Omega 2 vs Crosskeys 2 16th Sept 2017

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Omega 2 vs Crosskeys 16th Sept 2017

The second Herts County, Division 2 game of the season and the usual adrenaline is present.  The team take the court, as the winning team from their Monday night game, with subs Lisa Short and Andrea Kinninmonth on the bench.  They have a slightly fractious start and attempts to speed the ball to the shooters, sees the score at the end of the 1st quarter with Crosskeys one goal ahead with a score of 9-8.

Initial thoughts for the 2nd quarter, is to keep the team the same, however an ankle complaint sees GS Hannah Brown leave the court, Sophie Humphry moving to GS, Emma Faulkner moving from C to GA and Lisa Short picking up the C position…a 3 position change for the Omega attack…Leanne Dickens at WA being the only constant.   The team are slow to settle for the first half of the quarter, but begin to show some steady, determined play for the second half of it, with some great movement and positioning of GS, Sophie Humphry, allowing an easy feed of the ball from the attacking players.  The improved play by Omega levels the score at 20 goal each by half time.

The decision at half time is to continue the team as per the 2nd quarter.  The team starts well, but some simple errors allow the opposition take a lead on the game.  Crosskeys pick up the loose balls and intercept some forced passes made by Omega, allowing them to increase their lead by 5 goals by the end of the 3rd quarter.

The final quarter and the team revert to the positions at the start of the game, with Hannah Brown returning to the court and Lisa Short taking a seat on the bench.   The team have some goals to make up to close the gap.  They unsettle their opposition and manage to attain 4 turn-arounds with great defensive play from WD Molly Brett, GD Claire Statham and GK Louise Cousins, allowing them to close the gap to within just 2 goals with 5 minutes remaining and a potential win looks to be within their grap, but they fail to hold on to it.  Crosskeys capitalise on Omega’s many simple errors with their ball control and open the gap once more.  Omega win yet another chance, but again, fail to convert to goal, ending the game 40-48 to Crosskeys.

 

Omega 1 vs Ipswich Ladies – Saturday 9th September 2017

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Omega 1 vs Ipswich Ladies 9th Sept 2017

Saturday saw the first regional game for Omega in division 2 after a storming season last year with only one defeat. Omega stepped on court against Ipswich at their home ground in Sawbridgeworth with nerves and pressure running high. First whistle went, the game had begun with GK, Phoebe getting her first of many interceptions straight from the off. The girls were all full of adrenaline with quick play and fast passes into the shooting circle to secure the first few goals. As the game went on the team settled down keeping the ball safe with GD, Sammie and WD, Hannah providing great back up support to work the ball up the court into our shooting circle where attack worked smartly to secure the goals. Final 30 second to go Ipswich ball, where C, Lucy got a great interception which converted to another goal, Omega coming off court with a lead of 14 -6.

2nd quarter and Omega went on still wanting to do better and dig deeper, knowing Ipswich where going to come back with vengeance. Omega again working it well down the court into the shooters who were working tactically to ensure the goals – even with the Ipswich defence starting to notch up the pressure with contest. Both C, Lucy and WA, Sophie working hard to read each others positioning around the circle to provide the best support for GA, Emma and GS, Charlotte, who rarely missed but when they occasionally did, they were there to get the rebound against Ipswich tall defenders to sink the goals. Omega applied the pressure with strong arms and tight marking to cause errors for Ipswich which Omega calmly capitalised on with great support again from defence and calm tactical play coming off court with 31 – 14 lead.

Half time and team talk with Head coach and Captain meant Omega came on starting a fresh, having been told, not to become complacent with their extensive lead and to focus on defensive play.  Omega return to the court buzzing and still hungry for the ball, which their opposition were soon aware of.   C, Lucy calmly worked the ball down the court with great support from WA, Sophie and on the defensive line from WD, Hannah. As the game went on Ipswich girls were getting more aggressive and frustrated which Omega fed off, applying the pressure and turning over their mistakes. The play was calm and everyone on court wanted that ball, fighting for every opportunity and capitalising on Ipswich mistakes going into the final quarter leading 49 – 20

Final quarter and with a 29 goal lead Omega were confident but they still didn’t let this drop their play. With the first centre belonging to Ipswich, Omega quickly gained the advantage, due to defensive team work and pressure from GD, Sammie and GK, Phoebe lead to an interception to go to goal. This was the first of 3 conversions in a row from Omega leading to 6 goals in a row to open the final quarter. Ipswich were getting desperate for the ball and gave our attack a battle with GD getting warned for dangerous play but our attack stood strong and continued to stay confident with GS, Charlotte even impressing Paul, the Omega Coach,  with a dummy pass to GA, Emma to gain a goal.

Every Omega player wanted the ball and wanted to keep the ball safe by playing it smartly down the court, mixing up techniques and always communicating together and encouraging each other on. You wouldn’t be able to tell there were 2 new/ returning players on court in defence who right from the start worked well together. Smiles all round for 1st game in division 2 with a 68 – 30 final score, however we know next time we come up against Ipswich they will be fighting for it.

Big thanks to all the supporters who came to cheer on Omega at the game and even new addition Jesse, only a few weeks old!

2nd Sept 2017 – Omega Youths vs Bury

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Youths - 2nd Sept 2017

The first game back and the Youths are as keen as ever to play.  As a result of many still being on holiday, leaving just one shooter available, they are supported by Emma Faulkner to alleviate the pressure of a single shooter, particularly when playing a team who is regularly in the top end of the table every season. The first quarter and 6 goals are scored.  It’s evident that GS Ellie Reynolds has been practicing her shots over the summer break as her conversion rate has improved radically and her confidence is on display.  The team was advised to come in-front of their players to receive the ball and they all make an effort to do this.   WA, Emma Lack and WD, Faye Bellas  support the centre court play and the team as a whole look fitter and more responsive in the game…the pre-season sessions have paid off!

They return to court for the 2nd quarter with a couple of changes made and they show that they have listened to the advise given by their coach and senior player during the break, particularly in the centre court by C, Holly Bennett and WA, Louise Merrick .  The movement on court is improved and they begin to support the progression of the ball to the circle more.

More changes are made for the 3rd and final quarter, to allow fair play for the whole squad in the first fixture.   Jodie Gill takes the GK bib, not her usual position in the game, but she is determined and feisty in the circle.  With support from her fellow circle player, GD Millie Spires, they begin to win more rebounds and interceptions.  They are supported by first timer, Alice Mills, sporting the WD bib who also shows the same determination to win the ball and intercepts in her first ever competitive game, winning her the ‘Player of the Match’ awarded by their opposition.

A special thanks to senior player, GA, Emma Faulkner, who assisted the team not only with being a second shooter for the game, but for guiding the team during play, indicating the pass and player positioning and generally aiding with linking the ball movement to goal.

Well done team!  First game of the season over and looking forward to watching you develop and enhance your skills both individually and as a team, over the new season.