11th February 2018
NW Prem v Tameside
Sunday saw Bury travel the short trip to Droylsden to play 4th place Tameside in their playoff campaign.
Consecutive back to back wins gave Bury a huge amount of confidence going into the fixture and the starting 7 that took to the court took momentum going into quarter time leading 15-12. The attacking prowess of Alicia Scholes and Rachel Henry paired up in attack with Millie Roscoe & Lois Pearson who converted the set plays with high levels of consistency. The side remained unchanged for the 2nd quarter to maintain momentum but the Tameside defence stepped up their game, taking several opportunities in the attacking half and Bury's error rate saw the score swing back in Tameside's favour 27-28 at the half time interval.
Changes throughout court for the 3rd quarter saw Tyrene Karim brought into defence to team up with Elia McCormick in the defensive circle. Manchester Thunder's Dani Bloomfield was brought into centre court to provide a level of experience through court and Club Captain entered the court as GA to give the Tameside defenders an alternative challenge. The changes saw some exciting play through the court, with shooting accuracy remaining high throughout, helping taking the lead back in Bury's hands at the 3/4 mark.
The game would see the final quarter prove a tactical battle from the team bench, with several changes made to strengthen the attack and provide some experience back in defence with Jenny Cross resuming in the WD role and Dani Bloomfield returning to the defensive circle to team up with Elia McCormick. Tension from spectators became heightened in the final few minutes of the game, with the game hung in the balance. The Tameside shooting conversion remained high throughout the game, but a couple of defensive turnovers and a handful of missed shots under the pressure went in Bury's favour, being converted at the opposing end with the YW team having a run of 8 goals unchallenged. Coach Henry has instilled in the squad that calm head when the need arises, and work from practice was put into action in the final seconds of the game, with the Bury team finishing the game as 54-51 victors, leaving the path to playoffs still very much alive coming into the final few matches of the season.
A weekend off next week for the Prem side paves the way for the Champs side travelling to Oldham in a local derby clash.
Squad: Clare Morley (c), Jenny Cross, Dani Bloomfield, Elia McCormick, Nell Clerkin, Alicia Scholes, Tyrene Karim, Millie Roscoe, Lois Pearson, Rachel Henry
28th January 2018
NW Prem v Oldham
Local rivals Oldham made the very short trip to Bury this week to take on a very ready and determined YWCA Bury Prem team. Earlier in the season Oldham got the better of Bury, however the 12 deep squad of the home side had other things on their minds this time. From the first second of the game Bury stamped their authority on the game and the defence didn't give the Oldham attack an inch. The new defensive duo of Bloomfield, McCormick and Cross clicked straight away and Oldham were forced into some very uncharacteristic mistakes. This was rewarded and backed up at the other end as shooter Roscoe was on fire as the ball continually swooshed through the net. The first quarter finished with Roscoe netting an edge of the circle penalty shot, much to the joy of the home crowd giving Bury an early lead of 15-7.
Bury stuck to their guns leading into the second quarter but Oldham were forced into some early changes in their personnel. This did not upset the home team’s flow, instead it spurred them on further. Bury seemed to up a gear in the second quarter and the lead continued to stretch. Pearson, Henry and Scholes continued to supply the unstoppable Roscoe and goals continued to come. Frustration was creeping in from the top of the table team but Bury showed maturity in their game. At half time the lead had stretched out to 34-13, with Oldham being restricted to just 6 goals.
At half time Lucketti came into the attack as Oldham yet again sprung some more changes. The game got a little scrappy at times as Oldham's frustration were showing. This was inevitable as both teams boast a similar fast-paced game but Bury were not ready to roll over. Clerkin was introduced midway through the third quarter to mix up the defensive pressure and to add some fresh legs to the court. A goal for goal quarter saw the score creep up to 46-25 going into the remaining quarter.
The last quarter saw the flow and spark of the YWCA Bury Prem team fade a little as Oldham came back into the game. They seemed to find their more customary flow in their attack, although this proved to be too little too late as Bury had already done enough to ensure the victory. This result shakes things up yet again at the top of the league with teams fighting for promotion as there is still lots to play for heading into the last remaining games. Player of the match went to Millie Roscoe whose 35 goals were a massive contribution to the 57-42 victory.
Team: Danielle Bloomfield, Nell Clerkin, Jenny Cross, Rachel Henry, Tyrene Karim, Lucy Lucketti, Elia McCormick, Chloe McMakin, Clare Morley, Lois Pearson, Millie Roscoe, Alicia Scholes
17h December 2017
NW Champs v LSA
YWCA Bury North West Champs team were in action at the weekend against Lancashire based side LSA. With games on a monthly basis it has been hard to weigh up the strong teams in the league.
Both teams looked strong and physical in the shooting circle which seemed to set up a high scoring game. It took the home side a few minutes to settle however the Bury defence were forcing LSA to make mistakes. On form Vernon was dominant in the circle linking well with Carter, ensuring Bury went into the first quarter break leading 15-10.
There were no changes going into the second quarter and LSA came out fighting. Bury lacked composure at times in the midcourt and the ball seemed to switch possession too easily. However the resilience and hard work of Clerkin at C warranted Bury taking a half time lead 30—24.
LSA had other ideas going into the last 15 minutes and seemed to have stored up all their energy for the last quarter. This pressure forced Bury into too many errors and saw their ten goal lead slowly being lost. However, Bury held out with some composure in the last few minutes despite the increased physicality of the LSA defence. The game ended 54-51, but this was a good victory to end the 2017 fixtures.
This win takes YWCA Bury Champs team to the top of the league table as they head into 2018.
Squad: Emily Carter (POM), Nell Clerkin, Lucy Lucketti, Vicky Macwilliam, Chloe McMackin, Kim Meadows, Katie Myers, Lucy Vernon, Hannah Wallwork
10th December 2017
NW Prem v Manchester
YWCA Bury North West Prem netball team faced local Manchester opposition in the last game of 2017. As points tighten up at the top of the league Bury were keen not to underestimate lower placed Manchester Netball Club.
The first quarter saw the visitors come out of the blocks slowly with some unforced errors throughout the court. However as the quarter progressed Bury seemed to find their rhythm as Pearson tore through the Manchester defence finding Turner under the post with ease. Bury lead after the first quarter 13-21.
Bury stuck to their guns going into the second quarter with no changes in personnel. Again Bury were slow out the blocks and Manchester were capitalising on their height advantage in the attacking circle. Bury managed to win the quarter by two with the score 27-37 at half time.
The line-up changed in quarter 3 with Morley and Roscoe being introduced in the goal circle. The combination combined as Bury went on a run of 7 unanswered goals much to the dismay and frustration of the Manchester defence. At the other end Cross and Scholes were relentlessly piling on the pressure in defence ensuring that Bury were going to be in good stead going into the last quarter.
Manchester made a few changes heading into the last quarter which seemed to stop Bury in their attacking tracks. The officials on both sides also seemed to stop the game which made the last quarter feel a little scrappy. However Bury ensured they won all four quarters as the game finished 53-76.
This is another 5 points on the board for YWCA Bury which takes them to second in the league leading into the Christmas break.
Squad: Chloe Addis, Jenny Cross, Rachel Henry, Clare Morley, Lois Pearson, Millie Roscoe, Alicia Scholes, Imogen Turner
3rd December 2017
NW Prem v Trafford
Following a strong performance against former National Prem team Dominoes last Sunday, where YWCA Bury emerged with a 64-34 win, this weekend saw Trafford visit Bury in the NW Premier League.
With three absentees due to injury to Bloomfield, Cross and Turner, YW were pleased to welcome back GD Chloe Addis following several weeks on the sidelines. Lining up in the defensive circle with GK Elia McCormick, Addis and McCormick restricted the visitors to only 8 goals in the first quarter, thanks to some well-timed interceptions and strong rebound positioning. Conversely, the goals were flying in at Bury's attacking end, with Roscoe (GS) and Morley (GA) both capitalising on some strong feeds into the the circle from Henry (WA) and Pearson (C). The first quarter saw the home side take a 18-8 lead into the break.
Trafford stepped up their game in quarter two, with their GA in particular finding her shooting range, and increased pressure being mounted throughout the court. However, YW stuck to task, and despite a mid-quarter substitution of the injured Henry for replacement Lucy Lucketti, YW took a half time lead of 32-21.
Nell Clerkin came on as WD for the third quarter, with Scholes moving forward from WD to C, and Pearson taking a well-earned rest. Tasked with restricting the free runs into the circle of the Trafford GA, Clerkin came into the game strongly, combining well in defence but also bringing the ball through court with speed and power. Despite this, YW were still mis-firing with some of the final balls into attack, but the lead was still extended at three quarter time, 45-32.
Louis Pearson returned to the final quarter at GA, with Morley taking to the bench, and the home side ran out as victors after 60 minutes, 60-41. The result moves Bury back up to second in the table, and most importantly ahead of promotion rivals Warrington. Next week's game against Manchester sees the first half of the season complete, with Bury looking to ensure a strong finish to 2017.
Player of the match: Emilia Roscoe
Squad: Elia McCormick, Chloe Addis, Alicia Scholes, Lois Pearson, Rachel Henry, Clare Morley (c), Emilia Roscoe, Nell Clerkin, Lucy Lucketti.
Shooting Stats - Morley 100%; Roscoe 82%, Pearson 80%.
12th November 2017
NW Prem v Newman
After a disappointing defeat to local rivals Tameside the previous week, 35-39, YWCA Bury Seniors made the trip north to face Newman. The squad were eager to put right the errors which cost them the game in the previous week.
Before the first whistle was blown both teams stood together in tribute to show their respect on remembrance Sunday. The first quarter saw the travelling team come out of the blocks strongly taking an early lead with a run of 8 unanswered goals. The defensive wall of Scholes, McCormick and Cross were proving difficult to break through whilst Lucketti was ensuring the ball was transitioning into the attacking end with her relentless attacking prowess. Bury took a first quarter lead 15-5.
With lead coach Henry taking to the court Moreno took the reins on the bench and the 7 players on the court had done enough to see no changes made going into the second quarter. More of the same was to come with Newman being restricted to only 3 goals in 15 minutes whilst at the other end Henry, Pearson and Roscoe were combining well to net a respective 19 goals, half time approached with Bury taking a comfortable 34-8 lead.
Moreno looked to her bench for the second half and reshuffled the shooting circle introducing Morley and Turner. An injury in the Newman team forced their tall defender into the shooting circle, changing the dynamics of the game for a couple of minutes. However, the leaders adapted well, and the goal flurries continued to come and the Newman attack seemed to find it impossible to feed to ball into the circle. The third quarter finished 51-13.
Clerkin was introduced for some fresh legs leading into the last quarter, with the eventual deserved player of the match, Alicia Scholes taking to the bench. Bury refused to take the foot off the gas much to Newman’s frustration with possession being handed to Bury with ease. The YWCA Bury team, who are fighting for play offs knew that goals may become crucial towards the end of the season and the final whistle blew as the score finished 75-20.
Squad: Nell Clerkin, Jenny Cross, Rachel Henry, Lucy Lucketti, Elia McCormick, Clare Morley (co-Captain), Lois Pearson, Millie Roscoe, Alicia Scholes, Imogen Tuner (co-Captain)
29th October 2017
NW Prem v Blackpool
The game got off to a great start with a strong attacking combination of Imogen Turner, Alicia Scholes and Lois Pearson offering clear drives on centre pass attack and solid holds in the circle making the feed into either shooter effortless.
Similarly the centre pass defence proved to be too much for the Blackpool attack; the ball had to be played back most of the time putting them under pressure, which Elia McCormick took full advantage of making some outstanding interceptions from the back at goal keeper which was only mirrored by Chloe Addis with her signature reverse hand.
Credit to the coaching staff for making some great changes throughout the game at crucial times, bringing on fresh legs and players who mixed up our style of play. Lucy Lucketti came on at centre and offered speed and tenacity in defence and Millie Roscoe came on in the second half and sank some super shots. Clare Morley offered a calming and steady performance in attack when she came on which meant we were able to pull away from the goal for goal game we had played for 3 quarters to make the final score 45-37 to Bury.
Overall a fantastic game and a huge improvement on last season against a Blackpool side who had made it through to Playoffs in 2016. As a squad we are going from strength to strength and a force to be reckoned with...roll on our next fixture against Tameside next week. Player of the Match: Elia McCormick.
Squad: Clare Morley (co-captain), Imogen Turner (co-captain), Alicia Scholes, Elia McCormick, Chloe Addis, Jenny Cross, Millie Roscoe, Lucy Luketti, Dani Bloomfield, Lois Pearson.
22nd Oct 2017
NW Champs v Warrington
This Sunday, YWCA Bury champs faced Warrington at home for their third game of the season. Starting strongly, Bury gained the lead with Jasmine Johnson and Lucy Vernon working well as a defensive unit. Shooters Chloe McMakin and Kim Meadows dominated the attaching circle and built up the score, with the help of Lois Pearson and Lucy Lucketti providing some brilliant feeds into the circle. At the end of the first quarter Bury were up 21-9.
Into the second quarter, Meghan Howarth came on as centre and Lois moved to goal attack to create some more movement in attack. A great team effort was put in with super drives through court. Bury went into the half time break up 39 – 17. The third quarter saw a double change in defence with Katie Howarth and Hannah Wallwork being introduced to the game & Chloe McMakin returned to her shooting position. The team produced a solid performance with creative movement and phases of play, maintaining dominance through to the final whistle.
Bury headed into the final quarter with a lead of 29 goals. The team put it all in for the last 15 minutes leaving the court with a win 70-44. Player of the match: Meghan Howarth
Squad: Katie Howarth, Jasmine Johnson , Lucy Vernon, Hannah Wallwork, Jenny Cross (C), Lucy Lucketti, Meghan Howarth, Lois Pearson, Kim Meadows, Chloe McMakin, Vicky McWilliams
15th Oct 2017
NW Prem v Oldham
YW Bury Seniors took on last year's NW Premier division winners, Oldham, last Sunday for the first time this season. Their 2 previous meetings last year resulted in a loss away from home and a win at home.
The first quarter was a very tightly fought encounter with YW Bury coming out on top by 1 point with a brilliant shooting display from Imogen Turner and Millie Roscoe and plenty of key turnovers in the defensive circle from Elia McCormick and Chloe Addis along with a fantastic centre court display from Alicia Scholes, Dani Bloomfield and Rachel Henry.
Changes were made for the 2nd quarter with Dani Bloomfield and Chloe Addis swapping positions at GD and WD to add some more height into the defending circle but Oldham fought back with the Bury defenders battling to contain ex Manchester Thunder Superleague Goal Shooter, Krista Enziano, who at 6ft4" made 6ft Bury defenders, Elia McCormick and Dani Bloomfield, look small and Bury unfortunately finished the half 9 points down.
Changes were made at half time to provide some variety against the opposition with Jenny Cross, Lois Pearson and Clare Morley joining the game. Bury fought hard in the 3rd quarter in what was a very feisty encounter between the two local rivals and managed to bring the score back to 4 at one point but couldn't quite manage to sustain the fight back with errors made at vital times and again went into the final quarter trailing by 9.
The final quarter was again tightly fought but Oldham managed to maintain their lead, their experience keeping the match out of the reach of the YW side, finishing 51-41. Elia McCormick was voted Player of the Match
Squad: Clare Morley (co-captain), Imogen Turner (co-captain), Jenny Cross, Millie Roscoe, Elia McCormick, Chloe Addis, Nell Clerkin, Lois Pearson, Rachel Henry, Dani Bloomfield, Alicia Scholes
8th Oct 2017
NW Prem v Deeside
Sunday saw YWCA Bury's NW Prem squad play its first home game of the season at Bury Grammar School. Deeside were the opponents for this first test on home soil, and the Bury side didn't disappoint the home supporters, amassing 79 goals in the 60 minute win to send them to the top of the table.
Coach Rachel Henry utilised her full squad during the win, trying out new combinations and settling players into the side as the team looks to build momentum as the season develops. The starting seven in the first quarter set a great pace to the game, with newly-returned Bloomfield picking up interceptions at WD, and with Roscoe and Turner rotating well in the attacking circle. With a 21-7 lead after Q1, Henry took herself out of the attack, moving Scholes to WA, bringing on Pearson at C, Clerkin at WD and Morley at GA.
After a few loose passes at the start of Q2, the new combinations settled down into some strong attacking play and robust defending, out-passing and out-muscling the Deeside players. Q2 ended 36-17, but further improvements followed in Q3 with another new set of combinations working well to take the quarter by 23 goals to 10, Bury's highest scoring quarter of the match. The intensity was maintained through to the final whistle, with the final score being 79-34 to Bury. Bloomfield took the Player of the Match accolade on her first match for the Club this season. Next up are rivals Oldham way on 15th October.
Squad: Elia McCormick, Chloe, Addis, Dani Bloomfield, Alicia Scholes, Rachel Henry, Millie Roscoe, Imogen Turner (co-Captain), Clare Morley (co-Captain), Lois Pearson, Nell Clerkin.
1st Oct 2017
NW Champs v Dominoes
On Sunday, YWCA Bury's Champs squad faced Dominoes in their second game of the season. The away fixture had promised to be a hard-fought contest, and didn't disappoint either the players or the spectators.
From the first whistle, the game was highly competitive, with both sides determined to gain the upper hand. YWCA Bury moved ahead after the opening minutes and fought hard to maintain their lead in the first half, leading 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and retaining control of the game to secure a half-time advantage of 28-24.
With such a narrow lead, Coach Rachel Henry called upon the depth of the squad to make numerous substitutions and positional changes going into the third quarter. The switch in tactics and formation helped YWCA Bury move further ahead, capitalising on strong defensive and centre court play, and ending the third quarter with a lead of 44-32.
The final quarter was evenly matched and the game ended 52-41, with YWCA Bury's Champs squad securing their second win of the season.
Player of the Match was awarded to circle defender Lucy Vernon for a superb performance, which boasted an impressive display of game-defining turnovers.
Squad: Hannah Wallwork, Lucy Vernon, Emily Carter, Natalie Kerrigan, Jenny Cross (c), Beth Doughty, Stass Kurpass, Katie Howarth, Kim Meadows, Chloe Makin, Imogen Turner.
23rd Sept 2017
NW Prem v Warrington
YWCA Bury kicked of their North West Prem season with a victory over rivals Warrington in a fast and feisty game this Saturday. The first game of the season saw Prem debutant Alicia Scholes start at C, connecting with head coach Rachel Henry in WA. Lois Pearson and Imogen Turner lined up in the shooting circle and Elia McCormick, Chloe Addis and Jasmine Cross lining up in the defence.
A nervous start for Bury saw them go 2-0 down in the opening minutes of the game but some great turnovers from the defence and slick play in attack saw Bury take a 4-goal lead at quarter time.
The team remained unchanged into the second quarter and Bury pushed on to gain the upper hand over Warrington. Some tiring play from Bury towards the end of the second quarter allowed Warrington to get some key turnovers and draw the second quarter to make the half time score 25-21 in Bury’s favour.
Head coach Rachel Henry made some changes in the third quarter to inject some fresh legs and a new perspective in to the game. Millie Roscoe entered the game at shooter, Lucy Lucketti came on at C and Emily Carter stepped on in the WD bib. A steady quarter from Bury and some mistakes from Warrington allowed Bury to capitalise and extend their lead by three goals at 3 quarter time.
Further changes in the last quarter saw Clare Morley enter the game, her experience and calm play helped Bury to maintain their lead and draw the quarter to win the game 52-45. Chloe Addis received player of the match after an immense defensive performance. Bury will look to build on their strong squad performance from the first game and carry their form throughout the season with their eyes firmly set on a play-off position.
Squad: Elia McCormick, Chloe Addis, Jasmine Cross, Alicia Scholes, Rachel Henry, Lois Pearson, Imogen Turner, Clare Morley, Millie Roscoe, Emily Carter, Lucy Lucketti
17th Sept 2017
NW Champs v Bramhall
YWCA Bury Champs squad took to the court on Sunday morning to compete against visitors Bramhall in the first game of the long-anticipated 2017/8 season.
Both teams started strongly and fought hard throughout the first 15 minutes, with Bury managing to capitalise on possession and move ahead two goals, winning the quarter 12-10.After substitutions and positional changes directed by Coach Rachel Henry, Bury had a strong second quarter. A number of turnovers in defence and strong attacking play secured a half-time score of 29-19 in Bury's favour.
Bury continued to extend their lead in the next quarter, finding themselves 16 goals ahead at one point. However, a determined Bramhall fought back and the third quarter ended 42-30 to Bury.
The fourth quarter saw further changes in Bury's formation, allowing Coach Henry to experiment with new combinations. Despite some solid defensive and attacking play from Bury, Bramhall were undeterred in their effort to narrow the gap and the game ended with Bury winning 53-45. Debutant Katie Howarth, playing three quarters at GD, earned Player of the Match. Special recognition goes to captain Lucy Lucketti, whose energy and leadership never faltered throughout the game.
Squad: Hannah Wallwork, Katie Howarth, Jasmine Johnson, Jess White, Lucy Lucketti (c), Nell Clerkin, Meghan Howarth, Kim Meadows, Chloe Makin, Clare Morley.