After a motivational speech from the Falcons Black coaches and captain, the team were ready to close the gap further. They made no changes for this quarter but increased the intensity of their play with fast patches of netball that flowed effortlessly. Unfortunately, this wasn’t maintained throughout the quarter though and the Loughborough-based team were caught off guard during Leyton’s set plays. This resulted in Leyton winning the quarter 15-11 and taking a 32-23 lead into half time.
Falcons Black made a few changes for the start of the second half: Kaylea was introduced at WD, Francesca moved to C and Katie moved to WA with Jess going to the bench. The team continued to apply pressure and create turnovers and spaces, which allowed the ball to be brought through court in a structured manner. However, a strong defence from Leyton forced Falcons into a number of errors, allowing the home team to push further ahead.
Falcons made some further changes for the final quarter: Katie came back on at C, Jess at WA and Fran moved to the bench. It was a bad quarter for the Falcons squad though. Leyton were able to push on and got a run of eight unanswered goals. The helped towards the final score of Leyton 69 – 35 Falcons Black.
Congratulations to Katie Flaherty who was awarded Player of the match.