First victory of the season for Royals United

PUBLISHED: 09:12 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 October 2015

Clevedon Royal United registered their first victory of the netball season.

Clevedon Royals United 63

Bobbies Girls 5

Clevedon Royals United celebrated their first win of the season with a 63-15 victory over Bobbies Girls.

Royals United, who have had a tough start to the season after being promoted from Division 1, entered the court with a new-found confidence and were dominant from the start.

The team moved the ball up the court cleanly, while centre Deb Welch and player of the match, WA Jo Hughes’s excellent on court play and accurate feeds into GA Rachel Mason and GS Abi Ruffle ensured a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The unnerving defence of GD Katie Ponsford, GK Kathy Ruffle and WD Charlie Sale meant Bobbies’ seldom got the ball into their shooters in the first half of the game.

Katie and Kathy worked well together to produce plenty of interceptions and rebounds while Charlie and Deb were forcing tips and making it hard for Bobbies to use the circle edge.

Clevedon went into the second half with a 24-goal lead, and team captain Cat Lochrie made some changes, moving Abi into WD and bringing Amy Fowler on as GS. Despite a hefty lead, Clevedon did not rest on their laurels and taking advantage of any loose balls they managed to increase their lead in the third quarter to 42-7.

Jo proved her player of the match award was well deserved with fine feeds into the circle, while Amy held her ground under the tough conditions in the circle. Rachel, a new addition to the team, fitted nicely into the squad, her experience bringing some confidence into the attacking third.

Working well in any combination, Abi, Rachel and Amy used some offloads to gain good positioning under the post to confirm the 63-15 win.

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