Wednesday 22 January:
U13A v Old Buckenham Hall (W 23-8) The team started well and defensively dominated from the outset. Annie Tavainavesi (captain) worked effectively with Libby Parker and they were able to prevent OBH from having too many shots on goal. By half time RHS were leading 9-3. Charlotte Stenning came into the defensive combination and settled in quickly to the fast paced game. She instantly took an interception which was only the start of a great performance. Catie Bennett had another impressive match, implementing her attacking skills into supporting the play through court. Millie Salter and Tor Williams worked hard in attack to get the ball to the circle edge, with excellent timing of their movement and communication throughout the game. The third quarter ended 14-6. Mollie Entwistle also made her first appearance for the U13A team in the final quarter and settled in with ease, linking well with shooters Tilly Arulampalam and Holly Folkard-Smith. Overall another excellent performance from the U13A team, and a well-deserved win. Player of the match was Annie Tavainavesi.
U13B v Old Buckenham Hall (W 18-4) In the first quarter, RHS were very competitive in their play, winning 7—0. Attack was strong with accurate shooting from Beth Carnell and Yasmin Gradwick-Light. In the second quarter, OBH were stronger and Freya Guckian and Rebecca Sweeney had to work hard in defence. For the third quarter, RHS were dominant again however, in the final quarter, OBH stepped up their marking and prevented a number of goals. George Nichols and Ruby Parker played well in the centre whilst Annie Paddon and Emily Fretwell both had a good game. The final score was 18—4 to RHS and player of the match was Beth Carnell.
Tuesday 21 January:
U15A v Ipswich High School (L 7-14) The game got off to a very close start, interceptions were made for both teams throughout court and eventually RHS managed to turn over the ball and take the lead 1-0. The first half was very physical and both Charlene Tait and Millie Ainsworth put the Ipswich High Shooters under a lot of pressure. RHS struggled to bring the ball down through court a number of times despite the tireless work by Cass Peacock which enabled Ipswich to take the lead at half time. After regrouping, RHS came out determined to take the win and everyone managed to up their game and force Ipswich to make a number of errors in all areas of the court. Accurate shooting by Millie Orr and excellent circle movement by Anna Khan at GS allowed RHS to score two unanswered goals. However, despite better play in the second half, RHS were unable to catch Ipswich High and the final score was 14-7. Anna Khan was awarded player of the match for her creative movement in attack.
U15B v Ipswich High School (L 9-10) RHS got off to a very dominating start, Jess Irving at Centre controlled the game and provided a stable link between the attacking and defensive play. Numerous interceptions were made by Hannah Southerton and Ellie Rowe in defence which made it hard for the Ipswich shooters to settle. Thanks to the consistent displays of accurate passing and creative movement RHS were in the lead at half time. Ipswich High came out fighting in the second half and the match became a lot more physical. Olivia Jones at WA demonstrated some excellent attacking movement and she fed the ball well into the RHS shooters. However, the Ipswich Shooters barely missed a shot which added to the pressure of the game. The final three minutes of the game were very tense, both teams were scoring goal for goal and no-one could be sure of who would secure the win. Unfortunately, time was not in RHS’ favour and they lost 10-9. However, this was the team’s best performance to date and so no-one left the match disheartened. Player of the match was Olivia Jones.