29/09/2013 – South West Regional League 1
AQUARIANS 46 V POOLE 30
Aquarians played host to their local rivals Poole in a pulsating and absorbing match where local pride and bragging rights were up for grabs. There was a fast and furious opening to the match as both teams looked to stamp their authority on the game early on. The play moved from one end of the court to the other with some extremely fluid and quick passing movements. One or …two stray passes from Poole in the attacking quarter gave Aquarians the upper hand and with their GS in fine form the score at the end of the quarter was Aquarians 13 to Poole’s 4. The second quarter began with Aquarians keen to extend their lead and, with tireless work being put in by the impressive GA coupled with some excellent link up play mid court, it looked as if that would be the case. But Poole was showing grit and determination and weathered the storm to get a foothold back in the game. Poole’s GS who was having no luck in the first quarter began to find her range and thankfully her fortunes improved. Poole were forcing Aquarians into errors and at half time the score had been narrowed slightly to 23-16 with Poole winning the quarter by 12 points to 10. Play continued end to end after the short half time interval and it was a close, tight opening to the quarter. Poole continued to both improve and impress as they worked hard to reduce the deficit. At one point, mid quarter, they had reduced the gap to just 5 points and were looking the stronger side as it looked as if the last quarter would begin with all to play for. But unfortunately for Poole two quick goals from Aquarians opened up the lead again as they ran out 11-10 winners of the quarter to leave the match score at Aquarians 34 v Poole 26. The final quarter matched the first quarter as Aquarians stormed away from Poole by scoring 5 goals without reply early on. The intensity and speed they showed was as impressive as it had been early on in the match and the battling Poole ladies had little answer to their opponents. Aquarians had their tails up by now and were showing no sign of the fatigue that had begun to hinder Poole. They piled on attack after attack and ended up winning the quarter by 12 points to 4, therefore winning the match 46-30. There was a large crowd up in the viewing gallery and the match, despite it being a local derby, was played in excellent spirit. All in all it was a superb advert for Netball and left the feeling that both teams would enjoy a successful season.
02/12/2012 – South West Regional League 2
Poole v Pinehurst 64-52 Win
Poole notched another win in their 6th match of the South West Regional League. Following their BIG scoreline to Lawn 2 weeks ago, Poole needed another good win to ensure they stay hot on the heels of Exeter; who are currently top having played one additional fixture. The match was a close encounter, with Poole starting stronger than their opponents, although not at their best, to pull away to an 8 goal lead. Long balls were being launched into GS Sarah Jones which meant court play was often untidy and lacked fluidity. The centre court combination were having to work really hard to keep the turnovers coming but the lack of movement to the attacking circle edge was disappointing and the ball was being fed too early indicating lack of fitness, a fair point with Sian Evans and Lucy Phillips playing through injury / illness.
Pinehurst were disruptive in the second quarter, their Coach had clearly identified weaknesses in the Poole team and our opponents capitilised on this. Despite GS Sarah Jones, Captain of the team being absolutely on form the balls being thrown into her were frequently picked out by the Pinehurst defence who were taking a tighter marking position, it became frustrating to watch. Late in the second quarter as the score became tight, Poole resorted to playing netball, they were beginning to pull together, moving the ball at pace and ended the 15 minutes in a better frame of mind but with a score of 34-30 to Poole.
Poole pushed on in the third quarter, the Pinehurst GS held the front position very nicely and with the added benefit of her height it was proving difficult for Poole’s defensive players to get round and put the pressure on. GK Rachael Collins was instructed to change her marking stance to take the front position; therefore putting more pressure on the feed in. This changed the game and Rachael was able to pick some great balls out of the air at key moments which the Poole attacking combination were able to take own the court and convert. This helped Poole to increase their lead at the end of the third to 51-44.
Going into quarter four 7 goals up Poole’s lead was credible and it was the turn of Coach Hayley Peyman to make one final change, moving India Phillips into the circle defence. India played really well with Rachael and the two of them were pivotal in increasing the lead to take the match 64-52. Despite everyone’s efforts the play by Sarah Jones was sensational; her circle play was outstanding and her shooting was consistently accurate throughout; a deserved winner of Player of the Match. The win takes Poole to second place with a game in hand, behind group leaders Exeter. The Poole team have to beat Hucclecote away this weekend to finish at the top with Exeter, at the halfway point.
10/11/2012 – South West Regional League 2
Poole Hoppers v Lawn 76 – 30 Win
An emphatic win for Poole puts our Regional Squad back on the top spot!! Poole Hoppers went out all guns blazing at Saturday’s Home Regional fixture against Lawn from Wiltshire, after a disappointing draw last week in Plymouth.
In the pre-match team talk Hayley had asked the girls to focus on keeping the first quarter tight to allow us to understand the opponents gameplay and pull away in the 2nd, but our girls surpassed themselves to close the first quarter 23-6!!! Georgia Ivey, Rachael Collins and Abigail Robson three of our key defensive players were absent from the game and we had questioned whether Lawn may begin to use their attack to weave their way through.
Poole went into the 2nd a little over-confident, losing possession through over-thrown balls and unforced errors but defensively became a tighter unit – taking turnovers before the ball even got to their circle. Towards the end of the first half the girls had built their game back up, Georgia P and Sian producing incisive feeds into Sarah and Lucy which helped to extend Poole’s lead 41-14. Both teams made changes at half time; Megan Hale was rested in preparation for a strong finish in the forth and Lawn’s GA, Amy Prior the player who proved most difficult to take out of the game, moved into C. Poole had re-focused, they were motivated by the idea that they could improve their Goal Average and kept pushing. The movement was sharp and our shooting duo regularly found themselves in space to pull further clear to a 58-25 advantage.
Going into the forth there were no changes to the shooting combination as momentum was continued from the 3rd quarter. There was nothing our opponents could do to stop Sarah and Lucy who were not missing. Poole dominated play and wanted to achieve their target set at half time; to score 80 goals. Megan Hale, now WA with Georgia were pushing the ball forward into the circle at pace, their feeds were fluent. Lawn were struggling to control possession, Indi and Kazz had quickly grasped how to work together in defence and India’s long balls off the backline was instrumental to us moving the ball down to the shooters within 3-4 passes, helping to extend the lead. The return to Regional action for Poole NC player Megan Hale was a huge positive for the home side as she regularly showed her NTL/Excel class with her sensational speed and anticipation. At the final whistle, Poole were elated with their win 76-30, the biggest scoreline to date in the South West League. Congratulations to Megan Hale who was awarded Player of the Match.
02/11/2012 – South West Regional League 2
Plymouth Marjon v Poole Hoppers 40 – 40 Draw
On Saturday Poole NC’s Regional Squad travelled to Plymouth to try to continue forward with their recent winning streak and defend their place at the top of the league. Poole struggled to field a team, taking a dead 7, which included Poole Diamonds U14 player Abi Robson – who again played a sensational game beyond her years. In a tense and incredibly physical game, Plymouth showed determination; Poole in the first half looked the stronger of the sides, but by the end of the 3rd quarter Plymouth had stepped it up a gear and taken the lead by 7!!! Poole knew what they had to do – at the very least they needed to get within 5 for the extra point. So often it is reported by others that our club players are at their best when they are down – they always come back fighting and Saturday was no exception. In the last quarter, after a pivotal change our players came back with a vengence. Courtplay was more fluid and 100% shooting stats for both Lucy and Sarah bought it to an exciting close. The girls managed to pull the score back to a draw and as Lucy lifted the ball to take the winning shot the final whistle was blown. The draw puts Poole into second place but we are confident that we will again see the top spot this season!! Congratulations to Lucy Phillips who was awarded Player of the Match – i think we all agree this was deservedly so. Well Done Luc!
20/10/2012 – South West Regional 2 League
Poole Hoppers v Exeter 59 – 51 Win
Congratulations to our Senior Regional Squad who took victory and won all 5 points on Saturday against an unbeaten Exeter side to go TOP in the South West League. Exeter took to the court with confidence, strength and height at either end with Yasmin Hodge-England; recently selected for the England U19 Long Squad, playing in at GD and ex NTL Team South player AJay in at GS – this was proof enough that we were to witness an exciting game flowing with speed and accuracy, both teams showing the will to win.
Our Poole players showed great team spirit; losing was never an option but they needed to show this self-belief as a team and put it into action. After a tight opening quarter finishing 14-14, a pivotal coaching decision was made to bring Abigail Robson on to play her debut regional fixture – the youngest player to play in the SW League!! After a tentative start, Abi quickly got into the match and kept an experienced shooter under control taking several turnovers in a row to help us take the lead by 1 goal at half time: 29-28. It was clear to see that Poole were starting to settle into the game.
The third quarter; the most important saw our girls stage a sensational performance, with a talented shooting unit, we were converting all the time; the girls stepped it up and with a change in Exeter’s shooting combination, the defence were able to increase their turnover rate to help put us ahead 45-40. Going into the forth and final quarter it was important that we stopped Exeter getting within 5 goals and taking points; this required concentration and focus. Once ahead the Home team piled on the pressure to win the game 59-51, an excellent performance by all, but a special well done goes to Lucy Phillips our GA who was also accredited with Player of the Match.
This is Poole’s first season in the Regional League and we are in this to compete. It was our goal to finish in the top half but we are exceeding expectation and now we need to give everything to try and ensure we finish top two to guarantee promotion.
13/10/2012 – South West Regional 2 League
Poole Hoppers v Bournemouth 47 – 40 Win
Another win for Poole Hoppers on Saturday, puts our Regional Squad in 3rd position. BIG game this week, we need all of you to show Poole NC your support. If we beat Exeter Saturday, Talbot Heath, 11.30am we will be in promotion position. Hayley would like to see you all there!!
17/09/2012 – South West Regional 2 League
Poole Regional Squadv Almondsbury 52 – 57 Lost
Well done to our Poole Regional Team who played their first fixture away to Almondsbury on Saturday 15th Sept at Red Maids School Bristol. Injury to our GD and GK, meant we really had to scrap for 7 but the girls managed to compose themselves and courtplay was fluid. After a tight first quarter, winning 12-11, the girls found it much tougher going into the second and with the accuracy of the Almondbury shooting were down by 7 goals at half time; 23-30. The 3rd was a pivotal quarter for Poole – the score at the end of the quarter saw us trailing 36-45, however didn’t reflect the courtplay. Poole really were digging in as we entered the 4th quarter and our determination and attitude on the court was reflected by our score. The team won the 4th and pulled the acore back to 52-57; just left a little too much too do. Player of the match, WA – Sian Evans.