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Sydenham Ladies Netball Club



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.

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