The first game back and the Youths are as keen as ever to play. As a result of many still being on holiday, leaving just one shooter available, they are supported by Emma Faulkner to alleviate the pressure of a single shooter, particularly when playing a team who is regularly in the top end of the table every season. The first quarter and 6 goals are scored. It’s evident that GS Ellie Reynolds has been practicing her shots over the summer break as her conversion rate has improved radically and her confidence is on display. The team was advised to come in-front of their players to receive the ball and they all make an effort to do this. WA, Emma Lack and WD, Faye Bellas support the centre court play and the team as a whole look fitter and more responsive in the game…the pre-season sessions have paid off!
They return to court for the 2nd quarter with a couple of changes made and they show that they have listened to the advise given by their coach and senior player during the break, particularly in the centre court by C, Holly Bennett and WA, Louise Merrick . The movement on court is improved and they begin to support the progression of the ball to the circle more.
More changes are made for the 3rd and final quarter, to allow fair play for the whole squad in the first fixture. Jodie Gill takes the GK bib, not her usual position in the game, but she is determined and feisty in the circle. With support from her fellow circle player, GD Millie Spires, they begin to win more rebounds and interceptions. They are supported by first timer, Alice Mills, sporting the WD bib who also shows the same determination to win the ball and intercepts in her first ever competitive game, winning her the ‘Player of the Match’ awarded by their opposition.
A special thanks to senior player, GA, Emma Faulkner, who assisted the team not only with being a second shooter for the game, but for guiding the team during play, indicating the pass and player positioning and generally aiding with linking the ball movement to goal.
Well done team! First game of the season over and looking forward to watching you develop and enhance your skills both individually and as a team, over the new season.