RUBIES MATCH REPORTS
Rubies played against Priory from Taunton NC this weekend. The defence trio set off strong with GD (Kerry Clark) and GK (Katie Issitt) in the circle and newly promoted Jess Bull at WD. As the game progressed, Rubies gained great focus keeping the lead throughout. Attacking side worked amazingly pulling in the goals with GS (Carly Langdon) and GA (Justine Pearn) in the shooting circle. C (Kirsty Richards) and WA (Steph Gibson) played well both as attack and defence to make sure Rubies kept the ball safe and in possession. Rubies held the lead throughout a well contested match, finishing with a score of 54-44 against Priory.
POM- Jess Bull & Carly Langdon, UPOM-Jess Bull and OPOM- Steph Gibson.
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Rubies played Walton Blacks at home on this cold Saturday morning... they started well with accurate shooting from both Justine Pearn and Carly Langdon, ending the first quarter ahead by 8. The second quarter saw Rubies game go a bit flat allowing Walton to close the gap, gaining a few vital goals back, however after a strong team talk at half time and a few switches in defence, Rubies pulled their socks up and were determined to make the next one a better quarter. The centre court players Katie Issitt, Kirsty Richards and Steph Gibson worked the ball well down to the shooting circle with strong and accurate passing and feeding. During the last quarter Rubies found they were back in the game with a great zonal defence by Katie and Kirsty allowing Kerry Clark and Jess Bull to pluck balls from the air from Walton’s very strong attack. Showing strength and determination, the final score was 57- 45 to Rubies. Player of the match: Justine Pearn & Jess Bull. Umpires player of the match: TEAM DEFENCE (Kerry Clark, Katie Issitt & Jess Bull). Other teams player of the match: Kerry Clark
Great team effort by all involved
Rubies faced Aldon of Yeovil today and started the first quarter on the back foot with Yeovil taking an early lead but once Rubies settled down they moved into the lead, ending the first quarter 13-12.
The 2nd quarter saw a change of positions for Rubies with Katie Issitt going to WD and Jess Bull going back to GK for added height which applied a little pressure to Aldon's shooters, however Aldon ended the 2nd quarter ahead 25-24.
Rubies continued to apply pressure to Aldon, and with accurate shooting from Justine Pearn and Carly Langdon and great court play, Rubies managed to move back into the lead. Great defensive play also from the attackers especially Justine Pearn made sure that Rubies remained ahead, but only with a 1 goal advantage in this very closely fought match. A good start from Rubies in the final quarter gave them a 6 goal advantage, however a few mistakes with tired legs setting in for Rubies, saw Aldon pull back to level, and take the lead by 1. Rubies found a hidden strength and with great support from spectators, fought to the end of the game. With an incredibly exciting final five minutes Rubies pulled out all the stops to end the game as winners by 2 goals with the score 50-48.
POM Justine Pearn UPOM Kerry Clark
Rubies started strongly and fought hard against the strong winds and poor weather conditions, with strong shooting from Carly Langdon and Michelle Jenkins, Rubies finished the first quarter leading 10-9. The second quarter saw some good play up the court between centre court players Steph Gibson, Kirsty Richards and Jess Bull but Blackdown managed to pull the game back to lead 19-18. The third quarter saw the weather take a turn for the worse which made play harder for all of the players but the Rubies defence fought hard with interceptions from defenders Kerry Clark and Katie Issitt but despite their tenacity, the third quarter ended with Blackdown ahead 28-26. With strong rain coming down during the fourth quarter there were handling errors from both teams and although Rubies tried hard the final whistle blew with Blackdown winning the match 35-34. PoM Kerry Clark, UPoM Kerry Clark and Steph Gibson.
Sydenham Rubies secure the win for 3/3 of their home games so far this season; with a win at home to Spears. There was a fantastic start to the first quarter with a strong centre pass from Kirsty Richards to Stephanie Gibson who was able to judge just the right pass to Justine Pearn (GA) providing her with the opportunity of making some incredible shots from just inside the semi-circle to support Rubies in taking the lead 17-13. The second quarter saw some tight marking and some fantastic interceptions from Katie Issit (GK), Kerry Clark (GD) and Leanne Wegg (WD), which ensured that Rubies were able to gain possession and ultimately extend their lead to 28-21. The third quarter saw Rubies successfully turn over the centres and begin to take a larger lead, with accurate shooting from Carly Langdon (GS); at this point the team were really starting to increase the pace and open up the court allowing for great communication and interceptions; ending the quarter 43-32. The final quarter saw Rubies continue with positive attack and great interceptions leading them to victory at home yet again, the match was won 51-41. POM: Justine Pearn and Katie Issit. UPOM: Leanne Wegg
Today saw Rubies secure another win - this week against Reckleford from Yeovil at home. Rubies were missing many players due to unavailability in the upper teams, and so Emeralds players stepped up. Right from the first whistle and throughout it was a nail biting match and both sides kept the playing field rather level. The first quarter was off to a start and Rubies managed to utilise their first centre straight into a goal. By the end of the first quarter the score was 10-9 to Reckleford. The second quarter saw only one change with Katie Issit moving out of GK and into WD making way for Grace Morris to step back into GK giving a little more height in the semi circle. Katie Issit (WD), Jess Bull (GD) and Grace Morris (GK) put the pressure on in the second quarter getting lots of turnovers and sending the ball back down to the attacking end to get as many much needed goals as possible. Quarter ended 21-23 to Rubies. The third quarter saw Katie Rowles come on as (WD) and Katie Issit step back to GK once again. The centre court players Anna Jenkin (WA) and Lilly Paul played an excellent game feeding the ball into the semi circle so that shooters Carly Langdon (GA) and Michelle Jenkins (GS) could get every possible shot in. Rubies had a strong quarter and ended at 31-28 ahead.
Into the last quarter, you could see that the teams were getting fatigued as both sides made many mistakes and for a moment it seemed as though Reckleford were going to pull it back but Rubies played a hard game, kept possession and managed to end the game at 40-38 to Rubies. POM went to Carly Langdon (GA) and Umpires vote was split between Lilly Paul (C) and Michelle Jenkins (GS). Congratulations ladies.
I'd just like to thank every single one of the Emeralds girls that stepped up today, you played a blinder and Rubies really appreciate your help! Team work makes the dream work. It was an honour.
Rubies started out strongly against Queensway, with some great play in all areas of the court. Brilliant shooting from Justine Pearn (GA) and Carly Langdon (GS) meant that Rubies started the second quarter leading 14-13. Some great interceptions and tight marking from Katie Dennison (GK), Kerry Clark (GD) and Jess Bull (WD) meant that Rubies gained and kept possession, keeping them in the lead 31-18. The third quarter allowed Queensway to pull back a little. Despite some great feeding into the circle by Kirsty Richards (C) and Shell Jenkins (WA), Queensway intercepted passes, using mistakes and loose balls as a chance to score some goals. In the last quarter, Rubies continued to maintain their lead, with each player creating spaces to get the ball into the circle and sticking tightly onto their players in order to turn the ball over. Excellent teamwork from Rubies meant that they won, with the final score 47-42. Player of the match went to Justine Pearn, and Umpires vote went to Jess Bull.
Rubies match against Kites from Keinton Mandeville was a closely fought match throughout, but Rubies managed to pull a slight lead of 3 goals by the end of the first quarter and maintained the advantage at half time, just 2 goals ahead. Their opponents made some changes which enabled Kites to close the gap and the two sides were drawing 27 all by the end of the third quarter. Despite an excellent effort, Rubies were unable to prevent Kites pulling ahead during the final quarter, with the end result 35-40 to Kites. Player of the Match and Umpires Player of the Match was Justine Pearn.
Rubies first game of the season was against Blackdown of Taunton. Rubies started strongly matching Blackdown goal for goal until they started pulling ahead ending the first quarter 17-6.
Rubies turned over more ball with strong defence from Kerry Clark and Katie Issitt and the shooters were able to capitalise, taking a strong lead at half time of 29-13. Rubies continued to apply pressure to Blackdown and with accurate shooting from Justine Pearn and Carly Langdon and they pulled ahead to 45 - 23 going into the last quarter. A few mistakes for Rubies saw Blackdown pull back some goals during the final quarter, but the gap was too much and Rubies ended their first game of the season with a great 53-34 win. Excellent team work was a big factor in this result. Kerry Clark deservedly got UPOM and POM votes.