U16’s continue winning ways

Banbridge Netball Club team before a recent match in Banbridge Leisure Centre � Paul Byrne Photography INBL1448-220PB
Banbridge Netball Club team before a recent match in Banbridge Leisure Centre � Paul Byrne Photography INBL1448-220PB

Banbridge Netball Club’s U16A’s continued their winning ways as they beat Bangor on Tuesday December 9 in Banbridge Leisure Centre.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first quarter with both scoring of their centre passes.

Banbridge had a new combination in attack with Amy Walsh also being brought up to play GS in the absence of Leah Maney. Having the advantage of the first centre pass of the game gave Banbridge a 1 goal lead at the end of 1st quarter – Banbridge 6 – 5 Bangor.

The team remained the same going into the 2nd quarter and after some positive feedback and instruction at quarter time Banbridge started confidently in their attack.

The four attack worked well around the circle continually repositioning ensuring that every opportunity was maximised and goals were added to the score line.

Stealing a number of the Bangor centre passes through excellent defensive work by Charley, Alana and Emily, Banbridge edged ahead at half time – Banbridge 12 – 8 Bangor.

Banbridge again started well but a number of unforced errors that were picked up by Bangor and converted by their very accurate and skilful GS started to reduce the goal difference.

Bangor continued to dominate and forced Banbridge to make mistakes.

Banbridge were still in control at the end of the quarter but Bangor were now just within one goal. Banbridge 16- 15 Banbridge.

Knowing what was required of them to ensure they secured another league win Banbridge started with determination.

Bann had the first centre pass which they scored quickly and immediately stole Bangor’s giving them a boost at the start of the quarter. Momentum continued with full court defence pressurising Bangor resulting in interceptions throughout which were directed to the Banbridge shooting circle where Jessica and Gemma effortlessly converted. Bangor still didn’t make it easy for the home side but Banbridge who were now extremely focused dictated the play and stormed ahead. Final score Bann 26 – 19 Bangor

A well-deserved win after a superb team effort.

Player of the Match – Alana Kerr.