Hucclecote Flames through to Regional Seedings Tournament
Hucclecote Flames, had their first taste of competitive netball when they played in the Gloucestershire County Cup. The aim of the day was to secure a top 3 placing to get through to South West Netballs Regional Seeding Tournament where they hope to secure a first or second division place.
Flames, a new look squad, consisted of 9 players, 4 of whom are new to the club, with 3 of these being a family of triplets. In their first game against Hucclecote Firebirds, the squad took time to settle however stepped it up a gear in the second half to run away with a good score of 17-7. Millie Mason at GS during the first half netted 100% of her shots scoring 6 from 6, and with Captain Georgia Smith on fire in the second half, Hucclecote wrapped it up nicely. Morgan Woolery and Grace Orgill in defence at the back took many interceptions.
Their next game saw Old Chelts take the advantage as they were quick out the starting blocks. Hucclecote however made some basic errors, including poor passing and footwork and this let Chelt’s get a run of goals earlier on. Flames however showed true grit and stuck to task and began to show what they were capable of and at half time they had pulled back to within 3 goals. Changes in attack saw Rose Orgill switch to GS and with the attack taking better care of the ball, Hucclecote put up 13 attempts in 10 minutes, doubling opportunity to goal. Old Chelts were clinical through court and their combinations who have played together for some time, showed great awareness of one another and they ran out winners by 5 goals with a score of 17-12.
Flames final game saw them take on Challengers Netball Club. Challengers had recently taken the win over Old Chelts by a goal. Both teams started tentatively, and it took over 2 minutes before the first goal was scored. There really was little between the teams at this stage, although Challengers began to pull away just before half time. 3 Goals down, Hucclecote switched players on, and although defensively they intercepted 10 balls in this game, it was the lack of understanding that allowed Challengers to drive on to victory with a 5 goal margin winning 12-7.
Flames did well demonstrating they have great talent and potential Theyare a very exciting squad and with more work, and better understanding through court, will continue to grow in confidence.