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