Falcons Black started strongly with Fran Desmond (C) taking control of play early on and settling the Falcons Black side quickly. It was goal-for-goal netball in the first quarter though and both teams looked hungry for the ball. The sides were also applying heavy defence and the quarter finished Linden 7 - 7 Falcons Black.
Helen Hancock replaced Olivia Mason at GA for the second quarter. Entering the second quarter, Falcons Black upped the intensity with lots of turnovers from Nicola Caunt (GK), Issy Beighton (GD) and Iman Thomas (WD) in defence. Falcons took advantage of such opportunities, with Tyler Bexton (GS) looking confident in attack and Helen Hancock (GA) dictating much of the attacking third. There were some promising patches of play from the away team who adjusted well to the substitutions and won the quarter 9 goals to 7 (Overall: Linden 14 – 16 Falcons Black).
GK – Issy Beighton
GD – Nic Caunt
WD – Iman Thomas
C – Francesca Desmond
WA – Emily Watson
GA – Olivia Mason – Captain
GS – Tyler Bexton
Sub – Jessica Smith
Sub Helen Hancock
Head Coach - Kaylea McQuade
Assistant Coach/Team Manager – Donna Swann
Having secured regional netball once more at the July qualifying tournament, Grasshopper Netball Club played their first regional match against Northants JMs. JMs took an early lead after Grasshoppers failed to convert their centre passes but some accurate shooting by Andy Flewitt and Donna Osborn allowed Grasshoppers to catch up. Inspired defensive and communication work by Kate Garner and Tracy Glover also allowed Grasshoppers to lead 9-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Lincoln City have reformed this season and now have just one team in the Regional League Division 2.
Alongside a mix of both last year’s first and second team players, Lincoln welcomed back Abby Johnson and introduced newbie Becky Baker, who had a great debut, being named by the opposition as the ‘Player of the Match’.
Southgate began their East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 2 campaign with a 23-50 win, securing 5 points and producing a solid foundation on which to build on (29/09/13).
Although all Regional League games are played at Loughborough University’s Netball Centre, Southgate’s match was still seen as a bit of a local derby because the team was taking on fellow Derbyshire-based club Iceni. The first quarter saw a closely competed 15 minutes with some evidently frantic periods of netball. However, sharp shooting from both clubs meant the quarter finished 7-9 in Southgate’s favour.