PANTHERS 53-30 (W)
Panthers came onto the court fired up and ready to play DB. We kept the intensity up throughout the game and won 53-30. Both Krystina Te Kanawa Coffin and Tiffany Chiu shot accurately with Lisa Martin , Jen Campbell and Laura Hooper working hard to get to the circle edge before feeding them the ball . Special mention goes to Katie Henderson who got some great intercepts and WD.
TIGERS 32-24 (W)
Despite dwindling numbers of available players, Tigers enjoyed their second win for the season against HKCC. All tigers rose to the challenge of new dynamics throughout the court with the addition of new faces to the team. There were great passages of play through centre court which were successfully converted in the goals with excellent shooting in the circle. The team carried great energy throughout all four quarters of the game but a special mention goes to Phoebe Cobb's outstanding efforts in goals (on loan from Pumas).
COUGARS 20-19 (W)
What a night for Valley - both the Cougars and Leopards came out incredibly hungry for a win! Moments of flow in attack were up against it with very tight defense from the Leopards. Although down, Cougars were never out. With great determination, moving on to the ball, intercepts and even a back line set play, it all came together by the 4th quarter and Cougars won by 1.
An incredible game by all on court and a credit to Valley players. Special mention to Jay Ellison and Sam Lam for their awesome intercepts that we were able to capitalise on, and our sharp shooters who kept their eyes in!
LEOPARDS 19-20 (L)
Leopards went on the court as the underdogs, however, soon surprised our Valley Cougars how badly we wanted the win, with us leading at the end of the first quarter. We carried our confidence through to the second quarter, with energy and motivation to win, remaining high. We fought hard, snatching many intercepts at both ends and our shooters were slotting their goals. Defence were pressuring the opposition in and around the circle and there were some excellent feeds in to our shooters. We went into the third quarter with a 6 point lead and remained in the game with a win in sight, however, players begun jamming into the same spaces and we lost a little of our patience around the circle. We still had a 4 point lead by the end of the third quarter though! The final quarter really tested us because we had no subs and the Cougars had fresh players with a squad of 11. We hung in there until the very end, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win. Never the less, it was our best game so far this season, all players really connecting well on the court and supporting one another. Our communication was excellent, with every player shouting throughout the match. Sadly, the final score was 19-20 but we were extremely pleased with our efforts as a team.
WILDCATS 24-18 (W)
After our win last week Wildcats came on a more confident team and drills during training ensured we kept it together during a fast and furious game. Some great passing down the court, driving for the ball and beautiful goals by our shooters led us to 24-18 win. Player of the match goes to Rilou Pereira who brought her A-Game, providing solid defence throughout. Well done Rilou!
JAGUARS 9-4 (W)
Mighty Eagles started strong and won the first quarter but a few changes on both teams and some solid play from the Jags saw fortunes change in the second quarter with Jags winning it 9-4 bringing the game level. Eagles got wise to many of our plays.
LIONS 28-20 (W)
It was a great game for the Lions this week. We started well, but their strong shooting made for tough competition and we ended the first quarter 7-7. Going into the 2nd quarter, we panicked a bit and had a few lazy lobs down the court, but we were able to turn it around to take the lead in the third and fourth quarter. We had some great play down court, with more controlled passing and some brilliant holds, particularly from Kate Armstrong in WD. Good job Kate! This week MVP goes to Emma Keep as GK / GD; she defended brilliantly against a strong GS. Consistently great pressure made it tricky for the shooters to get close to the net. All in all, a great game and an awesome way to end the first half of the season. Well done Lions!!
LYNX 16-17 (L)
Making up for a wash out in week 2. The Lynx were low on shooters, but willing to give it their all against the Jolly Rogers. Without our trusty captain to take the lead, we were wary about taking the court without her strong leadership. However, the girls made up for it, coming out strong and putting pressure on the Jolly Rogers, even taking the lead on several occasions. Tsz Ching Lai (Lily) was an absolute superstar, shooting with accuracy and outsmarting a strong defence. Lara Gallagher's ferocity managed to win a few tough ball gets and Carrie Johnson's willingness to step into the shooter's circle shows how well the Lynx girls are jelling as a team. In the end, we got too excited and that elusive win slipped through our fingers, but we'll get 'em next time!
PANTHERS 26-41 (L)
Panthers came onto the court fired up and ready to play Demons. We always knew that it was going to be a tough game but we keep the intensity up and work hard on our individual goals . Demons won 41-26 but this score line did not reflect our game . Krystina TeKanawa-Coffin and Tiffany Chiu worked hard on their communication with the mid court and shot some excellent goals . Becca Miller was on fire and managed to rattle the shooters and got some great intercepts ! Huge thanks go to Ash Miller for playing an half game as WA.
TIGERS 38-26 (W)
Tigers had their first and much deserved win for the season. Great team work and clean passages of play down the court. The defensive end worked hard to restrict DBs shots at goal. Tigers shooters read well off each-other and had some great quick passes, shots and rebounds. Feeding around the circle worked well, with great support from the mid court. Tigers were hungry and chased up every loose ball, putting their bodies on the line. Overall it was a great game they can all be proud of! MVP goes to Jessica Hogan! Thank you to Laura Ayres and Phoebe Cobb for helping with the last quarter and Sally Cranstons availability on the bench.
Everything just "clicked" this week. Passes down the court were flowing. Lots of options in center court. A really fun game for everyone. MVP was Jaimie Mok in center court.
COUGARS 19-26 (L)
It was a frustrating result for Cougars this week who put up a very strong fight against The Giants, a team currently top of the table. Unfortunately it was a weak first quarter that saw us struggling to play catch-up despite standing our ground and keeping things even from the second quarter onwards. In spite of the 19-26 score, Cougars really found our swing this week. Movement around the court was smooth, defence in the circle was tight and some great shooting from newcomer Jen Feng. Nominations for top 'screamers' of the week goes to Sophie Hamon and Sam Lam. Next week we’ll burst a few more ear drums!
LEOPARDS 7-31 (L)
Leopards put drills into practice and saw some fantastic back line passes that moved smoothly down the court. With an increase in trust and talk we saw quicker release of the ball and much better spacing mid court as well as faster moves within our attacking circle. Just need to work on the reset pass, as there were too many forced balls in circle which were turned over by the other team but it was a hard fought game against a better team on the day. Another game in which the score did not reflect how hard we worked, in terms of skill and level of play we matched the other team, but we need to be stronger getting our centre pass away, be careful not to crowd spaces and get those shots up.
WILDCATS 29-26 (W)
This week the Wildcats played as a cohesive unit, with everyone, simply doing their job. Fatigue reared its ugly head in the 3rd quarter (grrr) and we saw some misdirected passes, but we had done enough work in the first half to maintain our lead, and brought it home in the final quarter. Some of the highlights include Kim Hoyle's lolly bag and Denise Lim (in C) missing a pass, obviously disappointed, but remembering Coach Caitlyn's training, picked herself up and won the ball back 2 passes later - excellent hussle! Player of the match goes to Toni Sutton-Marcus for bringing the team together! Well done ladies.
JAGUARS 12-31 (L)
We started off the night confidently with some new combinations, but the Mapgpies took it away in the second quarter and our heads went down. The gap was too much to close, however the 3rd quarter saw our defenders (Ellen Jeffcott, Juliet Perry and Megan Prideaux) put up a gorgeous fight with some great interceptions and tips, to only allow them 6 goals. Even while battling an asthma attack (Ellen Jeffcott)! .We will need to revisit our mid court strategies and the flow into the goal third, also keeping chins up during tough stretches! Our opponents were just the stronger and sharper unit on Monday night and they deserved the win, but we definitely have the skills to give them a run for their money!
CHEETAHS 17-13 (W)
Talk about a nail biting game for the Cheetahs. We played against OTS10 and what we thought would be an easy win for us certainly didn't happen. After a strong start by us, OTS10 fought back and we were neck and neck ending the first quarter with a draw. A tough 2nd quarter followed and their phenomenal shooter didn't help matters, scoring goals from wherever she stood. After a half time pep talk by coach Georgie, we CHEETAHS were determined to win and use the skills and tactics we had been taught in training to get us there. We had some great intercepts by our GD and GK team of Jackie Charlesworth and Claire Best and some quick centre passes from Hannah McManus who was helped by our attack team of Claire Nastri, Helen Bond and Kendal McCarthy to score some goals and finally win the game
LIONS 7-15 (L)
Unfortunately due to wet weather, Valley Lions' game was cut short. In this game, players had the opportunity to work with different partners - due to some new set ups communication became a key factor in the performance. Valley will look to work with different players to practice the set ups and communications.
PANTHERS 13-39 (L)
Panthers knew that playing against Hangtang was always going to be challenging. We took to the court feeling prepared after a great training session but unfortunately lost 20-36. We started off well with some nice passages of play but we couldn't keep up the consistency . Big thanks to Chanelle Candy and Laree TeKanawa who both took to the court and played well .
TIGERS 5-46 (L)
Valley Tigers went out onto the court knowing it was going to be a very tough match against top of the table and 2016 champions HKFC and what a match it was. From start to end, it was a very high intensity game with all players giving it their best on the court. The shooters played well given they were up against two very tall, experienced defence players and losing Emma Campbell early on in the game. There were some moments of greatness when the middies were able to get the ball down the court and into the shooters. Defence players Stephanie Gaylard and Cat Eldering threw their bodies on the line, going for rebounds and doing what they could to shut down the shooters. Although it was a loss to the Tigers, we left the court knowing what needs to be worked on for future games.
PUMAS 30-22 (W)
A fun game for the Pumas. Scores were tied at Q1 and Q3, and we did a great job in the last quarter to pull away for the win. Unfortunately it came at a cost with another injury for our shooting circle. MVP was Sally Cranston who played GK and got a ton of tips & intercepts.
COUGARS 16-26 (L)
It seems the 7pm match caught the Cougars up a little, so some late switching with our roster. We welcomed a couple of new players to the team recently – big welcome to Jen Feng (MVP recipient straight out of the gate on Monday night!), and Lilli Thannhauser a couple of weeks ago also! It wasn’t the game we were hoping for with the HKFC Hurricanes seeming to have the advantage over us on height (and decibels!). Our final half saw some improvements which is positive, and the team looking forward to a good strong training session on Wednesday to ensure we take the win next week!
It was a close game for the Leopards this week but despite our fantastic efforts in the final quarter, HKS Thistles beat us 23-18. Both defence and attack were communicating and moving well in the circle - bringing together drills we practised in training. A special mention to Kelly Kjestrup, who made some fierce interceptions, and our new player, Rochelle Flaherty aka 'the Rocket', who never stopped moving and made some fantastic feeds into the circle. Great fight girls...next week is ours!
WILDCATS 21-34 (L)
Wildcats started out really strong in the 1st quarter, being down by only 1 goal despite playing a line up we have not tried before. Unfortunately the Crickets pulled away in the 2nd quarter as Wildcats tried another line up. A great showing in the 3rd quarter though, with defenders putting on great pressure and shooters putting in beautiful shots, unfortunately the gap from the 2nd quarter was too big to close and we ended the game 21-34. The team will work on keeping up our morale (more whoop whoops!!), as well as on communication. Congrats to Edith Kwok our player of the match for an outstanding performance in GD, despite playing out of position.
CHEETAHS 11-17 (L)
Valley Cheetahs almost had a full team (11 out of 13 girls) at their game on Monday against KRFC Pearls. Despite a strong first half, particularly in defense, and the sweets provided by the Cheetahs Captain at the beginning of the game, it wasn't enough to secure them a victory. The Cheetahs will be working on their attacking play in upcoming training and hope to get back on the path to victory in the remaining two games before Christmas. MVP goes to Marissa Cohen for her first game back this season following an injury.
LIONS 22-24 (L)
After consistent wins the team were nervous about the match against old rivals 'Dragonflies'. It was a high-tension match as predicted. In all quarters the scoring was extremely tight and in the end we lost by a very small margin, probably more to do with loosing our cool rather than lacking the ability. At times, the frustration affected the accuracy of our passes and created opportunities for the other team to take advantage of contact calls. Special mention goes to Louise Fung who controlled play extremely well in the middle of the court whilst dealing with a highly competitive opponent. We also welcomed a new player to the team tonight; congratulations on your first match as a Lion, Fiona Lyall.
Lynx started the game a little slowly, getting caught up in the swing of the Bishop's game. By the second quarter we had regained some composure and were starting to become a threat offensively, but it wasn't until the third quarter that we made something of a comeback with some excellent passes, dodges and interceptions. It was also during this quarter and the fourth that we were able to reign in our defences and score some much deserved goals. With hard work and constant dedication, we made it as difficult as possible for the top-of-the -Divison Bishops to get the ball across the court. A special mention to Sarah Mends for her flexibility after being thrust into the GD limelight during the third quarter, to Carrie Johnson for her inspiring comeback in the fourth quarter and to Kate Chadwick and Sabrina Havet for keeping cool heads during a stressful game! This game served as a reminder that as a team we are not only capable but we have so much potential and drive, and we can only continue to improve together.
PANTHERS 13-39 (L)
Panthers rescheduled their game against top of the table and 2016 league winners HKFC Club to Saturday 29th October. HKFC were un able to be faulted with clean execution of all plays. Defenders Rachel Bryant and Becca Miller worked tirelessly to shut down Clubs shooters and limit the score margin.
PUMAS 19-36 (L)
A fiery match! The opposition rattled us in the first quarter and gained a strong lead. We made some changes and in the second quarter we scored the same number of goals as them. There were some rough plays by them, but valley kept calm and didn't retaliate. The second half was a close game, with the final score a result of the first quarter. MVP was Kirsty Sullivan.
LEOPARDS 11-26 (L)
WILDCATS 19-32 (L)
Unfortunately this week just wasn't our week, losing out to a younger, fitter team. Key things we will work on in the upcoming games are better movement off the ball, making accurate passess, and increasing our shooting stats. Congratulations Lou Lampard who is this weeks player of the match for consistency throughout the game, and special mention goes to Denise Lim who played exceptionally well, out of position, the whole all game. We'll get them next week girls!
JAGUARS 22-20 (W)
Jags welcomed another new player, Ellen Jeffcott, to the team, who seamlessly fit in at WD in what was anticipated to be a tough game against the national wannabes of Hang Tang Pixiu. Jags turned over HT's first few centre passes and maintained the lead throughout the first quarter. A standout performance from Juliet Perry at GK led to many more turnovers and extra opportunities for Jags. Although trailing slightly coming on for Q4 Jags dig deep and secured a 2 goal victory to make it 3 wins in a row.
CHEETAHS 11-26 (L)
Cheetahs started strong against the Forever 21 finishing the first quarter only 2 goals down. Unfortunately the late match and long day at work had taken its toll on the team and we gave away some regretful mistakes. Some fantastic shooting from Kendal Mccarthy and Helen Bond kept the opposition on their toes. Helen got some great rebounds and held her space like a champion with some great feeds in from Ayeesha Shahani. By half time it was neck and neck but unfortunately some questionable calls from the umpire lead the defence to lose their patience and we gave it away.
LIONS 22-13 (W)
A very competitive game for Valley Lions. With the help of guest player Cecilia Savundra, Valley Lions has achieved another good win. During the first half of the game, the scores were very competitive and it really challenged Valley Lions on their team work and communication. With coaching guidance, Valley Lions started to really owned the game in the second half, where smooth transitions were clearly evident between defenders , mid court and attackers. All players did really well - Flora Wong earned a special mention as the player of the match for her super interception skills.
LYNX 8-12 (L)
Lynx had a strong start to the game and were comfortably drawing at 3 all in the first quarter with precision shooting from Sabrina and Tsz Ching (Lily) Lai. We lost our way in the middle quarters as we struggled to get the ball up to the circle once we gained possession. Things got close in the final quarter with some amazing interception and positioning from Oriana Roberts whose powerful throws from the back line to centre court gave Valley hope of equalising. Unfortunately we couldn't quite deliver with a strong attack from Maccabi preventing our efforts. A special mention to Kate Chadwick and Anna Fraser for their calm and united defence, batting the ball out of the circle and getting it back up to centre court.
PANTHERS 36-17 (W)
Panthers came out fighting against Devils and won comfortably 36-17. There was lots of great passages of play between the mid court players driving towards the circle edge. A special mention goes to Lisa Martin who had a great game as WA and passed lots of great balls into the shooters. This was also Ellie Stanley's last game for a little while with Panthers. We still can't believe that she's leaving and would like to thank her for her contribution towards Valley Netball! Come back soon Ellie!
TIGERS 22-51 (L)
What started off as another explosive start for the Tigers, unfortunately wasn't to be, with the HKFC Typhoons too strong for us on this occasion. The game saw some great team work between our mid-court stars Chanelle Candy and Ashley Miller, who were able to fire the ball down the court in spectacular fashion. Defence worked tirelessly to try and shut down some great attack from the Typhoons in the goal circle. Special mention to Laree Te Kenawa who threw herself at every ball, snaring a number of intercepts. Julz Ranger had a great game in the goal circle, nailing some impressive long-range shots. We still have lots to work on, but we should be proud of our never say die attitude.
So much fun on and off the court tonight (thanks for your amusing midnight photos Pheobe 😉). We had some great passages of play with the ball flying down the court into the circle. Second quarter was our best, as we kept them scoreless. Our MVP was Michelle Clough.
COUGARS 21-23 (L)
The cougars showed their fierce side last night but unfortunately after a neck and neck game lost to diamonds by a close 2 points. Our shooting superstars Sophie Hamon and Reggie Wong put up some fantastic shots and our defence kept Diamonds on their toes and on edge! Well done to Jay Hou who was all over the court taking home the MVP
LEOPARDS 10-21 (L)
The Halloween game brought more tricks than treats for the Leopards. While GK and GD defended like Batman and Robin, the shooters struggled to get past the towering heights of the opposition's defence. After a fairly even start with the mid court setting up some great plays, the Leopards couldn't hold their game in the 2nd half leading to a 21-10 defeat. Overall, the Leopards are still learning to work with each other and it was great to have Caitlyn there to give us good directions.
WILDCATS 21-18 (W)
Excellent defensive pressure applied across the court, evident in several 'held ball' calls against DOGA. Our communication on court is improving, and the girls are showing trust in each other with quick release passes. Our GD Catriona Timmis worked tiredlessly throughout the game with some clean defensive work earning herself Captains player of the match.
JAGUARS 29-22 (W)
Another win on the court for Jaguars, this week against HKP Shimmers. The first quarter saw Jags take on an impressive lead thanks to some great play from all team members. We contributed to take the lead through to half time and with some accurate play around the circle from Natasha Hall, Hester Paton and Janice Wong, the lead continued to grow. The 2nd half of the game saw the score close in but Jags maintained the lead to victory! The defenders worked well together to keep the ball out and some great shooting from Shafin Azim.
CHEETAHS 10-27 (L)
The Cheetahs experienced their first loss of the season against Popcorn.We had a slow start to the game but after some great advice from our number one supporter Kristy we had a much better second half. Claire Best was strong in the circle picking up all loose balls and intercepting anything coming her way. Better luck next week Cheetahs!
LIONS 29-16 (W)
Despite shortage of shooters, Valley Lions has achieved another good win 29-16. The defenders worked well to keep the opponents out of the D and attackers have spaced themselves well down the court for better flow. Since the team is still experimenting on positions, more time and training on positioning/tactics with their partners would be very beneficial.
LYNX 7-27 (L)
The Lynx are starting to find their feet as the season progresses as we begin to know the strengths of our teammates. Sparta proved too strong on the day, their precise passes and tactical positioning held strong. However, the Lynx began to find their groove in the fourth quarter, finishing the game on a high. Oriana Roberts' showcased her ability as an all-rounder and Tsz Ching (Lily) Lai's shooting was a standout performance. Our girls have the potential, and we can see it coming through!
Valley RFC Netball Committee