Netball 2000/01

Netball 1st VII, 2001     Netball 2nd VII, 2001

Fixture List

Opposition Date
Queens College Taunton 13/01/01
West Buckland School 20/01/01
St John's, Sidmouth 24/10/01
Uffculme 31/01/01
Wellington School 12/02/01
St Michael's 07/02/01
Clifton 10/02/01
Colyton Grammar 14/02/01
Stoodley Knowle 28/02/01
King's, Taunton 07/02/01
Wells Cathedral School 17/02/01
Kelly College 21/03/01

1st VII Report from Emma Bull, netball captain (2001)

This year's team was highly successful considering the unfortunate bout of flu that everyone seemed to have suffered.  We also lacked one of our star players, Abbey Vooght. Abbey was only able to play for two games and we missed her sorely for the rest of the season but did well despite her absence.

Players from the younger years were recruited to strengthen our side: -

Lucy Persey was brought from the seconds to replace Abbey as GS and her accuracy as a shooter was always to be counted on.  She was consistent and could always be relied on to put away the goals.

Kate Mallord used her skills from her league experience to make an extremely competent WA.  Kate was always enthusiastic, possessing agility and the ability to make accurate passes.  Her interceptions were also noted.

Caroline Lomas, as ever, proved to be an excellent and essential part of the team as Centre. Her nippy play and mobility around the court kept the team on our toes and, despite her size, she was always close to if not intercepting passes.

Netball 3rd VII, 2001     Netball Under-15 A's, 2001

Polly Knowles was highly beneficial in defence as WD, always intercepting passes in the centre third and helping with the blocking out of opponents in the defensive third. Although she was sometimes rushed, she could read the game very well and had very good anticipation.

Becky Lancelles unfortunately was not on court very much as our team was strong enough, but her rare appearances were always admired and she will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable player in the future.

Alex Dessain astonished us all with her reach. Not being aptly tall did not stop her being an excellent GD and was always there to get rebounds and interceptions, she pushed herself to top form.

Hannah Robbins displayed her usual form as GK. Her height and reach are always daunting for any shooter and she made full use of her physical advantage.

Emma modestly omits her own enormous contribution to this season's success. Emma is a very accomplished, aggressive and skilful player. As GA, she dominates the circle and more than one member of staff from opposition schools asked why Emma was not playing at least for Devon if not West of England. Unfortunately, Emma is also a talented Hockey player and the double commitment would have proved too much in this (A-level) year.

Overall the season was pleasing even though we only won two matches. The margins in our defeats showed a vast improvement on last years' games as all our games were very close. Our draw against West Buckland was a huge achievement as they have in the past proved to be much stronger than us. An exceptional win against Kelly College made an impressive end to the season. With so many younger players in the team, I expect the scores to improve again next year.

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