Grasshopper NC made a bright start to their game against Brigg Impacts, defending solidly and turning over a couple of their centre passes. Sarah Barbour (GK) in particular intercepted many passes into the Brigg shooters. Grasshoppers led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Grasshoppers continued to build on their lead through some more solid defensive work from Sarah Barbour and Megs Palmer (GD), coupled with consistent shooting from Stacie Racz (GA). By half time, the score was 27-15.
At half time, coach Anne Melling made a couple of changes: Stacie Racz moved to GS and Katie Long came on as GA. This paid dividends as the goals kept popping in and Grasshoppers demonstrated good confidence all over the court. By the end of the third quarter, Grasshoppers led 46-23.
Brigg made some changes of their own for the final quarter, which meant things were a little tougher for Grasshoppers. However, the Leicestershire team still maintained their lead, and won every quarter. The final score was 61-37. A great game from all concerned and congratulations to Players of the Match from either end: Sarah Barbour (GK) and Stacie Racz (GA/GS).
Sunday’s match between Grasshopper NC and University of Loughborough promised to be a close one and it did not disappoint. The University of Loughborough began the strongest; Grasshopper NC lost a couple of centre passes and forced some balls into the shooting circle that were not as accurate as they could have been. By the end of the quarter, they were trailing 12-14.
Coach, Anne Melling, brought on Hannah Wale at WA for the second quarter, and Grasshopper’s game began to flow. More Grasshopper shots were converted, and, combined with solid defending by Megs Palmer (GD and eventual ‘Player of the Match’) and Tracy Glover (GK), the team overturned the University of Loughborough’s lead by half time (26-22 overall).
The third quarter saw the same Grasshopper team take to the court, but the University of Loughborough started well, converting several quick goals to catch up.
The match was extremely close until well into the fourth quarter. Then, Grasshopper managed to pull away again through the ‘fresh legs’ they’d brought on at the break, in the form of Becs Smith at WD and Kara Kataiwai at WA. Grasshopper were leading 41-35 when a serious injury to the University of Loughborough’s WD player occurred. An ambulance was sent for, and the match abandoned in the fourth minute of the final quarter. The outcome of the result is still to be confirmed by the League Secretary.