Omega 1 vs Eastwood 1

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Omega 1 vs Eastwood - 9th October 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega 1 vs Crosskeys 1 on Sunday 3rd October 2021

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Omega 1 vs Crosskeys Sun 3rd Oct 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega 2 vs Turnford 4 – Saturday 2nd October 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Youths vs Tornados – Saturday 11th September 2021

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Youth team vs Tornados 11th Sept 2021

So the season starts and after 19 months of not playing in leagues, the Youths take the court once more and they play their first ever senior league fixture in BDNL at Wormley Playing Fields .  Due to a couple of COVID cases, the senior players helped out, giving confidence and guidance to the younger players, so thanks go to Beth Foster, Lucy Hoskin and Andrea Kinninmonth.

The team settled after a few minutes and gained confidence throughout the game.   The skills and techniques learnt during the training sessions is beginning to show in the games, with some great changes of direction when bringing the ball down court, good shooting holds in the circle and a practiced goal-line throw-in all evident.  The players did themselves proud, playing with determination and some controlled passing at times.    The initial nerves disappeared and the performance of the team improved as they progressed further into the game.

A great start to the season for the Youths with some great play evident.

Omega 2 vs Hatfield Phoenix – Saturday 11th September 2021

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B Team vs Hatfield Phoenix 11th Sept 2021

The first Herts County League fixture for Omega since February 2019 and the team meet Hatfield Phoenix.    A determined and focussed team take the court with the starting seven being Ruby Brett at GS, Laura Millard (Robilliard) at GA, Lucy Hoskin at WA, Lucy Andrews at C, Zoe O’Neill at WD, Samantha Abbott at GD, Phoebe Gillen at GK and Andrea Kinninmonth on the bench.

In the 1st quarter, we see an amazing performance from the entire squad, showing the opposition they’re up for a win in the first game.   The combination of Lucy Hoskin and Lucy Andrews is solid in the attacking play, finished off with consistent and confident shooting from both Ruby and Laura.  Likewise, at the other end of the court, the defence play from Zoe and particularly Sam and Phoebe in the defending circle, is tight and the many interceptions in the circle is testament to their dynamic play and reading the game.     The team lead 17-5 by the end of the first quarter, giving Omega the head start they need for their first game and a great lead to boost the teams confidence for the remainder of the game.

No change to the team taking the court for the 2nd quarter as the team have settled into the game so well.    A couple of well-won interceptions from Lucy Andrews on the oppositions centre-pass due to text book 2-hand marking, sees her winning the ball on 2 consecutive centre-passes.   In total, the team make 11 turnovers in this quarter, 5 of which are won by Lucy at C, allowing  the goal difference to increase further, ending the first half with a score of 35-14 to Omega.

For the 3rd quarter, Lucy Hoskins leaves the court, Zoe replacing her as WA and Andrea takes the court at WD. Hatfield also make some changes and bring on a new GK to unsettle the Omega shooters.   Omega take the first few minutes to regroup but soon get back into their stride once more.    The defence play in this quarter is solid once again and 12 more turnovers are won across all players from C to GK.  Hatfield’s change of GK has the desired impact with Omega’s attack having to work hard to find their shooters and the accuracy in the shooting taking a hit.   Hatfield manage to close the goal difference, winning the quarter 12 – 9, resulting in the score going into the final quarter being 44 – 26.

The Omega team remain the same for the final quarter and the team feel confident the win is in the bag, but they are told to think of the score as 0-0 and play the safe ball as they retake the court.   Another consistent quarter for the Omega defence who have shown their worth throughout the entire game.  The attack work hard once again to move the ball to goal, retaining possession throughout the court and finding their shooters.    Hatfield give the game all they’ve got, right to the bitter end, but the early lead in the 1st half of the game is too big for them to claw back, although they manage a draw in the final quarter.   The game ends 53-35 to Omega who put up a solid and exciting performance throughout the entire game.

An outstanding game from GK Phoebe, who read the game well and closed down the opportunity for Hatfield to find their shooters consistently.  A great confidence boost for the team to start the season and an amazing score to show for it.  Well done to all players!

Omega 2 vs Hornets on Saturday 11th January 2020

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A tough opposition for Omega 2 today as they replay Hornets,  whom they lost to in the first round of games, so they know they have to pull out the stops.  For the first time all season, Omega have three reserves on the bench and are keen to put on a performance.

The starting team take the court and it’s Hornets who start the game and succeed in converting the goal off their first centre pass, but Omega respond accordingly. However, Omega falter and their opposition capitalise on their errors, gaining a 3-goal roll on a couple of quick successions.   Omega regain composure and with the benefit of several defensive turnovers by GK, Louise Cousins and GD, Claire Statham, they fight back to remain in the game.   The final centre pass of the quarter is Hornet’s, but the goal is not scored before the end of the quarter, which ends 8-12 in Hornet’s favour.

Words of advise are given in the quarter break and with the team remaining as per the game start, they retake the court to start the second quarter.    The first half of the quarter continues unsettled, with Hornets stealing the first goal from Omega’s centre pass and continuing to open their lead to 21-13 by mid quarter.   The attack struggle to feed the shooters and we see Hornets taking advantage of this and winning possession on several occasions as a result.  Omega gain composure by mid-quarter and show that they are not ready to concede the game.  They begin to control the ball more confidently and the positioning from GS, Ruby Brett and GA, Emma Faulkner improves, allowing the C, Lucy Andrews and WA, Nicola Rantell to feed them more readily.  They fight back and close the goal gap to just one goal by mid-game, with a score of 23-24 to Hornets by half time.

A decision is taken to change the team dynamics and introduce fresh legs, in an attempt to gain control of the game.    Hornets start the third quarter and Omega are quick to stamp their mark on it.   They turnover the first centre pass to equalise the score and then gain the following five goals to give them the lead  for the first time.   This quarter we see  interceptions by Omega from WA, Megan Pryde, C, Lucy, WD, Nicola Rantell and GD, Sam Abbott and  several loose balls and rebounds collected by the defensive players.   The opposition soon settle after the first few minutes and the game goes goal for goal for the next few minutes, before Hornets fight back to regain control and claw back some goals.  The 3rd quarter ends with Omega having a 2-goal lead and a score of 37-35, leaving both teams everything to play for.

The team remains the same for the final quarter and Omega once again gain possession off the Hornets centre pass and secure the first goal.   In the opening minutes,  the game remains close and could go either way.  Omega soon take control and secure a 10 goal roll, with accuracy in shooting from GS Charlotte Ramejkis and GA, Emma Maidment.  The lead proves too difficult for their opposition to take hold of and Omega they force their opposition to error on numerous occasions, each time punish their mistakes.  This matched with the very few errors from Omega, give them the advantage and the lead they need.  This quarter is owned by Omega who are determined to secure the win and do so with a confident final score of 56-45.

The game ends a very successful day for the club, starting with a mixed Youth/C team win against Tornadoes, followed by the first win for our U13’s against Cheshunt.  A hatrick win for Omega and well deserved by all teams!  This win places the B team 4th on the league table….a big improvement on the start of the first part of the season!

Omega 2 vs Watford Prem on Saturday 4th January 2020

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Louise Cousins - B Team Captain

The first game of 202o and the B team meet Watford Premier….the team that they drew with after having a 12 goal lead in the first round of the games, so they know this will be a tough game and that they will need to give 100%.

With the full squad available for the game, the team have options to work with and for the opening quarter, Megan and Nicola take the bench to support their team.  Omega start the game and take the first goal comfortably and Watford Prem do the same, but a dropped ball at the Omega shooting circle allows Watford to start an early lead as they secure a goal from Omega’s error.   A chance for Omega to equalise the score comes quickly as the Watford WA breaks at centre pass, but Omega are unsuccessful with goal conversion and fail to balance the scores.    More opportunities present themselves and Omega manage to equalise, but it’s short lived as Omega fail to capitalise on an intercept by GD, Sam Abott and the opening quarter ends with a score of 15-12 to Watford.

For the second quarter, Megan replaces Emma Faulkner at WA and Nicola replaces Claire at WD and the team take the court.  The second quarter is not the finest of netball from Omega with a few errors made and many missed attempts at goal, which Watford are quick to respond to and penalise Omega at every chance. Omega managed to claw back some goals and the lead is reduced to just four goals, but once again, it’s short lived and the lead opens again to the seven goals at the start of the quarter.  Omega struggle to make the ball flow to goal this quarter and their opponents take advantage, opening their lead by a further 4 goals to end the first half of the game with a score of 28 – 21.

A further change to the team at half time, sees Emma Faulkner replace Ruby at GS, Sam moving to GK to replace Louise and Claire taking up the GD position.  A slow start is seen as the team try to settle into their positions and Watford extend their lead further, leaving Omega 10 goals down.  BUT the turn of the game comes as a contact call is made against the Watford GS and Omega swiftly move the ball to Emma Maidment in the shooting circle, who relaxes into her stride and steals the goal.  From here on, Omega apply the pressure across the entire team, forcing their opposition to error frequently as we see forced balls, 3 second calls and dropped balls and this time, Omega flow with their play, linking well mid court and patiently waiting for the right opportunities to present themselves, to work the ball to their shooters, who confidently convert the shots.   The team work well together and manage to claw back the score to level-peggings at 38-38 by end of the quarter.

As the team is now settled, the decision is taken to keep it as is.  Both teams have everything to play for and both are determined to take the win.  Each team succeed in securing goals from their respective centre passes.  Omega continue to apply the pressure throughout the quarter and manage to take a 2 goal lead, but don’t manage to maintain it.  Watford fight back and once again, level the score. In the final minutes, the play goes goal for goal and the heat is on for both teams.  Omega dig deep and show controlled play, which allows them to secure a final score in their favour of 51-50.

A great start to 2020, with the boot on the other foot for the repeat game as this time it’s Omega who claw back the deficit goals, but this time to win the game, rather than a draw.

Omega 2 vs Turnford 4 – Saturday 8th December 2019

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B Team vs Turnford 4 8th Dec 2019

The final game in the first rounds of the Herts County League, first division games and Omega face Turnford 4 for the first game of the day.

Omega start the game and each team secure the first two goals from their respective centre passes, before Omega begin to take hold, securing 3 goals to Turnford’s 1 for the first half of the quarter.  Omega defend superbly, with their defensive players WD, Nicola Rantell, GD, Samantha Abbott and GK, Louise Cousins winning turnover after turnover from their opposition.  However after gaining the upper-hand, they quickly returned the ball to Turnford through simple errors, allowing them to play the second half of the quarter on a goal for goal basis.  The opening quarter ended 14-9 to Omega.

A quick team chat in the quarter and the team take the court ready to give their all once more.  Omega start strong, winning ball after ball from Turnford, resulting in them taking the first 6 consecutive goals of the quarter.   Some superb teamwork is seen in the attacking third, with dynamic movement in the circle from GA, Emma Maidment, creating the space needed for a direct feed from the circle edge by C, Lucy Andrews, directly to GS, Ruby Brett under the post, who finishes off with the goal….a display of textbook attacking play!  Omega’s circle defence tightened, with more good teamwork displayed as the defence forced Turnford’s GA to shoot long shots, which were not as accurate.  Strong ball marking by GD, Sam sees Turnford struggle to move the ball forward and WD, Nicola picks up the stray ball from the pressured pass.  The whole team consistently apply the pressure, once again resulting in many interceptions and loose balls being picked up by Omega and the shooters consistently reward their team efforts with their accurate shooting.  The final 26 seconds and it’s Omega’s centre pass, but an offside call in our shooting circle means, allows Turnford the opportunity for the final goal.  Omega defend and WD, Nicola picks up a Caution for a contact in her attempt win back the ball for her team, but the team succeed in preventing the goal.   This quarter, Omega limit their opposition to just 7 goals and manage to convert 15, widening their lead by end of the second half to 29-16 in their favour.

Omega have a comfortable lead to start the second half but are determined to continue the pressure.  Omega start strong again in the first half of the 3rd quarter, with a couple of good runs on 3-4 consecutive goals being scored, but Turnford give their all and having only scored 3 goals in several minutes, begin to push back at Omega and the second half of the quarter goes goal for goal, with the score going into the final quarter being 46-28 to Omega.

The final quarter and once again it’s Omega to start, however an error with the passing around the circle edge sees the ball in Turnford’s hands and they secure the first goal.    Omega continue to make simple errors with ball placement and passes for the opening minutes and Turnford take advantage, taking the first 5 consecutive goals of the quarter.   Omega pick themselves up and gain composure as they prove they are a force to be reckoned with, only allowing one further goal from their opposition for the remainder of the quarter and scoring 12 goals on the run to finish the quarter and ending the game with a score of 60-34.

A fantastic performance from the entire team, with accurate shooting from both shooters and strong, tight defence applied by all players.  This result secures their mid table slot, elevating them up from 7th to 4th position…not bad after a ropey start to the season!  The first half of the season started with the team struggling to gel and play the ball, but they have grown and developed teamwork throughout the season, improving their play and winning many more games in the latter half, setting them up for a stronger 2nd half round.

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.