Frome Stars - Team 1 - Division - Premier

Selected team for the 2018/19 season are:

Alice Millard

Amelia Pratten

Georgia Cox

Hannah Dredge

Kate Smith

Kathy Dredge (Vice Captain)

Sheriden Pleasants

Sophie Cox (Captain)

Sophie Garton (Vice Captain)


FROME MOONRAKER WINTER LEAGUE FIXTURES 2018/19                                                                                                                             Frome Stars

 

DATE

 

Vs

 

HOME/AWAY

 

SCORE

 

  POM

 

PP

Tues 11 Sept

Devizes Harriers  

HOME

 WIN 35-28

 Sophie Garton

 Georgia Cox

Tues 18 Sept

WS Smashers 1

 HOME

 WIN 30-13

Sophie Cox

Georgia Cox 

Tues 25 Sept

Melksham Robins

HOME

 WIN 60-38

 Sophie Cox

Alice Millard & Hannah Dredge 

Thurs 11 Oct

Chippenham 1

AWAY

LOSS 36-20 

 Georgia Cox

Kathy Dredge 

Tues 16 Oct

TNC 1

HOME

 WIN 41-22

 Sophie Garton

Sheri Pleasants 

Tues 6 Nov

Corsham 1

HOME

 WIN 35-26

Sophie Garton

Kathy Dredge 

Thurs 15 Nov

Holt Blue

AWAY

WIN 33-22 

Sophie Garton

Kathy Dredge 

Thurs 29 Nov

Chippenham 2

AWAY

 WIN 35-34

Sophie Cox

Hannah Dredge 

Tues 11 Dec

Devizes Harriers

AWAY

LOSS 38-36 

Georgia Cox 

 Kathy Dredge

Thurs 10 Jan

WS Smashers 1

AWAY

 

 

 

Tues 15 Jan

Melksham Robins

AWAY

 

 

 

Tues 5 Feb

Chippenham 1

HOME

 

 

 

Tues 12 Feb

TNC 1

AWAY

 

 

 

Tues 26 Feb

Chippenham 2

HOME

 

 

 

Thurs 7 March

Corsham 1

AWAY

 

 

 

Tues 12 March

Holt Blue

HOME

 

 

 


Match Reports 2018/19

Frome Stars 33, Holt Blue 22

After another long break between games, Stars were determined to get another win under their belts.

The first quarter saw Stars settle slowly into the game, and although there were lots of good passages of play, Holt’s tight defensive structure down court forced a lot of errors. S.Cox and Pratten controlled the pace of the game, feeding some smooth passes into the shooters and the quarter ended with Frome leading by one goal (7-6).

In the second quarter, the turnovers from the defensive unit of K.Dredge, Garton and Smith were assisting Frome with their continued lead. Holt were persistent with their defensive pressure throughout court, but K.Dredge provided support coming out of defence and Smith at WD brought the ball through court nicely. Frome increased the score line to a 3-goal lead (16-13).

At half time Pleasants came on at WD and used her speed to stay on top of her opponent. The shooting combination of H.Dredge and G.Cox continued to work hard to break through a highly-contesting defensive unit in the third quarter and to Frome’s benefit, they were confident on their shot, increasing the score to a 10 goal lead (26-16).

The final quarter saw Smith back on court, this time at WA. She and S.Cox worked well to tactically deliver the ball to the shooters and Frome Stars maintained their effective through-court play. Holt worked tirelessly to lessen the goal difference, but at the full time whistle, Frome took the win with an eleven goal difference. Final Score 33-22.

Player of the Match- Sophie Garton (GD)

Players’ Player- Kathy Dredge (GK)  

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Frome Stars 35, Corsham1 26

After a 2-week break, Stars set out to win another match to make the winning total 5 out of 6 games.

It was a slow start for Stars, and the first quarter saw the team gradually get in to their rhythm. The team worked steadily up and down court, with H.Dredge and G.Cox adapting their shooting techniques to the windy conditions.
By the end of the first quarter, Corsham were able to keep the goal score level at 6-6.

Going into the second quarter, Stars were able to improve from their first 15 minutes of play. The continuous effort from the team throughout the court, good ball movement within attack from S.Cox and Smith and defending skills within defence from K.Dredge and Garton allowed for a 3-point lead by Stars, entering half time with a score of 13-10. 

With the aim to take a further lead and make the gap within the goal score bigger, Garton was moved to the scoring circle and Carns came on in defence. 
With the rain settling in, the court conditions became slippery, but this did not stop Stars from working tirelessly to keep up their goal lead. 
With good vocal communication from Carns in the defence circle, K.Dredge responded well and was able to gain several turnovers. 
Although, there was some errors within mid court which allowed for Corsham to keep up. Stars continued to battle on and steadied the flow across court allowing for the ball to move to Garton and G.Cox in the shooting circle. By the end of the third quarter, Corsham were trailing close behind Stars with a score of 22-19.

With H.Dredge returning to the shooting circle for the last quarter, this was the final push for Stars. The whole team continued to support each another. K.Dredge and S.Carns fought hard to gain further turnovers, with Smith and S.Cox moving the ball down the court, and Pratten and S.Cox feeding in well to H.Dredge and Garton. This lead to a comfortable win with a final score of 35-26 to Frome Stars. 

Player of The Match - Sophie Garton

Players Player - Kathy Dredge

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Frome Stars 41, TNC1 22

Hoping to regain their winning streak, Frome Stars started well in their match against TNC 1 with excellent all-round play from the whole team and with the shooters Millard & G.Cox getting their eye in early this meant opportunity for goals, which gave us a good lead at quarter time. 

Captain Sophie Cox, who was back from injury, encouraged the team positively and with the help from Pratten and Pleasants in centre court, the ball was brought beautifully down court with very few errors. Garton and K.Dredge worked tirelessly in defence and with Garton, who gained player of the match, making many of interceptions, provided Frome more opportunities for goals and Frome sat comfortably in the lead at half time.

At half time, a change was made for Frome with S.Cox heading back into Centre and Smith coming in at WA, her first match back from injury. Frome continued to work hard throughout the match, but TNC did not give up. Pleasants, who got players player, always offering a second pass option allowed Frome to slow the game down in times of panic.

In the last Quarter, Frome focused on increasing their goal difference, so utilising the height advantage of Garton, she and Millard switched positions. Garton and G.Cox were able to win most rebounds which meant goals were scored even if they didn’t make it first time. A good win for Frome Stars 41-22.

Player of the match: Sophie Garton

Players player: Sheri Pleasants

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Frome Stars 20, Chippenham1 36

Frome Stars had a tough game on their hands playing their current joint top of the league Chippenham1, with various injured players and changes in positions, Stars had their work cut out.

The first quarter started of very slow for Stars, with players getting used to a new combination on court with Millard stepping up into C showing her versatility. Stars made a few mistakes in this quarter and shooters Cox and H,Dredge took a while to get their eyes in, allowing Chippenham to get a good head start of a 14- 3 lead.

The second quarter however, Stars came back fighting, picking up their defence massively saw Chippenham struggle to score any goals until the last 5 minutes. The attacking combination of Millard and Pratten feeding the balls into the shooters worked well and Cox’s movement at GA fell into place with shots now on target, although still behind with an overall score of 18-10 to Chippenham, Stars won the second quarter 6 goals to 4.

The Third quarter saw Chippenham pick up their play and Frome Stars slowly letting their game slip. Defence still gave it all they could with Pleasants at WD, Garton at GD and K.Dredge at GK they worked tirelessly to claw back some balls for the team gaining some rebounds but unfortunately not able to keep hold of these turnovers to convert to goals.

The fourth quarter saw H.Dredge and Cox switch positions in the shooting circle to allow H.Dredge more movement with brought out her confidence. Unfortunately, by this point, Stars had started to get their heads down and defence struggled to keep up their spirits resulting in Chippenham raising their lead. Millard, Pleasants and Pratten continued to work hard through court gaining the shooters a few more chances to score some additional goals for stars. This was a very tough game for Stars who tried their best against a very strong opposition, Chippenham 1, who took the well-deserved win of 36-20.

Player of the match- Georgia Cox

Players Player- Kathy Dredge

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Frome Stars 60 , Melksham Robins 38

Hoping to continue their winning streak as a new team and making it 3 out of 3, Stars were determined to win!

Stars eased nicely into their first quarter against Melksham and settled well and with excellent rotation in the attacking circle and accurate shooting from H.Dredge and Millard, this meant that stars took the lead going into the second quarter 18 goals to 10.

In the second quarter, Stars upped their defence through court applying pressure to Melksham’s passes and with Pleasants, S.Cox and Pratten turning tips into interceptions it meant that more opportunities were made for goals. Garton and K.Dredge worked tirelessly in defence which forced Melksham to make overhead passes, however K. Dredge struggled to turn these into interceptions which saw Melksham increase their goal score line, but Frome still had the upper hand at 35 goals to-24.

The third quarter saw Garton switch with K.Dredge into GK and utilising the height advantage of Garton meant that Melksham were forced to change their game plan. With Garton getting hands on ball and with constant support from K.Dredge and S.Cox as C, who was awarded player of the match, these were converted into goals. Pratten further offered support with a reset option against a strong Melksham defence. Frome’s lead was extended to 46 goals to Melksham’s 29.

The final quarter was one of the best and with fantastic holding from H. Dredge and excellent movement from A. Millard in the shooting circle, who were both awarded player’s player, this utilised their space which meant Pleasants and S.Cox were able to pass the ball around the circle and not force it in. Garton and K.Dredge continued to work hard in defence minimalising Melksham’s attacking options which led to interceptions. The final score finished 60 goals to Melksham’s 38 an excellent result for Frome!

Player of the match- Sophie Cox

Players player- Alice Millard & Hannah Dredge

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18.09.18 Frome Stars 30, WS Smashers 13

Q1: 6-1

Despite the pre-match uncertainty of playing an unknown team, Stars set out with the determination to win. The windy conditions and opponents style of play led to a steady start. However, Stars did well to adjust and adapt their play accordingly, working well as a team up and down the court. Dominating the first quarter resulted in a 5-point lead.

Q2: 15-5

The second quarter showed continual focus from defence through to attack. Garton & K.Dredge worked continuously in defence with tips, interceptions and turnovers. With support from Millard, S.Cox and Pratten in mid-court, these turnovers moved quickly down the court to the attacking circle. H.Dredge & G.Cox worked in unison to utilise their space in the circle against a rough defence and were able to convert more shots into goals. The second quarter ended with a 10-point lead.

Q3: 19-9

After half time, Pleasants came on at WA, giving a fresh pair of legs and strong feeding into the attacking circle. Stars had a difficult third quarter letting WS Smashers score a few extra goals and heads began to drop. Support from the Stars players and supporters was however, empowering and encouraged the team to push on. Stars were able to sustain another 10-point lead.

Q4: 30-13

Going into the final quarter, Garton moved into the shooting circle, Millard into GD and Pratten was back on at WD. Utilising Garton’s height to Stars advantage meant balls could be fed easily above the defence and shots were smoothly converted with a flick of the wrist. G.Cox adapted well to Garton in the circle, with good movement and consistent shooting from both players. Millard’s ability to adapt into GD and work together with K.Dredge was an easy transition. Continuous pressure from defence in the circle from Millard & K.Dredge and out from S.Cox & Pratten allowed for turnovers to channel down the court and into the attack. This led to a 17-point lead and final score of 30-13.

S.Cox’s strong support in both attack and defence led to the opposition awarding her player of the match.

G.Cox’s hard work, movement in the circle and top scoring led to her being awarded players player, for the second consecutive week!

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11.09.18- Stars 35, Devizes Harriers 28

The first quarter saw Stars start as they meant to go on and were determined to get their first match nerves settled quickly. There were a few nerves on show but under the guidance of their experienced Captain Sophie Cox they soon got settled and under way and ended the first quarter ahead.

Second quarter saw Stars come out determined form the first whistle. With the combined efforts of Alice Millard and Sophie Cox feeding the ball into the circle meant Georgia Cox and Hannah Dredge could convert into goals. Georgia and Hannah settled into the game very quickly with excellent moving and rotation to create shooting opportunities. Kathy Dredge and Sophie Garton worked tirelessly in the opposing circle. Great communication and tight on defence meant with the combined efforts of Sophie Cox at C and Sheriden Pleasants at WD the defence was strong and Devizes had limited opportunities to score. Half time and Stars had extended their lead.

At half time Amelia Pratten came on in the WD position settling in quickly with an interception straight away! Great movement and vision saw S.Cox and Millard continue to bring the ball down the court with great support from Garton. G.Cox and H.Dredge continued shooting on top form resulting in Stars continuing to extend their lead.

The final quarter was not so excelling for Stars and saw Devizes come back after making a few changes. These changes seemed to unease stars and Devizes scored the first 5 goals in a row. But Stars dug deep and continued to encourage each other. K.Dredge and Garton worked tirelessly to prevent the Devizes shooters from scoring goals. Making key interceptions and rebounds resulted in Garton being awarded a very well deserved player of the match. Stars continued to fight back and although Devizes stepped up their defence Millard and Cox continued to use great vision to find the shooters and pick up a few more goals. The shooters G.Cox and H.Dredge made some excellent moves and continued shooting on top form resulting in G.Cox being awarded the players player award on her debut for the team.

The final score was 35-28 to Stars. A great result for the start of the season!

POM: Sophie Garton (GD)

Players Player: Georgia Cox (GS)