Hucclecote Netball U.16 Dragons secure two wins from two

Hucclecote travelled to Paignton on Sunday to play their first two league fixtures in Division One. With a lean squad of 9, due to injuries and unavailability, their first quarter against Bath Cougars saw them slow off the blocks with a high error rate earlier on.  Their second quarter saw them step it up a gear and with 1st phase defending through court paying off , this allowed more opportunity to goal where Georgie Thorp netted 16 from 17 attempts taking them to a 29-16 lead at half time. Captain Hannah Howl had a stunning second half out at GD stealing 6 clean intercepts allowing her team to run away with a fine victory o58 goals to 33, and Howl was awarded Player of the Match for her dogged determination in hunting ball and turning it over. 

Shooting Stats:-  Georgie Thorp 37-42 88%, Katie Pauling 15/18 83% and Sophia Winfield 6/8 75%

Titans Lovells from Devon were next up, and the Dragons played some awesome attacking to goal demonstrating great movement, speed of release and consistency on the shot.  Thorp again had a great start netting 80% of her 20 attempts to goal in this first 15 minutes.  Scarlett Jinks who moved to GK for the second quarter really stuck to task taking the front space and this stopped the GS in her tracks as she struggled to receive the ball and Jinks turned 3 intercepts. Hucclecote led 37-13 at half time.

Katie Pauling switched to GS showing how versatile she is and once again demonstrated a great range of movement using rolls, change of direction and dominated the space.  Emily Seymour-Perry playing at Centre linked well through the court and put some precision balls to Pauling who put up 47 shots in the second half alone.  It was Seymour-Perry who sneaked the Player of the Match from Pauling for her control and play through court where she initiated many of the attacks to goal. The final score line of 80 goals to Titans 25 was a class act of netball and one all the squad should be proud of.

Shooting Stats:-  Georgie. Thorp 29/33 87%  , Sophia Winfield 12/15 80% , Katie Pauline 37/ 47 78% Nadine Baird  3/4  75%

Squad:  G. Thorp, S. Winfield, K. Pauling, N. Baird (Vice), N. Englefield, M. Mathewson, E. Seymour-Perry, S. Jinks, H. Howl (Capt)

Division 1Team

Pld

W

D

L

+

-

GA

Pts

2

2

0

0

138

58

2.379

10

2

2

0

0

103

53

1.943

10

2

2

0

0

102

59

1.729

10

2

1

0

1

99

86

1.151

7

2

1

0

1

82

104

0.788

6

2

0

0

2

57

98

0.582

1

2

0

0

2

58

114

0.509

1

2

0

0

2

59

126

0.468

1