Panthers came onto the court eager to end the first half of the season with a good win. After focusing on defensive work during training, our goal was to then implement this on the court . We worked together as a team and celebrated each others achievements.
TIGERS 15-37 (L)
The injury plagued Tigers brought a positive attitude to their match against Han Tang on Monday night. Despite the low number of players who were uninjured, they came out to play with smiles on their faces, ready to roar. The first quarter was well contested, with an closely matched scoreline at the first break. Unfortunately the steam ran out for the second quarter, and their opposition pulled away. Some changes to the lineup at half time brought a fresh energy back to the game, and the Tigers had a much more energetic second half, which was boosted by some great defensive work in the circle by Stephanie Gaylard and Cat Eldering. Chanelle Candy and Jess Hogan had some great passages of play down the court. Although the Tigers didn't come away with a win, it will be great to see how they contest Han Tang with their full team! A special mention must go out to Steph, who has played her final game for the Valley Tigers, she will be missed! Such a highlight for her to play her final game with the superstar Riley Gaylard (her daughter) who stepped up and showed great maturity in WD and GS - where she was much more at home!
We started off flat, and they took a strong lead in the first half. We mixed it up at half time, including bringing on a sub (thanks Lilly), and played a much better second half. Unfortunately they had a very strong GS, and despite several tactics, we couldn't shut her down in the circle. MVP was Jaimie who was strong through the center court.
COUGARS 27-16 (L)
Cougars had a tough match against the young HKU Knights team who put our fitness to the test. However Cougars showed their experience with some great movement in our attack. Quick passes into the circle gave us some quick goals and a special mention to new Valley player Fiona who did an awesome job shooting for us this week! Cougars are starting to really work well together as a team with our high level of attendance at training leading to some great defence across the entire court by guarding the space and solid backline passes. Special mentions to Lucy who was fantastic at moving the ball around in attack and Heather in WD who effectively implemented the block into the circle learnt in training.
LEOPARDS 7-28 (L)
Unfortunately, the leopards were not on form this week, we lost to a younger, fitter and taller team. We started quite strong during the first quarter but gradually lost our precise passes and interceptions. Our girls have the potential and we can see it coming through...we are all excited to get back to training after Christmas! A special shout out to Shay Sabido and Kelly Kjestrup who had some great interceptions and fantastic energy throughout the game.
WILDCATS 23-20 (W)
What a game! Wildcats played Valley's very own Jaguars - well done ladies, you gave us a real run for our money! The Wildcats start was a bit rocky but with everyone motivating each other, we improved with every quarter. Our midcourters were outstanding, so much so that we couldn't pick just one player of the match, we chose all of them! Congratulations Catriona Timmis, Louisa Lampard and Toni Marcus-Sutton, you ladies worked tiredlessly. Congratulations Wildcats, you wild things, for ending the season on a high.
JAGUARS 20-23 (L)
The Valley derby, the most highly anticipated game of the season so far! Jags won the toss and immediately lost their first centre but came back strong, unnerving the Wildcats shooters to finish the quarter 7-2 up. Turnovers kept coming in the second quarter but we struggled to get it through the mid-court and Wildcats caught up to be only 2 behind at half time. In the second half the Wildcats shooters had their mojo back, rarely missing and forcing the contact on GK Juliet Perry, while at the other end their GK started to get the better of GS Natasha Hall who had been brilliantly connecting with every pass and converting them to goals. A fun and competitive game, despite the final score. Special mention also for Juliet Perry and Megan Prideaux for their determination and countless intercepts.