Match Report
Culford School 1st VII vs  Norwich School
On: Saturday, 09 Feb 2019
Venue: at Home

This was one of the best games I have seen the squad play so far this season. Knowing it was going to be a tough game, since hearing that Norwich had won the Regional finals a couple of weeks ago, the girls went out fighting.

With a depleted side, this saw Frankie Sanderson move into attack and she reacted well to this, her commitment and drive to do well for the team showed in her game and research behind the scenes; she fed the circle well, drove into some great spaces and also was successful with her communication in allowing attack to make three turnovers in our attacking third.

Culford moved the ball with success through the court and with a new combination in defence of Maisie Fitton, Alice Barkley and Maisy Cailes, we turned the ball over early in defence to allow Culford the opportunity to score the first goal of the game. After this Norwich settled and pulled away with Culford not reacting to the height and movement of the opposition and the first quarter finished 1-11.

With each quarter the Culford girls were set a target to achieve both attacking and defensively. This gave the girls focus for each quarter and they managed to succeed in meeting these each quarter to keep the score line down. The third quarter was their best by far and they won it 6-4. They had great success with their timing through the court and our shooters got into excellent positions and were accurate with each shot they took. Defence stepped up their game today and thought about their positioning to allow them to turn the ball over without contacting the opposition, this was a real turn around from last weekend's match against Framlingham.

The final quarter began with Norwich winning 22-9. Culford's target was to keep them below 30 which they worked tirelessly to do. With turnover's in defence and some great timing from Isobel Bettley in centre court the ball moved with flow up to our shooters. Maisy Cailes adjusted her game to the wind in this quarter and made some great drives into space rather than holding her space. It was an excellent team effort today and the girls should be extremely pleased with this score line against a National squad.

MVP: Frankie Sanderson