U.14 B Squad v Tommies – Win 40- 4
The first match of the season saw Hucclecote dominate from the start and in just 48 minutes had 67 attempts at goal. An amazing number of attempts for such a young squad. In addition, defensively the squad turned over 24 clean interceptions, demonstrating some great skill and ability.
The first 5 minutes however proved to be a little erratic through court which in part was due to a combination that had never played together as 3 Year 8's were pulled into the mix due to unavailability. However, with Captain Issy Robinson taking control at GD and youngster Olivia Mitchell at WD both turning over 4 clean intercepts, Hucclecote had plenty of opportunity to convert which the shooters Daisy Mann and Beth Gabriel did well, leading 18-2 at quarter time.
The 2nd quarter saw a fabulous performance from Amy Morse at C, turning ball and using great speed through court. Year 8 player Beth Gabriel out on the GA also stepped it up playing dominantly in the circle , shooting well, and outside of it. Emily Yates netted 3 from 4 attempts for her first quarter on court, and with Robinson and Mitchell on both wings working tirelessly and giving out strong performances, Tommies were sadly unable to penetrate their circle at all to score in this period.
Tina Waldron at WA for half the fixture gained in confidence as the game went on, , as did Daisy Mann, who played at both ends. Allie O'Neal at GK for half the game stuck tight to the GS and she too forced some great balls linking well with the back unit. Emma Bennett, the third of the Year 8 players also made her debut in this game, playing strongly at WA, and then in the shooting circle. Working on changing her shooting technique saw conversion at a lower rate than normal however the encouraging factor was the huge number of attempts she had at goal as the team found her with ease.
The squad ran out winners by 40 goals to 4. A phenomenal victory for their first game, particularly with 3 youngsters stepping in to assist with Amy Morse named as Player of the Match.
Paige Reed, the U.14B Coach was pleased with their performance and is looking forward to working with this squad of players in preparation for their next game.
Thanks to Kirsty Trueman Umpire , and to Gilly Salter (Coach Mentor) and the many parents/carers who supported on the day.
Squad:- Beth Gabriel, Daisy Mann, Emily Yates, Emma Bennett, Tiana Waldron, Amy Morse, Olivia Mitchell, Issy Robinson, Allie O'Neal
Team Total Shooting Stats = 40/67
Individual Shooting Stats:- Emily Yates 8/13 62% Emma Bennett 12/24
= 50% Beth Gabriel 14/21` = 66% Daisy Mann 6/9 66%
Team Turnovers Total = 24 Tips = 11