St John's School, Leatherhead 1st VII vs Cranleigh School
On: Saturday, 04 Mar 2017
The St John's 1st VII were very keen this weekend to keep their undefeated record in the domestic season. Cranleigh School 1st VII had a sharp warm-up and were looking good leading in to the game. The first quarter saw the attacking line-up of Ruby Breakspear, Jasmin Cornish, Natasha Davison and Katie Littlewood come out strong in their campaign leading up to Surrey Finals, going 4-1 up in the first 4 minutes of the game. The St John's sides momentum in their first quarters have been very strong recently, which is a testament to their work in training and fitness levels. The 1st VII's confidence is growing and overall the team is looking strong. 8-2 after the final quarter, a defensive game was on the cards.
Cranleigh School came back at St John's in the 2nd quarter and the teams drew 5-5 here. The Cranleigh 1st VII were fierce in attack and during this quarter the St John's side to their foot off the gas. During training the St John's side had been working on a secret weapon to try and counter attack the Cranleigh attack, and this seemed to work, but not all the time. Cranleigh worked this out, and decided to pounce in our moments of weakness.
In the final quarter our secret weapon proved unfailing and a number of turnovers from the defensive end proved too strong for the Cranleigh attack. Ellie Grove and Grace Suillivan were back in the usual partnership in the defensive circle, which was great to see. St John's won this final quarter to make it 27-13 to us, a good overall score with excellent 1st and 4th quarters. A very low scoring, defensive game with Pippa Hansford being awarded player of the match for her efforts at C and then WD respectively.
Many teams in the netball club are still undefeated; the 1st VII, 6th VII, U15B and C and U14A sides, which is a tremendous achievement at this point in the term. We are very proud of the girls and their success and we wish them the best of luck for their penultimate games next week against Latymer Upper and KCS respectively, which will be a tough set of fixtures.