From a neutral's perspective, the game did not disappoint. Hurricanes started well and netted the first 3 goals but Lincoln City 1 soon stepped up their own game, scoring in quick succession to take the lead. It was a lead they held onto as the umpire's whistle blew for the first quarter (12 - 14).
Instead of being disheartened, Hurricanes maintained their composure during the interval, especially as team manager, Louise Kepner gave some swift, yet simple team tactics for the team to take into the second quarter. It meant that Stephanie Dunn had her work cut out at Goal Attack but she soon proved that she was up to the task. Stephanie continuously managed to get the better of the Lincoln City 1 defence, therefore creating space for Goal Shooter, Laura Matkin, to do what she does best. Hurricanes' efforts meant that the first half concluded with a well-deserved 27-21 lead.
The ladies knew that they would have to dig deep to maintain the score line though but this is exactly what they did. Hurricanes posted their best quarter score of the game 16 - 4 to see the three-quarter time poised at 43-25. Lincoln City 1 fought back in the final quarter and tested Hurricanes' nerve. Not surprisingly, Hurricane's earlier exertions meant that the team had begun to tire and subsequently, a few errors crept into their game. However, the defensive experience of Hinckley's Debbie Skene shone through to help settle both the players' and the bench's nerves. Debbie continued to rally the troops up until the final whistle, ensuring the game ended 55 - 36 in Hurricane's favour. All-in-all, a well-fought game from both sides.
Hurricanes voted Katie Pallet, who was playing her first game of the season. as their player of the match. As quoted by club Chairwoman, Stephanie Dunn "...her work rate from the centre passes to the circle edge was salubrious..."
Congratulations should go to the whole squad as the victory really was a team effort.
Onto the next game: Sunday 30 September, 9.30am versus Bluetits at the Loughborough University Netball Centre.