Player Match Report #2
Status: Beacons 1 Captain
“The 1st team has had an excellent start to the season, winning both of our first two games! Our first game was against New Edition, a team who had played in the division above us last season, giving them lots of experience and competitive games. The team quickly adjusted to playing together, with Caitlin and Danielle putting up a strong front in defence helping us to win the game convincingly. Our second game was against Westcombe Park, a team that some of us remember playing against, and losing to, last season. Teamwork and perseverance from all players on court meant we were able to pull away towards the end of the game, taking the win. We have continued to work hard in developing our individual skills at training, which will enable us to play more efficiently as a unit in our future games.”
Hermione has shown exactly how grit and determination can achieve your goals! Having joined Beacons in 2011, Hermione trialled out for the squads and gained a place in Beacons 5, just two years later in 2013. Now 5 years on, at 17 and in her final year at school, Hermione has worked hard to move up through the ranks to Beacons 1 where she is a first class Shooter and now Captain in this her 2nd season as part of the team.
We have had a great start to the season this year with many wins and great performances for every team! So let’s have a look at the season so far team by team.
First of all let’s look at the 1st team, in their first game of the season the first team put on a blinding show against a strong Raiders team. After a closely fought game with the score swinging back and forth, we unfortunately lost by only 3 goals! The final score was 37-34. The second game was, against Swanley 2 and the first team pulled off an outstanding performance to take a convincing win of 42-26! The third game of the season was going to be tough and the girls knew this, we were playing Harmony a team who know each other well and as we thought the game was tough and we were drawing throughout until the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, we lost our way in the last quarter and ended up losing 31-24., however, this game was a valuable experience for the girls to play under pressure and they will definitely become better players for it! The next game saw us take to the court against Priory, we knew this would be a tough game from the start! First quarter over and we were down by 3 goals, and we struggled to break down the shooting combo of Priory, even though we had some lovely attacking play ourselves. We decided to make a few changes at halftime and a determined team took to the court for the last half of the game and this showed with some amazing interceptions and fantastic shooting accuracy. We went into the final quarter down by only 2 and we absolutely went for it, some amazing attacking and defensive play and the girls came together as a team to push on and taking the final win 49-44. So we are currently we are 4th in our division!
Saturday 25th February saw more great results for both Beacons 1 & 5!
Beacons 5 were playing first thing against Istead Rise after the fixture was cancelled earlier in the season due to icy court conditions. Despite the very blustery and deceptively chilly morning, the girls warmed up with their usual enthusiasm and amusing chatter and were ready for the challenge. Yet again they showed fantastic teamwork and took control of the game early on. Frankie and Ellese were under serious pressure competing with the wind to score every goal, yet their composure did not falter and they continued to sink the goals. Throughout the court our defence was impressive and we pressured every pass. Our circle defence had busy feet and were very effective at picking up rebounds and stopping the ball even getting into the circle.
We took a convincing win of 46-11 which now moves this team up into second place in their division!
Player of the match has to go to Scarlett who worked tirelessly throughout the game, she made countless interceptions and fed the shooters with pinpoint precision!
The first team played later in the afternoon but the weather conditions hadn’t improved at all! We took on a strong young KCNC team who seemed to have a small army of players ready to come on court! The team worked hard within their units to restrict shooting opportunities and get the ball to our shooters as often as possible.
With gust blowing from all directions our shooters had to keep their confidence and show resilience to the external factors. Despite leading throughout the game we were constantly under pressure from KCNC so we had to stay focused until the very final whistle. The match finished with a 39-28 win to Beacons!
Another win keeps us top of the table with 3 games to play until the end of the season! Player of the match goes to Saffron Hancock for her dominance in attack and fantastic movement on court along with her calm and collected shooting!
Well done to everyone who played! Another great set of results!