On Sunday 4th February, Beacons were invited to play in a friendly game against a local team U12 team, Raiders. This was due to Raiders hosting a team from Grenada who would later play against there senior team, as well as some other local teams.
We took two teams of mixed Yr5&6’s. We had a fantastic afternoon of netball and I was really impressed with the determination of our players. We narrowly lost the first game despite a strong come back in the second half and won the second game convincingly! It was a great opportunity to see the girls in action and I hope they all enjoyed the opportunity to compete as well as some girls staying to watch the games after which were a great watch.
Players of the matches were awarded to Zara and Ursula! Well done to everyone who took part!
The first game of the season for the Under 14s saw them take to the court against Swanley and the girls dominated the game from the off! They moved the ball down the court very quickly, defended tirelessly throughout and shooting accuracy was on point throughout. The game finished 49-1 to Beacons, fantastic way to start the season. The team then took on Hornets and this talented team of youngsters showed their flare and skill on court dominating the game from the beginning. They took an early lead and continued to build the scoreline throughout all four quarters. The final score was a well-deserved 26-5. With two great wins in the bag, the girls were confident for their next game against Crystal Palace, the defence had a great game from the off, limiting shooting opportunities for the other team and turning over the ball. We stayed focus and calm throughout the game despite playing against a strong opposition and supported each other down court to assist the shooters. The game was a great for spectators as well as for all girls involved and in the end, finished 17-10 to Beacons. On the 4th November, our U14 squad had a doubleheader, their first match against Breakaways was intense with both teams scoring consistently! The whole squad worked hard for each other and despite leading a few times during the match, we entered the final quarter on a draw! It was vital to stay calm and collected for the last quarter. We looked after the ball and were focused on making good decisions. After the longest 10 minutes, the final whistle blew with a final score of 16-14 to Beacons! Next up was Raiders, a team we knew would be strong from playing against them in last year’s U14 finals. Raiders took an early lead with some fast and effective playdown court, however, we never gave up and quietly worked on regaining possession and making the most of every opportunity. In the third quarter, we had started dominating the play on the court and had pulled the score back to within a few goals. With determination and pure grit we fought back and took the lead with 3 minutes left on the clock. When the final whistle went we were delighted to take a 21-19 victory! Both games were fantastic junior netball matches and we are currently unbeaten!
The U12s first match of the season was always going to be about the girls getting used to a new team and all the girls in the squad. Unfortunately, despite playing their socks off they narrowly lost to CFX. However, in the 2nd game of the season, it was onwards and upwards for these girls as our talented youngsters played Hornets. All 9 players were ready for action despite the cold/windy conditions. They started strongly and moved the ball down court with speed and accuracy, as well as our super shooters consistently popping those goals in which meant the score just grew and grew. The girls also did a fantastic job of as a team of intercepting the ball all over the court and backing up in both attack and defence. The final score ended 39-2 to Beacons, what a brilliant performance!
U14’s League Finals
On Saturday 6th May the U14 squad faced Raiders in the League finals. Having worked hard all season the team warmed up with a determined and focused attitude and were ready for the challenge.
The game started well with our defenders making valuable interceptions and the attackers delivering the ball to our shooters effectively. Lucy and Katie calmly converted the goals and as the first half of the game progressed we gained a 2 goal lead.
The second half was more challenging with a change around from the opposition team our shooters were suddenly under substantial pressure playing against a very tall and dominating GK. Despite our best effort to maintain our rhythm Raiders crept the scoreline back and in the last quarter inched ahead. The team worked tirelessly to win the ball and played excellent netball but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the game. We lost narrowly by 1 goal putting us in second place for the season.
Overall an incredible achievement for this young and talented team who should all be proud of their shiny silver medals! They have been a pleasure to work with all season and I am excited to see these girls continue to progress and develop in the years to come!
Thank you to all the supporters who came to watch the game, you are a hugely appreciated part of the Beacons Family!