1st VII v Langley (W 57-23) The 1st VII netball team had a comfortable and satisfying win against Langley School and playing indoors was a treat; the shooters in particular relished the chance to shoot unhindered by wind or rain. RHS started well and it soon became obvious that the battle was between the Langley shooting pair and our circle defence. Both Emily Davidson-Brett and Hannah Garlick were put under pressure from the word go to stave off the assertive attacking pair. At the other end our shooters were given free rein in the circle being able to collect the ball under the post comfortably nearly every time. Josie Falk, Sonia Lei and Flora Vivian used the match as shooting practice and scored between them a massive 57 goals. The three mid court players worked hard on their set plays to bring the ball through the court with speed; Arabella Murrison, Amy Arana-Wade and Chloe Tribe formed the linking partnership to ensure success. A great win which will give confidence to the team for their next fixture.
2nd VII v U16A Langley (W 42-5) The RHS 2nd team started strongly against Langley and were able to gain a substantial lead. Some excellent play was created and the team were working well together. Charlotte Heley was player of the match.
U14A v Ipswich High School (L 1-23)
After a strong warm up, RHS were both physically and mentally prepared to take on a very talented Ipswich High side. The game got off to a slow start with both teams missing crucial shots but plenty of interceptions were being made. Ipswich High had very tall defenders which made it hard for Amelia Keitley-Webb and Lottie Jordan to settle in the attacking circle, but both showed some great rotation and invasive movements. Kyla Conway and Tilly Ager forced a number of errors in defence as did Serena Brown and Izzie Pearson in centre court. However, RHS struggled to bring the ball down court against a very fast Ipswich side. At half time we were down 12-1 but attitudes were very positive. Some changes were made in the second half; Jorgyella Thorpe went from WA to GS to add some height to our attacking circle. Although movement around the circle did improve, RHS struggled to convert any shots. RHS were encouraging throughout and showed great determination against a superior Ipswich side. Although the girls lost, the score did not reflect their hard work and episodes of great movement. Player of the match was awarded to Kyla Conway for her excellent defending at GD.
U14B v Ipswich High School (L 6-16)
After a slow start the girls played a fantastic second half with some aggressive defence from Abby Proven and Immy Kerr. They all worked hard, but there is still room for improvement. Final score was 16-6 to the hosts. Immy Kerr was named player of the match.
U14C v Ipswich High School (W 7-5)
The team started well with good team work from shooters Charlie Holland and Molly Freeman and RHS took an early lead. RHS continued to dominate through the first half with excellent mid court play from Caitlin Stimpson, Libby Street, Immy Peterson and Carla Mini. RHS lead 6-1 at half time. Ipswich High came back in the second half looking much faster and stronger, but RHS’s circle defenders Georgia Folkard-Smith and Saffron Henley managed to contain the attackers up to the final whistle. Final score 7-5 to RHS and the player of the match was Georgia Folkard-Smith.
1st VII v Wymondham (L 25-41)
The first team drew ahead in the early moments of the game and matched the opposition goal for goal for much of the first quarter. Anna Wynn stepped up to make her first team debut, linking well with the other RHS attacking players and Captain Sonia Lei at shooter. Some accurate shooting ensued but a lapse in the last few minutes saw Wymondham take the lead with a 9-6 quarter time score. Despite continued good play in the RHS attack, Wymondham raised their game in the second quarter with a punishing pace and fluidity. The RHS defence struggled to make any impact in this quarter and a high degree of accuracy from both opposition shooters saw Wymondham draw away to a 24-11 half time score. Some defensive changes at half time increased the pressure exerted by RHS, who for the remainder of the game stayed within two goals of the opposition. There were occasions when it looked as though RHS could make progress on the deficit, but rushed and inaccurate passes through the mid-court meant that many opportunities to attack were squandered. Despite the disappointing loss, this game saw some of the best attacking play of the season so far, with Amy Arana-Wade and Chloe Tribe linking well through the attacking court to accurately feed the shooters. Player of the match was Chloe Tribe.
2nd VII v Wymondham (L 17-21)
The 2nd team had a close game with Wymondham. By half time the RHS team were lacking in confidence and had a lot of work to do but the challenge was not impossible. There was some excellent play in attack from Hattie Botwright, Simone Rossouw and the two shooters; Beth Richardson and Annabelle Sweeney, and a great third quarter allowed RHS to pull it back within two goals, However, Wymondham came out fighting in the last quarter, and despite some excellence defensive work from Charlotte Heley, Abi Sweeney and Izzy Dixon RHS could not catch them. The final score was 17-21 in a well-fought game to the final whistle. Player of the match was Hattie Botwright.
3rd VII v Wymondham (L 3-33)
The RHS team struggled from the word go to restrain a fluent and physical Wymondham side. Within the first quarter the hosts had taken a 10-0 lead but the RHS team players gave their all to try to contain the score line. In defence Emma Stuart-Thompson and Kathy Brown linked well with Tabitha Palmer, Beth Davies and Lucy Bradley and Emma Stuart-Thompson was named player of the match
U15A v Wymondham (W 13-10)
The match against Wymondham got off to a very quick start and RHS seemed to be taking control. Millie Orr was able to score the first goal of the game which then allowed RHS to settle in attack. Despite some great play RHS were down by 1 goal at quarter time and the girls knew the match was all to play for. The second and third quarters showed some great play by RHS; Millie Ainsworth and Taylor Godfrey made numerous interceptions in defence despite being significantly shorter than the Wymondham shooters and Sophie Rennison and Cass Peacock worked tirelessly to bring the ball through court and at times showed some great creative attacking play. Going into the last quarter RHS were 3 goals up but Wymondham came out fighting. A great team performance meant that RHS were able to keep this 3 goal lead resulting in the final score of 13-10. Player of the match was Taylor Godfrey who made some great interceptions at GK and pressured her partner throughout the whole game.
U14A v Wymondham (L 2-18)
The game got off to a slow start with both teams making errors when bringing the ball through court. However, despite Kyla Conway and Serena Brown making some very impressive interceptions, RHS were unable to stop an experienced Wymondham side from scoring. During the second quarter, some great rotation between Lottie Jordan and Amelia Keitley-Webb meant that RHS were able to score. Tireless work by Izzie Pearson at C and Jorgyella Thorpe at WA made it hard for Wymondham to settle in defence. However, at half time RHS had left a lot of work to be done if they were to catch up. Changes in the second half saw Jorgyella Thorpe move into the shooting circle and Amelia Keitley-Webb move to WA. Wymondham took a while to adapt to these new changes and Jorgyella Thorpe was able to score a very impressive long-range shot. Despite patches of great play, RHS were unable to keep up with the pace of a well-drilled Wymondham side and the score was 18-2. Player of the match was Kyla Conway who was very controlled in defence and turned over the ball continuously.