Match Report
Roedean School 1st VII vs  Ardingly College
On: Thursday, 25 Jan 2024
Venue: at Home

The winning streak continues for the U18s, in what has been a great start to the season, unbeaten so far. The team are really gelling now and everyone is settling into their positions. The match started very competitively, it was going goal to goal. Both teams started strong but Ardingly took it away from us slightly at the start, they went 3 goals up, however we woke up finally and started turning the ball over and capitalising on the turnovers. It was 8-7 to us after the first quarter. Midcourt – Amelia (C), Elodie (WA), Izzy (WA) and Maria (WD), were driving through the court, cutting in front of their defenders, as Ardingly are too good to do overheads over. They were being patient with each other after throwing a few balls away in the first quarter, waiting for each other to be free of their defender. Solari and Lila were doing a good job of tight marking their players, the GA was particularly nippy and her and the GS were good at doing a sneaky pop pass under the post. Erin (GA) and Alice (GS), the perfect partnership, knew exactly where each other were and Erin and Amelia were feeding lovely balls in, just popping over the defenders’ arms and ending up right under the post. Their shooting was on fire! At the end of the 2nd quarter it was 16-14 to us, still very close! Ardingly moved their GA to GD and this opened up an opportunity for us to take a lead. Our defence weren’t letting anything into the D and our attack were seamlessly getting the ball down the court. They didn’t score a goal in the 3rd quarter and we scored 9. We were now up 26-14. They moved their GA back in the last quarter but we had really got our rhythm and they struggled to get many more goals, we scored 10 in this quarter to take us to a final score of 35-18 win.

Player of the match – Alice

Coache’s player – Elodie – for 100% effort and focus throughout the match and linking mid-court and the shooting third well

Highlight of the match – Amelia doing some confident big feeds in to our shooters Alice and Erin and just placing them perfectly into the space