MATCH REPORT: Gems A vs Surrey

GEMS A 21-61 ROSSLYN PARK SURREY

Saturday 20 January

On Saturday 20th January Rosslyn Park’s Surrey squad headed out to a frosty Nonsuch High School, hoping to continue their strong form in the second half of the season with an away game against Gems A.

A hamstring injury saw attacking player Fran Bennett on the bench. With mid courter Alex Addison and captain Hannah Wallis out, Surrey were joined by Gabs Cross and Pip Medley from the Kingston squads. The addition of Cross and Medley again demonstrated the depth of talent in the club and the versatility of the players this season.

The girls implemented pressure early, cementing an early lead with dominant attacking work from Georgie Pulsford (GA) and Tara Ellis (GS). The shooters were supported by clever play and strong drives from Elin Murphy (WA) and Lucy Paterson (C) and Park finished the quarter strong with a 12-6 lead.

In the second quarter Park‘s defensive unit of Jude Lewis (WD), Gabs Cross (GD) and Annabel Saggers (GK) gelled well, leading to crucial intercepts and tips. Lewis and Cross transitioned well following defensive wins, recycling the ball quickly through court to meet Pulsford and Murphy in the attacking third. The speed of the transition assisted Park in finishing the first half with a comfortable lead, 25-13.

In the first half of the game Park had caught the eyes of the umpires, seeing Pulsford handed a caution at the start of the third quarter. After some clarifications were sought by captain Lewis, the girls returned to the court determined to clean up their game and play to the whistle. The result was patient and mature netball by all players, Paterson and Murphy continuing to work well in partnership to deliver the ball to Park’s shooting circle. Showcasing their ability, shooters Pulsford and Ellis took park to a 43-20 lead – impressive numbers for just 15 minutes.

In the final quarter Park demonstrated their defensive prowess, Gems only managing to score one goal. Saggers and Cross had exchanged bibs in the third quarter and with fresh legs in the mid court Saggers was punishing on the opposition. Lewis and Paterson continued to put pressure on the opposition feeders, allowing Cross to pick up ball in the attacking circle with apparent ease. The confidence of the shooters continued, leading Park to finish the game strong with a 61-21 lead.

Away player of the match (POM) went to Lewis who lead from the front with strong attacking and defensive efforts. A full game in C saw Lucy Patterson take home POM, an absolute workhorse in both attack and defence showing her incredible fitness and athletic ability.

Rosslyn Park Netball’s Surrey squad look to continue their winning run on 10th February against Redhill A, away at St Bede’ School.