Based on Iceni's convincing win over Lincoln City 2 in the first game of the new season, Falcons Yellow knew that this game was not going to be a walkover. However, they produced netball of the highest calibre to come away with a decisive win.
The first quarter saw a very determined and focused Falcons Yellow lead 13 - 6. This was due to the defensive trio of Brown, Jackson and Mason breaking down the attacking moves of a very strong Iceni team. Their endeavours were repaid in full with the shooting duo of Warren and Bottomley, who not only converted most of their own centres into goals but also many of Iceni's centres that Falcons Yellow had successfully turned over as well. Brennan and Howard also produced some wonderful feeds and great drives to the circle edge, making it very difficult for Iceni to defend.
Iceni pressed hard during the second quarter to close the gap. They managed to score more goals but Falcons still came out on top, winning the quarter 11 - 8, going into the half time break 24 - 14 to the good.
The second half saw the introduction of Owen to replace Brennan at centre, giving her a well earned rest after working hard for the whole of the first half. The change did not stop Falcons Yellow though as they continued to thwart many of Iceni's attacks. At the other end of the court, Warren and Bottomley continued to widen the gap in the scoreline. Their jobs were made much easier by Owen and Howard, who produced netball of the utmost flair, accuracy and composure when under extreme pressure from the Iceni defence, to carve out the shooting duo's opportunities.
Final score Falcons 51 - Iceni 33.
The whole to team played well but the player of the match goes to the defensive trio of Brown, Mason and Jackson.
Team - Sarah Bottomley (GS), Nina Warren (GA), Weller Howard (WA), Mel Brennan (C), Tamsin Mason (WD), Samantha Brown (GD), Beth Jackson (GK) : Subs Jo Holt (WA & coach), Laura Owen (C).