Frome Stars - Team 1 - Division - Premier

The selected team for the 2019/20 season is

Sophie Cox (Captain)

Alice Millard (Vice Captain)

Amelia Pratten

Georgia Cox

Hannah Dredge

Kathy Dredge

Sheriden Pleasants

Sophie Garton

Ellie Gibbs

Emma Guy

Emily Edwards

Molly White


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

WIN 42-39 

 Kathy Dredge

 Sheri Pleasants

Tues 15 Jan

Melksham Robins

AWAY

WIN 50-48 

Sophie Cox

Kathy Dredge 

Tues 5 Feb

Chippenham 1

HOME

WIN 26-23 

Hannah Dredge 

Hannah Dredge 

Tues 12 Feb

TNC 1

AWAY

 WIN 60-15

Georgia Cox

Kate Smith 

Tues 26 Feb

Chippenham 2

HOME

WIN 38-31 

Hannah Dredge 

Kate Smith 

Thurs 7 March

Corsham 1

AWAY

WIN 46-18 

Hannah Dredge 

Hannah Dredge & Kathy Dredge 

Tues 12 March

Holt Blue

HOME

 LOSS 42-41

Sophie Cox 

Kathy Dredge 


Match Reports 2018/19

Frome Stars 48, Corsham1 18

Stars started the game well determined to get an early lead. Amelia at C and Kate at WA worked the ball round well and with great vision found the shooters Georgia and Hannah who continued their great form from the previous game. Stars lost Kate due to injury who was replaced by Alice at WA. Alice worked well with Amelia C and the shooters meaning Stars gained an early lead of 11-5.

Second quarter saw no changes to the 7 on court. Sophie G, Kathy and Sheri continued to work hard in defence applying the pressure to corsham attackers and forcing errors. In slippery conditions Stars kept composure and worked the ball round well. Sophie G at Gd and Sheri at WD helped bring the ball through court to the attacking third and the shooters continued to hold off pressure form Corsham defence extending their lead to 19-10.

Second half and Coach Sally made some changes. Sophie Cox returned at the C position with Alice replacing Sheri at WD and Amelia taking up the WA bib. Corsham also made some changes with new defensive due in the shooting circle. This altered Stars flow slightly as defence was very tight on but Georgia and Hannah continued to show great patience along with Sophie and Amelia working the ball round the circle to find the shooters. Stars applied magnificent defensive pressure all over the court marking every pass. Sophie G, Alice and Kathy worked tirelessly to deny the Corsham shooters opportunities at goal, only allowing Corsham to score twice meaning Stars extended their lead to 29-12.

Final quarter and Sheri came back on in the WA position. Stars wanted to extend their lead further and create a good goal difference at the end of the season. Alice Kathy and Sophie G applied mountains of pressure to the corsham players creating many turn over opportunities. Great passages of play from defence to attack allowed Sophie C Sheri to feed the ball into the shooters who continued on great form. Some excellent rotation and working of the circle allowed Georgia and Hannah to put shots up. Another great squad performance from stars saw them win the match 46-18.

Player of the match- Hannah Dredge

Players player -awarded jointly to Hannah Dredge and Kathy Dredge.

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Frome Stars 38, Chippenham2 31

Stars travelled to Devizes on a wet evening to face Chippenham 2. Stars were sitting second in the league so a win was crucial to continue fighting for the top spot.

Missing their Captain Sophie Cox saw Amelia step into the Centre position. Stars were determined to come out fighting in the first quarter and try to establish an early lead. They took a few minutes to settle but soon Amelia C and Sheri WA were feeding the ball into the shooters Hannah GA and Georgia GS more fluidly. With some lovely rotation and quick hands Hannah and Georgia held off Chippenham’s tall defence to lead the quarter 9-6.

Second quarter and no changes made to the 7 players on court. Kathy at GK and Sophie G at GD worked tirelessly to stop the Chippenham shooters opportunities to score getting many tips and interceptions. The defence trio of Sophie Kathy and Kate at WD helped bring the ball down to the attacking third allowing the shooters plenty of opportunities at goal. At the end of the quarter Chippenham had made a fight to catch up but stars just held onto their lead 17-15.

Half time and Coach Sally made some changes. Sheri moved to WD with Kate switching to WA and Alice replacing Amelia at C.

This worked well for stars with Kate continuing to feed the ball into the shooters and Sheri joining the defensive duo of Kathy and Sophie who continued to apply pressure to Chippenham’s attacking players. A great display in all areas of the court and the shooters Hannah and Georgia really getting their eye in meant Stars extended their lead to finish the quarter 28-23.

With everything still to play for in the last quarter stars were so determined to hold onto the lead and get the win. Sheri, Kathy and Sophie continued to work hard in the defensive third determined to get more turnovers. Alice and Kate continued to feed the ball beautifully into the shooting circle allowing stars to convert their turnovers to goal scoring opportunities. The partnership between Hannah and Georgia continued to flourish with some lovely rotation and quick one twos allowing stars to extend their lead further and win the match 38-31.

Player of the match- Hannah Dredge

Players player- Kate Smith

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Frome Stars 60, TNC1 15

Incredible result for Frome Stars vs TNC on Tuesday night. Stars showed determination from the first whistle continuing until the end.

The first quarter was steady but strong. Stars played well together to move the ball swiftly through court and get a 4 point lead of 11-7.

Going into the second quarter, Stars were keen to increase their goal difference from TNC. Kathy Dredge and Sophie Garton worked well to turnover balls in defence, with Kate Smith, Sophie Cox and Amelia Pratten effectively bringing the play down the court with strong feeding into the circle. Stars gained a 16 point lead. (29-13)

As Frome were at a comfortable goal difference, the team dynamics were mixed up at half time.
Going into the third quarter, the defensive team repeatedly worked hard, putting pressure on the opposition to make errors. This gave Frome several turnovers and the opportunity to convert more goals, quickly increasing the goal difference. Movement across court from defence to attack flowed smoothly and attacking players easily fed the ball into the circle. Frome ended the third quarter with a 29 point lead (44-15).

For the final quarter, Frome set a target of hitting 55 goals. Each player showed great performance, team work and encouragement. Once again, the defensive pair Kathy Dredge and Sophie Garton worked in unison to intercept passes and move the play back into Frome’s hands. The ball transition through mid-court by Kate Smith, Alice Millard and Sheri Pleasants allowed for sharp on-point feeding into the circle, followed by first time shots by H. Dredge and G. Cox.

The final quarter resulted in no gains for TNC and Frome taking the win at 60-15.

Player of The Match: Georgia Cox
Players Player: Kate Smith

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Stars 26, Chippenham1 23 (5.2.19)


The top two teams of the premier division took to the court for the second time this season and after losing against Chippenham the first match, Frome Stars were eager to show that they could beat them this time.

The game started slow with both teams holding back slightly due to poor weather conditions. Despite this, there was some great through court play from Pleasants, S.Cox and Smith allowing the shooters opportunity for goals which resulted in a 5 goal lead for Frome Stars after the first quarter.

The second quarter saw shooters H.Dredge and G.Cox double their goals to 16 to 10 from Chippenham and Frome continued to thrive knowing they were in the lead.

Although the third quarter saw goals increase for both teams and the gap closing, Stars defenders K.Dredge and Garton worked together tirelessly to ensure they gained all the interceptions and rebounds they could, the game was read well throughout the court with Stars regaining control towards the end.

The fourth and final quarter was tense for both teams, but unusually Stars managed to keep their cool and play the game at their own pace, aiming for possession of the ball for this quarter to keep them in the lead and that they did with a final score of 26-23 to Frome Stars.

Player of the match: Hannah Dredge

Players Player: Hannah Dredge

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Frome Stars 50, Melksham Robins 48

Frome Stars met Melksham Robins for the second time which was set to be a good match. The first quarter saw Melksham just beating Frome by 2 goals. Frome were playing well with passing and movement looking strong, however Melksham were on the ball.

After a slow start to the first quarter Frome picked it up ending the second quarter 23-23. Frome made more gains than errors and the ball was being carried down court safely by all members of the team.

In the third quarter Frome stepped it up again gaining a 4 goal lead, it was looking promising for Frome. Tensions were high as both teams passionate to win as we went into the final quarter.

Frome stars started strong with goal after goal, they were on a role. Melksham reacted with a fight but Frome managed to push themselves a little bit further to take the win.

Player of the Match: Sophie Cox

Players Player: Kathy Dredge

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Frome Stars 36, Devizes Harriers 38

This was the last match of 2018 for Stars and they took to the court keen to take the win for their final game.

The first quarter saw Stars take an early, but close lead. A new defending combination of Pleasants at GK and K.Dredge at GD worked tirelessly to turn over the ball for the conversion. Stars converted a high percentage of their turnovers to goal which ended the quarter with Stars at a 2 goal advantage (F 12-D 10)

In the second quarter, Devizes fought back with a strong defensive front. Despite a lot of positive play through court and effective circle feeds from the centre court unit S.Cox and Pratten, Devizes were successful at converting their gains to goal and took a one goal lead. End of quarter score (F 23-D 24).  

The third quarter was a close battle between the two teams. H.Dredge entered the game at GA and the shooting team of Dredge and Garton worked hard to maintain good shooting stats, converting turnovers well. Despite this, the Devizes’ through court defence strategy won them the ball and the quarter, with a 2 goal lead. (F 30- D32)

A change in the last quarter came from Frome’s Coach S.Carns, who moved Garton back into the defensive end (GD) and brought G.Cox back on at GS. This change did not unsettle Frome’s game and the team played some great through-court netball. Smith played an excellent defensive game and worked hard to gain some important turnovers. However, Stars’ final efforts were not enough to bag them the win. The game ended with Devizes maintaining their 2 goal lead- final score Frome Stars 36- Devizes Harriers 38.

Player of the Match- Georgia Cox (GA, GS)

Players’ Player- Kathy Dredge (GD, GK)  

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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)