Omega 2 vs Hatfield Phoenix on Saturday 19th October 2019

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B Team on 19th Oct 2019

Omega B team face Hatfield Phoenix in Division 1 of the Herts County League and they know they need to take the win today.    The team have a bare 7 players, with Sam Abbott in reserve, but having been unwell all week, isn’t really up to taking the court.

Omega start the game and they succeed in taking their first goal to set them on the right path, but they falter at their next attempt at goal and Hatfield take their advantage and secure the next 3 goals to give them an early lead.  The next few minutes run in the same vein, resulting in Hatfield being up 7-3 as Omega struggle to settle into the game.   However Omega’s more controlled team efforts are soon rewarded as they begin to find their stride and the score takes a turn.  Omega’s controlled teamwork begins to pay off and they apply the pressure on their opposition.  A few minutes off the boil in the final minutes sees Hatfield secure 4 consecutive goals, but once again, Omega take hold and by the end of the first quarter, they secure a 1-goal lead and a score of 15-14 as Hatfield miss their final opportunity to level the score on their final centre pass.

Omega start the second quarter and once again take the first goal.  The defending play by all players gives the team well earned extra opportunities at goals as 6 of the 7 players turnover the game to their advantage.   This coupled with superb shooting since the start of the game by both GA, Emma Maidment and GS, Ruby Brett, securing 15 goals per quarter between them and each only missing one goal from the start, sees them begin to take control of the game and increase their lead, ending the first half of the game leading 30-24.

The team chat is positive, with a couple of pointers given on ways to improve their chances, but the team know they need to keep the momentum up to the end of the game as they know how easy it is to lose the lead.  This quarter Hatfield start, but unlike Omega, they fail to gain the first goal and Omega are quick to punish their errors.   Another great shooting quarter and once again, the whole team apply the pressure on the defending play, which allows the team to increase their lead by a further 2 goals, holding them in good stead for the final quarter, with a score of 44-36 in their favour.

Once again the team chat is positive, but again they are aware they have to continue to apply the pressure and maintain their team discipline and control to the end as Hatfield have not given up the ghost and are also keen to obtain the win.    Omega are lucky to start the final quarter and maintain their pattern of securing the first goal of the quarter.  The whole team defend well and it’s a good job they do as the pressure in the final quarter sees several attempts at goal being unsuccessful.  However the goals are secured by both teams on their own centre passes for the majority of the quarter.  A blip in the final minutes sees each team take a turn at 3-consecutive goals as both teams fight hard to compete for the game.   The final few seconds of the game and Hatfield miss their shot and Omega are given a goal line throw-in, but a contact call in the circle, sees Hatfield awarded with a penalty shot to end the game, which fortunately for Omega, they miss and the game ends with Omega taking the win and a score of 56-49.

A well contested game by both teams and a display of much improved control and settled teamwork by Omega which paid dividends, giving them the much needed win and the 5 points for the league table, they have been seeking.

Omega 2 vs SAS on Saturday 21st September 2019

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A 9.30am start against 2nd on the table SAS and Omega 2’s know they will have a tough game ahead, particularly as SAS have pulled their team from the South Region League and are playing their top side in the Herts County League.

A starting team of Emma Faulkner – GS; Emma Maidment – GA; Nicola Rantell – WA; Lucy Andrews – C; Claire Statham – WD; Sam Abbott – GD and Louise Cousins – GK and Ruby Brett taking the bench.

The opening quarter and Omega are very unsettled and struggle to convert their shots, which is a rare occurrence for our shooters.  With only 2 court-play errors encountered in the quarter, the score could be very close, but the SAS shooters are on fire and even on the occasions they miss their first attempt at goal, they win the rebound and convert on the subsequent attempt.   A couple of great interceptions from GD, Samantha Abbott and another from WA, Nicola Rantell, gives their team an opportunity to claw back their much needed goals, but the team are not successful in keeping possession and almost immediately after turning the game over, the ball is lost to SAS once more.   The final few seconds of the quarter and confusion over whose centre pass it is, delays the pass being taken and prevents SAS gaining yet another goal to end the quarter, which ends with a score of 15-7 to SAS.

The team remains the same for the second quarter and the first centre pass is Omega’s, but a chance to start positively, is quickly diminished as an error on the centre pass proves costly and SAS steal the first goal of the quarter.  Another error on Omega’s second centre pass of the quarter allows SAS to take the first five consecutive goals, increasing their lead even further.  Omega’s defence is tight and they force their opposition to error, but again struggle to maintain ownership and convert the shots.  This quarter, Omega make many more errors than in the first quarter, but also turn the game around more too, but SAS are proving a force to be reckoned with and Omega cannot shake them off, which results in far less attempts at goal for their shooters, who have upped their conversion rate this quarter.   We are not loosing our opposition and struggling to push the ball forward and SAS are hot on their defending and are continually hunting the ball.   The score opens further by half time, with SAS leading 29-13.

A change to the team sees Ruby Brett take up the GS position and Emma Faulkner replace her on the bench.   The first centre pass is Omega’s again this quarter, but an error due to miscommunication on a pass sees the ball in SAS’s hands and they steal the first goal once more.  The team defend well this quarter and achieve many interceptions and pick up many rebounds and loose balls throughout.  A better quarter for the team, but the opposition have not eased up on the pressure and are too tough to crack.

The final quarter and a score of 22-42 in SAS’s favour and the win is out of reach, however the team continue to work to gain the point for the table.   Omega have a great start and manage to maintain ball ownership much more.  They match their opponents in play and gain more composure and discipline in their game.  However, the lead created by SAS in the earlier quarters is far too big at this stage and the team fight to gain the point they need.   The quarter is the best of the game for Omega and has a quarter score of 14-12 to SAS, so a much tight one, but the game ends with a final score of 56-34 to SAS, who proved they wanted the win from the first whistle and were relentless in applying the pressure throughout the game, so deserved the win they achieved.

 

 

Omega 2 vs AFNNC Solar on Saturday 23rd March 2019

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Omega B vs AFNNC Solar on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Today, fourth position of the Herts County League, Division 1 table, Omega 2 face 2nd position AFNNC Solar.   This is expected to be a very tough match as statistically, AFNNC Solar can still qualify for the playoffs as they sit just 2 points behind the top of the table.

The game starts and it’s looking to be the game it is expected with AFNNC Solar taking an early lead 4-1 in the opening minutes.   However, Omega are determined and keen to give it their all and soon get their act together to close the lead and the play is matched by both teams.   A fall in the centre third on Omega’s centre pass sees C, Lucy Andrews on the floor but the team adamant they were not calling for injury time.  However the umpire looks to the bench and sees the coach indicating with his hands and the decision is made.  Confusion in the team is evident as no-one understands why Lucy has to leave the court.   A swift change of Molly Brett from WD to C and the game continues with AFNNC taking the next goal and Lucy is allowed back on court, but has to return to the vacant position.   Rather than unsettle the team, they become more determined and battle on for the rest of the quarter.   Great teamwork in the whole attack from WA, Emma Faulkner; C, Molly Brett, GA, Emma Maidment, finished off with fantastic movement and shooting by GS, Ruby Brett sees the team not only claw back the deficit goals, but take a 1-goal lead by end of the quarter, with a score of 13-12.

A quick reshuffle back to starting positions in the quarter break and the team settle back into the game.  Both teams give their all as neither want to loose the battle as each are as competitive as the other.   This quarter doesn’t flow so well for Omega with the team not always seeing their shooter, but also seeing a more static shooter than the first half, which makes GA, Emma work for her money (not that she gets any!!!).   Neither team make many errors, but Solar manage to benefit more from Omega’s and once again take the lead by end of the quarter, with a result by half time of 26-28 to Solar.

Hannah Brown steps in to GS and Ruby Brett takes the bench to start the second half.  Omega struggle to settle at the start, but soon get into their stride and adapt well to change their feeding style as a result of the change of shooter.  However, they are still not always feeding the circle at the first opportunity and giving GA, Emma the extra pressure.   Omega make more mistakes this quarter, loosing many balls with congestion and lack of player spacial awareness and positioning, putting more pressure on defence players GK, Louise Cousins and GD, Sam Abbott, who battle on in an attempt to prevent the goals.  However AFNNC Solar grasps every opportunity to score and stretch their lead, ending the quarter 46-40 to Solar.

A final chat, a swap of position for Molly into WA and Emma Faulkner into WD and a determined team retake the court.  Ready to give their all to the bitter end, they know that a 6 goal deficit is going to be hard to overcome in the final quarter, particularly to a strong opposition.   The change of dynamics sees some fantastic feeds from WA, Molly to GS, Hannah from the centre circle or just inside the goal third on several occasions, resulting in the team managing to close the lead in the first half of the quarter.  GD, Sam and GK, Louise apply the pressure in defence this quarter, coupled with interceptions from C, Lucy, which allow them to win over some much needed balls to allow the team to begin to take the lead.  An excited bench are screaming their support and encouraging the team to play the ball safe in the latter minutes and wait for the right opportunity to move it forward.  The team took heed and the reward paid off, seeing a fantastic win for the team and a final result of 59-55!

A great game to watch and one which was well contested by both teams and well managed by strong umpires.  A great end to the season, securing the team in fourth position for their first season in Division 1.  Well deserved to the whole squad who have played this season…..and to those who have helped out when needed.

Omega 2 vs Turnford 3 – Saturday 2nd March 2019

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Omega 2 vs Turnford 3 on Saturday 2nd March 2019

Omega 2’s take on Turnford 3 in the second round of the Herts County League, Division 1 fixtures, with  a new setup for the team and with Sophie Humphry out of position in GD.

Turnford start the game and are quick to secure the first goal.  Omega loose their first centre pass, but get a second chance as they win back the ball for GA, Emma Maidment to score.   Turnford take the third goal, then Omega settle into their game and get on an early roll to take the next 4 goals to gain an early lead, however this doesn’t last long as Turnford quickly respond and equalise the score once more.   Tight defending in our defence circle by GD, Sophie Humprhy and GK, Louise Cousins sees Turnford trying to force feed their shooters and the ball being thrown off the goal line on a couple of occasions, allowing Omega to capitalise on their errors.  This quarter sees Omega taking the lead on three occasions helped by interceptions by WA, Lucy Andrews, WD, Molly Brett and GD, Sophie , but every time, Turnford fight back hard and equalise the score before Omega try again.  Also seen this quarter is GA, Emma Maidment getting into her stride, supporting the team in bringing the ball to the circle and working well with GS, Ruby Brett to for each to demonstrate accuracy in their shots.  In the final minute, Omega get the opportunity to secure a one-goal lead to go into the next quarter, but an error in Omega’s shooting circle gives Turnford the same chance.  Lucky for Omega they miss the shot and GK, Louise Cousins wins the rebound on the whistle, leaving the score 11-11.

The second quarter starts in a similar vein to the first, with each team taking their first goal and Omega getting on a run with three consecutive goals, but once again, Turnford fight back to keep the goal difference close.  Turnford Centre goes offside in their shooting circle and Omega capitalise on the error and take the goal.    Another chance for Omega thanks to an interception by GD, Sophie, who manages to knock the ball up court , but in the usual Omega fashion, we fail to pick up the loose ball and Turnford take the goal to close the gap in the score to just one goal at 21-20 to Omega.  Turnford have the next centre pass and play it safe and their shooters reward them to equalise the score 21-21.   A goal line pass and GA, Emma Maidment is called for a foul throw for stepping on court before releasing the ball and Turnford capitalise on the umpire’s decision, giving them a one goal lead.  GD, Sophie intercepts the ball once more, but again Omega loose the ball in their defensive third and Turnford punish them.  Turnford have the final centre pass of the first half of the game and secure their goal to leave the score 22-24 to Turnford going into the second half of the game.

Omega bring on sub, Hannah Brown, replacing Ruby Brett in the GS position.  Omega loose their first attempt at goal on the first centre pass with a missed shot and Turnford increase their lead further having secured the first two goals of the quarter.  Omega are not ready to concede the game and show great determination as they begin to claw back the goals, forcing their opposition to falter.  WA, Emma Faulkner intercepts the ball, followed by WD, Molly which allows Omega to equalise 29-29 early in the quarter.  Defensive players Louise and Sophie apply the pressure on their opponents and Louise wins a rebound, but is called for ball handling and Turnford secure the goal.   Turnford take the lead once more, but both teams dig deep, each determined to take and maintain the lead, but Omega succeed in their quest in the final minutes and this is the turnaround in the game.   With 1.7 seconds on the clock, it’s Turnford’s centre pass and their WA instructs their C to hold on to the ball, but she passes it and they loose their advantage to start the final quarter.

Going into the final quarter, Omega are leading 41-36 and are told to play the ball safely to goal.   Turnford’s GS misses two attempts at a goal and the ball is knocked out of the circle. This time the loose ball is ssuccessfully picked up by WD, Molly and the team work the ball up-court to find GS, Hannah Brown, to secure the goal.     Turnford contact on Omega’s pass mid court and they take the ball from GA, Emma, but there is no decision made by the umpires, resulting in Turnford taking the ball to their shooters, but karma is evident as their shot is missed and the ball is back in Omega’s hands.  Omega take the ball to their circle edge and attempt to feed a high ball into Hannah, but the Turnford GK tips the ball and Turnford shooters get another chance.  They miss again and the ball is worked back to Omega’s shooters and this time they score.   A forced feed from WA, Emma to GS, Hannah goes off the goal line and Turnford punish the error with a goal.  With five minutes remaining in the quarter, the score is 54-42 to Omega and GD, Sophie intercepts the feed to the Turnford shooters, but a long ball up the court is not met and Turnford gain possession to take the goal.   A missed shot by GA, Emma sees her immediately turn on her defensive play, determined to win back the ball, which she is quick to achieve, just outside the circle and this time she plants it through the net to reward her efforts.  An interception on Turnford’s centre pass by WD, Molly gives Omega another goal to increase their lead to 13 goals and in the final twp minutes of the game, Turnford GS is called for ball handling on two separate occasions and each time Omega are quick to capitalise on their error, allowing the final score of 60-45 to Omega.  A well deserved win to end a great display of netball.

Omega 2 vs Turnford 4 – Saturday 16th February 2019

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Omega 2 vs Turnford 4 Saturday 16th Feb 2019

Omega 2 meet top of Division 1 table, Turnford 4 in the 2nd half of the Herts County League games.   Having been robbed of the win in the first half of the season, Omega were keen to secure the win this time round.

Emma Faulkner and Ruby Brett took the bench for the 1st quarter and the  game started well with Omega defending strongly from C, Nicola Rantell through to Andrea Kinninmonth at GK,  keeping the score tight in the opening quarter.  GD, Sam Abbott was on fire, turning the game over on 6 occasions to give Omega a great head-start on the game and an early lead by the end of the 1st quarter, with a score of 12-10 to Omega.

A one-part change sees Nicola Rantell take the bench, replaced in C by Emma Faulkner.  The second quarter was once again matched play with accuracy in the shooting displayed by both teams, but Omega once again had the edge on Turnford and managed to maintain control, enabling them to increase their lead by a further 4 goals by end of the 1st half of the game, giving them the advantage going into the second half, with a score of 26-22.

Another change for the third quarter, sees Nicola return to the C position and Emma Faulkner moving to WD, as Molly Brett takes the bench.  The third quarter saw Turnford return to court determined to give all they had to keep them in the game.   Omega were not so hot on the turnarounds and Turnford put the pressure on the Omega attack, resulting in the shooting accuracy taking a hit.  Turnford managed to claw back the goal deficit by end of the quarter, equalising the score at 36-36 for the final quarter.

A whole lot of changes to the team in an attempt to change the team dynamics,  sees Andrea Kinninmonth taking the bench, replaced by Hannah Brown in GK and Ruby Brett taking her GS position from Hannah.  Additional changes saw Leanne Mansfield take the bench, replaced at WA by Molly Brett.   The changes proved costly for the team as they were unsettled and struggled adapt the passing and feeds for the new setup…lesson learnt for future!  Turnford took advantage of this and took the lead for the first time in the game,  which they held on to, to the end.  The final score was 47-41 to Turnford, but this time round, they deserved the result.

Omega 2 vs Watford Premier on Saturday 2nd February 2019

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Omega 2 vs Watford Premier on Saturday 2nd February 2019

For the first time all season, Omega have a squad of 12 for their 2nd round fixture against Watford Premier, who they beat by just one goal in the 1st half of the season.  The squad know it won’t be an easy game, but are ready to give their all.

The starting team being GS – Hannah Brown; GA – Sophie Humphry; WA – Leanne Mansfield; C – Nicola Rantell; WD – Molly Brett; GD – Sam Abbott and GK – Louise Cousins.  On the bench are Emma Faulkner, Andrea Kinninmonth and welcoming back for their first Herts League game after the birth of each of their 2nd child, Emma Maidment and Lucy Andrews.

Watford Prem start the game and Omega are tense.  The team take some time to settle and the nerves are apparent as we miss shots and make errors.  However, some great interceptions are seen by Nicola Rantell, Molly Brett, Sam Abbott and Sophie Humphry, but as soon as we gain the ball, we swiftly return it to the opposition.  With a score of 10-9 to Watford Prem, Omega have the opportunity to equalise as they closely mark the opposition, forcing a held ball call, however we don’t capitalise on this advantage and Watford maintain the lead to the end of the quarter.  With 5 seconds remaining, Omega have the final centre pass, but they have failed to note the limited time and as a result, miss the opportunity to fast-track the ball to the shooters and the quarter ends 12-13 to Watford.

A change at quarter time sees Nicola Rantell take the bench and Emma Faulkner picking up the C position.   Watford Prem have the opening centre pass once more, but it’s Omega who take the first goal to equalise the score.   Omega take their centre pass to goal, but a missed shot sees the ball back with the opposition and the tables turned.  Some clean interceptions by Molly Brett, Sam Abbott and Leanne Mansfield sees the ball returned to the shooters and each rewarded for their efforts,  with a goal from our shooters.  Omega take the lead and are up by 3 goals midway through the quarter, but Watford Prem are feisty and fight back to take back the lead once more.  Omega make more errors than intercepts this quarter, but manage to keep the goal difference to 1 goal by half time, with a score of 28-29 to Watford.

A big change at half time, sees Hannah and Sophie taking the bench, replaced by Ruby Brett and Emma Maidment in the shooting circle.  Additionally, Leanne Mansfield is replaced at WA by Lucy Andrews, Molly Brett is replaced at WD by Nicola Rantell and Hannah Brown moves to the opposite end of the court, replacing Louise Cousins at GK.   For the first time in the game, Omega start the play and are successful in taking the first goal.    Ruby Brett, our youngest player,  settles well into the GS position, with great inter-passing from Emma Maidment at GA and it looks to be a great start.   The team struggle to turn the game to their advantage, but fight hard to contain their opponents and turnover the game on 7 occasions, with great intercepts by Nicola, Lucy and Sam, but we also loose the ball on 9 occasions, which allows Watford to increase their lead by a further goal.

The final quarter and Omega are 2 down and another big change around of the team in the last ditch attempt to change up the dynamics sees Andrea Kinninmonth taking the court for the final quarter, replacing Hannah Brown as GK, Lucy Andrews moving to C, Leanne returning to WA, Emma Faulkner moving from C to WD and Sam Abbott replaced at GD by Nicola Rantell.    Both teams are aware that the game is likely to go to the wire and neither team are ready to be defeated.   Omega manage to equalise the score on a couple of occasions and finally take the lead by mid quarter, but only by 1 or 2 goals.  Contact calls against Nicola outside the circle, sees Andrea covering both shooters, but she manages to keep her feet moving around the players and drives forward to intercept the pass, gaining possession for the team on a couple of occasions.    The final score is a deja vu moment, with Omega taking the game by 1 goal, which is exactly what happened in the 1st half fixtures between both teams.  This resulted in Omega having a 9 point lead on Watford Prem on the league tables, sitting comfortably in 4th position, levelling on points with 3rd place, SAS who have a slight lead on goal difference by just 2 goals.

Omega 2 vs Equals – Saturday 5th January 2019

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Omega 2 vs Equals - 5th Jan 2019

The first game of the second half of the season and it’s the rematch between Omega 2 and Equals.  Both teams are mid table, with Omega sitting just 2 places above Equals at the end of the 1st half of the season.

The start of the game is Equal’s but a missed shot by their shooter is rebounded by GK, Louise Cousins and the team take the ball to the circle, but the ball is lost and Equals take it back to their shooter, who misses the shot once more and a second rebound by Louise gives Omega another chance, which this time, GS, Hannah Brown succeeds in converting, giving the first goal of the game to Omega.   A chance to take the next goal and an early lead is missed as a held ball call at our centre pass proves fatal and Equals punish.  Both teams battle hard to gain the goal advantage and Omega’s WA, Leanne Mansfield shows great determination, tipping the ball at Equal’s centre pass, but can’t hold on to it and is called for ball-handling.  Next is an unforced error by Equals WD, who footworks and it’s Omega’s turn to gain from their error.  The quarter is tight until the final minutes, when a couple of errors with force-feeding and missed shots allows Equals to end the quarter with a 2-goal lead and score of 16-14.

A change at quarter time sees Emma Faulkner take the bench and Nicola Rantell picking up the centre position.  A great start to the quarter sees Omega clawing back the 2-goal deficit in the first three minutes, equalising the score 17-17, but the draw is short lived as Omega loose their centre pass and Equals capitalise on it.    Another error at our next centre pass allows our opposition to increase the lead once more as they punish every error with their accurate shooting.  The remainder of the quarter is neck and neck, with some great accuracy in shooting by GA, Ruby Brett, converting 100% of her shots.  A rebound by Louise Cousins gives the team an opportunity to close the lead but Equals read the pass mid court and steal the ball and the goal as a result.  The final 8 seconds of the quarter and first half, and WD, Molly Brett seizes the opportunity to lob the ball in to Hannah Brown, but with slightly more power behind the ball than needed, it goes off the goal-line.   The first half of the game ends with Equals still in the lead by 3 goals, with a score of 29-26.

The third quarter sees Ruby Brett taking the bench, replaced at GA by Emma Faulkner.    The quarter starts and Omega know the game is not lost and continue to contest the game.  Some great ball marking by WA, Leanne Mansfield on a sideline throw in, wins a held ball call as the marked player cannot find her team members.  The ball is linked well down to Hannah, who rewards the team with the goal.  Great circle defence by GD, Sam Abbott and GK, Louise Cousins results in Equals force-feeding their shooters, which goes off the goal-line.  Omega take the ball to their shooters again, but the ball is lost once more and Equals take the goal.    A great steal mid court by C, Nicola Rantell and the ball is taken to GS, Hannah Brown, who falls to the ground and calls time for an ankle injury, which results in her leaving the court and being replaced in GS by Ruby Brett.  Some great  turnovers by the mid-court players, Molly Brett, Nicola Rantell and Leanne Mansfield, coupled with accurate shooting by Emma Faulkner at GA, allows Omega to take the lead mid quarter with a score of 37-35.   The team work together to apply the pressure on the opposition and link well on the attack play, with more turnarounds by all players, than errors on display this quarter.   The final 2.30 mins on the clock and Omega loose their centre pass, which allows Equals to claw back the lead and equalise the score 40-40, but the team fight hard once more to gain back their lead.  The final 8 seconds on the clock and Omega loose possession of the ball and as defence have taken their eyes off their opposition, the ball finds Equals GA with ease, however she misses the final opportunity to equalise as she misses the shot and the quarter ends with a score of 42-41.

A final change to the team, with Hannah Brown returning to court, this time at the other end of the court at GK, replacing Louise Cousins who takes the bench.  One goal ahead going into the final quarter, but it’s Equals who restart the game, taking the first goal to equalise.  A missed shot by Omega sees us loose the ball, however Equals WD is called for ball handling and Omega gain another opportunity, but a fluffed pass in the shooting circle sees the ball back in the oppositions hands once more.   GD, Sam Abbott prevents Equals from capitalising on the goal, intercepting the pass at a crucial point and this time Omega take to goal.    With ten minutes remaining, Omega are up by 3 goals, but Equals are not giving up and manage to reduce the lead to just 1 goal once more.  The lead fluctuates again with Omega increasing to 3 goals and Equals reducing it back to 1.  The final minutes with 1 goal lead and it’s Equals centre pass, but they loose the ball off their goal line and Omega seize the chance to secure their lead and succeed in their mission.  1.30 remaining on the clock and another error by Equals sees the ball traverse the side-line and Omega gaining another goal to increase their lead.  10 secs to go and GK, Hannah Brown intercepts the ball in the circle and the team are swift to link the ball down court to their shooters.  An obstruction by Equals GK, sees Omega gaining a penalty shot on the final whistle.  As Emma takes the shot, Equals GD also obstructs, leaving a clear shot for Emma, who doesn’t disappoint!

An exciting, albeit sometimes scrappy first game, with displays of ups and downs in the play throughout.   Nevertheless, a great result, with the final score of 53-49 to Omega, which pushes them into fourth position on the division table and just one point behind third place, SAS Reds, who they play next week!

Omega 2 vs Abbey Flyers Nomads 1 – Saturday 8th December 2018

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Omega 2 vs Abbey Flyers Nomads 1 - Saturday 8th December 2018

The final game of the 1st half of the season and it’s expected to be the toughest as Omega 2 meet the top of the Division 1 table, Abbey Flyers Nomads (AFN) Solar.

AFN start the game, but swiftly loose possession as their GA is called for held ball.  However, Omega fail to keep the ball mid court, but luck is on their side as the AFN WA footworks and this time Omega punish the error, taking the first goal.  In the opening minutes, Omega show the opposition that this is not going to be a walkover as they compete at every opportunity.  Each team make unforced errors this quarter and the game is neck and neck for majority of the time.  Superb defending by GK, Hannah Brown, playing out of position, sees her turning the game around 5 times in the quarter, giving the team ample opportunities to take an early lead, however the team make many errors with passing the ball and attempts at feeding the shooters which hinders their chances, resulting in AFN leading 11-8 by end of the quarter.

A change at quarter time sees GS, Ruby Brett taking the bench, Hannah Brown taking her position and Andrea Kinninmonth stepping into the role of GK after Hannah has set the bar high!   The start of the quarter is not Omega’s best as AFN take the first 4 goals, extending their lead even further.  Omega take time to settle, but succeed by mid quarter, with  strong defending by the team from C court to GK, resulting in 9 turnovers throughout the quarter.   Their determination and fight paying off, winning the quarter 17-11.

The team chat at half time highlights the congestion mid court on our attack play and solutions identified in an attempt to alleviate it.  The team are fired up to compete to the end and return to court prepared to give their all.  This quarter sees more unforced errors, with a couple of breaks on our centre-pass, footwork and a held ball call, but the score goes goal for goal throughout.  This is a better quarter for court play and moving the ball forward with fewer errors than the 1st half of the game, however AFN manage to claw back some goals, reducing the lead to just one goal going into the final quarter and a score of 35-34.

Omega are aware the final quarter will be tight and the chat is one of playing the safe ball and keeping possession to take to goal.  Both teams give their all as they fight to take the game.  The final minutes and Omega are still leading.   Confusion in the defence’s communication with the back-line pass and the AFN GS steals the ball and punishes with a goal, but Omega still have the upper hand.  The final minute and Omega fail to hold the lead as errors are made and AFN take the goals to equalise and it’s AFNs final centre pass with seconds remaining on the clock.  Omega know they need to defend hard and cleanly to prevent the goal.  They succeed in the challenge as AFN attempt to put up the shot, but the whistle blows and the shot is missed.

Omega are happy with the draw of 47-47 against the top of the table, allowing them to sit comfortably mid table by the end of the 1st half of the fixtures.

Omega 2 vs Hertford Hornets Navy – Saturday 24th November 2018

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Omega 2 vs Hornets Navy

With two of the regular shooters playing up for the 1st team in their away game against MK Netters Gold in Bedford, the team are uneasy for this game.  They call on Charlotte Ramejkis from the 3rd team to fill-in to shoot and welcome back Sam Abbott for her first game this season.

The team settle in to the first quarter and have a great opening to the game, working well as a team.  The two shooters, Charlotte Ramejkis at GS and Ruby Brett at GA, have a solid quarter, securing a good head start for the team, converting 14 goals between them.    The rest of the team defend well and manage to keep Hornets chasing the lead, ending the quarter 14-8 for Omega, giving the team the boost they need for the rest of the game.

The second quarter starts well, with Omega limiting Hornets to just 3 goals to their 9 in the first half.  Once again, the whole team defend well, with all mid-court and defense players intercepting the ball on at least one occasion.  GK, Louise Cousins, GD, Sam Abbott and WD, Molly Brett apply the pressure to their opposition and force them to make many an error, resulting in the ball crossing the goal line, interceptions and missed shots.  Omega open their lead in this quarter with another 17 goals scored, versus just 10 by Hornets, securing a comfortable lead of 31-18 going into the second half of the game.

Hornets start the 3rd quarter and take the first goal.    Centre, Nicola Rantell is fierce in hunting the interception, stealing the ball on Hornets 2nd centre-pass and Charlotte rewards her with a goal.  Hornets fight back and begin to claw back the goals, reducing the lead to just 10 goals.  Omega make some unforced errors this quarter with balls not being caught and balls thrown off court.  With five and half minutes remaining in the quarter, Hornets have clawed a further 2 goals, reducing the gap further, to just 8 goals, but the whole Omega defence  and C, Nicola Rantell continue to apply the pressure and pick up several loose balls, rebounds and interception.  This quarter is won by Hornets 16-13, resulting in the score going into the final quarter being 44-34 to Omega.

With positive encouragement and support from the team bench, Omega return to the court wanting the win.   Likewise, Hornets are keen to fight to the bitter end and take the first 2 goals of the quarter, but Omega reciprocate on the 3rd and 4th goal.   C, Nicola tips many a ball throughout the quarter, stealing the ball on a couple of occasions.  This coupled with GK, Louise winning several rebounds as a result of missed opportunities by the Hornets shooters, keeps the team in the lead.  Omega make some errors again in this quarter with a break at centre pass, ball handling, footwork and missed shots, but the lead they created in the first half of the game is too big for Hornets to pull back and Omega take the game 56-48.

A fantastic result for the team and a big thank you to Charlotte for filling in.  A great performance from the whole team, with great defensive play and determination demonstrated by everyone.  A well played game by 15 year old Ruby Brett in her first game at GA in the Herts County League.

Omega 2 vs Turnford 3 – Saturday 17th November 2018

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Omega 2 vs Turnford 3 - Sat 17th Nov 2018

Having had a couple of weeks break from Herts League games, Omega are feeling apprehensive about the game, but ready to give it our all.   The starting seven are GS – Hannah Brown, GA – Sophie Humphry, WA – Emma Faulkner, C – Nicola Rantell, WD – Ruby Brett, GD – Claire Daw and GK – Andrea Kinninmonth.

The game starts well with Omega taking an early lead as we demonstrate great control of the ball, accurate passing and shooting throughout the quarter, finished off with superb teamwork by GS Hannah Brown and GA Sophie Humphry in our attack circle.  GK, Andrea Kinninmonth closed down the Turnford GS well, defending the space and marking the ball on the shot, resulting in some missed shots from a player who is usually an accurate shooter.  However, in the final seconds of the quarter, Andrea reduced her distance as the GS is about to take the shot, resulting in a penalty is given on the whistle and Turnford punish with the goal.  The opening quarter ends with a fantastic lead for Omega, with a score of 19-8.

Some player changes in the 2nd quarter sees Ruby moving from WD to GS, Hannah from GS to GK, Andrea taking the bench and Molly picking up the WD position.  Turnford have also made a change to their GS, replacing her with another shooter from the bench.  As the quarter starts, Hannah makes her first interception from the Turnford centre pass and the team take the ball to Ruby in GS to reward with the goal.     Turnford put up a fight for the the game this quarter and begin to claw back the goals, closing down the lead.  Ten minutes into the quarter and Turnford’s GA footworks in the circle and Omega seize the opportunity to take it to goal, but a poor feed from the circle edge sees Turnford regaining possession and the goal.  The Turnford GK picks up a caution for persistent obstruction and with 8 seconds remaining in the quarter, it’s Omega’s centre pass but in our haste to get the ball to goal, the ball goes off the goal line.  The first half of the game ends 28 – 20, with Turnford winning the 2nd quarter 12-9.

A rethink on the planned play schedule at half time and a further change to the team sees Hannah back at GS, Ruby at WD, Molly moving to WA, Louise Cousins taking the court as GK and Emma Faulkner taking the bench.    Turnford start the 2nd half, but an unforced footwork error by their GA allows Omega to take the first goal.   A long ball feed from the centre court to our shooters, proves a little hasty as the ball goes off the goal line and we loose possession.  As Turnford take the goal line pass, their WD injures her ankle and calls time, resulting in her leaving the court and being replaced from the bench.  The game restarts and a footwork call in our shooting circle sees our opposition gain the ball and steal a goal and with the next centre pass theirs, they re-close the lead that Omega had gained at the beginning of the quarter, but this is short lived as by just over half way through the quarter, Omega have opened the lead back up to 12 goals.   Some tooing and froing of the ball possession by both teams takes hold in the final minutes with an interceptions from GK Louise, which is quickly lost again mid court with a long feed to Hannah, but is won back again by GD, Claire Daw and this time Hannah finishes it off with a goal.   A much better quarter, with Omega taking the quarter 18-8 and the game score of 46-28 going into the final quarter.

With the play improved and settled, the decision for the final quarter is to keep the status quo with the team.   Omega start the quarter and are rewarded once again by Hannah with the goal.    The first four goals of the quarter go goal for goal but a blip in Omega’s performance sees Turnford pick up the next four goals.  Omega take hold and settle back into their game.  Some errors made by both teams, with contact calls and ball handling, sees the ball tooing and frooing between teams once again.  Omega falter deep into the quarter with a loss of possession on our centre pass and a couple of missed shots, allowing Turnford to claw back some goals.  Confusion sets in as Turnford shoot for goal and the ball goes into the net, but the net bounces it back out again, however the decision is taken to allow the goal to stand.  One minute to go and we loose the ball on our centre pass, but GD, Claire intercepts to win it back and Hannah rewards her once more.  The final 12 seconds on the scoreboard are noted by all and it’s Omega centre pass.  We safely find Hannah for our 60th goal and she obliges, just before the final whistle.

A great display of netball, showing determination to the end.  The win sees us sitting at seventh on the league table with 23 points.  However there are only 6 points between us and the top of the table, AFN Solar and only 1 point between us and sixth position, Equals.  The top half of the table are all fighting for positions, with just 1 or 2 points between each place, so the league is still up for grabs by everyone!