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.
Training sessions are developed by the individual coaches to encompass a wide range of skills and development for their teams. It allows each team to practice, develop new skills, improve techniques and discuss various aspects of the game.
Valley RFC Netball understands that there are times that players will be unable to attend trainings and games. However, it becomes difficult for Coaches to manage teams when they are faced with more than 1 or 2 absences at one time. Based on this and our experiences from last season the following expectations are placed on players:
Training Schedule September - December 2016
Role of Team Captain
Communication and Administration
Role of Team Vice Captain
Communication and Administration
Role of Team Umpiring Representative
Responsible for ensuring you have an Umpire for all matches who is qualified to the correct division standard for your team.
Role of Team Social Representative
Responsible for coordinating social events on behalf of your team and together with the other teams social representative form the Netball Social Committee.
ANZ Netball Nation have put together a great website with videos and PDF workouts available to you that are netball specific. You may wish to incorporate some of these sessions into your current training program.
Warm Up - 15 minute session
Interval Training - 24 minute session
Netball Fitness Circuit - 40 minute session
Agility and Skills - 30 minute session
Speed - 40 minute session
A message from our club coaches Caitlyn Farrell and Georgie Boost
'How is the squat challenge going? It will help develop power in your legs and that will help with your jumping and intercepting on the court.
We have 2 new workouts for you to try. They are quick and can be done anywhere, at anytime.
Attached to this email are 2 documents:
1.Toaster Burpee Challenge
The toaster workout helps you build lower body strength and endurance. Stamina on a court is important.
2. 2 Minute Abs
Having a strong core will help with many aspects of your game such as balance, agility and defense.
Also please have a look at the Australian Netball Knee Program website (http://knee.netball.com.au/)
This program is being used by Netballers all over the world and you should be including these exercises into your warm up and pre-season training at least twice a week.
The website is great as it has videos and instructions how to do each exercise.
Luv Caitlyn and Georgie'
Valley RFC Netball Trials for the 2016-2017 Season will be held on the following dates.
Please note you may be required to attend more than one trial, so please try to keep all dates free.
RETURNING DIVISION 1 & 2 + NEW & INVITED PLAYERS
Saturday 20 August 2016 11.00-13.00
RETURNING DIVISION 3 & 4 + INVITED PLAYERS
Monday 22 August 2016 19:00-21:00
RETURNING DIVISION 5,6,7 + INVITED PLAYERS
Saturday 27 August 2016 11.00-13.00
Monday 29 August 2016 19:00-21:00
** Trial to be followed by New Netball Rules overview and Social Event
If you wish to play for Valley RFC Netball this season you MUST register your details. Due to space limitations, it is imperative you complete the registration form and attend the trials to be considered for a spot on a team. Please forward these details to any one you think may be interested.
Valley RFC Netball Committee