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Match Report 4/11/2018

YWCA Bury Netball Club fielded 6 teams this weekend across the country and defeated 5 of their 6 very worthy opponents. The National Prem side faced their first overnight stay to Billericay and came away triumphant despite being pushed throughout the 60 minutes. The defensive duo of Karim and McCormick were unstoppable despite Billericay’s best efforts to prove their own worth in the prestigious National League. Player of the Match went to 16-year-old Jasmine Cross whose contribution at wing defence confirmed the win for Bury in the final quarter and securing second place in the league table. Final score 46-41.

Bury’s North West Prem team also faced a tough battle against a tenacious Tameside squad; well-known for their winning attitude. The young Bury team were never truly allowed to break away and Tameside pushed them from the first to the final whistle. Stand out performances came from Kim Meadows in the shooting circle scoring 95% of her goals, and the fledgling wing attack, Emma Rayner. The NW Prem team hope to continue their victorious momentum as they take on Dominoes next Saturday.

Both Championship teams were also out in force this weekend – both going head to head with Division 1 & 2 Warrington teams. Champs 1 played on Saturday and pipped the table toppers by just one goal (40-39) in the dying seconds of the game. Player of the Match went to Bury newcomer Kobie Sloane for her dogged-determination against a robust Warrington shooting circle. Champs 2 were not to so fortunate and were the only team to concede in the winning weekend. Warrington’s Division 2 team, who also lead the table, proved to be too much of a powerhouse for Bury’s fourth senior team. Once more the defensive duo of Sasha Buchanan (POM) and India Holland saw the ball being turned over but Bury were unable to capitalise on this and were defeated 55-31 when the final whistle blew. Coaches Dani Bloomfield and Janine Ireland stated that the score did not truly reflect the effort of the players on court and hope to see Bury back to their true potential when they take on Tameside in two weeks’ time.

Bury’s U14s started their Nationals qualifying campaign against local competitors Saddleworth also in winning style. There were tireless and impressive performances in all areas of the court with special mentions to Molly Watson who shot 22/22 goals and Daisy Pearce and Robyn Hughes who picked up the Player of the Match accolade. Final score 54-25.

Finally, the U16s, also on their road to Nationals, made the trip to Alsager where they stamped their authority from the first whistle. Some clinical work in attack was matched with a punishing defensive circle meaning the team were in full flow by half time. Excellent links between defence and attack axles from pocket rocket Niamh Taylor, warranting her joint Player of the Match with shooting superstar Cleo Cooper.

YWCA Bury continue their winning ways both regionally and nationally as the season progresses into its third month.

Match Report w/e 13/14th October 2018


Sunday saw a top of the table clash as YW Bury travelled to opponents Charnwood who had also been promoted into the Premier 3 league last season.  So far, neither team had been stretched and the game provided an ideal opportunity to see how the new arrivals would fare since arriving in the National league.

Charnwood took the first 15 mins with a 3-goal lead, leading the travelling Bury team 14-11 at quarter time.  Bury had a slightly depleted side with a few injury and availability issues going into the fixture.  Despite the deficit there was confidence in how the sides were matched that this game was going to be a close fought match for the full 60 mins. Tyrene Karim & Elia McCormick were challenged early on with a strong circle attack by the Leicester-based side.

Changes in the centre court were made at quarter time with Jenny Cross being brought into strengthen the defence for the second quarter. Millie Roscoe & Ellie Heyes were matched against a physical duo in the attacking circle, with some interesting decisions from the referee proving they were going to be up against it for the duration.  Charnwood’s lead edged a little further going into the half time break, their lead 25-20.

Alicia Scholes and Rach Henry paired up well to provide pace through the central attack to provide the distribution into the circle and changes in defence to bring Jaz Cross in helped give some height and variation into the circle. The deficit was further extended by the opposition, leading 39-33 going into the final interval.

The final quarter was going to be a tough one, with goal difference swinging back and forth, with Bury reducing the gap to one goal and then as many as 6. Several decisions went against them, and despite some executed turn-overs throughout court, Bury fell short by 2 goals at the final whistle, 49-47 at the final whistle. No doubt the return fixture in the New Year will be a challenging one.

POM match – Elia McCormick

Sqaud – Jenny Cross/Elia McCormick, Rachel Henry, Alicia Scholes, Ellie Heyes, Tyrene Karim, Jaz Cross, Millie Roscoe.

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