Some great team spirit displayed today by the Omega Youths, who as usual, are warming up as I arrive, showing great enthusiasm. The coaches select the starting team and they take the court for the first half of the game, with the line-up to start the game being:-
GS – Ellie Reynolds, GA – Lauren Ahern, WA – Faye Bellas, C – Neave Parsons, WD – Emma Lack, GD – Lauren Lee, GK – Charlotte O’Riordan
They show some great potential. Some good linking midcourt and a slight change to the usual shooting combination with Lauren taking the GA position and Ellie in GS sees improved positioning and drive in the attack play.
Neave leaves the court after the first quarter due to a niggling injury and Holly replaces her, taking the centre position. In this first half of the game, the team are more aware of their space and work hard to drive towards the ball to support their team mates. The defence have a tough job in the circle, against an extremely tall shooter and experienced goal attack, who is skilled at the inter-circle passing.
A change to the whole team at half time, with the line up for the second half being:-
GS – Maisie Mizon, GA – Yasmin Rogers, WA – Holly Bennett, C – Louise Merrick, WD – Jodie Gill, GD – Millie Spires, GK – Jodie Wood
The team settle into their positions well, having replaced their team-mates for the 2nd half of the game. They take time to think about their passing and positioning as they work the ball into the circle for their shooters to convert into the valued goals. The defence again have a difficult task against the experienced players, but achieve some great interceptions, winning possession of the ball for their team.
Throughout the game, the whole squad demonstrated much more controlled play, thinking about their pass, movement and positioning. Some players are beginning to read the game, whilst others picked up some loose balls, resulting in some good steals from their opposition.
A big thank you to the opposition, Allenburys, for great sportsmanship and for giving advise to our Youths during the game.
Coming closer to the end of the winter season and the Omega Youths are showing definite signs of progress and some great potential. The game today tested out the selections made for the two core teams, to help the coaches, Hannah Sell and Hannah Brown confirm the squads, which were announced to the Youths at the end of the game. The future of the teams looks promising!