Match Report
Epsom College Girls-U13B vs  Cranleigh Tournament
On: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019
Venue: Away

Group rounds:
v Prior's Field WON 10-0
v Danes Hill WON 10-0
v St John's WON 8-4
v Highfield WON 15-1

Semi Final:
v Westbourne House WON 10-2

v Cranleigh WON 13-3

The team were without one of their regular shooters so Phoebe Gordon (Hu) moved into the role with Robyn Emmett (GH) moving up from the C team to play the wing attack position. These changes could have potentially disrupted the girls but they rose to the occasion and played their best netball from start to finish. Going out strongly in the opening half of the first match boosted their confidence. Isabella Cannon (GH) as goal shooter rarely missed. When Prior's Field had possession the defensive pairing of Bethany Hodges (Hu) and Arabella Alderman (Wa) stopped the ball getting into the circle so they were unable to score. A similar pattern followed in the next game against Danes Hill. Shooting remained superb from both Isabella Cannon and Phoebe Gordon. Defence through the court caused Danes Hill to struggle and the Epsom girls pounced on every weak pass or loose ball. In the third match against St John's the girls had to step up their game still further to pull ahead and maintain their lead. The game was far more physical but this did not detract from Epsom’s play and they concentrated on maintaining their structure through court and placing the ball into space with, in particular, great feeds to Isabella Cannon and Phoebe Gordon in the circle from Robyn Emmett and Imogen Stoole (Hu). Against Highfield the girls were unstoppable, with great play from centre passes, through the centre channel and into the circle by the third phase. Shooting again was key, with nearly 100% accuracy. In the semi-final the girls met a determined Westbourne House. The competition was evident, but the team remained calm and controlled and took an early lead, which they never looked back from. In the final the girls played virtually faultlessly, both in attack and defence, and thoroughly deserved the win. A great show of netball from every one of the girls and they should all be extremely proud of their performance.

Players of the Tournament: Phoebe Gordon (Hu), Isabella Cannon (GH) and Bethany Hodges (Hu)