Frome Diamonds - Team 2 - Division 2

Selected team for 2018/19 season are:

Alice Baker

Andrea McCall

Bev Chapman

Ellie Gibbs

Georgina Guy (Vice Captain)

Helen Maunder (Captain)

Janie Bullus

Jess Read

Megan Boorman

Natasha Alexander


 FROME MOONRAKER WINTER LEAGUE FIXTURES 2018/19         Frome Diamonds

 

DATE

 

VS

 

SCORE

 

POM

 

PP

Tues 11 Sept

KSM

 WIN 33-25

 Ellie Gibbs

Megan Boorman 

Tues 25 Sept

Holt White

 WIN 46-24

 Megan Boorman

Ellie Gibbs,  Bev Chapman & Georgina Guy

Tues 9 Oct

Fitz 1

 LOSS 34-31

 Ellie Gibbs

Georgina Guy 

Tues 16 Oct

Pewsey Blacks

 WIN 40-22

 Helen Maunder

Alice Baker 

Thurs 25 Oct

Devizes Eagles

 WIN 40-19

Georgina Guy 

Alice Baker, Megan Boorman & Bev Chapman

Tues 4 Dec

Chippenham 3

 LOSS 40-30

 Ellie Gibbs

 Georgina Guy

Tues 8 Jan

Holt Black

 LOSS 48-31

 Bev Chapman

 Megan Boorman

Tues 15 Jan

Calne Lightning

 LOSS 40-32

 Ellie Gibbs

Alice Baker 

Tues 29 Jan

KSM

 CANCELLED

 

 

Tues 12 Feb

Holt White   

 LOSS 46-37

Ellie Gibbs 

Natasha Alexander 

Tues 5 March

Fitz 1

 

 

 

Thurs 14 March

Pewsey Blacks

 

 

 

Tues 19 March

Devizes Eagles

 

 

 

Thurs 9 May

Chippenham 3

 

 

 

Thurs 16 May

Calne Lightning

 

 

 

Thurs 23 May

Holt Black

 

 

 

Match reports 2018/19:

Frome Diamonds 32 v Calne Lightning 40

Calne Lightning were the last team to face Diamonds in the first round of matches in the Moonraker Winter League Division 1. Unfortunately for Diamonds the result was a loss, bringing the total of losses equal to the wins for the first half of the season,however given that this is the first season Diamonds have had in this division, this is no mean feat!

The final scoreline does not reflect the well fought match,and drama that took place throughout the game, which saw the two teams drawing in the first quarter. Diamonds achieved a five goal lead at half time due to the excellent shooting and movement in the circle by Janie Bullus and Ellie Gibbs, coupled with brilliant defence work from Natasha Alexander and Bev Chapman. Calne came out all guns blazing in the second half with a succession of four very quick goals and strong play throughout the quarter, scoring a total of 13 goals to Diamonds three, which resulted in Diamonds struggling to bounce back from.

Unfortunately this continued for the remainder of the match. There were some great shows of centre court play by Meg Boorman, Georgina Guy and Alice Baker feeding into the circle, however despite this and Helen Maunder's sterling shooting in the fourth quarter, final score was Diamonds 32, Calne Lightning 40. Diamonds who are sponsored by Dennis Maps are looking forward to consolidating their spot in the first division in the second half of the season.

Player of the Match - Ellie Gibbs.

Players' Player - Alice Baker

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Frome Diamonds 31 Holt Black 48

In a fast paced match against Holt Black, Diamonds unfortunately took a loss this week. but they retained their position of third place in the Moonraker League Division 1. It was a clear, cold evening with very little wind which offered ideal playing conditions for the match, resulting in the game being played in good spirits by all players. Holt Black were a team consisting of young, fit and fast players but despite this Diamonds stood strong against them and fought hard throughout the match.

In the first quarter possession was fairly equal, however due to a couple of good shots taken from Holt's GS  they came out of the quarter behind by 6 goals.

In the second quarter Diamonds defenders Natasha Manners, Beverly Chapman and Alice Baker secured a few good interceptions where play was then passed to the centre court players of Georgina Guy, Megan Boorman and followed by some fantastic shots and rebounds from Helen Maunder and Janie Bullus resulting in Diamonds maintaining their form just six goals behind.

For the third quarter Ellie Gibbs was brought on and her fresh legs and consistent shooting helped Diamonds to catch Holt and at one time only trail by three goals.  At the end of the quarter they were behind by eight not having sustained their initial momentum.

In the last quarter Jess Read was brought on in defence and despite a strong effort and constant fight from Diamonds, who are sponsored by Dennis Maps, throughout the quarter the end score was a win to Holt.

Player of the match: Bev Chapman

Players player: Megan Boorman

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Frome Diamonds 30 v Chippenham 40

Frome Diamonds in second place came out strong against top of the table Chippenham on a wet and cold night in Devizes.  Goal Keeper Jess Reed, fresh back from injury worked well with Goal Defence, Bev Chapman keeping the scoring down and turning over the ball feeding well to Wing Defence Alice Baker and Centre Georgina Guy.  This meant that Diamonds were leading after the first quarter 9-6.

Going into the second quarter Chippenham came back hard.  The shooting pairing of Helen Maunder and Ellie Gibbs worked well with excellent feeding into the circle by Wing Attack Megan Boorman, but Chippenham came back fighting.  They stepped up their game which meant by half time they were leading by 2 goals.

Frome made a change at half time bringing on Janie Bullus at Goal Shooter, but the Chippenham defence stepped up again, making it hard for Diamonds to bring the ball down the court.  It got harder to get the ball to the shooters but they never gave up and at three quarter time although behind by five felt positive about the last quarter.

They continued to contest for everything, but the undefeated Chippenham team continued their winning streak to take the match by 40-30.

Player of the match - Ellie Gibbs

Players Player – Georgina Guy

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Frome Diamonds 40, Devizes Eagles 19

In a fast-paced match, Diamonds secured another win to retain their position at the top of the Moonraker League division 1. It was a clear cold evening with little wind so ideal playing conditions for the match which was played in good spirits.

Eagles had two tall defenders who rebounded well so the first quarter was close, as any chances missed by the shooters, Bullus and Maunder were collected by Eagles and passed up court. Fortunately for Diamonds Eagles passing was off-target, which meant that the centre court players of Baker, Guy and Boorman got many interceptions thus switching play back to Diamonds. They led 8- 5 in the first quarter but increased this lead in the second to 19 goals to 9.

For the third quarter Eagles subbed one of their defenders and Diamonds capitalised on this to score 14 goals and build a commanding lead. The last quarter saw Diamonds defenders restrict Eagles to 4 goals with Alexander and Chapman making numerous rebounds and interceptions which saw defence turn into attack.   

Player of the Match award went to Georgina Guy who put in a solid performance at centre whilst the Player's Player award was shared between Megan Boorman, Alice Baker and Bev Chapmanwho all contributed with quality defending and support play down the court.

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Frome Diamonds 40, Pewsey Blacks 22

Frome diamonds knew going into the game that this could be a tough one, against a team that they narrowly beat twice last season.    Diamonds started the better of the two sides, getting a good feel for the game and dominated the tempo; which allowed Bullus (GS) and Maunder (GA) to whack out a storming 11-3 lead after the first quarter.

Diamonds continued to play to the whistle, not letting their heads drop when Pewsey sometimes questioned decisions made. Swift movements between Baker (WD), Guy (C) and Boorman (WA) up to and around the shooting circle allowed time for the shooters to find space before having the ball fed in. Diamonds continued to increase their score to 24-9, this was also backed up by some great marking from Alexander (GK) and Chapman (GD), as Pewsey shooters struggled to get their eye in on goal.

The third quarter saw Gibbs come on in defence at GD for some fresh legs, but this didn’t alter Diamonds as they continued to play their game well. Forcing Pewsey into many passing errors, as Diamonds continued to play some magical netball up court. This was shown through great awareness of positioning on court, as diamonds marched into a 34-15 lead.

Going into the last quarter, unfortunately Diamonds missed a handful of chances which allowed Pewsey to win the quarter score line, but this didn’t affect the end result as Diamonds ran out comfortable winners 40-22.

Player of the match- Helen Maunder

Players player - Alice Baker

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Frome Diamonds 31, Fitz1 34

The game started at a fast pace from both teams with great passing from Maunder at WA to Gibbs at GA and Bullus at GS.  Fitz managed to lead 11-8 in the first quarter with their shooters rarely missing.

In the second quarter Diamonds fought back and the solid defence of Baker at WD, Chapman at GD and Alexander at GK held Fitz 17 all at half time.

A change at halftime saw Boorman come on as WA, who linked up well with Guy at C; they continued getting the ball to the shooters which resulted in Diamonds leading by one goal ending the third quarter 26-25.

Diamonds dug deep in the final quarter, both defence and attack worked tirelessly to the final whistle, Frome Diamonds put on another fantastic display of teamwork but were unfortunately beaten by three goals in the final quarter to a strong Fitz 1 team, score ending 34-31.

Diamonds are sponsored by Dennis Maps.

Player of the Match – Ellie Gibbs

Players player – Georgina Guy

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Frome Diamonds 46, Holt White 24

Frome Diamonds were eager to play their second game of the season. They started the first quarter tentatively but with strong defence throughout the court and solid shooting from Maunder and Gibbs finished the quarter 9-7 ahead.

The second quarter saw Diamonds settle into the game with great centre court movement from Guy, Boorman and Baker which caused Holt some issues. Second quarter finished strongly with a 24-12 lead.

For the third quarter Diamonds made a few changes with Bullus coming on at GS and Read at WD. Holt also made changes to their attacking end. Diamonds were not phased by this with strong defence by Chapman and Alexander in the D taking some valuable rebounds, which was then passed effortlessly down court by all gaining a 14-goal lead 35-21.

The final quarter saw Diamonds return to court with high energy determined to keep their lead and that is what they did. Great team performance with a final Score of 46-24.

Player of the Match: Meg Boorman Players player: Bev Champan, Ellie Gibbs and Georgina Guy

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Frome Diamonds 33, KSM 25

Tuesday 11 September saw the return of the Moonraker Netball League and the return of Frome Diamonds, in their Division One debut.  With a new line-up in the team, and only having a few weeks to train as a new squad they were understandably nervous. Diamonds started off slow, the wet conditions were making it slippy under foot and it took time to adapt to the conditions.  KSM were able to get a couple of early goals but Diamonds fought back, and with the new Shooting team of Jane Bullus and Ellie Gibbs, Diamonds were able to finish the first quarter 7-7.

The second quarter saw some excellent defence from Jess Read and Beverley Chapman but the KSM shooters weren’t missing many shots.  Some great turnovers were quickly and efficiently passed through mid-court by Alice Baker, Georgina Guy and Megan Boorman.  By half time Diamonds had managed to sneak ahead by 3 goals ending this quarter at 16-13.

The third quarter continued with great play by both teams.  Going goal for goal throughout the quarter diamonds managed to keep their 3 goal lead.  22-19.

By the time the fourth quarter started, Diamonds had calmed down. Taking their time they were able to pass the ball around easily, getting it into the shooting team of Jane and Ellie.  Defence was tight all the way down the court meaning that diamonds were able to get numerous turnovers.  By the time the final whistle blew, Diamonds had managed to increase their lead and the final score was 33-25.

Player of the Match:  Ellie Gibbs

Players Player: Megan Boorman