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Weekly Sports Fixture Results – 28th January 2022

A busy week for the various Bethany sports teams this week that saw no less than 9 fixtures.

Tuesday 25th January

The U15 football team travelled to Bedes on Tuesday afternoon. In a very competitive first half, both sides created chances and played good football. The highlight of the half was a curling 30yd shot into the top corner from Luca Chettiar.  The second half saw Bedes take greater control using their match experience along with a few team errors creeping into the Bethany performance. A final score of 1-5 did flatter the Bedes team in a competitive match. Overall, a good performance from Bethany in their 2nd match of the season against a Bedes team playing their 15th match of the season.

Final Score:  Bedes 5-1 Bethany
Player of the match – Luca Chettiar
Coaches player of the match – Will Harley & Tom Sutton

Tuesday 25th January

 U15A Netball v Battle Abbey – Away

 As the first game of the year it was a tough start, but the girls didn’t give up even at 10-1 down. Some basic errors were addressed at quarter time along with a couple of changes and they all improved, but particularly Gwyn Rabbetts who moved to WD and Emma Kuhepa to GK. The second half was a resounding success, gaining 10 goals to Battle’s 4, the Bethany side all listened to their individual coaching tips and implemented them to the best of their ability.

Grace Whiteaker was given player of the match by Battle and the Coaches player I will give to Kate who concentrated well on her footwork and improved 100% in the second half.

Final score: Bethany A 12 – 16 Battle Abbey
Player of the match: Grace Whiteaker
Coaches player: Kate Schlimper for focus and much improvement in 2nd half

Tuesday 25th January

U15B Netball v Battle Abbey – Away

This was the team’s first match of season and for some of the players their first match for 2 years. The game was a great opportunity for the team to try out different combinations that had been practiced over the past few weeks and I was very pleased with their adaptability and hard work during the match. The girls struggled to convert many goals during the game but I was extremely impressed with the way the team improved throughout the 4 quarters. There were lots of positives to take away from the game, including the multiple interceptions from Keeley Howells and Jess Hambridge. Holly McClure’s seamless transition from the defensive circle to the attacking circle and the strong mid court link up of Valeriia Maier, Alice Coleman and captain Lucy Shaw. Bethany played with heart and determination against a strong Battle Abbey and should not be disappointed with their performance. I look forward to seeing how they respond from the lessons they have learnt in their next fixture. 

Final score: Bethany B 4 – 14 Battle Abbey B
Player of the match: Holly McClure
Coaches player: Keeley Howells

Wednesday 26th January

 U13A Netball v Skippers Hill A – Away

 Our Under 13 A squad travelled to Skippers Hill today for the team’s first match, for some girls, since year 6. The squad were eager to get on court and play together for the first time. This was Skippers Hill 3rd match of the season and they began a lot more composed, taking advantage of a more excitable Bethany. Bethany were giving away a lot of passes and Skippers Hill in turn converted these into goals. The score at half time was 9-3 to Skippers Hill and the girls agreed that they would focus on slowing down their passing and always having more than one option to the ball. I was delighted to witness their turn around in quarter three. Bethany executed their goals, and the game became theirs. Skippers Hill fought to the end and held onto an overall win, due to their excellent first half, but the second half was Bethany’s win. This was the team’s first game of the season and if the squad continue to progress as they did today, I have no doubt that they will have a hugely successful season. Well done to everyone. 

Final score: Bethany 12 – 15 Skippers Hill
Player of the match: Maisie Frankum (Sports Scholar)
Coaches player: Layla Kemp

Wednesday 26th January

 U13B Netball v Skippers Hill B – Away

This was the team’s first ever match representing Bethany and for some time representing any school netball team due to Covid. From the outset the girls were determined. With 9 players each girl was only off for one quarter and got to play her desired position for at least one. No goals were scored in the first 10 mins but the skill levels were improving every minute. Special mention to Juliette Tapner whose footwork and decision making improved exponentially. Leah Carnegie was determined to put her goals in, and she did, even against a GK who was twice her height!

Final score: Bethany 12 – 3 Skippers Hill B
Player of the match: Grace Holmes (Sports Scholar) who did have a great game at GA once she relaxed into the shooting.
Coaches player: Sophie Finnamore who played 3 positions and intercepted countless balls in all areas.U13b

Wednesday 26th January

 U13C Netball v Skippers Hill C – Away

 In their first game of the season the U13C team started well, passing the ball down the court well and into the circle. In defence we made numerous interceptions throughout the court but struggled to convert them into goals. However, in the 2nd half Summer Stewart-Welch and Gabriela Alfageme got their eye in and the shots started going in and we managed to pull ahead. Lily Marshall worked extremely hard as C linking the defence and feeding the circle well. We continued to grow in confidence throughout the match and by the last quarter really look like a well-oiled machine. A great first match girl, well done.

Final score: Bethany 12 – 4 Skippers Hill C
Player of the match: Summer Stewart-Welch
Coaches player: Ruby Petersu13c

Thursday 27th January

Bethany 1st XI Football v Bedes – Away 

Bethany 1st XI football travelled to Bedes on Thursday. An aggressive start from both team’s set the tone for the rest of the match. Sloppy defending from and early corner by Bedes led to the opening goal of the game. Bethany battled well in the first half, when kicking up hill, managing to keep the score at 1-0. As the second half started Bethany began to grow in confidence creating multiple chances without any real fortune. If Bethany lacked ruthlessness, Bedes certainly did not, scoring with one of their only opportunities in the second half. Bethany continued to fight until the end but came up short resulting in a 2-0 loss.

Bethany 1st XI 0 – 2 Bedes  
Player of the match – Theo Von Halasz (sports scholar)
Coaches Player – Theo Lau

Thursday 27th January

1st VII Netball v Dover College – Away

The 1st VII team travelled to Dover today for their first fixture of the season and their first match in 2 years. With only 7 players the girls were given the focus of having fun and trying to stay fit and well for the duration of the match. Fortunately both of these goals were met and the team had a competitive afternoon of netball for the first time in a long time. The team played with passion and hard work and at the end of the first quarter the score was 2-0 to Dover. The girls decided that their next goal was to try and drive forward for the ball more consistently. The whole team implemented this well and Bethany’s flow down court began to improve. Unfortunately for Bethany, so did Dover’s. Credit has to be given for the phenomenal shooters in the Dover circle. Our defence battled tirelessly against them but the GA did not miss a shot and Dover had pulled away by half time. The team tried a few different combinations and defensive tactics in the second half of the game and they should be pleased that the team continued to improve as the game progressed.  The game did not go our way today, however there is lots that the team can take from their performance today and build on for their next fixture. Well done girls, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of netball was had by all.

Final score: Bethany 9 – 17 Dover College
Player of the match: Mitzi Popert
Coaches player: Ruby Russell1st

Thursday 27th January

 2nd Netball v Dover College – Away

In their first game of the season the 2nd team were a little apprehensive with a reduced squad due to injuries. However, it was evidence from the start that their training and patience paid off winning the first 2 quarters 5-2 and 10- 3. In the 2nd half Dover made a slight comeback but with incredible interceptions in defence by Alicia Stimpson, Laura Mc Gee and Georgie Borton they could not get the ball into their circle to convert.

The whole team worked well together to get the ball down the court with Charlotte Ensor and Sophie Lumsden working tirelessly to get free and feed the circle. Olivia Reeves and Frances Lye made an excellent shooting combination to convert the team’s hard work.

Final score: Bethany 14 – 8 Dover College
Player of the match: Laura McGee
Coaches player: Shooters, Olivia Reeves and Frances Lye A difficult choice as all were brilliant but without the goals going in we wouldn’t have won!