Back-to-back fixtures end in defeat for Southam.
Southam hosted a strong Kenilworth side in a friendly with Southam battling right to the end. Kenilworth put pressure on early and moved the ball around well making it hard to win back. Gaps opened up for the strikers to have time on the ball in front of goal. Some fantastic saves from Poulton and Mills were produced but the skill of the Kenilworth players showed to lead the team to an easy victory. Credit must be given to the attitude of the Southam players who never gave up.
Southam then headed to Studley in the County Cup. The visitors started well and strung together passes nicely. It was Studley who found the net first with their first effort on goal. Southam hit right back as a quick counter attack caught the defence off guard and Cramp slotted home. Southam maintained their pressure and Power controlled the midfield well, but it was Studley who showed pace to break away and score a second. Southam didn’t drop their heads and they worked forward winning a corner. As the ball was whipped in it took a deflection off a defender and into the back of the net. Into the second half Studley relaxed more on the ball and some excellent tackling from D Jones kept the opposition out. Studley then found the ball to take their chance leaving Southam chasing the game once more. Knowing they would need a goal gave Studley more space near the Southam goal and an unfortunate deflection put Southam two goals behind with five minutes to play. With some brilliant passing and movement the opportunity fell to Loman who made no mistake of pulling a goal back. From the restart Southam knew they had to win the ball with one last attack the last chance. Studley took their foot of the pedal thinking victory was theirs which allowed Cramp to finish with the last kick of the game. Extra time was needed if these two sides were to be split. With both sides desperate not to concede Studley applied greater pressure which paid off after a finish with one minute on the clock. Unfortunately it wasn’t Southam’s day but they showed great spirit as they begin to gel as a team.
Yesterday we took Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 teams over to NLS for their first netball match of the year.
The Year 7 netball team started their season off in dramatic style! E.Cumberbatch started the points off scoring four in a row! C.Wain then used her height to steal the ball and add more goals to the final score. S.Costa, B.Crump, C.Furey and I.Fairhurst were able to skilfully outwit their opponents, making turnover after turnover to ensure the shooters had more chances to score. With such a strong centre court team, the defence didn’t have much work to do, however both O.Constable and R.Hill stuck close to their players and managed to apply pressure to cause mistakes, resulting in more turnovers. The final whistle went and Southam were able to finish by not conceding any goals with a final score of 11-0! A really impressive start for the team, who have set the standards very high in their first game. I’m very proud to see how hard they worked right until the last second. I see this team soaring to success in the rest of the season and in the years to come!
Well done ladies a fantastic display of netball and a truly enjoyable evening. We look forward to some very successful seasons.
Miss Warman, Miss Evans, Miss Maclachlan and Lauren
Phillips Turns The Screw
A brilliant series of performances from fly half James Phillips brought him the accolade of Player of the Tournament and Year 7 success at the Leamington Rugby Club event.
Southam 5 North Leam 0
Captain Tom Hill produced a superb individual performance with some excellent breaks and fine passing. Centres Lennie Cramp and Cameron Power were a constant threat to the opposition. Kieran Caruana provided good possession for the backs and Ben Robinson’s tackling is highly impressive. The forwards had Aussie style pace to the breakdown with Adam Mullen, Benedict Symonds and Howee Farrell to the fore.
Southam 20 Myton B 0
Alfie McGinley scored after 90 seconds of his debut as Southam’s confidence flourished. Harry Robbins was Man of the Match for his excellent low tackling from our tallest player. Further tries from Lennie Cramp, Tom Hill and Charlie Parsons secured a comfortable victory. Kaizer Ndlovu power and Charlie Knight’s speed were a feature of this game, with creditable performances from Oliver Upton, Patrick Fitzgerald and the other Ben Robinson!
Southam 0 Myton A 0
Southam kept their tournament clean sheet with a try less draw against excellent opponents. Josh Lee and Charlie Parsons shared Man of the Match for their superb and tireless forward play. Joe Quinney made several key tackles and Josh Rogers made a series of powerful runs.
It was a pity that Stratford left before the end of the tournament, leaving some players short of game time.
The boys have a friendly against Camp Hill on Saturday with a selection meeting on Thursday. Tackling remains a key quality to securing selection.