Grasshopper 2 regional anticipated a tough game against Sleaford Tornadoes and it did not disappoint. Early nerves and the loss of two centre passes saw Grasshopper 2 trail by the end of the first quarter, 8-12.
The team rallied in the second quarter, though, with some sterling circle defensive work by Connie Smith (GK) and Laura Scigliano (GD), and some good shooting by Andy Flewitt (GA) and Beth Smith (GS). Grasshopper 2 won the quarter to trail by just 23 goals to 24 at half time.
Grace Brooks (Player of the Match) swapped from WA to GA for the second half and Grasshopper 2’s purple patch continued apace, with an excellent standard of netball being demonstrated by both teams. However, Grasshopper 2 came out winners at the end of the third quarter, with the score at 39-35.
The start of the final quarter saw Sleaford Tornadoes whip up a storm to retake the lead and despite some hard work by Grasshopper 2, the team ran out of time and lost the game 46-49. A valuable two points gained, however, towards safety – hopefully.