Falcons came out relaxed but focussed on the task. Both teams made an impressive start by holding their own centre passes, a few balls were lost due to misplaced passes and unforced errors by Falcons. Ryland capitalised on this and with some good attacking play. Despite this, Falcons' attack still managed to get free with and Liv Mason and Helen Hancock combined well in the shooting circle. Falcons stepped up in the last 2 minutes and Olivia scored a great long range shot. Falcons held their own centre from this point, so the quarter ended Falcons 9-17 Ryland.
Falcons' defence applied heavy pressure on Ryland's attack during the second quarter, which created some tips/interceptions, which Falcons capitalised on. They won the quarter 9-7 (overall score 18-24).
Falcons stepped up the pressure during the third quarter to win it 13-10 (overall score: 31-34) so both teams knew that the fourth quarter was to be a tightly fought contest. However, Ryland played some smart netball to take the game away from Falcons to win 41-48 overall.
Player of the match: Olivia Mason
Katie Flaherty moved to the bench and Hannah Joseph moved to WA at the break. The change helped Falcons retain their centre pass, with Hannah getting free with ease. Falcons also managed to up their number of rebounds, tips and interceptions, with Kathryn doing a particularly impressive job at WD, forcing her opponent high and wide. This limited Jets’ options, and Falcons were able to capitalise. They won the quarter 14-12, to make the overall score 34-36.
Francesca moved to the bench with Tamikah coming on at Centre. Falcons held their own centre pass and then broke Jets’ to level the score. The game went goal-for-goal for the next few minutes, until Tamikah found Liv in the shooting circle, who had an opportunity to take a long range shot. Liv made it, which catalysed Falcons’ comeback. The attack began to move the ball much flatter and faster down the court, and the goals kept coming from there. Falcons won the quarter 18-10 to win the match52-46.
A well-deserved win for Falcons!
Player of the match: Olivia Mason
Sleaford won the toss and took the first centre pass - converting immediately. For a while, it was goal for goal, but then Grasshoppers, having found their rhythm, had an inspired period of play, with some good shooting from Donna Osborn (GA) and Andy Flewitt (GS). This allowed Grasshoppers to lead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. Sleaford seemed out of sorts.
The second quarter did not continue in the same vein for Grasshoppers, as Sleaford Barge settled into their rhythm and seemed to 'up the ante'. Despite some good play by the Grasshoppers defence - Tracy Glover (GK) and Megs Palmer (GD) - Sleaford converted goal after goal and won this quarter 6-15.
It was a similar story in the third quarter, but the Grasshoppers defence contained the Sleaford Barge shooters a little more. In fact, it was a good standard of netball from all players on court but Sleaford Barge edged the quarter 6-11.
The final quarter flowed back Grasshoppers' way. They converted goal after goal and were doggedly determined in defence all up the court. Sleaford Barge had once more lost their rhythm - and also their GD to injury - and it looked as if Grasshoppers would catch them up. However, Sleaford Barge's shooters began to convert again, which meant that Grasshoppers just failed to gain an extra point by not coming within 4 goals of the final score (Grasshoppers 34-40 Sleaford Barge). A very well contested game by both sides and congratulations to Grasshoppers’ GA – Donna Osborn – who earned the Player of the Match award.
GK – Issy Beighton
GD – Iman Thomas
WD – Kathryn Binks
C – Katie Flahery (vice captain)
WA – Jemma King
GA – Olivia Mason (Captain)
GS – Helen Hancock
Sub – Adelaide Muskwe
Coach – Donna Swann and Dominque Mckwe
Primary Carer – Donna Swann and Zoe.
Thank you to Georgina and Michelle for scoring/timekeeping.
Player of the match: Katie Flaherty
Both Falcons and Linden made an impressive start to the game, holding their own centre passes. However, Falcons then lost a few balls due to misplaced passes and unforced errors, which Linden capitalised on to open up a good lead on the Loughborough-based team. Despite this setback, Falcons’ attack still managed to get free at centre passes, feeding Liv Mason and Helen Hancock well in the shooting circle. The quarter finished 7-10 to Linden.
Falcons, who made no changes at the break, came out determined to apply heavy pressure on Linden’s attack. This enabled Falcons to make lots of tips and interceptions. Meanwhile, the team showed great patience in the through court play with some brilliant feeds from Katie and Jemma to the shooters, which allowed Falcons to take the quarter 9-4 for an overall score of Falcons 16-14 Linden.
Once again, Falcons made no changes. Both teams started well by holding their own centre passes, despite heavy defence applied by the opposing team. This heavy defence soon caused both teams to make unforced errors. Fortunately for Falcons, Issy stepped up and started to get rebounds, tips and interceptions, whilst Kathryn was doing an impressive job at WA forcing her opponent’s balls high and wide, which limited Linden’s options. Linden fought hard during the quarter though and converted a couple of Falcons’ unforced errors, which brought the overall scores level going into the final period (24-24).
Both teams went goal for goal during the last fifteen minutes but Falcons eventually won it with a long range shot from Liv Mason. The overall score was Falcons 32-31 Linden.