Grasshopper 1, upbeat from their recent sponsorships with James Mossman Ltd and Chaperone K9, fielded a full strength side against Northants Storm. The first quarter initially went with each team’s centres but eventually Northants Storm capitalised on a few mistakes to convert, leaving Grasshoppers trailing, 10-15.
No changes were made for the second quarter. Grasshopper 1 managed to equal their first quarter score (10) but were unable to stop Northants Storm scoring 19 – despite some superb defending from Player of the Match, Laura Watson (GK). At half time, Grasshopper trailed 20-34.
Changes were made at half time, with Freddie Marlow coming on at GA, Captain Donna Osborn moving to WA, Tracy Glover coming on as GK, Holly Walker moving to GD and Laura Watson moving to WD. The third quarter was more closely-contested, with Grasshopper 1 leading the quarter scoring on a number of occasions. But Northants Storm eventually pulled away, 7-11.
In the final quarter, Grasshopper’s defence curtailed Northants’ shooters once again. Grasshopper fought doggedly in a pleasant, well-contested game, to draw the quarter (11-11) – a quarter they could so easily have won. They final 38-56 score did not truly reflect the closeness of the game.