On Thursday 23th February the U19 and U16 SEA netball squads hosted friendly matches vs Garden International School as part of their preparation for the upcoming SEA netball tournament in Singapore. These were the first formal matches to be played on the wonderful new netball court facilities.
Both teams worked incredibly hard. The U19 played a really competitive game, with the final result being 12-16 to GIS. There was some excellent defensive play, and the girls were using the space up the court much more effectively that previously. The score was incredibly close in the third quarter, with us drawing for much of the time, but then GIS pulled away just before the close of play. U19 captain, Niamh Quigley said “For our first time playing with our team going to Singapore it was natural that there were going to be a lot of nerves but when we started the 2nd quarter we really started to find our way and move the ball down the court well to our shooters. All of the girls put in every last effort that they had and their determination shows great promise for some success in Singapore!”
The U16 team, despite being a very young squad, showed much improvement throughout the game in terms of their decision making and providing options to each other on court. Tegan Tindale, vice captain, said “we really improved throughout the quarters. We learnt for our mistakes and responded well to changes in strategy. We supported each other around the D and we passed the ball down the line really well. Our stage 1 defense was really good. Next time we will be working on our distance.” The final score was 9-18 to GIS, but this doesn't reflect how close some quarters were. The girls were within 1 goal of GIS in the second quarter.
Well played ladies.
SEA Netball Coach
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