1st team lacrosse v St Swithun's
St Swithun’s are a notoriously good side, so the team went into the game with all guns blazing. As a result, the team had an absolute stormer of a first half, with our assists and shots being of an exceptional standard. Therefore, at half time we led 7–2. We played smart and showed off the team’s athletic ability with some great transition play. We were also able to shut down their key players. This lead to one of the first wins against St Swithun's, with the score ending 11–5. All the girls came off the pitch with smiles on their faces, it is very exciting to see the team playing so well so early on in the season. A great team performance!
Ellen, Sports Captain
2nd team lacrosse v St Swithun's
Despite losing the second match of the season 11–5 to St Swithun's, St Helen's put up a good fight. In the first half, we had an impressive fast break goal to start the match, putting everyone in good spirits. At half time we spoke about improving our ground balls and the efficiency of our sliding in defence. It was great to see everyone putting in so much effort, despite the score not reflecting this, with well-deserved players of the match being awarded to Tilly (11L) and Issy (L6B). We are focused on what we have to improve and look forward to putting it into play against Oxford University next week.
U15A lacrosse v St Swithun's
On 22 September the U15A team took on St Swithun's on a very rainy morning. The game unfortunately began with some quick goals from them, but our defending unit worked well to try and reduce our losses. Louise, our stand-in goalie, did extremely well and greatly improved throughout the match by saving many goals. This landed her a very well deserved player of the match. In the second half our attacking unit broke through their defenders and managed to score two great goals (Zoe, 10L and Josie, 10J). This also earned Josie her player of the match. Despite losing the game 15-2, we have come back with lots of aspects to work on and I'm looking forward to seeing how we improve throughout the season.
1st team netball v St Swithun's
Despite the weather being miserable and pouring down with rain, St Helen’s 1st netball team took to the court against St Swithun's with high spirits. St Helen's made a strong start with excellent shooting and all round strong play which allowed us to take an early lead of 5–2 at quarter time. During both the second and third quarter with the rain tipping down, St Helen's struggled to get free as St Swithun's put lots of pressure on the team. We managed to maintain focused but with both teams playing with great determination it meant that going into the fourth quarter, there was only one goal in it. In the final quarter, St Helen's defence stepped up a gear enabling them to win many turnovers. With the centre court now making great cuts, the ball flowed through the court seamlessly to our shooters, who were able to shoot some great goals despite still being under pressure. Even though it was nerve-wracking on the side-line, St Helen’s pulled away thanks to a great all round team effort and won the match 16–12. Players of the match went to Zoe (L6D) and Tessa (U6H). Tanika (L6G) was also named coach's player of the match for her brilliant performance.
U12C netball v St Swithun’s
Today in the U12C's netball match St Helen’s won 8–2. The player of the match was Verity (7K). We managed to intercept passes giving us the chance to pass to the shooters who scored 8 goals in total. The match went very well and we passed very quickly which was sometimes good and sometimes bad depending on the situation in the match. At first we had a little trouble getting the ball and running into space and so on because it was our first time playing together. But then we started to work well as a team. Everybody had a great time playing in the match despite the rain and the slippery ground (which was actually really good because it was excellent training in case it was rainy again!). If we could improve on anything I think we could run into space a bit more and sometimes slow down with the ball and improve on making sure we pass to somebody who is free to catch the ball without an interception from the opposition.