Chichester netballers get better of London students

The University of Chichester's netball third team
The University of Chichester's netball third team

THE University of Chichester’s netball first team won their final game of the season 50-30.

With Steph Oland, Jodie Butcher and Emma James playing their last games for the team and club, they beat University College of London’s (UCL) first team at home.

The defence worked hard to apply pressure on the ball, creating clear interceptions and shooting opportunities.

Player was of the match was Butcher for her high-speed movement into the circle, planting some lovely shots into the net and playing out of her normal shooting position.

Chichester’s second team hosted St George’s first team. Bboth teams lost possession too often but Chichester kept their heads above the water and came through winning every quarter.

A fantastic defence of Adele Hawkins, Hannah Stratton and Charlotte Hill helped Chichester to a 30-25 win. Player of the match was Hill.

The Chichester third team entertained Roehampton’s first team and to be in the chance of the title, Chichester needed to win.

Charlotte Honour planted some beautiful shots into the net from the top of the circle and great movement by Hannah Wakelin gained the lead.

Roehampton commited many fouls resulting in scoring opportunities for Wakelin, Honour and Ferrari.

The second quarter started to slip, with a time-out for Chloe Chapman with a shoulder injury and centre Bex Groves-Excell having to take a break.

With fresh legs in the third quarter, Chichester stayed on top and eventually secured a 29-15 win.

Captain Sophia Sheridan said: “The whole team pulled together and played fluidly through the whole court and game.”

Player of the match was fresher Bex Groves-Excell.

But it wasn’t a happy outcome for all the Chichester netball teams - the fourths lost away to Royal Holloway seconds.

Chichester put 110 per cent effort in but couldn’t convert possession into goals. Royal Holloway’s defence was second to none resulting in them winning 39-21.

Captain Bethan Viney said: “Despite the loss, I am very proud of the girls and they are also very proud of their own efforts.”

If Chichester win their next two, they could still end joint top of the table. Lily Cartwright was player of the match.