Redbridge blues as Red and Whites shine

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The Jersey Whites were first on court and they dismissed the challenge of Redbridge’s B team with a 12-7 victory.

Accurate passing into the D from centre, Isabelle Bougeard, and wing attack, Gemma Gardiner, and backed up in defence by Olivia Blampied (WD, captain), who made some crucial tips to deny the opposition possession, allowed Jersey to work an early lead.

Susannah Humphrey (GD) closed down the attack consistently and keeper, Lucy Banks, tipped the ball regularly to Jersey’s benefit.

Shooter, Lucy Fraser, and goal attack, Lauren Blair, moved well in the D and remained accurate in shooting.

Jersey kept a strong lead throughout the second half with new player Sophie Eccles (WD) and Heidi Alice Smith (WA) fitting in well to help the Island secure a 12-7 win.

Lauren Blair took the player of the match honours.

‘It was a fantastic game,’ said coach Natacha Morgan-Pasquali.

‘I’m so pleased with all the girls; to play in front of such a big crowd on such an important occasion is a real achievement for them all.

They have been so committed since they started training and deserved to do well.’

Jersey Reds were next up and a superb second half ensured a 12-4 win over Redbridge A.

Hannah Johnson (GA) was in sparkling form, netting some great shots while captain, Nicole Le Rougetel, was a steady influence in the centre court, linking well with an energetic Susannah Phillips (WA) – both demonstrated accurate passing into shooters, Kenya Smith and Hannah Johnson.

Rosie Hill was outstanding as wing defence, gaining many tips and interceptions, thus stopping Redbridge’s attacking flow.

In the circle Georgina Ruellan (GD) worked tirelessly as did Emily Reynolds (GK) and they only had one goal scored against them in the second half through quick interceptions and turning the run of the game in Jersey’s favour.

Hannah Johnson was named player of the match.

‘What a great day for Jersey netball,’ said delighted coach Danny Simon.

‘With the talent and athleticism demonstrated by all the girls today we have a very rosy future in our Island’s sport.

The girls have worked one hundred per cent for these wins and they are justly deserved – we are very proud coaches indeed.’

‘It is great that Redbridge keep coming to Jersey and providing our girls with such strong opposition,’ added Morgan-Pasquali.

‘We really appreciate the work their coaches put in and their continued commitment to U11 netball.

Both Danny and I would like to thank them for giving us such excellent games.’

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