls and had just made them more determined to win next time around. The girls now stand at 3rd in their division, fantastic start for
these young players!