T3 sees big improvement for the ladies squad

20th November 2016

SW Womens league Tournament 3 - Sherborne

Final placing 7th

 

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Squad shot

Bath took just 12 players to the 3rd tournament at Sherborne Girls School due to illness and injuries to a lot of the core players, two of the squad, Meg Critcher and Sophie Gillibrand are keepers, so the outfield players knew in advance that there would be a lot of game time.

As only 9 teams turned out, the organisers put all the teams together in one pool rather than the usual seeded system, this meant that there was no avoiding the big guns, the new players (there were 6) found themselves in a sink or swim situation.

The opening game against top of the league Bristol Bombers was certainly a baptism of fire, with the Bristol outfit putting 13 past Bath, this game was a blessing in disguise, much of the organisational “pointers” (what’s offside?) could be achieved in the knowledge that the final result was a somewhat foregone conclusion.

 

Brit checks

From then on Bath got better and better, progress only slowed by tired and injured legs. Bath Managed 2 good wins against Swansea and Exeter, and gave Bristol Bombers 2nds a run for their money.

Clearing

The regular players are starting to settle in their positions, captain Irene Moynihan proving to be more than a fill in at the draw, and Tora Joycey showing that raw speed has its benefits. Britt Miller is looking a much more complete player, starting to develop the ability to hold the ball and control the situation. In Attack, Rachel Prosser is finding space regularly, with a little more confidence goals will begin to flow.

All the new girls had great games, improvement was noted by opposition coaches and the head Umpire on the day.

Rachel drives

Both keeper’s grabbed extra games with Cardiff, and the work done in training, particularly on the clear gives the team many more options.

The next tournament in January is indoor, small squads, Captain Moynihan has to put her thinking hat on

 

The draw