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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Omega 1 vs Turnford Sunday 17th February 2019

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.

Omega 1 vs MK Netters Gold – Saturday 24th November 2018

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Omega 1 vs MK Netters Gold

Omega 1 travel to Bedfordshire for an away game against MK Netters Gold with four of their reqular squad missing.  The team have had to steal both 2nd team shooters for the game, leaving the 2nd team depleted for their fixture and a very different attack for their game.  The team are mindful that this is going to be a tough game.

Omega win the toss for the centre pass and start the game, but receive a held ball call on the opening of the quarter and MK Netters are quick to punish, taking the first goal.  MK error on their centre pass, which sees the ball going off the goal line and Omega have the opportunity to take back a goal.   The ball is taken to the shooting circle, but passing out from the shooters to the attack on the circle edge sees the ball going off the side-line and the ball back in MK’s possession.  Omega are not put off by the bad start and fight back to take the next 3 goals.   Both teams error in this opening quarter, but Omega’s defense, GK, Claire Daw, GD Leigh Rees-Reynolds and WD, Hannah Sell are hot and apply the pressure winning interceptions and rebounds from their opposition 7 times and a further twice by the mid-court players, C Megan Pryde and WA Natalie Faal, who pick up a loose ball each.  The interceptions are often short lived, with Omega once again loosing ball ownership down-court, but their determination and accurate shooting by both GS Hannah Brown and GA Sophie Humphrey pays off by close of quarter as they create an early lead of 14-9.

The team are happy with their opening quarter and are set to play in the same vein going forward, but are told to play the safe ball.   The 1st centre pass is Omega’s but a held ball call for the 2nd ball is called and MK punish the error.  MK are by no means ready to concede the game and a battle for goal continues with the early minutes going goal for goal.  Omega’s GD, Leigh defends hard and wins several interceptions this quarter, but each time they are short lived as the ball is lost through poor passing and players not being free to receive a pass so her hard work is lost down court.  MK get on a roll and take 6 goals in a row, but their shooters take 10 attempts at one goal, each time picking up the rebound as their GS has the height advantage.   Omega get back into the game, taking the next 3 goals and the final few minutes go goal for goal.  MK Netters win the quarter 14-11, but Omega hold on to a 2 goal lead with a score going into the second half of 25-23.

A slight tweak mid-court sees Hannah Sell picking up the C position and birthday girl, Megan Pryde moving into WD.   MK start the quarter again and an immediate steal by GK Claire Daw on a feed to the shooters, gives Omega the opportunity to take the goal, but once more, the ball is lost mid-court and MK take it to goal.  The defence are on fire again this quarter, applying the pressure and forcing balls off the goal line, but Omega struggle to hold on to the ball and put it in the net.  MK’s GA is called for footwork at a score of 30-29 to Omega and Omega have the chance to open the lead again, but once again, they fail to keep possession.  A held ball call on Omega’s 2nd ball on their centre pass allows MK Netters the opportunity to level the score 31-31.  The remaining minutes go goal for goal and with a score of 35-34,  Omega miss the shot and MK have a further opportunity to equalise to go into the final quarter, but they also miss the shot, allowing GK, Claire to rebound for a closing goal and a 2 goal lead, but time runs out as they swiftly take the ball to the shooting circle, but the whistle blows before the chance at a shot.

Just one goal in it going into the final quarter  with a score of 35-34 to Omega and Hannah and Megan reverse roles once more.    The 1st centre pass is once again MK’s and their C is called for held ball.  Omega try to force feed our shooters and loose the opportunity gained and MK punish the error.  The quarter goes goal for goal in the opening minutes, but MK manage to nudge into a 1-goal lead.   Omega equalise 41-41 and the next centre pass is theirs, but the ball is lost in the circle and MK punish once more.   Omega manage to equalise again at 42-42 and again have the opportunity on their next centre pass to take the lead, but MK intercept a pass and take the goal…a deja vu moment!  Almost every player in the team error this quarter and very few turnovers are made, allowing MK to take hold.   An extremely tight quarter and a battle to the end.  Omega have several opportunities to take the lead this quarter, but mis-timed jumps on receipt of the pass, failure to loose the marker and unforced errors costs them the game.  A fantastic fought game from both teams and a final score of 46-43 to MK Netters, who steal the game in the final minutes.

A big thank you to Hannah Brown and Sophie Humphrey for travelling to Bedfordshire to fill in for the team and also to Megan Pryde, playing with a hangover on her 21st!  Player of the match goes to Leigh Rees-Reynolds.  Well done all!

Omega 1 vs Tegate 1 – Sunday 4th November 2018

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Omega 1 vs Tegate 4th Nov 2018

Omega faced their second away game of the season against local rivals Tegate. For the first time this season we had a full squad of 9 to choose from, therefore lots of combinations and options were available. Starting 7 was GK: Phoebe, GD: Claire, WD: Hannah, C: Megan, WA: Sophie, GA: Natalie, GS: Charlotte, with Leigh and Lucy heading up the subs bench.

Before the game started we spoke about starting the first quarter strong, blowing away our opponents from the beginning. This was a major part of our success from last season and we wanted to continue with that. Tegate had the first centre and they took it straight to goal, which was then followed by Omega scoring making it 1-1. Omega go on a slight run with Megan intercepting the ball and Omega passing it down to Charlotte who scores, making it 3-1. The defence picks off many intercepts but Omegas shooters fail to convert on every occasion, however we end the quarter 14-9. A great first quarter for Omega, doing exactly what we said before we stepped onto court.

The second quarter saw Leigh take the GD bib and Lucy taking the C bib. Claire and Megan take the bench to have a rest and watch the game. Tegate again start this quarter with a fast feed from their GA to GS to secure the next goal. A missed shot by Natalie then sees Tegate take the next goal, however Omega then turn over Tegates next centre pass and score. Lots of missed passes this quarter but Hannah wins the ball back in the centre third, however Charlotte fails to convert. Tegates WD breaks on their centre pass and Charlotte converts after gaining her own rebound. Tight marking from the defence sees Phoebe collect a missed shot from Tegates GS and Omega convert. Leigh tips the ball on Tegates centre pass and a chase for the ball sees it in Omegas hands and we score. Again Leigh intercepts the ball however is unbalanced and passes it straight to Tegates WA but Omega manages to win it back. Last few seconds remain but Charlotte footwork’s in the circle (due to a nudge by the defence however this was not seen) but Hannah intercepts the ball just as the whistle it called. This quarter ends 29 – 18 to Omega.

Heading into quarter three with an 11 goal difference we made some more changes. Claire taking the WD bib and Megan back on at WA. Hannah and Sophie take the subs bench for a well earnt rest. We were asked to perform with the same intensity as we knew Tegate weren’t going to give up easily. Tegate starts the quarter again but tight defence around the circle edge sees Tegates WA get called for held ball, but the ball is then won back by Tegate and they score. Tegates GA attempts an “off the post” back line but misses the post and Phoebe picks up the loose ball but we again fail to keep possession. Tegates WA picks up a caution in this quarter and a good feed in from Lucy to Natalie sees Natalie slot away the goal. This quarter ends 44-34 to Omega.

Going into the last 15 minutes we knew it was going to be tight as a 10 goal lead in netball can quickly be turned around. Claire takes the GK bib, Hannah comes back on at WD, Megan takes the C bib and Sophie comes back on at WA. This sees Phoebe and Lucy take the bench. Omega start this quarter and had to really control the ball as Tegate put on a zonal mark, but superb control and discipline see Omega secure the goal. Tegates defence  intercepts the ball however footwork is called and a great feed from Megan into Charlotte sees us add another goal to our tally. A few errors from both sides sees the ball go back and forward however on the final whistle Omega take all 5 points, denying their opponents an extra point for getting within 5. Final score 56-47.

Another great display from the whole squad this weekend. As a newly formed and promoted team into division 1 to get 3 wins out of our first 4 is a fantastic achievement for the club. We hope this fine form continues. Massive thanks yet again to our wonderful supporters who are there week in week out cheering us on and pushing us over the finishing line. Our next game is a home game against Eastwood on 18 November.

Omega 1 vs Rookies

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Omega 1 vs Rookies on Sunday 21st October 2018

The game got off to a rocky start. Omega had the first centre pass, but get a held ball at the circle. Omega win the ball back again to score. Rookies take their centre pass, an interception by C, Lucy Hoskin, see Omega take the ball down court with some great links by all. A miss by GA, Natalie Faal, means Rookies take the ball to score. Tight marking by Omega’s defence forces Rookies to throw the ball of the sideline. Omega Equalise 2-2. GS, Charlotte Jordan, misses the next shot and Rookies score from it. Omega then lose their centre pass as Rookies WD makes an interception, and they score. GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds, tips a feed into the circle by Rookies and GK, Phoebe Gillen, picks it up but the ball is lost again at Omega’s circle edge. Rookies then miss a shot; Phoebe picks up the rebound. The ball is lost again on a pass between Charlotte and Lucy across the circle. Rookies try to get the ball back the their GS, but Phoebe makes another interception. The ball makes it to Omega’s circle edge, but a feed in is fumbled. Rookies take the free pass and end that little back and forth tennis match with a goal. WD, Hannah Sell, picks up a loose ball but it is thrown away by Omega meaning Rookies score another goal. Tight marking by Omega on the next centre pass, and Rookies throw the ball off court. Omega use this and score. In the last 25 seconds Rookies take a centre pass, but Omega can’t stop another goal. Omega are down 10-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Omega starts the 2nd quarter. A throw from GS, Charlotte Jordan goes straight into the hands of the Rookies WD. Fortunately the WD goes offside and Omega get the ball back, but it is immediately intercepted by the Rookies GD. Rookies GS misses. GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds, gets the rebound, a lob into the circle by WA, Megan Pryde, is intercepted and Rookies score again. A pass from Omega’s C, Sophie Cockrill, is tipped, but Megan picks up the loose ball, the ball is lost again and Rookies score again. Rookies make an error trying to get the ball into the circle and it goes off the backline. Omega uses this opportunity to take a goal. Omega makes an interception in defence, but go on to make the same error as Rookies and a feed into the circle goes off the backline and Rookies go on to score. Megan goes offside feeding into the circle and Rookies get another chance to score, they miss and GK, Phoebe Gillen, gets the rebound. Footwork by Charlotte sees the ball coming back to Rookies circle, but Leigh intercept a feed into the shooters, GA, Natalie Faal misses a shot and Rookies end up taking the goal. Rookies lose the opportunity to score when their GS uses the post to stop her falling off court, and Omega score. A great feed from Natalie in mid court to Charlotte in the circle means Omega scores another goal. Two good feeds from Megan to Charlotte gain Omega another two goals. A Rookies error on the goal line and a shot from Natalie scores Omega another but goal, but its not enough and Omega are still down 23-27 at half time.

Rookies start the 3rd quarter and score. Omega lose the ball as GS, Charlotte Jordan back passes and WD, Sophie Cockrill, contacts. But Omega wins back the ball to score. GK, Phoebe Gillen, intercepts a feed in to the shooters but it is wasted as the ball goes off our goal line. WA, Megan Pryde intercepts mid court but again it is lost at the circle edge. GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds, gets pulled for contact, but Omega still goes on to score. Sophie picks up a caution for persistent contact. Phoebe gets a rebound but the ball is lost mid court with a pass by C, Lucy Hoskin. Lucy then picks up a caution for persistent contact. Phoebe intercepts the ball with 5 minutes to go and Omega equalise 33-33. Rookies WA receives a caution for persistent contact. Rookies intercept a back pass from GA, Natalie Faal and they score. A bad pass and an intercepted centre pass see Rookies take 2 more goals. Omega are still down at the end of the quarter 35-37.

Omega starts the final quarter well. GS, Charlotte Jordan, scores a goal with a throw off the post from the back line. GK, Phoebe Gillen makes an interception and Omega score again. 4 minutes in an omega have equalised 40-40. Omega takes the next centre pass but Charlotte misses for the lead. GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds gets a rebound. Rookies GD gets a caution for persistent contact and Omega score. WD, Sophie Cockrill picks up a wild pass and Omega score again. Rookies GK is given a warning. GA, Natalie Faal misses a shot and Rookies take the ball to score. Leigh is then given a caution for persistent contact. With 4 minutes to go Omega take a 1 goal lead. Rookies GS goes off court with a bad pass and Omega take advantage of this. A bad pass is stolen back by Sophie and taken to goal. After being behind for the whole match Omega come away with a 52-49 win and some very relieved spectators.

Omega 1 vs Hatfield Hawks – Saturday 13th October 2018

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Omega 1 vs Hatfield Hawks on Saturday 13th October 2018

The second game of the season saw our first team host the well established Hatfield NC at home. With the full squad unavailable, support was given from Nicola Rantell, Charlotte Ramejkis and Molly Brett. A nervous squad to start, but determined as ever to fight for a result.

The first quarter saw a new squad enter the court. The first centre pass taken by Hatfield saw an unforced error, with Omega responding to this and taking to goal. Unfortunately a miss saw Hatfield’s fierce defence take the rebound, and convert the goal. A returned unforced error of ball dropping on Omega’s account saw Hatfield steal the pass, but an interception by WD, Hannah Sell, with a pass into Charlotte Jordan, GS, and working with attack help them to convert the goal.

Hatfield attack again, and tight defence was demonstrated by Omega’s GK, Leigh Rees-Reynolds and GD, Claire Daw, with a tip by Leigh. Constant pressure by defence causes multiple shot attempts, with an eventual goal for Hatfield. Defensive attack play by Hatfield pressures interceptions made by Leigh, but finally converted to goal by Omega. End of quarter sees Omega leading 11-8.

2nd quarter and no squad changes from Omega. This quarter sees 3 clean interceptions from Leigh (GK) and Claire Daw (GD), giving the support to the Omega attack. Hatfield’s defence again pressure the Omega shooters throughout, with their GK forcing Omega’s errors. A bounce pass from GA to GS sees Omega lose possession and Hatfield convert to goal. Some unforced errors on Omega’s part with reverse possession, and hesitation at goal give Hatfield an opening to goal. Defence stay strong to pressure down court. Great defensive tip from Nicola Rantell, C, in Hatfield’s attacking third adds the pressure and is taken towards Omega’s attack. 2 seconds to go and Omega C passes into shooters and goal is scored. Omega keeps showing fight until the whistle with a final quarter score of 24-20.

3rd quarter and Hatfield come on fighting, with volume from their bench heightening. Hatfield take first centre with the goal pressured by Claire, and rebound won by Leigh. Ball is taken down court but unfortunately lost. Similar defence sees Omega take to the shooters via Sophie Cockrill, WA, to convert goal. With pressures rising, Leigh picks up caution in defensive circle. Unforced errors on both accounts sees play reverse the court with eventual conversion by Hatfield. Omega C picks up caution for deliberate obstruction. A forced pass into double marked Charlotte Jordan, GS, is luckily taken off court by GD and Omega take back line. Hatfield react to the spectator support and take the quarters lead, 33-32.

After a team talk and squad changes; Megan Pryde taking WD and Hannah Sell playing WA, Omega return to court full of fight. Constant support from spectators gives Omega the boost needed. Omega start the quarter with equalising goal by Charlotte. Unfortunately opportunity to take the lead is lost, but regained with interception from Leigh, followed by long pass from Hannah directly to Charlotte and converted to goal. Omega continue to apply pressure throughout the court, although Hatfield defence continue to apply pressure and Omega miss a shot. ‘Dummy passes’ see Omega’s attacking feed improve to Natalie and Charlotte. Leigh and Megan continue to support up the court allowing possessive play and control into Omega circle. Omega attack tightly defend back line pass, forcing over third pass. Leigh takes another interception taken to goal with final few seconds remaining. Forced pass from Omega’s shooters sees Hatfield take possession and the final goal. Final score: 44-39.

A great performance from both squads, and a greatly contested game in good spirit. Continual support from both teams spectators saw the energetic game from both squads. Omega’s defence of Leigh Rees-Reynolds and Claire Daw supports the squad throughout to take the win. POM goes to Charlotte Jordan (Omega) and Sophie Welsh (Hatfield).