Omega 2 vs Watford Premier – Sunday 28th January 2018

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Omega 2 vs Watford Prem

Omega 2 took on top of the table, Watford Premier in the Herts League, Division 2, re-arranged game this weekend.  With a bare 7 squad facing the top spot team, Omega were anxious ahead of the game, but this was not evident as they took the court and opened the game with a straight 4-0 lead, continuing to increase their lead to 9-1 in the opening minutes, showing the opposition we were determined to fight for the game.  The team played a controlled game, seeing every one of their centre passes converted to goal, with fantastic shooting by both GS, Hannah Brown and GA, Sophie Humphry.  They took advantage of errors made by Watford Prem and punished the opposition at every opportunity, showing them we were determined to put on a good show and were up for taking the game.   The solid play by the entire team in the first quarter gave Omega a comfortable lead to go into the 2nd quarter, with a score of 17-7.

The 2nd quarter and Omega are as solid as they were in the 1st.   Great, consistent support from the WD, Molly Brett and GD, Andrea Kinninmonth on our centre passes allowed Omega to maintain ownership of the ball, playing the safe ball forward until we found our shooters, who persistently converted their shots.  The team continued to support each-other and work together throughout with some superb linking midcourt by all players and strong feeds from C, Emma Faulkner and WA, Lisa  Short

to finish off.  An injury to GK, Louise Cousins’ back mid quarter saw her calling time and leaving the court for treatment.  She returned to court after a goal, but was extremely limited in her movement from then on and the team knew they all had to give that little bit more to take the pressure off their injured player.   We continued to increase our lead, scoring 16 goals this quarter and limiting Watford Prem to 11, ending the 1st half of the game 33-18.

The team returned to court for the 2nd half of the game, believing the win was in sight, but knew they needed to maintain control and continue to play as they had in the 1st half.   Molly Brett at WD read the ball well, intercepting many a ball, helping the team to once again increase their lead this quarter.   The whole team continue to play a controlled game throughout the quarter, with dogged support from the defence players to take the ball to goal.  Once again Omega limit their opposition to 13 goals, scoring 16 themselves.  A comfortable cushion going into the final quarter, with a score of 49-31.

By the final quarter playing with an injured player was beginning to take it’s toll, with the team looking tired and unable to hold onto the ball as they had in the rest of the game.  This said, everyone continued to give it their all and did not give up.  Watford Prem took advantage of Omega’s weiriness, clawing back some goals, but by now it was too late and the final score was 60-48 to Omega.  This has put Omega 2nd on the table, to AFN, who Omega have yet to play.    We wish Louise a speedy recovery for next weeks game against Bishops Stortford.

Omega 1 vs Thoroughbreds – Saturday 10th January 2018

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Omega vs Thoroughbreds

Saturday 20th January saw Omega vs Thoroughbreds for first place in the East Region League. Going into this match we knew it was going to be well fought by both sides and not an easy win. Nevertheless, we were raring to go and were determined to continue our winning streak.

As the first quarter began it was clear to see that the nerves were getting to Omega with footwork and forced errors. However, we began to work as a team and got back on track with Phoebe Gillen (GK) safely collecting a rebound that the team took to goal. Great defensive play came from Lucy Andrews (C ) as she intercepted Thoroughbreds Centre pass and with a superb feed from Sophie Cockrill (WA) Omega scored another goal. Tight defence from Omega resulted in forcing Thoroughbreds centre pass out of court and with Omega working together as a team resulted in another goal. Unfortunate footwork from Omega gave Thoroughbreds the chance to claw back and with the next centre being theirs this resulted in Omega conceding multiple goals.  With 5.9 seconds displayed on the electronic scoreboard, a “Time!” call from the Thoroughbreds scorer results in the umpire ending the 1st quarter just as Charlotte Jordan (GS) has the ball ready to take a shot!  After some confusion, the umpire goes with the call and decides to end the quarter ahead of time and Omega are robbed of a goal!  The score at the end of the first quarter was 15-11 to Omega.

The Second quarter kicked off with Omega taking the first centre pass. Omega was playing very good netball however unfortunately lost the ball with a pass across the circle, with both teams not giving in easily, contact by thoroughbreds gave us possession of the ball but unfortunately we missed the shot and Thoroughbreds gained possession and brought it down court to the GS who again failed to score. Omega took full advantage of this and confidently converted to goal. Omega continue to work tirelessly, putting pressure on Thoroughbreds’ Centre pass and forcing 3 seconds. The score at the end of this quarter was 28-24.

Going into the third quarter both teams were beginning to tire but were determined to give it all they had. Valiant defending from Lucy Andrews (C) resulted in her tipping Thoroughbreds centre pass but unfortunately slow transitioning meant her efforts were not rewarded and Thoroughbreds were fighting back and scored two consecutive goals. Hannah Sell (WD) hunts down the ball and intercepts allowing Charlotte Jordan (GS) to put another goal on the board for Omega. Omega are now noticeably tiring, making silly mistakes including; footwork and breaking which Thoroughbreds punished us for and brought the score even. The end of the third quarter was 41-40 to omega.

In the last quarter, the crowd were on the edge of their seats and you could feel the tension in the air. Omega started well scoring 3 consecutive goals. Thoroughbreds forced the ball off the court and it was their backline. Foot on the line gave us a chance to increase our lead but unfortunately we lost the ball. Fantastic netball was seen by Charlotte Jordan and Hannah Sell as Charlotte drew the GK out of the circle allowing Hannah to feed in under the post for a goal. In the final few seconds Omega are drawing with Thoroughbreds and Emma Maidment (GA) receives a penalty. Omega’s supporters are standing with anticipation as Emma scores, finishing with a 53-52 win.

Omega 2 vs Turnford 5 – Sunday 21st January 2018

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Omega 2 - Sunday 21st Jan 2018

With a squad of 8 for the game, the decision was made to rotate the team each quarter to allow all players a fair share of the game.   Omega started the game with confidence and maybe a little complacency having previously beaten the opposition 92-25 and this was evident in the first quarter.  Some different faces in the Turnford team and they started with determination, giving Omega a wake up call as they held their own in the opening half of the quarter, even taking the lead in the first few minutes.  Omega began to settle but took their time in doing so, allowing Turnford to stay in the game, with a score of 14-9 at the end of the 1st quarter.

A swift talking to by the coach in the break to sharpen up our passing and play, followed by a change in attack, with Emma Faulkner taking up the GA position and Sophie Humphry replacing her on the bench and the team return to court.   This quarter the team get back to their game and begin to move the ball down the court with better control and skill.  The shooters position themselves well in the circle and are supported well with great feeds in from the mid-court players.  Omega own the ball from centre pass to goal consistently and score double the goals of the opposition as the defence are tight and keep Turnford down to just 8 goals scored, leaving the score 30- 17 to Omega by half time.

Another change to the attack for the 3rd quarter, sees GS, Hannah Brown take the bench and Sophie returning to court, taking up the position.    The rotation play and inter-passing between the shooters in the circle is sweet, as is the support from the attacking players.     The team have tightened their passing throughout the court and drive towards the ball much more.  Another great quarter for Omega, scoring another 17 goals this quarter and the defence once again have limited Turnford to just 7 goals.

The final quarter, a comfortable lead and the final change to the Omega team sees Lisa Short take the bench, Emma move to centre, Sophie move back to GA and Hannah return to GS.   The start of the quarter and Turnford are not perturbed by the score, continuing to fight for the ball and take it to goal at every opportunity.    A steady quarter for Omega to end what has been a more challenging game than expected, against a much changed and improved Turnford team.   Some great netball displayed throughout the latter three quarters,  to combat the scrappy start.  A final score of 60-33 to Omega, taking them into 3rd position on the table, which shows them as the only Division 2 team that have scored over 500 goals to date.

A tough game next week, facing top of the table, Watford Prem.  Let’s hope the 2018 winning streak continues!

Omega 2 vs Crosskeys 2 – Sunday 14th January 2018

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Omega 2 vs Crosskeys 2 14th Jan 2018

The 2nd game of the 2nd half of the Herts League fixtures and it’s a competitive game for Omega 2 against Crosskeys 2, both of whom are mid-table teams, so a battle was expected.    The starting 7 were GS – Hannah Brown; GA – Sophie Humphry; WA – Leanne Mansfield; C – Emma Faulkner; WD – Molly Brett; GD – Andrea Kinninmonth; GK and Captain – Louise Cousins; with Lisa Short on the bench.

With 4 of the 8-squad suffering from the affects of the night before and another with a heavy cold, Omega know it’s going to be a tough one….probably tougher than initially expected.  The first time out in the new kit and at a new venue and the team at least look good!    Both teams are keen to win and the quarter is evenly played, with both shooting circles consistent in converting the goals, so the game becomes a battle of the shooters.   Omega gain a couple of interceptions and manage to create a 2 goal lead by the end of the quarter.

The team chat reminds everyone of driving towards the pass and the team return to court to compete for the game.  The quarter is again fairly evenly matched, but Omega again win some interceptions, but many are short lived as Crosskeys read the passes and Omega allow them to steal back the ball by not doing as was discussed in the break.  The defence try hard to close down the Crosskeys GS, but the opposition attack manage to find her every time – one to practice at training!  Omega manage to maintain their lead, increasing it by another goal going into the 2nd half of the game, with the score at 31-28 by the half time whistle.

Another reminder from the Coach and captain on expected playing strategies and a change in attack with Lisa Short taking the court at WA and Leanne moving to the bench.  Some more frantic play and evenly matched netball from both teams, but Crosskeys take advantage of Omega’s errors this quarter and close the gap in the scores.  At one point, Omega go 3 down, but they are not ready to concede and fight to stay in the game.  By the end of the 3rd quarter, Omega manage to hold on to a 1 goal advantage to head into the final stage of the game.

Both teams return to the court desperate to take the game, but Omega take a more controlled approach to the game and penalise Crosskeys at every opportunity.  The final quarter sees the best game play from the whole Omega team, with great linkage down the entire court, superb feeds from the attacking players and a much more skilful display of netball.  The fantastic court play and feeds are finished perfectly with confident, consistent shooting by both shooters.  The final result sees Omega taking the 5 points for the table and they have limited their opposition to a single point by ending with a goal difference of 5 goals and a great score of 59-54!

Omega are on a promising winning streak for the start of 2018, with both the 1sts and 2nds taking their games yet again this weekend.  Let’s keep on this winning roll!

Omega 1 vs Comberton 2nd round – Sat 13th Jan 2018

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Omega 1 vs Comberton 13th Jan 2018

The return match between Omega 1 and Comberton in the 2nd round of the East Region League and it’s an away game for Omega with a squad of 8 due to illness.  The starting team being GS – Charlotte Jordan, GA and Captain – Emma Maidment, WA – Sophie Cockrill, C – Lucy Andrews, WD – Hannah Sell, GD – Hannah Lok and GK – Sam Abbot, with Claire Daw on the bench.

The first quarter was a good opener for Omega, with Comberton Shooters not yet having a good eye for the shot, which Omega took advantage of.  Omega were quick into the game with some great early turnovers by both defence and centre court players, enabling Omega attack to play some quick balls into the shooters, who capitalised on the hard work of the team, allowing Omega to take an early lead of 9 goals going into the 2nd quarter with a score of 15-6 in Omega’s favour.

A change to the team for the 2nd quarter, with Claire Daw taking the court at WD and Hannah Sell on the bench.  The start of this quarter saw great controlled play by the entire Omega team, excellent interworking in the circle by the shooters and several rebounds and interceptions being won by the Omega defence players.  However the Comberton shooters had now got their eye in and were consistent in their conversion at every opportunity awarded them, reducing the goal difference by 2 goals and it was Omega’s turn to be off the shooting boil!   Additionally, Omega lost control of the ball on 2 of their  consecutive centre passes and Comberton were quick to punish them with 3 straight goals.  Omega fought  back hard, breaking down the next Comberton centre pass to gain control and steal back a goal, followed swiftly by converting the goal on their following centre pass and a strong defensive rebound by Sam in GK on the next, allowed them to gain back their lost goals to maintain a stable lead.  The 1st half ends 27-19.

The coach and captain remind the team of our game play, as some key areas were seen to be lacking in the 2nd quarter.  A swift change again in defence sees Sam Abbott leave the court and Hannah Sell take up the GK position for the remainder of the game.   Tight defending on the first centre pass results in Comberton being punished for a held ball and Omega are off to a promising start,  but the advantage is short lived as Omega fail to convert the shot.  However, Omega force another error on Comberton and this time, Omega please the supporters with a goal.   The first few minutes of this quarter and Omega are quick to punish Comberton at every opportunity, taking advantage of many errors forced on the team.    Some fantastic interceptions were performed by Claire (WD), Sophie (WA) and Hannah Sell (GK) this quarter, as a result of added pressure on Comberton added by the entire Omega team, which allowed Omega to increase their lead to 15 goals very quickly, with Omega’s shooters now consistent in their conversion.    Comberton settle back into the game in the latter part of the quarter, which is more evenly played, however the earlier lead is maintained by Omega.

Going into the final quarter, Omega have a comfortable 18 goal lead and it starts with even court play, but Omega’s strong centre court defensive play, once again forces Comberton into a held ball situation and Omega are quick to take advantage.    We see some great rotation play by the Omega shooters, Emma and Charlotte, in the circle and strong support at the circle edge by the Lucy (C) and Sophie (WA).  The team make some strong links across the court which results in them continuing to steadily increase their lead throughout the quarter.  In the final minutes of the game, Hannah Lok (GD) and Hannah Sell (GK) are strong and they intercept the ball well.  A solid performance from the entire squad and another great result with a final score of 58 – 38.  Not as big a goal difference as the 1st round, but Comberton gave Omega a great game throughout, showing they are a team to be reckoned with.

Omega 1 vs MK Netters Diamonds – 6th January 2018

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For the first game of 2018, Omega nervously arrived at their home ground. From beating MK Netters at the start of the season, we knew they were going to come back fighting. The quarter started steady as Omega were finding their feet. Emma and Charlotte – who has only just come back from a broken elbow – worked well as usual in the shooting circle, with great back up from mid court who were being tightly marked. MK Netters showed a strong presence capitalising on mistakes caused by Omega with the score line going goal for goal. Omega’s defence stepped up a gear with tight marking and forced MK Netters back line pass over 3 seconds which led to Omega goal. With up to 5 great rebounds from newly returned Hannah Lok in defence, Omega came off with 15 – 12 lead.

Second quarter, saw Omega come on the court with determination to dig deeper and drive on. MK netters GS was very accurate so the defence had to work hard in calling the ball into the circle and doubling up leading to tips and turnovers. These tips were then worked down the court, at times a bit frantic leading to some errors by Omega with some scrappy passing. However we fought on to come off winning at half time 28 – 24, we knew we had to step up a gear…

MK Netters weren’t ready to give up and came back on fighting with their Centre pass, but instantly errored as omega tightly marked so the ball wasn’t received and converted eventually to goal. Defence were manning on and communicating well as the ball travelled down the court with some tough defence from Phoebe and Hannah Lok, who went on to win a toss up leading to goal! Passing down the court was better and especially into the circle was spot on, mixing up with short bounce passes from Lucy as well as a strong direct balls from Hannah Sell in mid court saw our shooters finish it off. We had settled down in the 3rd quarter coming off with an extensive 49 – 30 lead.

The last quarter saw another change in positions for omega which took a few minutes for the team to adjust too. With Mk netters not giving in and their GS sinking every shot they started to gain a few goals! Lucy kept giving great support right the way down the court along with Sophie to ensure the ball got to Emma and Charlotte who were working well together with sneaky little passes to get the best chance to goal which led to Charlotte (GS) getting Player of the match winning 60 – 45

Omega 2 vs Asco – Sunday 7th January 2018

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Omega 2 7th Jan 2018

The 1st game of 2018 for Omega 2 and the team were anxious.  They were uneasy about how they were going to perform having had several games cancelled by leagues for unforeseen circumstances in November and December, resulting in the team’s last game of 2017 being 13th November… the team had had an extended Christmas break!

The starting squad was  GS – Sophie Humphry; GA – Emma Faulkner; WA – Leanne Mansfield; C – Lisa Short; WD – Molly Brett; GD – Andrea Kinninmonth; GK and captain – Louise Cousins, with Hannah Brown starting on the bench due to having broken her finger at training earlier this week.

A scrappy start to the game with both teams wanting to take home the win.   The game was neck and neck for much of the 1st quarter, with many simple errors being made across the court and neither team taking a head start off the block.  The Christmas festivities have definitely taken their toll and the whole Omega team struggle to settle into the game, but they begin to capitalise on some errors made by Asco, giving them a lead of 4 goals at the end of the opening quarter, with a score of 12-8.

A reminder of Club playing principles from the Coach in the break and the team know they have to take control if they want to start the year off as they mean to go on.    Both teams take the court and play begins, but the frantic play continues!  The younger opposition strive to keep the win in sight and come out meaning business, but somehow, Omega continue to increase their lead by a further 2 goals by half time, ending the 1st half 25-19.

During the break, once again the Coach attempts to instil the key elements back into our play.    This quarter, it appears the team have listened and begin to play their game.  They are much more settled and manage to maintain control of the game with great linking of the balls by the attacking players, who manage to find the shooters who are consistent with converting the shots.  The defence are tighter and win many more balls from the opposition, allowing the whole team to work together as they did pre the lengthy down period in November and December, which results in a comfortable 18 goal lead going into the final quarter.

The final quarter and Omega return to court, with Hannah taking the GS position, Emma moving to C and Lisa taking the bench.  The team appear comfortable with the lead created in the 3rd quarter and continue a steady game.  Hannah is found easily in the circle and doesn’t let the team down with more spot on shooting, supported well by her attacking team mates both in and at the edge of the circle.  The defence continue to win more of the ball from the opposition and the improved play across the whole court ends the second half with a spectacular goal difference of 27 goals and a final score of 62-35.

Slow off the blocks, but as the Omega team settled into their game, they worked well together as a squad to bring home a fantastic first win for 2018!  Hopefully the rust has been shaken off and we’re back in our stride!