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Sydenham Ladies Netball Club



Garnets started of strong in their first quarter with a young team. With a few players playing out of position, Garnets began to mould together as the game progressed. Good attack made the gameplay look strong. However a few mistakes gave Tor the possession and they began to take the lead. In the second half of the game, Garnets play improved massively, with many interceptions and tips from the defence. With strong defence in the third quarter, Garnets came out fighting but solid defence from Tor prevented Garnets from getting the ball into the D. In the last quarter, both attack and defence performed well but couldn’t gain the lead. Credit to both teams for playing in difficult conditions on a slippery court.  Tilly Milburn deserved the player of the match vote.


Garnets match was against new team Blackdown from Taunton NC. The young Garnets team played well but struggled to keep the lead from growing. Good centre court support from Paige Currie, Kirsty Richards, Nic Elkins and great circle work from Tilly Milburn, all helped to keep the team in the game. Great shooting from Chelsie Coombes playing out of position, and strong defending from Megan Scott and Rachael Coles, whose attempts weren't quite enough to stop the new team from grasping the victory. At the end of the game the score was 32-10 to Blackdown. Player of the match went to Kirsty Richards.


Garnets were away to Newbarn from Galmington, and with a very young team they knew it was going to be a hard game. Garnets struggled throughout the game but never gave up. Newbarn took an early lead taking advantage of the young team leading 15 - 3. Megan Scott in defence made some timely interceptions but Garnets struggled to find goal only scoring one in the second quarter. Newbarn led 33 - 4. With some changes to the attack Garnets kept fighting and had some good play but only managed to make the score up to 7 with Newbarn now at 52. Kirsty Richards, Tilly Milburn, Tanisha Birch linked well with Paige Currie and Jess Bull finding their feet in only their second game for the seniors. Georgia Wilton took time to settle in her first game for the senior club but managed to get a few shots into goal. Although Garnets lost heavily (70 - 12) they fought to the end and never gave up. Their play was good in parts and will be a promising future team. Player of the match Megan Scott.


With a new line up for the day Garnets made the trip up to Norton in high spirits.
The game started closely with shooters Tilly Milburn and Atkinson working well to match Purnell goal for goal. Unfortunately a few errors within centre court caused Purnell to take an early lead that grew and could never be regained however much Vicky Lewis and Megan Scott tried to work the ball out of their third. Throughout the game there was some fantastic centre court play from Kirsty Richards, Paige Currie,  Nic Elkins and Jess Bull, however it was not enough to stop Purnell pulling off a 61-9 victory. A scoreline that really does not reflect the attitude and determination seen on court from all the Garnets players but in particular from Paige Currie and Jess Bull who made their debuts in the senior team.  Player of the game Kirsty Richards.


Garnets fought through a tough game against Comeytrowe from Galmington this weekend. Garnets started off slowly, however as the quarters went on they progressed and settled well into the game. The third quarter was especially good as Garnets played strongly to win the quarter scoring 11 goals, the attacking end working well together and playing some great netball. The defence progressed throughout the game and were able to block the shooters out of the circle better. The final score was 46-23 to Comeytrowe, but unfortunately Garnets did not gain a point as they were not within half, but it was a massive improvement on recent games, and the whole team fought to the end. Players vote and umpires vote went to Tanisha Birch.


On Saturday, Garnets played Robins from Bruton. The weather was on their side and the score was near enough even for the first half of the game due to good defending from Megan Scott, Nicola Elkins and Tilly Millburn preventing Robins from scoring. Despite good passing from Kirsty Richards, Vicky Evans and Steph Elkins into the circle, Robins started to pull ahead in the third quarter, good shooting from Tanisha Birch kept Garnets in the game but Robins matched the goals. The final score was 25 - 52 to Robins. Player of the match and Umpires vote went to Tilly Millburn who played outstandingly well as it was her first full match as a senior player.


Garnets first match of the season was against new team Blackdown from Taunton NC. The young Garnets team played well, with impressive debuts from Kirsty Richards, Tilly Milburn and Megan Scott. Good centre court support from Vicky Evans, Nic Elkins and great circle work from Steph Elkins, all helped to keep the team in the game.  Excellent shooting from Tanisha Birch, and strong defending from Molly Gould helped Garnets to remain in contention until the final quarter, when Blackdown just pulled away. A very good start to the season.

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