Grasshopper 1 regional had a full squad available for this match, but even so – the loss of just one centre pass in the first quarter meant that they trailed 12-13.
The team remained the same in the second quarter, to allow them time to settle down and it paid off, as by half time, they had overtaken Northants JMs and led 20-19; narrow margins.
At half time, changes were made in attack, with Freddie Marlow coming on at GA, Carly Varney on at C and Hannah Wale moving to WA, but the defence remained unchanged. It was still a very evenly poised game, but Grasshopper 1 turned over a couple of JMs’ centre passes and led 28-26 going into the final quarter.
For the final quarter, circle defence remained the same, with ‘Player of the Match’ Megs Palmer (GD) and Laura Watson (GK) doing a great job. Meanwhile Holly Walker moved to C, Carly Varney to WD, and Captain Donna Osborn re-entered the court as WA. This saw Grasshopper 1 score 16 goals to Northants JMs’ 11, leaving the final score 44-37. A well contested, hard-fought win.