Week 12 is now in the books and we managed to get our first clean sweep of games in over 18 months. 8 games played 8 games won. A fantastic achievement and a fantastic end to part one of the Summer League, with training now finished until September the Sapphire, Purple and Sky all take a break. The remaining teams will continue until the end of the Summer Campaign and your individual managers will be in touch as usual about future fixtures.
The Greens had another physical battle in their division, (which seems to be the same each week) and they came out on top 21-19 with a fantastic team effort where the girls had to once again dig deep to pull off the result. Another strong defensive performance all round by the girls and hopefully another week down the line and more gelling as a unit. Another tough match up next week against the Saddleworth Fire, but with confidence high after Sundays victory the Greens will be fine.
The Blues had revenge on their minds coming up against the only team to inflict a defeat on them in the Summer League so far, Tyldesley Jets. The first quarter was a tight tense affair, but the girls kept their heads and lead 9-7 with Eva and Mollie E shooting well. Then the second quarter came and my word the girls really stepped up the gas, blowing away any chance of the Jets getting a result. The defence stifled the opposition restricting them to only 1 goal from a total of 3 shots! Amazing work. In contrast the Blues got a further 10 goals to take a comfortable 19-8 lead into half time. The third period was tit for tat as the teams exchanged scoring but the Blues still managed to increase their lead further to 24-12. Then in the final period the opposition looked demoralized and started to miss more shots and make more errors, this was mainly due to the high pressure from the centre court players Mollie Y, Hannah and Megan. A couple of times in the final period the Jets seemed to give up attempting to get the ball as the possession play was like watching Brazil in their football pomp.
The Yellows were involved in a real ding dong affair with Hollinwood Tigers a team that always runs teams close and usual in defensive battles, not this time however as the attacking and shooting of both teams should be applauded as they traded blows with each other in an epic contest for all four quarters. At no point was the game over until the dieing moments of the game. The result brings the Yellows up a spot in the division again and with some (on paper) weaker opposition in the coming weeks the Yellows will hopefully have an opportunity to climb up the ladder even further.
The Reds played the Hollinwood Pumas and had perhaps their most complete performance ever as they battled a very good Hollinwood team. The girls played exceptionally well and their teamwork passing and movement is a major credit to them. The Reds not being the tallest of teams utilized their speed of movement and passing to take control of the game and score their highest number of points since 06 March 2016. With the victory, depending on the results for the two Bury teams above them the Reds are really beginning to gather momentum and look to be in a great position to have a say in where the title might end up.
The STREAK continues, now sitting at 22 in a row for the Whites, not quite as tense as last weeks encounter, but still a tough slog all the same against a solid Rochdale team, who never gave up on the game. The consistent team play in the centre court along with tireless defending has kept this team scoring in the mid twenties and only conceding on average 16 goals a game. With every other team in the division on a bye the Whites have now managed to build up a 20 point gap over their nearest challenger and with 10 games remaining they look to be in a very commanding position.
Sky got back to winning ways with a good performance against Bury Katz, winning 17-9. Maisee played a fantastic game at both WA and in WD, linking very well with Katie and Fran. In the attacking circle Annalea, playing out of her usual position and Beth, linked well in their first game together. Defensively the Sky made life very difficult with Amber and Ellie swarming over the ball every time it came anywhere near the defensive circle. Sky finished their first foray in competitive netball with 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 bye in their 7 games. Keep up the hard work over the summer months and get ready for more competition when the Winter League starts. Well done.
Another good win for the Purples this week, beating DNA Lightning Strikes 14-4 ending their summer league campaign with three consecutive victories. The Purples ended their summer campaign with 4 wins, 1 draw, 5 defeats and 2 byes. The girls have improved their team play hugely over the last few weeks and should only be stronger when they resume their netball in the Winter League. Well Done again to the Purples.
The Sapphires completed the full set of 8 wins out of 8 for our clubs this week with a 16-8 victory over the DNA Hurricanes and put together their second win in a row for the second time in the Summer League. Another great start for the girls in netball and in the eight games the girls have played so far they have managed to achieve 4 victories, 3 defeats and 1 bye. Keep up all the hard work during the summer and we look forward to seeing you back for the Winter League.
Week 12 Results
Charlestown Green 21-19 DNA X-Men
Charlestown Blue 34-17 Tyldesley Jets
Charlestown Yellow 28-26 Hollinwood Tigers
Charlestown Red 35-25 Hollinwood Pumas
Charlestown White 23-16 Rochdale Reds
Charlestown Sky 17-9 Bury Katz
Charlestown Purple 14-4 DNA Lightning Strikes
Charlestown Sapphire 16-8 DNA Hurricanes
Well Done to all our teams this week again, training has now finished, but keep an eye on the website and Facebook for some fitness sessions that will be run ad hoc over the coming months.
If anyone would like to pen a bit of blurb for their own teams so we can get some names down in the report that would be great, just let me know. Alternatively if anyone keeps any of the stats and would like them to be published in their games let me know.