Valley RFC is excited to announce the launch of the
ValleyNET Junior Netball Academy
The Academy aims to provide a player pathway for Junior players into Senior Netball. The key focuses ares are establishing good movement patterns, developing strong netball skills as well as netball specific fitness and techniques, empowering players confidence, leadership skills and ultimately aiding them to become the best netballers they can be!
PANTHERS 29-13 (W)
It was always going to be a challenging game against our very own Tigers. Tigers came out firing and left Panthers only in the lead by one at quarter time. Panthers continued to work different combinations and eventually won confidently 29-13. Defence continued to make turnovers and a special mention to Becca Miller who was on fire with numerous intercepts throughout the game. Tiffany Chiu had a great game at shooting, with
Krystina Te Kanawa-Coffin confidently picking up any rebounds. A huge thanks to all the Valley boys who came to support us!
PUMAS 34-18 (W)
Another great win by the #mightypumas. We started with a small lead in Q1 and increased it every quarter. With only 8 players, and 2 of these being sick, so it was a great effort. Goal Keepter Sally Cranston coming away with MVP.
COUGARS 32-23 (W)
Whoop whoop! The Cougars finally 'pounced' on their first win of the season! The game got off to a competitive start with only having six players. We were able to hold the lead once gaining our seventh player/missing piece against a hungry HKFC team. Huge effort from the girls who played up for us, they provided us with that desire and drive that we've been aiming for. Great effort from Lucy Hewitt-Smith who played out of her comfort zone at C, she even got a cheeky intercept or two! The girls definitely put up a solid effort and we look forward to improving going forward!
JAGUARS 20-12 (W)
A great game of netball was played by Jaguars against HKCC this week. The team started off strong with consistent, accurate shooting from Natasha Hall in the first quarter which put Jaguars out in front from the first whistle. We maintained this lead throughout the game showing good movement around the court. Hester played some great balls around the semi circle which allowed the shooters to score the goals we needed. Final score - 20-12! Go Jags!
CHEETAHS 32- 12 (W)
Another fantastic game for the cheetahs with a convincing 32-12 win over the HKFC Cyclones. Some speedy centres took us off to a good start and by the second half we were working wonderfully as a team. Lots of great intercepts from our solid defence ensured that the cyclones had minimal chances. A very enjoyable game!
LIONS 25- 10 (W)
Another great win for Valley Lions. The game was an eye opener as we experiment on different positions/partnering up for some team members. Great work on working around the D for attackers. Defenders are working well together to block shooters from reaching the advantage positions in the D too.The flow down the court was a little concerning with too much unnecessary moving/running. Work ons include, needing to create space rather than blocking other team members space; understand the pace/skill/style for each team member and adjust timing/throwing accordingly; hold space and communicate when you are in a good position to receive the ball.
LYNX 7-8 (L)
The Lynx came out firing for our second game of the season. An early warm up session put us in good form and we were ready to take on the Scots. The margin was tight and the girls gave it their all. The prospect of a potential win put us in a frenzy. A strong Valley defence kept the Scots on their feet, but in the end our trigger-happy passing got the better of us. Rakhee Thanki's zen-like calmness in the midst of a fierce fourth quarter set her out as a star performer in this match. We've seen victory fall through our fingers, so now we're hungry for our first win!
PANTHERS 29-29 (D)
Panther's had a challenging start to the season, with a tight game against Hong Kong Football Club Typhoons, resulting in a 29-29 draw at full-time. With some great passages of play and some great shooting from Kystina Te Kanawa - Coffin and Annie Lim, it was disappointing to not come away with the win. Special mention must go to our amazing circle defenders Rachel Bryant and Becca Miller who worked tirelessly to limit options into the circle, and pick up a number of great tips.
TIGERS 19-21 (L)
The Valley Tigers came out firing to secure a five goal lead moving into the final quarter, only to eventually go down by two to Hantang Chillin - final score 19 – 21. After missing the first round, Tigers’ Captain Cat Eldering returned in defence, working effectively in combination with Stephanie Gaylard to limit Hantang’s ability to score. In the shooting circle Nayaab Murshed and Emma Campbell came out firing in the first quarter. The surprise packet was Chanelle Candy’s centre court appearance, which proved to be stroke of genius from the coaching staff, as Candy excelled at looking down the court and feeding into the Tigers’ circle. The final quarter saw multiple changes to the line up and the Tigers were unable to hang on as Hantang’s shooters hit form and their mid-court brought the ball quickly down court.
PUMAS 26-17 (W)
What a fun game! Everyone played really well. We clicked as a team - the early morning triainig sessions are paying off. Defence backed up our attackers really well. Phoebe took a battering from their defence, but still shot brilliantly and rebounded well, to earn MVP.
COUGARS 13- 31 (L)
It was water vs land in the Stingrays vs Cougars game and unfortunately for Valley the Stingrays held us out 31-13. It was a strong team effort but seems we enjoyed the long weekend break a little too much as we struggled to come forward. Our third quarter was a promising sign of the success to come for the team but in the end it was the Stingrays who finished strong.
LEOPARDS 27-23 (W)
In a well fought game, Valley Leopards beat Kowloon 27-23. Despite struggling at times to get the centre pass away clearly, the flow down centre court was solid and we had found positioning and space. Our shooters, Jen Feng and Roxy O'Fee were on their game with amazing accuracy. Thanks to Heaven Hansen and Lilli for filling in as guests and nailing the defence.
WILDCATS 16-17 (L)
Another good start for the Wildcats. We drifted off in the 2nd and 3rd quarters but gained a lot of it back in the last quarter thanks to the pressure applied by our defenders, the precision feeding from our WA/C and composed shooting. Captains player of the match goes to Toni Sutton-Marcus who went for every intercept, made herself available for every pass, and made some great feeds in to the shooters.
JAGUARS 30-19 (L)
HKU Duchess had first centre but did not score quickly, with the ball going back and forth down the court several times before ultimately they scored. Unfortunately the next 2 goals belonged to Duchess too. There was some great defensive play from Joyce Ng and Megan Prideaux but the Jags weren't able to capitalise on this as HKU frequently turned it over again. Jags scoring improved in the second half with 6 goals a quarter, in part due to calmer play in the mid court but it wasn't enough with a bit of fatigue hitting defense in the last quarter.
CHEETAHS 27-12 (W)
The mighty Cheetahs had a solid second game of the season against the defending Div 5 finalists, The Prime. After a great start & top effort by everyone, we ended the first half up 13 to 3. Some great coaching tips provided by coach Georgie Boost meant the momentum continued well in the second half, with the awesome attack and defensive dream team working well at each end of the court. However I think it was the orange quarters supplied by Kristy Jones mum at half time that really enabled us to come home strong, ending the game with a convincing 27-12 win over the Prime. Gooo Cheetahs!
TIGERS 13-52 (L)
A challenging start for the Tigers against last seasons division 1 finalists HKCC with limited substitution options. Despite the 52-13 loss, the game has provided a good platform for the tigers to build on for the remainder of the season. 'Not lacking passion or effort, the tigers strung together some very good passages of play but failed to do it consistently, leaving us lots to work on. Chanelle Candy had a stand out performance giving up over a ft in height' Coach Joline Johansson added.
PUMAS 26-36 (L)
A cracking start to the season. Pumas played a team that was previously in Division 1. The Pumas were winning for the first quarter, but Hantang came back a little each quarter, and by the end of the game were up by 10. It felt much closer than that. Hantang had a particularly strong GA, and Pumas found that blocking her out of the circle was effective. Everyone played brilliantly. The MVP was Captain Meg Lewin.
COUGARS 21-26 (L)
Great first game for the newly formed Cougars, displaying positivity and desire on the court. Cougars managed to keep the game pretty level across the first half, with fresh legs for the opposition meaning they pulled away in the 3rd quarter. Everyone dug deep for the final quarter to pull back some of the gap, including some fantastic long range shots from Regina Wong.
LEOPARDS 18-34 (L)
Faced with a strong attacking opponent, the Leopard defenders were definitely pressed from mid-court and drawn out of the circle. With players adapting to the new positions, spacing was an issue around mid-court and the attacking third making fast feeds to the shooters difficult. After being faced with a very physical defending play, the shooters adopted a stronger holding stance. The Leopard defenders began to risk less outside of the circle with support from the mid-court defenders to save energy for vital interceptions and ferocious defence. Notable players on court being Jennifer Feng for holding strong in the circle with demanding shots, and Kelly Kjestrup for switching play and dominating the mid-court.
WILDCATS 20-19 (W)
Wildcats had a great start, winning the first half 13-7. Slightly fatigued the team let them back in the game 2nd half. Our defenders and midcourt defence won numerous rebounds and got some great tips. And our midcout attack and shooters converted. Satisfying win against a team who were out for some revenge after Wildcats ended their 2015-2016 season at semi-final. Wildcats came away with a win as well as key things to work on this season. Player of the match goes to Lilli Thannhauser in GK.
JAGUARS 12-20 (L)
Some first game jitters at the start saw the Jaguars quickly fall behind the more experienced DOGA side. But by the 4th quarter this new team were showing strong potential for the season ahead. Juliet Perry was a standout in GK flying across the court to make many intercepts. Coach Georgie Boost commented on the teams show of strength and resilience, which never faltered as the Jaguars contested every ball. 'For their first game against an experienced opponent, they played a courageous defending play charged with zippy mid-court breaks and fought to the last whistle.'
CHEETAHS 13-7 (W)
First game nerves meant that by half time we were trailing 3-5 behind the Kowloon Rubies. Second half was much stronger as we regained our netball legs resulting in us taking the lead in Q3 and into Q4 when the gap just widened. Some small issues around and in our semi-circle, but otherwise a reasonably good game for first game of the season. Coach Georgie was pleased to see the Cheetahs came back to a crucial winning 3rd quarter with improved on-court communication and successful driving attack around the circle. 'Jackie Charlesworth's "fantastic fingers" were noted for multiple interceptions, and Hannah McManus stepped up to the plate to have a go at Centre and drive the team forward.'
LIONS 23-10 (W)
Valley started off the season with a fantastic 23-7 win. Good performance throughout the game with the team creating spacing for each other. Downside being opportunities lost due to stepping. Highlight of new players into the team: Caroline Lyon played well as GA, taking a assertive approach in tandom with, GS Tania Mohans passive approach, Flora Wong played very well as GK and with more time will familiarise with a defence strategy, Mimi Kwok played well in the centre third but needs to gain skills/confidence in playing the ball into the D. 'The Lions have returned to their division in fine form and the new players have been adopted into the game play to build on their strength. Great work from Tania to shoot under pressure and Flora Wong for being a dynamic defender in their first game' said Coach Georgie Boost.
LYNX 4-12 (L)
The Lynx brought their enthusiasm and dedication to the court for their first match of the season. Considering it was the first game as a team, and even the first ever game of netball for some, it was great to see everyone giving their all. Confidence then kicked in and we definitely improved as each quarter progressed. Lots for us to work on at training, but no doubt we will go from strength to strength as the season progresses. 'As the girls become familiar with game play and adopting their positions, I have no doubt they have the fighting force and social camaraderie that will motivate the team to push themselves in training and progress quickly. Well done to Kate Chadwick for being a great captain prepping the ladies for their first game' said Coach Georgie Boost.
Valley RFC Netball Committee