Sunday saw Grasshopper NC play Nottingham Knights – a match that Grasshopper has not won for years. They made a strong start, with solid shooting from Katie Long (GS) and Donna Osborn (GA) and were winning 8-4 by the end of the first quarter.
Grasshopper’s defence of Laura Scigliano (GD) and Megs Palmer (GK) played very strongly and Notts Knights only scored 5 in the next quarter. In attack, coach Anne Melling brought on Stacie Racz as GS and Hannah Wright as WA and part way through the quarter, Carly Varney – in at C – needed to be replaced by Amy Tonks due to what looked to be a serious injury.
Despite Notts Knights succeeding in getting the ball up to the attack, the two shooters failed to convert on numerous occasions – whereas Grasshopper’s shooters did, so by the end of the third quarter, Grasshoppers were leading 29-17.
In the final quarter, the Grasshopper defence continued to dominate the Notts Knights shooters and switched well to turn the ball over; they only let in 4 goals. This, coupled with consistently accurate shooting by GS and GA, meant that Grasshopper NC were outright winners by the end of the game 43-21 and this has seen them move to the top of the league – to hold joint first place with Southgate NC. Well done Grasshoppers!