Match Report
Epsom College Girls-U15A vs  Alleyn's School
On: Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018
Venue: at Home

Lost 29-42

This match was an exciting early season taster for what could be a very promising netball term ahead for this hard working squad. It was always going to be a tough ask as it was the first hour-long match for all the girls, and indoors, against a solid and structured Alleyn's team. Unforced errors cost the team dearly during the first quarter as they struggled to match the pace of Alleyn's, and establish their own rhythm and patterns of play. An 8 goal deficit into the second quarter, however, was slowly eaten away by determined play from a motivated and competitive Epsom side. A disciplined defence employed by the whole team soon reaped dividends, and turnovers from set plays were converted superbly by shooters Katie Tingle (Rv) and Emily Long (R). Fantastic attacking centre passes aided by great communication between Maddie Fairbank (Cr) and Ellie Taylor (R) increased the confidence of the whole team, and Gina Liebenberg (Rv) hunted down some brilliant interceptions. Alex Nienow (R) and Ella Beswick (W) worked well together in the defensive D, dictating to the Alleyn's shooters, pushing them away from the post and winning the rebound battle and Epsom deservedly won the second quarter by 3 goals. Alleyn's, to their credit, found an extra gear during quarter 3, and Epsom’s fitness was tested severely. Enforced changes in centre court took a while to groove in, and Alleyn's took advantage of Epsom’s uncertainty, whipping in 13 goals to Epsom’s 6. The girls entered the last quarter 12 goals down and pretty exhausted after 45 minutes of relentless competitive netball. However the girls’ resilience and tenacity shone through and they were determined to fight to the end. Emily Bain (M), Ellie Jordan (M) and Eva Saunders (M) all took to the court, but this time the team adjusted more quickly, and Gina Liebenberg created many attacking opportunities for Epsom, which were converted with calm maturity under great pressure. A great effort by a team who have lots to learn but who stepped up superbly today.

Players of the Match: Katie Tingle (Rv), Gina Liebenberg (Rv), Maddie Fairbank (Cr)