Panthers came onto the court fired up and ready to play DB. We kept the intensity up throughout the game and won 53-30. Both Krystina Te Kanawa Coffin and Tiffany Chiu shot accurately with Lisa Martin , Jen Campbell and Laura Hooper working hard to get to the circle edge before feeding them the ball . Special mention goes to Katie Henderson who got some great intercepts and WD.
TIGERS 32-24 (W)
Despite dwindling numbers of available players, Tigers enjoyed their second win for the season against HKCC. All tigers rose to the challenge of new dynamics throughout the court with the addition of new faces to the team. There were great passages of play through centre court which were successfully converted in the goals with excellent shooting in the circle. The team carried great energy throughout all four quarters of the game but a special mention goes to Phoebe Cobb's outstanding efforts in goals (on loan from Pumas).
COUGARS 20-19 (W)
What a night for Valley - both the Cougars and Leopards came out incredibly hungry for a win! Moments of flow in attack were up against it with very tight defense from the Leopards. Although down, Cougars were never out. With great determination, moving on to the ball, intercepts and even a back line set play, it all came together by the 4th quarter and Cougars won by 1.
An incredible game by all on court and a credit to Valley players. Special mention to Jay Ellison and Sam Lam for their awesome intercepts that we were able to capitalise on, and our sharp shooters who kept their eyes in!
LEOPARDS 19-20 (L)
Leopards went on the court as the underdogs, however, soon surprised our Valley Cougars how badly we wanted the win, with us leading at the end of the first quarter. We carried our confidence through to the second quarter, with energy and motivation to win, remaining high. We fought hard, snatching many intercepts at both ends and our shooters were slotting their goals. Defence were pressuring the opposition in and around the circle and there were some excellent feeds in to our shooters. We went into the third quarter with a 6 point lead and remained in the game with a win in sight, however, players begun jamming into the same spaces and we lost a little of our patience around the circle. We still had a 4 point lead by the end of the third quarter though! The final quarter really tested us because we had no subs and the Cougars had fresh players with a squad of 11. We hung in there until the very end, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win. Never the less, it was our best game so far this season, all players really connecting well on the court and supporting one another. Our communication was excellent, with every player shouting throughout the match. Sadly, the final score was 19-20 but we were extremely pleased with our efforts as a team.
WILDCATS 24-18 (W)
After our win last week Wildcats came on a more confident team and drills during training ensured we kept it together during a fast and furious game. Some great passing down the court, driving for the ball and beautiful goals by our shooters led us to 24-18 win. Player of the match goes to Rilou Pereira who brought her A-Game, providing solid defence throughout. Well done Rilou!
JAGUARS 9-4 (W)
Mighty Eagles started strong and won the first quarter but a few changes on both teams and some solid play from the Jags saw fortunes change in the second quarter with Jags winning it 9-4 bringing the game level. Eagles got wise to many of our plays.
LIONS 28-20 (W)
It was a great game for the Lions this week. We started well, but their strong shooting made for tough competition and we ended the first quarter 7-7. Going into the 2nd quarter, we panicked a bit and had a few lazy lobs down the court, but we were able to turn it around to take the lead in the third and fourth quarter. We had some great play down court, with more controlled passing and some brilliant holds, particularly from Kate Armstrong in WD. Good job Kate! This week MVP goes to Emma Keep as GK / GD; she defended brilliantly against a strong GS. Consistently great pressure made it tricky for the shooters to get close to the net. All in all, a great game and an awesome way to end the first half of the season. Well done Lions!!
LYNX 16-17 (L)
Making up for a wash out in week 2. The Lynx were low on shooters, but willing to give it their all against the Jolly Rogers. Without our trusty captain to take the lead, we were wary about taking the court without her strong leadership. However, the girls made up for it, coming out strong and putting pressure on the Jolly Rogers, even taking the lead on several occasions. Tsz Ching Lai (Lily) was an absolute superstar, shooting with accuracy and outsmarting a strong defence. Lara Gallagher's ferocity managed to win a few tough ball gets and Carrie Johnson's willingness to step into the shooter's circle shows how well the Lynx girls are jelling as a team. In the end, we got too excited and that elusive win slipped through our fingers, but we'll get 'em next time!