Gems made the long journey to Plymouth on Sunday for what was a tough game all round !! Plymstock went out fast & strong, which meant Gems took a while to settle, however Gems managed to settle, and take a 5 goal lead. Helen Martin made some incredible passes into the circle to shooters Nic Hale and Beth Fella, who managed to find the net despite solid pressure from the Plymstock defence. Gems entered the 3rd quarter leading 46-29, Carly Martin (WD)forced pressure continuously, which enabled Gems defenders Rachel Lawrence and Kerry Fellows make some cracking interceptions!!! Gems applied great pressure throughout the game, led strongly by centre Danielle Addicott. The result gave Gems another vital victory with the final score being 60 - 39.
Player of the match went jointly to Danni Addicott & Rachel Lawrence.
Umpire vote went to Kerry fellows
Oppositions vote went to Danni Addicott.
Gems faced top of the league Exeter B at home on Sunday. Gems started the first quarter strongly with shooters Nic Hale and Sammie Kemmish matching Exeter shooters goal for goal. Communication between Gems in the second quarter was strong, however Exeter managed to take advantage of a few loose balls enabling them to take a 25-23 lead. During the third quarter Exeter made some team changes and adapted more quickly to their changes than Gems, and extended their lead to 40-31. The last quarter saw Gems battle strongly, with great pressure coming down the court from all players. There were some vital interceptions from defensive players Rachel Lawrence and Rheanne Lee which were capitalised on allowing Gems to narrow the gap, however Exeter took the win 46-40. Sammie Kemmish was voted player of match, with Beth Fella picking up the umpire and opposition’s vote.
Sydenham Gem V Titans Thunder
To work on the team following last week’s defeat, and some unavailability, the selectors made some slight changes with Beth Fella moving to C, Hannah Clapp to GA and Nic Hale in the team at GS. Gems started off well creating an early 3 goal lead at the end of first quarter. Good play up and down the court with great team work, and fabulous play from defenders with Kerry Fellows taking interceptions to prevent Titans Thunder scoring. Gems gradually pulled away each quarter making every interception or centre pass count. During the third quarter, Gems played strongly, and Rachel Lawrence and Kerry Fellows continued to both work hard, making Titans life difficult. Great communication and discipline between the pair helped to move the ball forward with great play getting into the attacking circle. The final quarter proved to be Gems’ slowest, with the team showing signs of fatigue, an element that needs to be worked on to ensure consistency throughout the whole game. But it was a great game and Gems Won 55-43. Thank you to everyone that was in the squad and came to support.
Player of match- Kerry Fellows
Umpire Player- Kerry Fellows
Opposition Team Player – Amy Burley
Gems met local rivals Knights from Tor NC today and knew immediately that it was going to be a battle, with Knights taking a strong lead 20-10 by the end of the first quarter. A closer second quarter, with great centre court play, enabled Gems to remain in the game, but Knights defenders managed to pick up loose balls and rebounds that they capitalised on, taking the half time score to 30-19 to Knights. Gems made some changes in the third quarter bringing Karis Holleron on and changing both the attacking and defensive ends to try and apply greater pressure, but did not settle quickly to take advantage of these changes, and Knights extended their lead to 40 -26 going into the final quarter. Gems found the match tough, though played hard to the end whistle, but could not bring the scoreline down, and Knights won the match 52-34. Player of the match went to Hannah Clapp, with the umpire vote going to Sammie Kemmish and the opponents vote going to Danni Addicott.
Gems faced their first home game of the season to the long travelling Storm all the way from Camborne in Cornwall. Gems started fast paced and turned over Storm’s first centre pass following a rebound. This gave Gems some confidence,and they went on to secure their own centre pass. As the first quarter went on it was goal for goal, but with a few passing errors and mistiming from Gems, allowing Storm to start to creep away finishing the first quarter 20-10 to Storm. Defensive changes between Kerry Fellows and Rachel Lawrence was done to see if a slight height advantage could be put onto Storm’s 6ft shooter, but their passing and movement was too accurate and fast paced for the Gems defenders. Going into the 3rd quarter Gems had a 40-19 deficit to try and recover, and some great play by the attackers particularly player of the match Danni Addicott, whose drive and determination helped Gems to win the 3rd quarter, gave a boost for Gems to keep pushing on. The 3rd quarter ending 36-53. During the last quarter Gems moved the squad around. Beth Fella moved back to defence and Super sub Nicola Hale coming on to help Gems claw back some goals. It wasn’t enough to worry Storm, with the final score being a 67-52 win for the visitors. Player of the match - Danni Addicott. Umps player of the match Nicola Hale ad opponent’s player was Danni Addicott.
Gems were off to play Jack’s Gym at Plymouth for their first away game of the season, with half the team getting lost on their way some of the players only had a five-minute warm up, despite this Gems looked good in the first quarter up 9-15.
In the second quarter we decided to change Amy Burley WA to C and Danni Addicott to WA which worked a lot better with Danni getting free for the centre passes, and good movement down the court. There were no further changes at half time allowing the team to settle. Great game play by Kerry Clark who made some lovely interceptions and linked well with the defence, making sure Jack’s made mistakes. Going into the last quarter Gems were leading 32-48, Hannah Clapp and Beth Fella working great together in the circle with accurate shots finding the net. The teamwork and support from all players proved to be the final element, and it was a fantastic winning start for Gems in their first Regional league match, winning 44-61.
Thank you to everyone in the squad and those who came to support.
Player of match- Kerry Clark
Umpire Player- Beth Fella
Opposition Team Player - Danni Addicott