The AKS Year 10 and 11 netball teams played their second league match of the season and the Year 10 team continued their winning ways with a tremendous wins against local opposition Carr Hill.
After a great performance in the Fylde & Wyre tournament and some excellent training sessions the Year 10 team went into the game in confident mood. The first few minutes saw the teams evenly matched with both teams passing and moving well and scoring goal for goal. AKS then improved their marking and made it difficult for Carr Hill to get free which saw us win back possession repeatedly. Amy I, Emily P and Farrah D controlled our defending third and with Sally D always on hand for an outlet pass we started to control the play and edged ahead. We then played our best netball and superb play in our attacking third from Rebecca H, Sophie B, and Ellie B saw us work the ball into the circle at ease and Ellie and Sophie duly converted so at half time we had a comfortable 19 – 5 lead.
The second half saw us continue with our accurate flowing netball with everyone moving and passing well. Our centre pass tactics were executed superbly and every centre resulted in a shooting opportunity and with Sophie and Ellie both converting well we extended our lead. Carr Hill struggled to keep pace with our excellent play and at the final whistle we were celebrating a 28 – 8 victory. Payers of the Match were Ellie B and Sophie B who moved and shot superbly.
The Year 11 team were missing several regular players which meant many girls were playing out of position but other squad members stepped into the team and all gave a great account of themselves. Not surprisingly the team started slowly and it took several minutes for them to settle which allowed Carr Hill to take an early lead. We slowly started to gain some rhythm to our play and with Georgina B working hard and controlling the centre of the court and Elle C shooting well we started to match Carr Hill goal for goal and at half time the score was very close at 5 – 7.
We started the second half really positively and moved to within one goal of Carr Hill. However a few missed goals saw our confidence levels fall and Carr Hill started to increase their lead. More errors and giving possession away in the last few minutes saw Carr Hill extend their lead further and at the final whistle the score was 8 – 15.