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Royston Retain Cambs County Premier League Title

A nailbiting final quarter saw Rosyton see off a strong Cojags fightback to seal a 47-42 victory, and with it, overtake Cojags in the table to retain their Cambridgeshire County Premier League title.

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Entering the match, Royston trailed Cojags by three points in the table, but with a comfortable goal difference advantage, meaning a win would allow them to overhaul Cojags. The first few minutes showed some Royston nerves, and Cojags turned over Royston’s first centre pass to take advantage. Slowly, the team began to exert themselves, and by midway through the half had carved out an advantage, with excellent defensive pressure from Emma Winser and Chloe Christine-Wallis, and a couple of interceptions from GA Daisy Needham, with Karen Hume feeding well for six goal assists. The quarter finished with a five-goal advantage to Royston, 16-11.

The second quarter saw Royston holding steady, with Winser again impressing with three defensive interceptions, and George Linford, playing at Centre, working hard at both ends. WD Kelly Stubbs also took a pair of interceptions, and Needham and GS Maddy Brooking continued to work well together despite some physical defending from Cojags, to extend Royston’s lead by two, to lead 28-21 at half time.

Coach Tracey Stimson brought on some fresh legs at half time, with Cambs County junior Emily Jelley making her first team debut at Centre, and Stubbs switching to WA, with Anna Pinner coming on at GK, and Winser moving to GD. This was a tighter quarter, with both teams forcing errors and taking interceptions – Jelley soon made her mark with an early steal, and providing five goal assists in the quarter. Cojags clawed one goal back overall, meaning Royston led 38-32 with one quarter remaining.

Emma Cooley replaced Brooking for Q4, with Hume coming back on for Stubbs, Linford coming on at WD, and Winser replacing Christine-Wallis. Cojags rallied hard, and mid-way through the half, were breathing down Royston’s neck at 41-40. Hume called time for an injured foot, replaced by Stubbs, and with this, Royston rallied again to settle the nerves of Royston’s supporters, and extended the lead back to five. At the final whistle, the score was 47-42.

Player of the match was Daisy Needham, with Emma Winser as Coach’s Player. Winser and Chloe Christine-Wallis shared the Eagle Award for best defensive performance.

Royston now move onto the Regional Playoffs on May 12th in search of promotion, where they will hope for better luck than last year’s near-miss.

A big thanks to all of those who came to support the team today!

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Royston vs Stevenage Storm Cyclones

29/11/18 Herts Indoor Netball League – Royston 38-24 Cyclones

The first 10 minutes saw Royston leading 11-6 thanks to some amazing turnovers with strong defense from Chloe, Megan and Aalana. Turnovers in defense saw quick drives into centre court from Sophie and Ness with great placement with the balls into the circle to Lillie and Rachel.  Royston ended the first quarter 2 goals ahead of Cyclones. Slow start into the second quarter with Cyclones catching up fast, however Royston took control taking into consideration the training session from Wednesday nights where we all got in front of our players, getting some good balls and flies Which saw Royston fly ahead to a great win of 38-24. Well to Pom Lillie Worsey, support from Mark and Laura and thank you to Steph for umpiring.

Squad:  C. Cambridge,  R. Jelley, S. Jelley, V. Shepherd, M. Webb, A. Witt, L. Worsey

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Royston 30-26 Turnford 7

Turnford Senior Netball League Div 3, 22/10/18

The game started off pretty close. Great shooting from Lillie and Aalana and tight defending from Kathryn and Anwen meant Royston were only trailing by three at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw injuries for Emily at C and Anwen so a few quick changes meant that Royston had to adapt to the new formations. So at half time Royston were still down by just 4 goals. Megan at C and Nes at WA in the third quarter led to great passes into the shooting circle. Also because of Ellie’s great interceptions as WD and Rachel’s reliable shooting, Royston were able to end the quarter 28:24. The determination from the whole team as we entered the last quarter was immense. We wanted that win and we got it. Royston 30-26 Turnford.

Team: E. Copeland, K. Ealand, A. Hails, E. Jelley, R. Jelley, N. Shepherd, M. Webb, A. Witt, L. Worsey
PoM:  K. Ealand/M. Webb

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Mavericks Futures Academy Selections

We are delighted to announce that three of our young stars, Maddy Brooking, Molly Davies and Daisy Needham, have been selected for the Mavericks Futures Academy in Bedford.  Their selection is a tribute to lots of hard work not only from them, but from Tracey and her coaches.  All three are playing in the Cambs County Premier League team, and the support and encouragement they have received from the senior players has played a large role in their development.  Congratulations girls, good luck, and keep up the hard work!

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