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.