The first quarter saw Grasshopper Netball Club coming straight out of the blocks. They moved into a storming lead by applying some excellent mid-court pressure on Lincoln City 2, whilst Kate Garner and Laura Harbour were working well together in defence. There was also some excellent shooting and interplay by Beth Smith and Donna Osborn, which meant that Grasshoppers led 11-6 at the end of the quarter.
Grasshoppers didn’t capitalise on their excellent start during the second quarter though. Their usual great passing into the attacking circle was being increasingly intercepted by a Lincoln City 2 defence, which was beginning to find its feet. Importantly these interceptions were being converted by Lincoln City 2 as well, meaning the scores were tied 19-19 at half time.
Grasshopper Netball Club’s Coach, Anne Melling made some changes at half time, taking off Goal Shooter, Beth Smith and bringing on Andy Flewitt. Wing Attack, Karmen Askew was also swapped for Claire Fielding. It was ‘honours even’ in the third quarter, however, with some closely contested court play and shots that followed in, from end to end. The score at the end of this quarter was 26-26. What a cliff-hanger!
Coach Melling made some more changes for the final quarter, which saw Grasshoppers revert back to its starting seven. However, they’d just run out of steam. Lincoln City 2 stepped up yet another gear, winning the game with a final score of 29-42. Grasshopper Netball Club’s player of the match was Goal Defence, Laura Harbour.
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