Belhaven Hill School

A Full Boarding & Day School for Boys and Girls aged 7-13 years

1st Rounders Season Report

1st Rounders Season Report

1st Rounders' Season Report 2019

Having spent the last two years coaching the U9 team, it was great to be back with the 1st team for Rounders. A talented group at the top of the school made selection tough but after a few sessions, the girls began to show their talents on the field.  With a few reminders of some of the more technical rules, and remembering not to step out of the box when batting, the Rounders season was soon underway.  Long games sessions were spent working on fielding techniques and match play tactics as well as a few fun games of ‘one out, all out’.  This encouraged lots of great teamwork and communication which was key for the season.  Other drills including time trials for completing a pitch run also proved to be very worthwhile for scoring in one or two of the matches we played.

As our first match of the season was three days into term, all form 1 played for the U13 team against Strathallan.  With the ground a little slippery underfoot, we played cautiously running around the track.  Belhaven had some good hitters and although we had good deep fielders, we had not had enough practice sessions to think about positioning on the pitch and blocking the spaces.  Strathallan had some good hitters who were able to place the ball on the field.  A tough first match saw Belhaven lose narrowly 11 - 16.

Just three days later, the 1st Team travelled back up to Perthshire and to Kilgraston for their annual tournament.  Playing on Astro due to wet ground, the girls quickly adapted their play and fielded rolling balls well.  Winning all the matches in their pool v Fettes 9½ - 2½, v St Mary’s 9½ - 6½, v Kilgraston 7½ - 6½ and v Loretto B 11 - 2½ the girls were to face Strathallan in the final.  Tactical fielding targeted the strong batters and stopped the scoring but nerves got the better at times and we made silly fielding errors.  Unfortunately our batting started off well but with a few errors with our batting (stepping out of the box to hit the ball!) along with Strathallan’s good fielding saw us finish runners up.

The next outing for the team saw Belhaven host the last ever Dandylions v Wosps match.  The format is changing next year to include just Hockey and Netball fixtures.  On a glorious afternoon, six Belhaven girls represented the two Dandylions' teams and both teams were victorious against the WOSPS. Imogen, Honor and Lucy represented the A team and won 25 - 9, whilst Flora captained the B team along with Anna on her side won 10½ - 6½.  Unfortunately Alexandra was also selected to play but had to watch from the side due to injury.

A week later saw the second match of the term against Ardvreck.  Again the sun shone in Dunbar as we welcomed the Ardvreck team.  Some great play again in this match saw Ardvreck chase our scores as they went into bat after us.  We had to keep fielding tight to ensure the Ardvreck girls did not get a chance to score half rounders at second post.  Great all round play saw Belhaven win the fixture 12½ - 5½.

We travelled down to the Borders for our next match against St Mary's, and knowing they were a good team who we had already beaten in the tournament, they would want to get their own back on home ground.  The most exciting game of the season saw a game of two halves.  Failing to score too many full Rounders the team settled for some halves before risking it too soon.  A secure fielding innings against St Mary's saw both teams even after the first innings.  The team needed to step up a gear during the second innings if they wanted to win.  As St Mary's batted again, the girls were on a roll.  Tight fielding, good tactics and great catches saw St Mary's finish the innings with a total of 12.5 rounders.  It was going to be tight.  The Belhaven girls soon got an eye for the ball, risked when they needed to and took advantage of the misfielding from St Mary's as we placed them under pressure.  A great second innings and another victory 17½ -12½.

The penultimate fixture was played at Belhaven on a rather wet afternoon, so for safety reasons we adapted the game so no one got out at first post.  Fettes put us into bat and despite being told to take it easy on the pitch, Belhaven were off to a flying start. A good first innings saw Belhaven with a decent score for Fettes to chase.  As Fettes went into bat, they found it difficult to connect with the ball and score due to some super fielding from the Belhaven team.  During the second innings, Belhaven did not manage a high score as the Fettes girls had made their fielding more secure but we found ourselves in a comfortable position and went onto win the match 14 - 7.

The final match of the season saw the team travel to sunny Perthshire to play Craigclowan.  Playing against an unknown team, as we were not in their pool at the tournament, the girls gave it everything. Great teamwork, fielding and reading the game well allowed the girls to take advantage of misfielding and rule knowledge to score rounders. (Florrie’s gentle jog to third before sprinting to fourth post and scoring springs to mind for this!). The batting was strong from our team with every member contributing to the score line.  Super communication within the team, along with displaying their skills and understanding of the game, saw the girls win 21½ - 10.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being back coaching the 1st team again this term.  The girls have embraced new drills, skills and been able to read the game along with communicating with each other, to lead them to victory.  It has been close at times in matches, nail biting in fact, and they have kept me on my toes with their performances.  Highlights of the term include: being runners up at the Kilgraston Tournament, laps of honor (not Stevens) as we drove back into Dunbar, the last ever Dandylions match and the simple enjoyment of rolling down the hill after our final match at Craigclowan!!
Well done girls for a fantastic season.