St John's School, Leatherhead 2nd VII vs Sevenoaks School
On: Saturday, 14 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
We were anticipating a tough match this weekend against a strong Sevenoaks 16A side who have made it through regionals 2 years in a row. But St John's came out fighting and certainly looked the stronger side.
St John's came out the gates at full throttle and went up 11-7 in the first quarter. It was fantastic to see Esme Cosham return to the court and her shooting was metronomic as ever. St John's were vigilant in defence and turnover was taken through the court strongly, resulting in some excellent conversions.
The second quarter saw Sevenoaks fight back. They were a fast and accurate side and despite Hannah Potter holding strong at GS with some excellent shots against a double teamed defence and Kirsten Hume making some excellent cross-court drives in attack, Sevenoaks pulled back; leaving St John's just one goal ahead at half time (17-16).
Rene Spreeth came into the shooting circle and made some lovely wide drives to create opportunities and the shooters remained a force to be reckoned with. Molly Saunders produced a tremendous display of athleticism and strength throughout as centre, driving for every ball and feeding some beautiful balls into the shooters.
The teams remained neck and neck with just one goal in it going into the final quarter at 24-23. Anna Whitworth made some fantastic interceptions in defence and player of the match Potter remained as reliable as ever, scoring at every opportunity. The determination of the St John's girls proved the stronger and they emerged 31-28 victors in what was an extremely exciting and tense match.
Every single player gave it everything for the last push, showing an impressive fitness, resilience and tenacity that bodes well for the season ahead. A real pleasure to watch.