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.

Omega 2 vs Hatfield Phoenix on Saturday 19th October 2019

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B Team on 19th Oct 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega 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 2 vs SAS on Saturday 21st September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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



Omega 2 vs Watford Premier 1 on Saturday 7th September 2019

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The first Herts County League game for our second team and they meet the team that was promoted with them a couple of seasons ago – Watford Premier 1.    Having encountered tight games on both occasions last season, they knew the game was not going to be a walk over, especially with a couple of their regular squad missing and people playing out of their preferred position and a different shooting combination.  The starting team being:-

GS – Ruby Brett; GA – Sophie Humphry; WA – Nicola Rantell; C – Lucy Andrews;  WD – Claire Statham; GD – Sam Abbott; GK – Louise Cousins and Charlotte Ramejkis taking the bench to start the game.

Watford Prem started the game and were quick to secure the first goal, but Omega reciprocated to match.  A fumble at Omega’s next centre pass, sees the ball back with Watford Premier who steal the goal  and a further couple of errors made by Omega result in Watford beginning their lead 6-2 but the Watford GA footworks, giving Omega the opportunity to claw back a goal.  Omega force another error on their opposition as a result of strong defending in and around the shooting circle, resulting in the ball going off the goal line, but Omega fail to take advantage of their position and Watford take the goal once more.   Good ball marking by GA, Sophie Humphry sees her tip the ball, but her team mates are beaten to the loose ball by their opponents, who once again take the ball to goal.    The Omega defence apply the pressure in the circle once more and this time, GA Sophie, rewards their efforts.   Watford shooters miss a couple of attempts at goal and GK, Louise Cousins tips, but cannot gain possession and Watford’s third attempt is successful.  A missed shot by Omega sees the ball taken down court by Watford to their shooter, but the attempt at goal is intercepted as GD, Sam Abbott connects with the ball, sending it towards her team mates and it’s collected by WA, Nicola Rantell in the mid court and rewarded with a goal by GA Sophie.  Omega tighten their defence, once again forcing the ball to go off the goal line and again they punish Watford’s error.  The opening quarter is not the usual form for Omega, who are taking time to settle into the new combination, but the slow start levels off by the end of the quarter, leaving them 2 goals behind with a score of 16-14 to Watford.

The 2nd quarter is started once more by Watford, but Omega appear more settled and in control, resulting in the quarter starting well.  A missed shot by Watford allows Omega to even the score in the opening minutes, but Watford respond as Omega falter with there passing in and out of the shooting circle which sees the ball go off the side-line and back in Watford’s control and punishing the error with a goal.  Omega loose their centre pass but win back the ball as Watford are forced to error and the ball is sent of the side line once more and this time GS, Ruby Brett rewards her team with a goal.  Omega settle into the quarter  having made very few errors on their court play so far.  They take advantage of the missed goals and errors made by their position at every opportunity, allowing them to take the lead and slowly increase it to a score of 32-26 in their favour by half time.

The third quarter is another great quarter for Omega.   A missed shot by Omega sees Watford gaining possession, but great reading of the game, speed and determination are displayed as C, Lucy Andrews flies in to intercept the ball cleaning mid air.   The Omega defence are strong and tight in the circle and GK, Louise intercepts a ‘pop’ of the ball between Watford’s shooters and Omega take the ball to our shooting circle.  Failed conversion sees the ball back with Watford, but as their GS attempts a shot, GD, Sam Abbott intercepts the shot and this time Omega are successful in their conquest.    The defending continues to be tight both in and around the Watford Shooting circle as WD, Claire Statham defends Watford’s GA, delaying her movement into the circle.   As a result, Watford force feed the ball to their GS and the ball goes off the goal line.   Omega take the goal line pass and succeed in moving the ball down the court, where they find their shooters with ease and the shot is converted.  They demonstrate control and great teamwork throughout the whole court for the entire quarter, supporting each other on the attack and working together on the defence, which forces their oposition to error on several occasions,   The final 6 seconds of the quarter and Watford’s GA contacts as she receives the ball, so loose the last opportunity of a goal in the quarter.

The score going into the final quarter sees Omega 9 goals ahead, so a comfortable lead, with a score of 43-34 in their favour.  A change to the team sees Ruby Brett taking the bench after a solid performance, replaced by Charlotte Ramejkis.    Watford return to court ready to fight for the game and this they do!   Charlotte took a few minutes to settle into the game but soon gets into her stride, however the whole team are unsettled and errors they haven’t made in the earlier quarters, begin.     Watford’s shooting is back on form and every error made by Omega is punished and the gap in the score closes rapidly, with Watford securing 9 consecutive goals due to the many mistakes made.   Omega struggle to gain composure, but are determined not to concede the game.  The score is level and Watford secure a goal to take the lead.  A battle for the final minutes of the game as each team want the win, but the score ends as a draw of 49-49.   A disappointing quarter after the superb play in the second and third quarters and one to learn from going forward.

Omega 2 vs AFNNC Solar on Saturday 23rd March 2019

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Omega B vs AFNNC Solar on Saturday 23rd March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega 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.