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 Regional Team play Harpenden – Sunday 12th September 2021

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Omega 1 vs Harpenden 12th Sept 2021

The first Regional game after over 18-months of limited court time and Omega travel to St Albans to meet fellow Herts Team, Harpenden in the 1st round.   With a few of their usual team unable to play, Lucy Andrews and Laura Millard (Robilliard) step up to help out the team.   The squad for the game are Charlotte Ramejkis (GS), Natalie Faal (GA), Megan Pryde (WA), Lucy Andrews (C), Molly Brett (WD), Leigh Rees-Reynolds (GD), Phoebe Gillen (GK) and Laura Millard starting on the bench.

Harpenden take the first centre pass and quickly move the ball to goal to start the scores.  Omega respond, matching goal for goal.  Harpenden falter on their next centre pass as strong and dominating defence by Omega’s Phoebe and Leigh in the circle, forces an error and Harpenden loose the ball off the goal line.  A chance for Omega who swiftly move the ball to their shooting circle edge, but an unset landing at circle edge sends a shakey ball into the circle which is intercepted by the Harpenden GK.  Harpenden try to take the ball back to their shooters, but loose it mid-court as Omega force a held ball situation.  Omega have another chance and falter yet again on getting the ball to the shooters, but Omega’s GK wins a rebound which allows Omega their third attempt at gaining the lead.  Harpenden intercept the ball outside the Omega shooting circle and yet again the ball is taken back down court.  Both teams struggle to compose and retain the ball, but Omega’s GK, Phoebe is on form as usual and steals the feed to the Harpenden shooter and finally, Omega convert the goal!   Omega are first to break the 1 for 1 goal scenario taking 3 consecutive goals, but Harpenden are keen to show they are putting up a fight for the game, taking the next 3 goals.   The quarter continues with each team battling for the next goal until the final minutes, when Omega is on a roll with some great feeds from WA-Megan to GS-Char, allowing them to take the final 4 goals of the quarter, ending with a score of 11-8 in their favour.

As the team had settled by the end of the 1st quarter, they re-take the court in the same positions.  Both teams are desperate to get the 1st win under their belt and they compete continuously for goal.  As one team steals the ball from their opposing centre pass, the other responds on the next attempt.   A fantastic steal by GD – Leigh, but Omega fail to capitalise on their gain.   A determined quarter by each team, with very few errors by either side, but Harpenden manage to close the gap on the goal difference, ending the 1st half 21-20 to Omega

A change to the squad at half time, in an attempt to switch up the dynamics, sees Megan taking the bench, replaced by Laura at WA.   Omega start the quarter for the first time in the game, but concede their goal to the opposition.  This quarter, from C-Lucy, through to GK-Phoebe, the defence play is tight and several turnovers are won by all four players,  resulting in a couple of 3-consecutive goal runs for the team.  WD-Molly, intercepts a pass with great 2-hand marking.  All the hard work of the defence players is unfortunately offset by several missed shots this quarter, so Omega struggle to increase their lead, but manage to gain an extra goal advantage to take them into the final quarter with a score of 30-28.

A tense final quarter, with each team knowing the win could go either way and they have to pull out the stops for the last 15 minutes.  Omega start the quarter again and this time, succeed in converting their first goal.  Harpenden respond accordingly, but Omega manage to make the first break in the flow of the game to gain an extra goal.   Omega slowly begin to increase their lead by 5 goals in the 1st half of the quarter, but Harpenden do not give up and manage to claw it back to just 3 goals very quickly.    Omega increase the lead again by 5 goals, but the final 3 goals of the quarter are Harpenden’s, which secures them their first points on the scoreboard for being within 5 goals.   A battle for the win for Omega, but a win nevertheless.  Final score is 39-37 to Omega.

A good win to start the season, particularly the first Regional Match in 18 months.  Big thanks to Lucy Andrews and Laura Millard (Robilliard) for stepping up and helping the team out today.   Onwards and upwards for the rest of the season!

Omega 1 vs Norfork Utd on Sunday 27th October 2019

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Omega 1 vs Norfolk Sat 27th Oc 2019

Omega 1 met Norfolk Utd in the East Region, division 1 fixture on Sunday 27th October.  Omega expected a tough and closely contested game as is usually case when these teams meet.  With Leigh Rees-Reynolds injured, Nicola Rantell steps up from Omega 2 to help in defence along with her usual team mate, Emma Faulkner, who is happy to take the bench, prepared to take the court if needed.

Norfolk start the game, but WD, Nicola Rantell is quick to stamp her mark on the game, intercepting the first centre pass, allowing Omega to steal the first opportunity at goal and GS Hannah Brown rewarded her efforts.    Omega take the 2nd goal, but Norfolk respond and succeed in taking the next 2 goals due to a missed shooting chance by Omega.  Omega apply the defensive pressure on the next Norfolk centre pass, forcing their opposition to error and the ball goes off the sideline.   Omega seize the advantage and once again GS Hannah succeeds in converting the opportunity to another goal for the scoreboard.   An attempt to feed the shooters goes astray and unjustly awards Norfolk with a goal line throw. Omega defence are keen to regain the possession and stand strong with marking the throw and turn over the possession.  The team take the ball to the shooters, but a footwork call sees the ball returning to Norfolk and this time they succeed in gaining the goal.    GD, Claire Daw marks her GA well and wins a rebound from a missed attempt at goal, which the team succeed in taking to GS Hannah, to finish off.   A force-feed by Omega into Hannah is intercepted by Norfolk’s GD, but it’s quickly won back by C, Lucy Hoskin in Omega’s shooting third and the ball finds GA, Natalie Faal who is the one to reward Lucy’s intercept.   A penalty for Omega, but it’s a tad far out and GA, Natalie misses the shot, but her determination in defending swiftly pays off as she turns over the play and this time succeeds in gaining the goal.   With 20 seconds remaining on the clock, Omega are a little hasty in trying to feed their shooter and Norfolk’s GK intercepts the feed.  Norfolk attempt to take the ball to their shooters, but Omega defend hard, determined not to allow their opposition to steal the final goal of the quarter and their efforts pay off as they defend well to prevent the final goal being made.  The score at the end of the first quarter being12-9 to Omega.

Norfolk start the next quarter and once again, WD, Nicola is hot on their heals, stealing the ball at their centre pass, but she is off balance as she attempts to throw and the ball is returned to Norfolk as quickly as it’s won.  However, their GA misses the shot and GD, Claire is quick to recover the rebound an the ball is soon with Hannah for the goal.  Omega pressures the Norfolk Centre pass as they defend well, which forces Norfolk to error and Natalie Faal gains the goal.   Superb 2-hand marking and timing on the jumps by GD, Claire, sees her win the ball as Norfolk takes a goal line throw-in and once again, the team work well together to take the ball to their shooters who secure the goal.  Omega take the first four goals of the quarter, which allows them to increase their lead and gives them a great start to the quarter.  They have a second roll of 3 consecutive goals shortly after, but Norfolk respond and fight back to stay in the game and they replace their GA after an injure call, which helps them to get on a roll themselves with a run of 3 consecutive goals and shortly after, another run of 4.  A fantastic feed from C, Lucy Hoskin to GS, Hannah to gain the goal, rewards the rebound gained by GD, Claire Daw after a missed shot by Norfolk.  The final centre pass of the 1st half of the game is once again Omega’s, but with only 5 seconds on the clock, Omega’s panic to find their shooter, forces them to error and the ball goes off the goal line.   The first half of the game ends 29-23 to Omega.

The 2nd half is started by Norfolk again and as has occurred in both quarters of the 1st half, Omega’s tight defence sees Norfolk err0rring and the ball going off the side-line, followed by Omega stealing the 1st goal, swiftly followed by securing their own centre pass.  Norfolk take the next 2 goals as Omega error with a 3-second call on the edge of the circle and are punished by their opposition.  Omega loose the ball in the shooting circle as an inter-pass is attempted over the GK, but the GK  reads it well and takes the ball in the air.  Norfolk take the ball down court to their shooting circle but their GA goes off the goal line in an attempt to gain a better position and isn’t grounded before receiving the pass.  Omega take the ball down court, but loose possession before reaching their shooting circle and finally, Norfolk take the goal.  Norfolk WD picks up a caution for persistent infringement and their WA calls for injury time and is replaced.  Norfolk attempt at goal, but miss and Omega’s GA, Natalie punishes their error.   GK, Phoebe shines as she reads the game well and intercepts the ball to gain another goal for her team.  A steal from WD, Nicola gives the advantage to Omega again by intercepting the ball mid court  and the goal is achieved by GS, Hannah.    Norfolk’s WD receives a warning and within seconds of the game re-starting, she calls for injury time and is replaced on court.  A much more even quarter than those of the first half of the game with each team contesting hard and securing 2 goals at a time in cycles.  The score going into the final quarter is 39-33 in Omega’s favour.

As has occurred all through the game, the final quarter is started by Norfolk and for the first time all game, they secure the first goal of the quarter.   Omega’s first turnover comes as Norfolk force feed their GS and the solid defence from Omega’s defence sees the ball go off the goal line.    Omega take the ball to the shooting circle, but an attempt at goal is missed, however they re-gain the ball for a second chance.  This is also missed due to a footwork call in the circle, but Omega defend hard and before the ball leaves Omega’s shooting third, GS Hannah wins possession of the ball and this time works is successfully to goal.   Some great marking of the ball allows Omega’s GK, Phoebe to steal the ball and the team play the ball well down court, with much control and discipline, however the shot is missed.  The ball is in the Norfolk shooting circle, but miss two attempts at goal and GD, Claire consistently as she has been all game, wins the rebound, but she is unbalanced as she attempts to throw and Norfolk regain possession and take the goal.   This quarter, Omega display great ball control and discipline, making sure the pass is on before moving the ball to goal, which they achieve consistently.  Some further pressure and turnovers from GK, Phoebe, GD, Claire and WD, Nicola who all work well together to keep the defence pressure applied to the end of the game, succeeding in turning the game and picking up tips and loose balls as a result.    Both teams kept up the tempo and gave their all to the bitter end, but a win of 51-42 to Omega is achieved.

A big thanks to both Emma Faulkner for being prepared to sit on the bench the whole game in support of the team and for Nicola Rantell for playing and giving her all throughout.   The entire team fought hard for the whole hour of play time and didn’t let up the pressure at all.   A well deserved win and won they have been seeking from the start of season.

Player of the match goes to WA – Molly Brett.

Omega 1 vs Hornets 1 on Sunday 22nd September 2019

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A Team 22nd Sept 2019

Omega 1 meet Hornets 1 in their first home game in the East Region League in division 1.    This is expected to be a very tough game for the team, with Hornets returning to the league this season, after relegation from the Premier League last season.

Omega’s starting line-up is GS – Hannah Brown; GA – Natalie Faal; WA – Molly Brett; C – Lucy Hoskin; WD – Claire Daw; GD – Leigh Rees-Reynolds and GK – Phoebe Gillen, with Sophie Humphry on the bench and Megan Pryde returning after a lengthy break, also on the bench.

Hornets start the game and succeed in taking the ball to goal on their first attempt.  Omega miss their shot on the first attempt and Hornets are quick to punish, allowing them to secure the first three goals.   Hornets set up a zone defence to apply the pressure and Omega struggle to push through it. They maintain their composure and work together to conquer the zone and the gap in the score begins to reduce.   Some tooing and froeing back and forth with both teams erroring pursues for several minutes in the mid to late quarter as both teams contest for the ball and force errors on each other.  The final 20 seconds of the opening quarter and Hornets centre pass is taken to goal quickly and converted.  Then follows the final centre pass of the quarter by Omega, but the time is very limited and they fail to get the ball into the circle to attempt the shot.  A decent start to the game from both teams and a score at the end of the first quarter of 14-9 to Hornets.

The team stays the same for the second quarter and some words of advise given by the coaches in the interval.  The team return to court determined to fight for the game and give their all.    Hornets start the quarter once more but an error proves costly, allowing Omega punish and take the first goal.   Hornets GK is told to tidy up her contact in the early minutes.  A missed shot by Omega and Hornets take the ball down court, but force feed and the ball is off the goal line.  Omega take the throw in and control their play, finding their shooter and securing the goal.   Hornets defend well at the centre pass and steal the ball from Omega at the first pass and subsequently score the goal.    Omega’s defence is tight and strong, resulting in a 3-second call on Hornets around their shooting circle.  Omega take it to their circle edge, but this time it’s their turn to force feed and loose the ball off the goal line.  Hornets take the throw in, but the ball is cleanly intercepted in Omega’s shooting third and they have another chance for goal, but they fail to hold on to the ball once more.  The final 11 seconds of the first half of the game and Hornets break on their centre pass.  Omega are quick to punish their error and secure the final goal on the buzzer.   A great second quarter for Omega, who have managed to close the score to just 2 goal lead for Hornets, with a score of 26-24.

After a great 2nd quarter, the decision is taken to keep the team as is for the 3rd. It’ Omega’s turn to start the quarter, but they loose possession on the first pass.  However, Omega’s defence in and around the circle are not ready to concede the goal and stand strong and determined as they have all game, forcing an error on Hornets who are forced into a 3-second call.   They are disciplined and patient in their play and determination prevails as they find the shooters who reward with the goal.   Omega are close to evening the score, but a couple of errors prove costly and Hornets take the ball to goal at every opportunity, which result in their lead opening once more and the quarter ends with a game score of 39-31 going into the final quarter.

A last ditch attempt to take the game and change the dynamics, results in Sophie Humphry taking the GA position, Megan Pryde taking the WA position and Natalie and Molly taking the bench for the final quarter.  Omega start the quarter but miss their first attempt at goal, but Leigh Rees-Reynolds puts up a strong fight and intercepts the ball to give her team another chance and they reward her efforts.   Omega take the first three goals and close the gap to just 5 goals, giving them a great start and a chance at the win they so want.  Hornets increase the lead once more, but a couple of  rare missed shots by their shooters sees Omega capitalising on the errors to claw back the score once more.   An exciting final quarter, with both teams giving their all to the game.  The final score is 49-41 to Hornets, but a performance by Omega that they can be proud of.  They fought throughout the game and displayed determination and composure for the entire game.

Player of the match goes to GS – Hannah Brown.

Omega 1 vs Norfolk Utd – Saturday 9th March 2019

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Omega 1 travelled to Norwich for their penultimate game in their first year in Division 1 of the East Region League, with a bit of a venue problem flagged whilst en-route and the team were unsure where they would end up playing, but told to continue neverthless.  The starting squad were:-

GS – Charlotte Jordan; GA – Natalie Faal; WA – Sophie Cockrill; C – Nicola Rantell (playing up from the Herts League Team); WD – Hannah Sell; GD – Claire Daws; GK – Phoebe Gillen and reserve defender Leigh Rees-Reynolds sitting on the bench for the first quarter.

A delayed start due to the previous game starting late as a result of the venue double-booking and Norfolk look strong.  Omega’s shooters are put off by the Norfolk defenders, missing several chances at goal in the opening minutes and Norfork capitalise on this, taking an early lead 7-1.   A great interception by WD, Hannah Sell taking the centre-pass from the opposition, but Omega struggle to hold on to possession as a fumbled ball in our shooting third sees the ball back in Norfolk’s hands and taken to goal.   Omega’s GA, Natalie Faal attempts to work the circle feeds, but the ball goes off the side-line and Norfolk’s GA is quick to punish Omega for their errors, securing yet another goal from what should have been Omega’s.  Next it’s Norfork’s GA who misses a shot and GK, Phoebe Gillen wins the rebound.  Her efforts are wasted as a forced pass from mid third into our attacking goal is lost and Norfolk punish yet again.  Omega get on a roll in the latter minutes of the game, which started with Norfolk being called for ball handling and their WD picking up a caution for contact.  It was then helped by the pressure applied by the circle defence, GD Claire Daws applying the pressure and GK Phoebe Gillens picking up the rebound, giving Omega a second chance at goal, which they secured.  Further pressure was applied by defence, forcing a back-pass from around the circle edge, back to the transverse line, which was stolen by WA, Sophie Cockrill and taken to goal.   A missed shot on Omega’s centre pass and Norfolk attempt to take the ball to goal, but an interception by C, Nicola Rantell gives a second chance to Omega and GS, Charlotte Jordan rewards the effort as the Norfolk GK picks up a caution for contact and a penalty is rewarded.  The team claw back 4 goals to reduce the lead to just 3 goals, with a 7-10 score.  The next three goals go goal for goal and the final centre pass is Omega’s, but Norfolk’s WA knocks the ball off WD, Hannah Sell and the ball goes off the side-line.  Norfolk take the throw in, but another interception from C, Nicola Rantell gives Omega the final stab at goal.  The whistle is blown just before the shot is taken and the quarter ends 12-8 to Norfolk.

The second quarter sees Leigh Rees-Reynolds take the GD bib and Claire Daw taking the bench.  Norfolk start the quarter but a quick steal by Omega who then control their play as they conquer the zone setup, sees them taking the ball to the shooting third, but loosing it on a forced feed into the circle which is intercepted.  The ball travels down court, but GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds reciprocates and wins back the ball from Norfolk, intercepting the circle feed and the ball is taken back up court to the Omega circle once more.   The ball is intercepted again and is once again taken away from Omega, but swiftly returned and finally!!!….a goal is scored and it’s Omega’s!  Norfolk’s GA swings the ball across to her WA and the ball goes off the sideline.  Omega take the sideline throw but a footwork call by WA, Sophie Cockrill at the circle edge sees the ball back with Norfolk, who attempt to find their shooter but GD, Leigh tips the ball and Omega manage to take the ball down court, but the ball from WA, Sophie in to the shooters goes off the goal line.  Sophie digs deep to win back the ball but is not rewarded for her efforts and Norfolk regain possession and steal the goal.   Norfolk’s GD drives hard to intercept a pass from WD,  Hannah Sell, in to GA, Natalie Faal and steals it cleanly, but a missed shot by the Norfolk shooter gives Omega another chance, which they play safely to goal.  Norfolk punish a couple of errors made by the team, but GD, Leigh fights on to intercept the first ball on Norfolk’s centre pass but her efforts are in vein as the shot is missed and Norfolk take the goal.   The score in the final minutes is 21-14 and Omega begin another roll.  GK, Phoebe fights for a rebound and the game is interrupted by an injury call for Norfolk’s C.  Omega keep possession to take the goal and the they begin to claw back once more, securing the next 4 goals, similar to the first quarter, resulting in the score at the end of the first half is 18-22 to Norfolk.

The third quarter sees Hannah Sell taking the bench, replaced at WD by Claire Daws and Omega start, taking the first goal rapidly, but the next three goals are taken by Norfolk, on two occasions needing 2 attempts at the shot, but nevertheless gaining the goals as a result of possession lost by Omega on missed shots which Norfolk rebounded.  On the 3rd goal for Norfolk, Phoebe wins a rebound, but this is short lived and back in the opposition’s hands for the goal.  GA, Natalie Faal gets her eye in and gains a great goal for her team and on our next centre pass, the team all work well together to bring the ball back to the circle for Natalie to gain another.  GD, Leigh gains a rebound for Omega, but the possession is lost on the feed in to the shooters and Norfolk punish.    Omega miss the next shot and once again Norfolk capitalise.  A held ball call against Norfolk WD gives possession to Omega, but a wild ball throw sees the ball off the side-line and back with the opposition.    A determined Omega manage to win back the ball once more and the team take the goal.   A great feed from C Nicola, in to GS, Charlotte, who doubles-back for the ball under the post sees Omega taking the goal.  Norfolk loose their centre pass off the sideline but Omega fail to hold on to it as the Norfolk GD swipes it away, giving her team the opportunity for a further goal, which they reward her with.  Norfolk’s centre pass and GD Leigh is hot on her heals, stealing the first ball which Omega use to secure a goal.  The score going into the final quarter is 28-37 to Norfolk, who have managed to increase their lead by punishing every error, which Omega failed to be able to reciprocate.

Norfolk start the quarter once more and the first 6 goals go goal for goal.  Omega then start another run of goals, started with GS, Charlotte forced to take a long shot due to lack of support in and around the circle and she secures the goal.  This followed on with C, Nicola stealing Norfolk’s centre pass and Charlotte rewarding her efforts with the next goal.   Some great teamwork play sees GA, Natalie taking her GD away from her team mate in the circle, creating great space for a superb feed from C Nicola straight in to GS Charlotte for the goal.    GD, Leigh drives to the attack transverse line to support the team with re-adjusting, supporting them in gaining another goal.   A held ball call against Omega allows Norfolk back into play and gives them the opportunity for a goal.  The Norfolk WD picks up a warning for persistent contact, giving GS, Charlotte a second chance at the goal, which she secures.   Within seconds of the warning, the WD calls injury time and is replaced from the bench to avoid further repercussion.   This quarter saw runs of 4 goals at a time by each team on a couple of occasions with both teams making many errors, but the early lead secured by Norfolk proved too tough for Omega to turnover.  A great display of netball, however many errors made by both teams.  However, Norfolk were able to punish Omega’s errors more, resulting in them winning the game 52-43.    As usual, a well contested game and so much determination from both teams giving the spectators a great game to watch.

Omega 1 vs MK Netters Gold – Sunday 3rd March 2019

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Omega 1 meet MK Netters Gold in the 2nd half of the East Region, Division 1 fixtures and having lost to them with a depleted team in the first half of the season, Omega are keen to settle the score and take the game.

MK start the game and the first few 3 goals for each team are matched goal for goal.  Omega show great control as they play the ball safely, resetting as necessary to ensure they take the ball to goal each time as MK start strong and pile on the defensive pressure.  The first change in the game is when MK’s GA breaks on their centre pass, but an immediate footwork call against Omega sees the ball back in their hands, however they loose it off the goal line and Omega take the first lead in the game to punish the error.  A contact call against GS, Charlotte, who is thought to have brought the ball up to the GKs hands and MK take the ball to goal to equalise the score 4-4.   MK then attempt to feed their GS, but the ball goes off the goal line and Omega get the chance to steal the lead once more,  but a footwork call in the shooting circle returns the ball to MK, but Omega win it back before the ball leaves the third and GA, Natalie rewards the efforts with the goal.  Omega get a 4 goal run as MK’s C footworks on the edge of their shooting circle and Omega safely take the ball to goal.  Omega force feed some balls into the Charlotte, with the ball fed high, but directly to the player and the tall GK steals them with ease each time.   Another footwork call against Omega, mid-court allows MK to equalise 8-8  and then take the next goal.  MKs GA is called for footwork and Omega take the ball to the circle edge, but the ball is lost off the goal line and MK begin their drive up court, but a replay call against the MK’s C gives the 2nd chance at goal to Omega which they secure.  GK, Phoebe Gillen wins a rebound and the team take the ball to the circle edge, but another high feed into Charlotte is whipped away by the GK once again.  Fortunately for the team, the MK C errors again and Omega punich her once more.   A final attempt at a long ball feed into Charlotte is lost off the goal line to end the quarter 13-11 to Omega.

Omega start the second quarter but a missed shot at the first opportunity sees the ball in MKs hands.  This is short lived as MK C errors again.  Omega miss their second attempt at goal but are saved by the GK having the final touch of the ball before it goes off the goal line and the shot is successful on the third attempt.  Both teams apply pressure, resulting in both teams erroring in the early minutes of the quarter.  A ball sent off the side-line by MK gives Omega the chance at a goal, but a pass back from within the shooting third to the centre third is intercepted by MK and they take it to goal.  MKs GD is given a quiet word to tidy up her contact and obstruction in this quarter.   In opening minutes of the quarter, Omega gain 3 consecutive goals and up to half way through it goes goal for goal, but in the 2nd half, Omega manage to secure 2 goals to every 1 of their opposition before it settles back to goal for goal to close the quarter 27-21.

A change to the team at half time, sees Leigh Rees-Reynolds take up the GD position, moving Claire Daws to WD, Hannah Sells to WA and Sophie Cockrill taking the bench.  The first goal of the 2nd half of the game is  MKs off their first centre pass.  The first feed in to our shooter is intercepted by MKs GD, but she is called for ball-handling, giving Omega the chance to score and they succeed.  MKs C is picks up a caution and MK’s WD falls hard to the ground after she cleanly intercepts a pass and calls time for a knee injury.  She leaves the court after a couple of minutes and the game restarts.  GK, Phoebe Gillen applies the pressure in the circle and this forces MK to error with their feed, which goes off the goal line.  Omega attempt to take the ball to goal but are struggling to feed the shooters due to the strong defensive play and great reading of the passes by the opposition.   MK begin to claw back the goal difference are this quarter it’s their turn to take 3 consecutive goals  and in the latter minutes, 2 goals to Omegas 1 on a couple of occations, allowing them not only to equalise, but take a 1 goal lead to end the quarter 36-37 to MK.

A final team change in an attempt to change up the dynamics, sees Claire  return to GD, Leigh swapping with her into WD, Sophie Cockrill returning to WA, Hannah and Natalie taking the bench and Emma Maidment taking the GA position for the last quarter.  MK start the quarter and secure the first goal, but this is the last goal they achieve for some time!  Omega apply fantastic defensive pressure and GK, Phoebe gets into her game stealing several interceptions, along with Claire and Leigh to gain a roll for Omega in the early minutes.  This coupled with some great inter-passing by Emma and Charlotte in the circle and support all down the court by all players to ensure the safe ball play resulting in them securing 9 consecutive goals and opening up the lead which proves challenging for the opposition.    Several cautions are handed out this quarter, the first of which is given to MK’s GK gains a caution for persistent obstruction in the first few minutes, the second to Omega’s WA for persistent contact and the third in the latter minutes to MK’s WA for deliberate contact on a penalty pass.   MK fight back in the final minutes of the game clawing back at the lead, but the 9 goal roll Omega secured at the start of the quarter proved too hard to reduce, resulting in a final score of 49-44 to Omega.  A great final quarter and end to the game!


Omega 1 vs Eastwood – Sunday 24th February 2019

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Omega 1 vs Eastwood on Sunday 24th February 2019

Omega 1 travelled to South Benfleet to face Eastwood in the return match in Division 1 of the East Region League.  Travelling with a core 7 players and reliable sub, Andrea Kinninmonth for the bench, the game is expected to be a tough one, as Omega lost to Eastwood in the 1st round.

A nervous Omega start the game and are quick to secure the first goal, but Eastwood respond in the same manner.  Omega then loose possession of the ball on their next centre pass, as the ball is fed into the shooting circle and Eastwood see their first opportunity to take the lead, but miss the shot and Omega’s second chance is rewarded by GA, Natalie Faal.    GD, Claire Daw picks up a loose ball and it’s Omega’s chance for a lead, but as the feed to double-marked GS, Charlotte Jordan is intercepted, the tables are turned.  Eastwood miss the shot again and once more, Omega secure their 2nd chance at the goal. Eastwoods WA is called for footwork and Omega try once more for a lead but the shot is missed.  Eastwood falter mid-court under the pressure applied by Omega’s mid-court players, Sophie Cockrill, Lucy Hoskin and Hannah Sell and the ball is thrown off the side-line, giving Omega another chance which they grasp.  With 1 min 17 secs remaining, Eastwood are called for a held ball on a goal-line pass in Omega’s shooting circle, but Omega fail to convert the shot and Eastwood secure the goal with seconds remaining in the quarter.  The final centre pass of the quarter is Eastwoods, but they only have time for the first ball, before the whistle is blown to end the quarter 10 – 9 to Omega.

Omega have the advantage of starting the second quarter and once again are quick to take the first goal, but Eastwood are not phased and take the next 2 goals to equalise the score 11-11.  Strong defending by Omega forces a held ball call against Eastwood for a goal line throw in and GA, Natalie Faal once again rewards Omega’s play with the goal.  Omega get on a roll, defending well, resulting in defence players Claire Daw and Phoebe Gillen intercepting  the feeds and gaining several rebounds.  This coupled with the team controlling their passing well down court, allowed them 6 straight goals to begin their lead in the game.  The rest of the quarter goes goal for goal until the final centre pass which is Eastwoods.  Lucy Hoskin intercepts the ball mid-court and the team take the ball to Charlotte to shoot.  The first attempt is missed as the defender contacts her just before the whistle, but she secures the second attempt to take the final goal of the first half of the game, leaving the score at 27 – 18 by half time.

Eastwood have a change of shooters for the 2nd half and their first attempt at goal takes 3 attempts before the shot is converted.  WD, Hannah Sell shows great vision and seizes the opportunity to feed GS, Charlotte Jordan from the mid court superbly, who rewards her with the goal.  Defenders Phoebe Gillen and Claire Daw are on fire this quarter, intercepting 7 feeds between them and gaining rebounds.   Additionally, WD, Hannah Sell finds GS, Charlotte Jordan with ease on a couple more occasions, again feeding her with great accuracy from the mid court.   Eastwood’s GK picks up a caution for persistent obstruction, but this hasn’t phased the Omega shooters who secure 17 goals as a result of the pressure applied by the rest of the team and the turnarounds gained.   A great quarter for the team and the lead is increased to 17 goals, with a score of 44-27 going into the final quarter.

Going into the final quarter, Omega are told to remain controlled and disciplined with their play.  GK, Phoebe is hot of the mark as she manages to steal the ball as Eastwood try to feed the first ball into their shooter, but a missed shot by Omega sees the ball returning to the Eastwood shooters and they secure the goal on the second chance.  Omega force the opposition to error on a couple of occasions early in the quarter and take advantage of the turnaround.   However, Eastwood do not give up and fight hard to close the gap in the score, but the play from Omega is too strong to break down.  A low scoring first quarter soon changed for the rest of the game and Omega take the well-deserved win with a fantastic score of 59-40.

This result has moved Omega up the division table to 3rd place.  A great achievement for the team, this being their first season in division 1.   P.O.M. goes to WA, Sophie Cockrill.

Omega 1 vs Turnford – Sunday 17th February 2019

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Leigh Rees-Reynolds

Omega 1 meet Turnford in the East Region, Division 1 re-arranged game at Leventhorpe and with a couple of the usual squad unavailable due to it being half term, the squad welcome back Emma Maidment and Lucy Andrews from pregnancy, for their debut appearance in the league this season.

The team are aware that this will be no walk-over and the apprehension is felt as the game begins, with Turnford starting the game.  Omega loose the ball at their first centre pass and Turnford are quick to take advantage and secure the first 3 goals of the game.  A great interception from GK, Phoebe Gillen gives Omega the opportunity to close the early lead, but this is short lived as her pass is turned over by the opposition and they take it to goal.  Omega loose yet another centre pass allowing Turnford another 3 straight goals as they increase the score to 7-2, but Omega’s Phoebe Gillen steals another ball and this time is rewarded with the goal and it’s Omega’s turn to take 3 straight goals to close the lead.  Turnford’s WA breaks at their centre pass and this proves costly for them as Omega punishes with the goal.  Turnford’s GK intercepts a feed from WA, Lucy Andrews into GS, Charlotte Jordan, but she footworks and looses the chance for her team as Charlotte converts the goal. Some goal for goal play is seen in the closing minutes of the quarter, but Omega error on a couple more occasions, resulting in the score at the end of the opening quarter being 19-12 to Turnford as they score the final goal just before the closing whistle.

Omega start the second quarter and thanks to a great interception yet again by Phoebe, they take the first 2 goals of the quarter.  Omega show determination throughout the first half of this quarter, resulting in 6 turnarounds by Phoebe, who is on fire.  Omega secure 5 straight goals mid quarter, which allows them to close the lead to just 1 goal, but poor passing, lack of drive onto the pass and footwork calls by Omega, allow the lead to open back up  again in the final minutes as Turnford take the next 5 straight goals.  A break at centre pass sees the ball once again with Turnford, but a missed shot allows Phoebe to gain the rebound and the team ensure the safe play as they manoeuvre the ball down court for Charlotte to convert the shot.  Half time sees Omega winning the quarter by just one goal, but the score at 29-25 to Turnford.

Team chats at half time are once again on maintaining control and possession of the ball, ensuring safe ball play to goal.    WD, Claire Daws is hot off the start, stealing the first centre pass ball from Turnford, giving her team the chance of the first goal, which our shooters oblige.  Turnford’s GK, defends Charlotte’s  next shot well and times her jump to perfection, allowing her to steal the ball mid-air, but her team fail to reward with the goal as Omega gain possession once more and GA, Emma Maidment secures the goal for Omega.   Phoebe reads the game well and intercepts a pass from the Turnford WD, who attempts to feed her shooter from the centre third transverse line, but as Phoebe passes the ball up-court, a footwork call sees the ball back in Turnford’s possession and the goal is theirs.    The Turnford GD is called a couple of times in the next few minutes, both times for footwork and both times proving costly for her team as Omega take advantage of the error and punish with securing the goals.  As the score is equalised at 35-35, Omega gain the chance to take the lead as Turnford error and the ball is thrown off the goal-line.  The opportunity is taken and Omega manage to gain the lead for the first time in the game, but it is short lived as the next 4 goals are Turnfords, however Omega win the quarter once more, leaving the score going into the final quarter at 40-39 to Turnford.

Both teams know that this game is going to the wire and once again Omega are reminded to maintain control in their play and ensure they play the ball safe.  The turning point in the quarter comes early as Turnford’s GA is called for contact at the top of their shooting circle and Omega punish them with the goal and begin to take the lead, which they hold on to and increase throughout the quarter.  This quarter sees the best play of the game from Omega, with superb discipline on show, showing that they have really listened and taken on board the advise from their coaches in the mid-quarter chats.  They control their play, meet the pass and ensure the safe ball to find their shooters , who look like they’ve never been apart as they inter-pass and reward the team with their accurate shooting.  Fantastic play by the whole team, with great linking up-court by WA, Lucy Andrews and C, Lucy Hoskin, supported down-court by defence players Claire Daw and Leigh Rees-Reynolds, enabled the team to maintain control, which Turnford could not unrail, resulting in a well deserved win with a final score of 58-52 to Omega.

A great game to watch, ending with a fantastic result, which should secure Omega’s place in division one for next season.

Omega 1 vs Rookies – Sunday 3rd February 2019

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Omega 1 vs Rookies at Wisbech on Sunday 3rd Feb 2019

For the second game of 2019, Omega eagerly travelled 2 hours to Wisbech to take on Rookies. We had played against Rookies last season and narrowly beat them in the autumn so we knew they were going to come back fighting. The quarter started steady as Omega were finding their feet.  With Emma Faulkner stepping up in GA from the second team, we had to make some adjustments to our game. The first quarter was fairly neck and neck with both Omega and Rookies making mistakes with passing ending the first quarter 14 – 13 to Rookies.

Second quarter, saw Omega come on the court with determination to dig deeper and settle. Rookies shooters were very accurate so the defence worked hard on tight marking and saw Rookies crumble under pressure with 2 passes ending up off the goal-line allowing Omega to make it down the court and rewarded with a goal. Mid court were also defending hard with several tips which were then worked down the court, at times a bit frantic leading to some errors by Omega with some scrappy passing. Defence fought on though with some excellent steals by Phoebe Gillen at GK using two hands to steal the ball time. Shooting was on form by both Emma Faulkner and Charlotte Jordan, seeing the team walk off at half time with a score of 28 – 21 to Omega.

Rookies weren’t ready to give up and came back on fighting. Charlotte at GS, was having to work hard with both Rookies defence marking her but Emma at GA, utilised herself well to work the ball into the Circle with some quick last minute off loads to Charlotte. Our defence were manning on and communicating well as the ball travelled down the court. With several interceptions from the defence and mid court saw Omega go to goal with 6 goals in a row thanks to our shooters only missing one shot all quarter! Passing down the court was better with accurate passing and more movement along with the option of looking back and resetting to go forward, Omega were flying 46 – 28.

The last quarter saw Natalie Faal step in at GA with Charlotte GS. Defence were still hot on Rookies tails with Phoebe gaining the first interception on Rookies centre pass , which the team took to the shooters and Charlotte secured the goal for the team. Omega’s morale was very high and their game was more relaxed with great mid court movement and quick passing which saw them take the win 60 – 43. Well deserved POM to GK Phoebe Gillen!

Also BIG congratulations to our GA Natalie Faal on gaining her level B umpiring award in Ipswich before the match!

Omega 1 vs Norfolk Utd 1 – Saturday 2nd December 2018

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Omega 1 vs Norfolk Utd 1 on Sunday 2nd December 2018

After playing Norfolk ER2 last season, Omega knew this wasn’t going to be an easy game. They knew if they wanted to take the win they were going to need to fight for it and that’s exactly what they did.

Omega have the first centre pass and a bad ball causes Norfolk to turn this centre pass over. However, Omega’s defence is too tight for Norfolk they get pulled up for a held ball resulting in Omega being the first on the scoreboard. Norfolk’s WD breaks on their centre pass and Omega score again. Omega’s WA, takes a potential contact from Norfolk which was not called leading Norfolk to goal and getting on the scoreboard. A few bad passes were given by Omega causing a few thrown off the back line and forced errors resulting in Norfolk picking up the goals. The final score at the end of the first quarter saw Omega taking the lead 13-11.

Omega knew what they needed to do 2nd quarter and tidying up their passing was definitely one of them. Omega are not off to a great start as GD is given a caution for persistent obstruction. Norfolk are under pressure and are making errors, a ball thrown off the back line results in another goal for Omega. Norfolk’s WD is now handed a caution for persistent contact. Norfolk have picked their game up and Omega are making silly mistakes. 40 seconds remaining and Omega are rushing the ball into the circle unnecessarily causing the ball to be tipped off the back line = no goal. A poor quarter from Omega and Norfolk now lead 26-25.

Moving into the 2nd half and Omega are yet again off to a bad start, WA failing to catch the ball from GS and ball goes off the sideline. However, Norfolk have now missed the shot and Omega have picked up the rebound and taken the ball to goal. Norfolk GD has now picked up a caution also. Omega’s defence are gaining several interceptions by applying pressure down their end which brings us back to an equal score. 37-37 and Omega miss their shot. Mistakes are made from both sides and the ball is up and down the court with no goal being scored. Norfolk have now taken a 2 goal lead resulting the end of the 3rd quarter being 39-37.

The 4th and final quarter, both teams with so much determination. Norfolk are making mistakes, forced balls are thrown into the shooters and Omega managed to equalise 41-41. A few bad passes are also given by Omega and a centre pass is not received resulting in Norfolk taking to goal. Norfolk then break their own centre pass and Omega managed to take the ball down the court resulting in another goal. Both teams are working hard and fighting, a few mistakes were made by Norfolk and eventually Omega took the win 49-47.

Thank you Norfolk for a great game and we look forward to coming to you in 2019. All the best for the rest of the season.