Date Posted: 11/03/2016
7 March: the week at Read
Recent Netball Fixtures
5th March v Scarborough College (H)
This was a very closely matched game as both teams were strong through both attack and defence. After some superb shooting we were in the lead and it was only in the closing seconds that Scarborough managed to equalise with a 7-7 draw. A very promising game showing that all the girls are starting to apply the skills learned in lessons to the competitive match situation.
Abigail Senior in Year 8 going for goal.
There comes a time in coaching sport that you feel you have reached a pertinent moment when everything just comes together. This game epitomised this. The girls were fast into spaces with strong accurate passing which made it hard for Scarborough to counter-attack. There was some superb feeding of the shooting circle and some impressive goals scored. The defenders also applied so much pressure that it was difficult for Scarborough to create opportunities for goals and with some effective mid court linking of the ball, we looked in control. The final score was 29-9 to Read which was a fantastic result.
Amy Lister, draws her opponent in before selling the dummy
7th March v Hipperholme (A)
This was a rescheduled match from a previous Saturday when Hipperholme were unable to staff a fixture. The girls were enthusiastic and determined in this match. However, they seemed to lack a little control in their passing, so despite some outstanding interceptions which turned the ball around, we were unable to keep possession. The final score was a 12-3 defeat but I'm sure we can get it back on track for our games against Pocklington on Saturday. A bit more focus and a higher work rate will increase our chances; we certainly have the capabilities.
Mrs S Prosser
Anya McAvoy looks for the right pass.
Hill House U15 7 v 3 Read U15
It may only be March and another nine months until the festive season but you could be forgiven for thinking Christmas had come early such was the generosity and regularity of gifts being handed out in this fixture.
The lovely playing surface at Hill House should have encouraged both teams to keep the ball on the deck, but fluidity and accurate passing was rarely seen as both teams squandered possession far too easily.
However, it was Read who looked the most dangerous going forward in the early exchanges and, thanks to uncertainty from the host keeper, Philipp Linke opened the scoring when he stroked the ball home from close range. Linke, Marsh and Gray all looked lively as Read looked to build on their lead but three rare assaults on the Read rearguard brought panic and an inability to clear their lines resulting in three goals for Hill House.
However, moments before half time, a calamitous own goal from the host keeper kept Read in the game. An early strike in the second half from Jackson Gray after good work from Diljit Singh, brought the sides level but only for a matter of minutes. Four defensive howlers inside 15 minutes killed the game as a contest, with the Hill House players gleefully accepting the lapses in concentration from the Read backline. On another occasion, Read would have won this game comfortably. However, the squad will realise that they must take their chances in front of goal and cut out the careless mistakes, not just at the back, but across the park.
Megan strikes with precison and pace, playing for the victorious Oxford against Cambridge.
Well done to recent ex-pupil Megan Hughes and the rest of the Oxford team as they managed to consolidate a close victory against Cambridge. The match occurred last Sunday at Southgate Hockey Club in North London. Oxford won 2-1. You should be able to read a match report here http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/oxforduniversityhockeyclub/teams/67590/match-centre/0-3285260
The team celebrates after the Varsity match
The winners', er, tankard for the ladies. Well done Megan!
The Read School
Easter Activity Week 2016
Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April
READ SCHOOL EASTER ACTIVITY WEEK is available to Read School pupils as well as pupils from other local schools.
The programme is comprised of activities and outings, designed to be both fun and educational, both outdoor (if the weather allows) and indoor activity opportunities. If you would like your child to take part in The READ SCHOOL EASTER ACTIVITY PROGRAMME, please complete a booking form and return it to school reception.