Omega 1 vs Eastwood 1

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Omega 1 vs Eastwood - 9th October 2021

Today, Omega 1’s met Eastwood 1 in a home game at Freman College.  This is a game Omega know they need to win, so with two of their centre players unavailable for the game, Lucy Andrews helps out to give the team a better chance at gaining the much needed win.  The starting seven for the game is GS – Charlotte Ramejkis, GA – Poppy Swain, WA – Molly Brett, C – Lucy Andrews, WD – Claire Daw, GD – Leigh Rees-Reynolds and GK – Phoebe Gillen.  Beth Garrod and Lucy Hoskin start on the bench to support their team.

Eastwood open the game, but an immediate break sees Omega gaining the advantage, but a feed in to Char at GS is lost off the goal line and Eastwood have the ball once more.   However, Eastwood fail to keep hold as Omega’s tight defence force them to error and a turnover is won again and this time Omega gain the goal.   Omega gain 4 consecutive goals before Eastwood succeed with their first.  Omega’s strong defending by all players, ensures their opposition are under pressure throughout the quarter, forcing them to error on many occasions.  GK Phoebe and GD Leigh turnover the play on several occasions, enabling many more chances at goal for Omega.   This, coupled with accuracy in feeds from WA Molly and 100% shooting conversion from GS, Char,  allows Omega to gain a strong lead, winning the quarter 13-6.

The team remain the same for the second quarter, allowing them to settle and giving them the aim of increasing their lead further before making a change.   Eastwood start the quarter again and this time gain the opening goal.    Omega are strong with their marking on Eastwood’s centre passes, forcing errors on a couple of occasions, resulting in the ball going off court, hence back in Omega’s play.  The mid-court play from WD Claire, C Lucy and WA Molly is solid as they comfortably move the ball towards our shooters.  Likewise, GK Phoebe is on fire once more and manages many turnovers and GD Leigh wins several rebounds, giving the team the opportunity to increase the goal difference, however many errors and missed shots and a couple of foot faults in the circle prevent this from happening.  The final goal  is disallowed for Eastwood, resulting in a draw for this quarter and the first half of the game ends with a score of 24 -17.

A change at half time sees WD Claire Daw taking the bench, replaced by Beth and GA Poppy taking the bench, replaced by Lucy H.  Eastwood again open the quarter and gain the first goal, but Omega look comfortable and work hard as a unit to step up a notch.   The court play and ball movement is fluid and controlled from all players and the team manage to work the ball to our shooters with confidence.   WD Beth makes her presence known, gaining three turnovers this quarter.   Likewise, GA Lucy H is comfortable in her play, both working towards the circle feeders for balls and also creating the space for her counterpart, GS Char.  Lucy’s 100% goal conversion on 42% of the 14 goals scored is amazing for a player whose position is usually mid court!  This helped Omega begin the increase in their score, giving them a lead of 10 goals going into the final quarter, with a score of 38-28 in their favour.

The team’s morale is high for the final quarter as they are confident in their play as a whole squad.  Lucy Hoskins returns to the  bench and Poppy returns to the GA position to end the game.   A superb final quarter for the entire squad and the nerves have definitely disappeared for newcomer GA Poppy, whose shooting is accurate with her converting 82% of her shots and gaining 9 of the 16 goals this quarter.   Eastwood struggle to take hold against a strong finishing quarter from Omega and the game ends with a fantastic win to Omega and a score of 54-37.

This is a win that is a boost for the team’s confidence going forward.  A big thank you to Lucy Andrews for helping out and for giving her usual consistent and determined performance throughout the entire game, linking perfectly with the whole team to deliver the ball to goal.  The performance from all players was great with everyone giving their all to the game and their efforts paying off!  Next game is another home game against Rookies on 24th October.

Omega 1 vs Crosskeys 1 on Sunday 3rd October 2021

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Omega 1 vs Crosskeys Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Our 3rd East Region game is an away game against Essex based team, Crosskeys, who Omega have struggled to perform against in the past few times we’ve played them.  For the first time this season, almost the whole squad is available, with the exception of our regular GS, Charlotte Ramejkis.  As we’re short on the shooting front, Laura Robilliard (Millard) steps up from the Herts County Team, to help out, so we present with a squad of 10, consisting of Megan Pryde (starting on the bench), Molly Brett (WA), Mia Kersey (C), Beth Garrod (starting on the bench), Claire Daw(WD), Leigh Rees-Reynolds (GD), Phoebe Gillen(GK), 1st timer Poppy Swain (GS), Laura Robilliard (GA) and Lucy Hoskin (bench – easing her way back from injury).

With a previously untried attacking combination, the team take the court and open the game.  A nervous start sees a dropped ball at the edge of our shooting circle, which Crosskeys capitalise on and follow on to take the first four consecutive goals as Omega struggle to settle.  Omega’s defence steal possession on a few occasions, but Omega fail to convert the much needed goals. The 1st quarter ends with a score of 6-14 in Crosskeys favour.

A change for the 2nd quarter sees Poppy and Laura swapping GS / GA positions, Molly Brett taking the bench and Lucy Hoskin taking the WA position.    It’s almost a deja vu moment as Crosskeys score a roll of 4 consecutive goals in the opening minutes  and once again, Omega struggle to gain the much needed goals to close the scores.    The Crosskeys team, having played together for some years, are swift to punish Omega at every opportunity, finding their shooter who consistently converts her shots.  As the final seconds count down, Crosskeys take the final centre pass and an obstruction by Omega’s C, earns her a caution for deliberate delaying of play, the play is advanced and Crosskeys gain the final goal.  The quarter sees Crosskeys increase their goal difference by a further 5 goals, taking the score to 14-27 in their favour.

A big change to the team at half time sees Poppy reverting to GS, Mia moving from C to GA, Molly back at WA, Megan picking up the C position and Claire being replaced by Beth at WD.    Omega start the quarter and the change quickly proves fruitful as it’s Omega’s turn to score a roll of 4 goals to open the 2nd half of the game starting with Leigh intercepting Crosskey’s first centre pass and gaining the advantage for her team.  The team look much more together and the attack play the ball between each other with skill.   Crosskeys C, picks up a caution for persistent obstruction around Omega’s shooting circle this quarter. The shooters work as a team and this quarter match their opposition in goals scored, allowing the team to prevent the goal difference from increasing further.  A much better quarter by all and the team finally begin to work well throughout the entire court.  A draw of 10-10 this quarter sees the scores going into the final quarter as 24-37 to Crosskeys.

A final change to the team in the last quarter sees Leigh take the bench and Claire return to court, this time as GD to add height in the defending circle play.  A much more positive team take the court to end the game and once again, the entire team give their all.  The confidence and composure has increased across the entire team throughout the game and the final quarter sees more consistent shooting conversion for Omega and more skillful ball play bringing the ball to goal.  A solid performance from Mia Kersey at GA in this second half of the game, ensuring Omega gain the point they need for the league table.  A fantastic 2nd half of the game with another draw in the final quarter, ending the game with a score of 38-51 to Crosskeys.

Although we didn’t get the win, the team played with determination and tenacity throughout and the confidence and control in their play grew quarter on quarter.  Suddenly, the team are showing great promise for the rest of the season!

Omega 2 vs Turnford 4 – Saturday 2nd October 2021

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Based on the league table standings after the first couple of games, Omega were expecting a different opposition to what they discovered upon arrival at the Sir Fred’s this morning.   On seeing the team, we knew this would be a well competed game that we’d have to fight to the end for.

Taking the court to start the game were GS – Ruby Brett,  GA – Laura Robilliard  (Millard), WA – Zoe O’Neill, C – Lucy Andrews, WD – Nicola Rantell, GD – Samantha Abbott and GK – Andrea Kinninmonth, with Emma Faulkner on the bench.  The opening centre pass was Turnford’s but due to a missed shot, Omega gain the chance to steal the first goal, however likewise did not convert allowing Turnford to reset and score.  As the team settled into their play, they gain a 3-goal run in the first few minutes, but Turnford fight back and the court play is matched by both teams, however the shooting accuracy goes to Turnford and they win the quarter 12-10.

Omega’s quarter chat focusses on attacking the ball and loosing our opposition and the decision is taken to keep the status quo for the 2nd quarter in hope the team compose and take heed of the advise given.   We retake the court and once again the court play is even stevens. Omega win a few turnovers this quarter, but this is negated by more errors across all players, which coupled with goal conversion, does not allow us to capitalise once more.  However, a low scoring quarter is seen by both teams and Omega only loose the quarter by 1 goal, resulting in a score of 15-18 to Turnford by half time.

During half time, a substitution is made in hope that the attack dynamics change.  This sees Emma Faulkner taking the GA position, Laura Robilliard (Millard) taking the WA position and Zoe O’Neill taking the bench.    Turnford also make changes, benching their GS and moving their C to GA and GA to GS.  Omega loose the first centre pass which was theirs, but manage to steal the next 6 goals consecutively.    More turnovers and less errors in our play gains the advantage on several occasions and this quarter GS- Ruby Brett is on fire, scoring more goals herself than achieved in the whole of the first half of the game.   The whole team seem more settled and comfortable in their play and  this quarter they prove to much for their opposition.  The substitions have paid off for Omega, but the same cannot be said for Turnford.   Omega gain a much needed lead of 9 goals in this quarter, winning it 18-6, thus allowing them a comfortable lead going into the final quarter with a score of 33-24.

Turnford revert back to their original team for the final quarter to seek the win and Omega remain with the same team as quarter 3.    Turnford let us know they are not ready to concede the game and Omega have to dig deep and give their all.  The opening minutes sees the first 2 goals scored by Turnford and the next 2 by Omega.  From then on, every goal scored is Turnfords as they punish Omega’s missed chances.  Omega see the goal difference diminishing and implement tactical play to hold on to the win.  They play strategically well and succeed in their quest, but allow Turnford to close to within 3 goals, allowing them to take 2 points to the table.  Not our best performance, but Omega gain the 5-points for the table with a winning score of 35-33.

The team reflection after the game, outlined several skills to work on at training this week and next, in readiness for the next game when the team meet 2019’s league winners, SAS on 16th October.