MATCH REPORT: Ashtead Allstars C vs Kingston Blues

ASHTEAD ALLSTARS C 28-40 ROSSLYN PARK BLUES

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Following the FIRST EVER Blue’s loss last week, they turned up to Ashtead more determined than ever.  With amazing friends and family support on the sideline and the amazing Blue’s debutant, Charli, the girls were ready to get back on track!

Starting line up: Charli Hicks (GS), Georgie Howes (GA), Kate Hughes(WA), Zoë Grigg( C), Liv Murch (WD), Lydia Renouf (GD) and Jess Turpin (GK).

After a few minutes of settling into new combinations, the girls really found their flow. Interceptions by circle defence and midcourt pressure allowed Blues to get a lead in the first quarter, ending 12-6.

Bringing on the freshest of legs in the second quarter, Nana at WD, allowed for a super successful quarter. Against a strong defence, Charli held strong in the D, and with some great feeds, saw a lead at half time of 23-15.

The second half saw a few changes down court, Kate (GA), Georgie (WA), Izzy (WD). The new combination and the same positive energy saw a lot of tips and interceptions. With Izzy controlling the centre court, she got the ball to attack and with Kate and Charli on fire, the Blues capitalised from turnovers. A third quarter of interceptions, a 3 second ball and an old school toss up gave the blues a lead of 31-20 going into the final 15 minutes.

A few changes for the last quarter, Liv (C), Nana (GD) made for some more great netball from the Blues. Jess and Nana made some amazing interceptions and worked hard, and well together, to keep the shooters out of the D. Liv and Georgie made great drives onto the circle edge, working the ball around to find Kate and Charli to give the Blues a final winning score of 40-28!

A big shoutout to the POMs: away POM, Jess, her energy and quick movements put the pressure on Ashtead’s shots. Jess’ defending was as clean and effective as ever, her interceptions made a huge difference to the score line. And to the home POM, Kate, for running rings around the defence to work the ball into the D aswell making loads of tips and interceptions down court. Unreal.

The final score reflects the blue’s determination, their heads, positivity and energy, never dropped. All in all, according to Ashstead’s umpire, a clean game and another deserving win for the blues – here’s to the start of another winning streak