U19's storming win V Notts Girls High School
On Saturday 5th November we had an early morning start to set off for Nottingham. Eventually we all got on the right bus to travel down. En-route sing-alongs to get into the mind-set, we were all raring to go for our prep game before the County round of the Schools league less than two weeks away. After some ‘brilliant’ driving we all arrived at Notts safely and started warming up for the game.
After warming up, Miss Wooldridge gave a short game plan to ponder; seeing different combinations and possibly playing new positions. Out of the 9-strong team, nearly everyone was due to have a quarter resting to make it as fair as possible.
The first quarter set off to relatively slow start for Priory with Notts going two up after only a few minutes. Shooters; Vicki and Charl were playing well together and managed to claw back some goals to level the score, with some lovely feeds in from Jess and Shannon. Lottie and Alex also made some crucial interceptions to prevent Notts from scoring more than they did and Penni did an excellent job as GK which she doesn’t normally play. Quarter finished 7-5 to Notts.
After a quick re-grouping led by Miss Wooldridge, the team was told to regain composure and to work it round more to keep possession. With Alice moving into defence and Flo in as shooter, Priory set off with determined faces. Play still seemed slightly off pace but Priory fought back to win that quarter with the overall score being 12-11 to Notts at half-time.
After half time, we were determined to win and after another change with the team, it saw Penni and Vicki as the shooting combo, who were both on fire! Charlotte was in WA which isn’t her normal position but played very well indeed. Shannon was feeding in all the right balls at C and Lottie was continuing to scare her opponents at WD. Alice and Flo were in the defending circle trying to prevent a particularly good GA from getting the ball. Unfortunately, Shannon was injured half way through this quarter but was quickly lifted off and Alex stepped in to play out of position at centre. This quarter proved much more successful and we started the last quarter, winning 21-20.
In the last quarter, our fitness really showed, with Notts getting tired and Priory continuing to step up the pace. We stormed into the lead with the shooters getting most of their shots in. The team stayed relatively the same for this quarter, with Jess switching in for Charlotte at WA. We only conceded 3 goals which led to the final score being 31-23 to Priory!
Well played girls!
Players’ Player: Flo
Thanks to the teachers for taking us there and providing jaffa cakes!
Written by Florence Bauer Year 12