Last Wednesday Clockhouse went to the Netball Havering Cup Final as defending champions. Marshalls Park was the venue for a great afternoon of netball where Clockhouse met Oakfields Montessori.
Despite coming in as favourites on paper Oakfields came out the blocks firing and before Clockhouse were in the game they were already chasing a 5-0 deficit. Clockhouse who were not at their normal pace and fluency really struggled with the movement and tactical organisation of the Oakfield netballers.
After half time Clockhouse looked to be back on their game Ruby N making a big impact from the bench. As Clockhouse clicked they started to chase the game showing just why they were in the final for the third year in succession. As the game entered the final quarter Oakfields had a 13-6 lead but Clocks saved some of their best netball of the year for the final 8 minutes in the sporting calendar. The urgency to move the ball from one end of the court to the other in such a precise way was incredible to watch. Every Oakfields attack way nullified and Clockhouse then hit back on the scoreboard.
As the final whistle blew it was heartbreak for Clockhouse who lost narrowly.
Reflecting on the game Mr Yarrow said 'I am gutted for the squad tonight they came into the competition this years as champions and throughout every stage of competition they have conducted themselves as champions! Tonight wasn't our night we didn't switch on at the start and left too much to chase.
That being said I am so proud of this team, netball has gone from strength to strength in previous years and these children have been ever present in the Clockhouse netball success. We now know we have a big job next year to win that trophy back!'
Final Score Clockhouse 11 - 14 Oakfields
Squad: Beth C (c), Charlie B, Kayleigh M, Bobby I, Rachel C, Sophie L, Lily S-E and Ruby N
Scorers: Lily S-E x 6 and Sophie L x 5
Player of the Match: Ruby N
Last week Clockhouse visited Engayne for the eagerly awaited borough cup netball semi-final. In blistering hot conditions it took Clockhouse a while to get going and were chasing an early Engayne lead.
Once Clockhouse found their rhythm a game fitting of the occasion ensued. An evenly match encounter forced the champions to dig deep and pull out all the stops. Charlie B literally putting his body on the line to stop the Engayne attacks.
Clockhouse put the pedal to the floor just before half time to take a 9-5 lead into half time. Bobby I and Rachel C feeding the shooters at every opportunity.
As the team came out for the second half they knew the job was not done. Some strict officiating limited the Clockhouse chances. But as always Lily S-E and Sophie L were clinical when the opportunities were forthcoming.
In typical Clockhouse style the game became tight and more decisions went against Clockhouse in the attacking third. Engayne managed to tie the game 11 all as time ran out.
Clockhouse were no strangers to extra time, the borough reigning champions were not prepared to relinquish their grip on the cup easily. Two goals early on in extra time, one for each shooter put Clockhouse in a strong position. It came down to the passion and desire in defence, captain Beth C, Charlie B and Kayleigh M were determined to shut Engayne out. Time was on Clockhouse's side and although Engayne pulled one back it was too Little too Late and Clockhouse were in the final again.
After the game Mr Yarrow said ' firstly thanks to Miss Ettridge for her help on the day! This is a huge achievement for this hard working group of Clockhouse children. This is our third final on the bounce and this squad have the opportunity to make school history by being the first group to regain a Borough Title.
The attack was on point as always but the defence really made a statement in this game. If it wasn't for their hard work especially when the team was being officiated very strictly in the 2nd half, then the result could of been very different!
We have now won both the quarter and semi finals in extra time. This might not be ideal but it goes to show the fight and never say die attitude this team brings onto the court every game!!!
The final will be the last sporting event of the year and it would be great to finish on a high with this team getting the accolade they deserve!!!
If you are free please come to Marshalls Park School next Wednesday the 18th July, 3:30 start to see if this team can bring the cup back to Clockhouse! All support would be greatly received!!! The team are a pleasure to watch and will no doubt put on an amazing performance! Good luck Clocks you know you can do it!'
FINAL SCORE: ENGAYNE 12 - 13 CLOCKHOUSE
SQUAD: Beth C (c), Charlie B, Kayleigh M, Bobby I, Rachel C, Sophie L, Lily S-E, & Ruby N.
SCORERS: Sophie L x 5, Lily S-E x 8
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Beth C
Yesterday evening Clockhouse took a big squad to New Campbell Netball Club. The children were invited to take part in a vigorous warm up and some fast paced drills before playing a match.
Defending champions Clockhouse were back to business yesterday as they took two teams to Scotts Primary School. One game was a cup game, the other a friendly.
The cup game was up first and the champions meant business. In a flying opening three minutes Clockhouse were 7-0 ahead. Ruthless play in the attacking third meant that Clockhouse had the chance to experiment with positions. This will be good practice for next week's Hi 5 Competition. Sadly for Scotts the scoring did not stop there, as the free flowing Clockhouse game play was allowing Clockhouse shooting opportunities throughout the last three quarters.
Credit to Scotts who played with a smile on their faces throughout. Despite the score the game was played in great spirits! Clockhouse really were flawless in their performance. The attack throughout was brutal but credit must also go to the defence who limited the Scotts possession and turned the ball over frequently. Clockhouse advance to the quarter finals.
Mr Yarrow said 'It is really hard to write a report when a team dominate from start to finish playing some lovely netball. I mean where do you start? What do you include? This was a fantastic team performance from the reigning champions. If they can continue playing like this there will be no reason they can not beat everyone! Proud of the performance. Special mention to Scotts, I always enjoy travelling to them they are very welcoming and it is always a fun enjoyable game.'
FINAL SCORE: Scotts 1 - 19 Clockhouse
SQUAD: Beth C (c), Charlie B, Kayleigh M, Bobby I, Rachel C, Sophie L, & Lily S-E
SCORERS: Lily S-E x 11, Sophie L x 4, Kayleigh M, Beth C x 2, & Bobby I
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Beth C
In our 2nd game of the evening Clockhouse fielded a completely different side and again played against Scotts.
Clockhouse took a little while finding their feet but as the game went on the squad grew in confidence. In defence Grace D, Layla S and Darci L did well to sniff out any attacks from a frantic Scottts front two.
At the other end of the court Ruby N was linking up nicely with the shooters. Katie G giving Clockhouse the lead.
As the game entered the 2nd quarter Clockhouse continued to grow in confidence and began to open up the Scotts defence with some expansive play. Ben C scoring before Katie G got her 2nd to give Clockhouse a 3 - 0 lead at the half.
In the final two quarters Clockhouse pressed home their advantage, defensively limiting Scotts attacking play whilst moving into space to create shooting chances. Katie G added another three baskets to her impressive tally while Ruby N also got on the scoreboard.
Mr Yarrow said '2 games, 2 wins, a great afternoon of netball for Clockhouse. Lots of students playing well and enjoying themselves. What more could you ask for? I was really impressed with the people playing their first game for the school tonight.'
FINAL SCORE: Scotts 0 - 7 Clockhouse
SQUAD: Darci L (c), Grace D, Layla S, Ruby N, Ben C, & Katie G
SCORERS: Rachel C x 5, Ben C, & Ruby N
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Grace D
Clockhouse Netball Team were once again invited to the Surrey Storm London Live netball tournament. The tournament is invitational so the calibre of schools / players on show was very high.
Tonight in atrocious weather conditions Clockhouse visited Crownfield with the winner advancing through the pool stages of the Havering League Competition.
Despite the cold weather Clockhouse were on fire and Crownfield really struggled to get possession of the ball.
Lily S-E had an eye for the goal. Scoring 3 goals in quick succession to give Clockhouse a lead that would set the tone for the rest of the game. Sophie L linked up well with Bobby I as she also found the net.
Despite not having much to do in defence captain Beth C marshalled her troops well and the organisation of the side was pivotal in the flawless attacking play.
Credit must also go to debutant Grace D & to Ruby N who is still learning the game. Both looked like they had played for years.
Final Score: Crownfield 0 - 15 Clockhouse
Squad: Beth C, Charlie B, Kayleigh M, Bobby I, Ruby N, Sophie L, Lily S-E, Grace D, Rachel C, & Hayden M
Scorers: Lily S-E x 8, Sophie L x 5, Hayden M, Charlie B
Player of the Match: Lily S-E
Clockhouse took their 7-a-side netball form into the Havering 5-a-side competition this afternoon.
Clockhouse travelled outside the borough tonight to play St Peter's of Brentwood. This has become a regular in the sports calender, St Peter's always providing Clockhouse with a challenge regardless of which sport we are playing.
In the schools first match since winning the Havering Borough Cup there was possibly a pressure of living up to the title. The Clockhouse team travelled to Suttons Primary School, who we drew 3 - 3 with last year.
In a flawless performance Clockhouse walked away with a 16 - 0 victory limiting Suttons to just 2 shots in the whole game.
Suttons did not give up from start to finish, but the Clockhouse game tempo was hard to live with. Players made debuts, and some of the returning squad tried new positions.
Scorers on the day were Sophie L x 6, Lily S-E x 5, Hayden M x 2, Kayleigh M x 2 and Ben C.
Clockhouse are next in netball action on Tuesday evening.
SQUAD: Beth C (c), Charlie B, Kayleigh M, Bobby I, Frankie R, Sophie L, Lily S-E, Hayden M, Rachel C, James O and Ben C
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Bobby I