Sunday saw the return match against Northants JMs in the East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 2. Unfortunately, a very sluggish start saw Grasshoppers quickly fall behind and they were losing at the end of the first quarter. Coach, Anne Melling made several changes, which proved to be good ones, as Grasshoppers caught up and then overtook JMs to lead at half time.
Unfortunately, Grasshoppers could not maintain their level of play during the third quarter though and JMs began to dominate through some consistent and accurate shooting from their GS. Despite close marking in the defensive circle and some good interceptions from Grasshopper’s Player of the Match, Kate Garner, JMs extended their lead going into the final quarter. Grasshopper’s game began to flow a little more during the last fifteen minutes and they made a concerted effort to level the score. However, their efforts were in vain as JMs maintained their lead and deservedly won the game by 4 goals.
Final score: Northants JMs 40 – 36 Grasshopper NC.
Lincoln made a convincing return to the East Midlands Regional League Division 2 with a win over TFC Too. The Imps have had numerous knee injuries and so had to adapt their squad over the season. Megan Samways returned to regional competition at Centre (C), whilst Anna Gilbert slotted in at Goal Attack (GA). The rest of the team remained unchanged.
Both teams were excellent in the first quarter, but Lincoln edged ahead through consistent shooting from Becky Baker and precise feeds from Abby Johnson. Megan and Lizzie Saywell made numerous interceptions allowing Lincoln’s attack to convert time after time. The score after the first quarter was 18-10 to Lincoln.
Iceni managed to win against Grasshoppers 36-33.
After taking a good lead in the first quarter Iceni looked like they would win the game with ease but Grasshoppers put up a great fight and brought back the gap by the second and third quarter resulting in a nail biting fourth quarter. However, it just wasn't enough with Iceni’s strong attack and defence.
Laina Richardson(C) held the team together in centre court resulting her being voted ‘Player of the Match, an all-round good effort and win for Iceni