Panther's had a challenging start to the season, with a tight game against Hong Kong Football Club Typhoons, resulting in a 29-29 draw at full-time. With some great passages of play and some great shooting from Kystina Te Kanawa - Coffin and Annie Lim, it was disappointing to not come away with the win. Special mention must go to our amazing circle defenders Rachel Bryant and Becca Miller who worked tirelessly to limit options into the circle, and pick up a number of great tips.
TIGERS 19-21 (L)
The Valley Tigers came out firing to secure a five goal lead moving into the final quarter, only to eventually go down by two to Hantang Chillin - final score 19 – 21. After missing the first round, Tigers’ Captain Cat Eldering returned in defence, working effectively in combination with Stephanie Gaylard to limit Hantang’s ability to score. In the shooting circle Nayaab Murshed and Emma Campbell came out firing in the first quarter. The surprise packet was Chanelle Candy’s centre court appearance, which proved to be stroke of genius from the coaching staff, as Candy excelled at looking down the court and feeding into the Tigers’ circle. The final quarter saw multiple changes to the line up and the Tigers were unable to hang on as Hantang’s shooters hit form and their mid-court brought the ball quickly down court.
PUMAS 26-17 (W)
What a fun game! Everyone played really well. We clicked as a team - the early morning triainig sessions are paying off. Defence backed up our attackers really well. Phoebe took a battering from their defence, but still shot brilliantly and rebounded well, to earn MVP.
COUGARS 13- 31 (L)
It was water vs land in the Stingrays vs Cougars game and unfortunately for Valley the Stingrays held us out 31-13. It was a strong team effort but seems we enjoyed the long weekend break a little too much as we struggled to come forward. Our third quarter was a promising sign of the success to come for the team but in the end it was the Stingrays who finished strong.
LEOPARDS 27-23 (W)
In a well fought game, Valley Leopards beat Kowloon 27-23. Despite struggling at times to get the centre pass away clearly, the flow down centre court was solid and we had found positioning and space. Our shooters, Jen Feng and Roxy O'Fee were on their game with amazing accuracy. Thanks to Heaven Hansen and Lilli for filling in as guests and nailing the defence.
WILDCATS 16-17 (L)
Another good start for the Wildcats. We drifted off in the 2nd and 3rd quarters but gained a lot of it back in the last quarter thanks to the pressure applied by our defenders, the precision feeding from our WA/C and composed shooting. Captains player of the match goes to Toni Sutton-Marcus who went for every intercept, made herself available for every pass, and made some great feeds in to the shooters.
JAGUARS 30-19 (L)
HKU Duchess had first centre but did not score quickly, with the ball going back and forth down the court several times before ultimately they scored. Unfortunately the next 2 goals belonged to Duchess too. There was some great defensive play from Joyce Ng and Megan Prideaux but the Jags weren't able to capitalise on this as HKU frequently turned it over again. Jags scoring improved in the second half with 6 goals a quarter, in part due to calmer play in the mid court but it wasn't enough with a bit of fatigue hitting defense in the last quarter.
CHEETAHS 27-12 (W)
The mighty Cheetahs had a solid second game of the season against the defending Div 5 finalists, The Prime. After a great start & top effort by everyone, we ended the first half up 13 to 3. Some great coaching tips provided by coach Georgie Boost meant the momentum continued well in the second half, with the awesome attack and defensive dream team working well at each end of the court. However I think it was the orange quarters supplied by Kristy Jones mum at half time that really enabled us to come home strong, ending the game with a convincing 27-12 win over the Prime. Gooo Cheetahs!