PANTHERS 26-52 (L)
Panthers knew that playing Demons was going to be tough and especially without a full team. All players went onto the court determined and focused. Jen Campbell worked hard on driving to the circle edge before feeding the shooters. There was some great shooting and rebounding from Krystina Te Kanawa Coffin and Katie Henderson continued to work hard on picking up intercepts. A huge thanks to Phoebe Cobb who stepped up and played a whole game as GD. We really appreciated it ! Although we were disappointed with the final result we managed to get the bonus point !
A great start to round 2 in the newly formed Division 1. The Tigers managed to dust off the cobwebs and come out firing. Some great movement down the court from our middies, Laree Te Kanawa, Jess Hogan and Ash Miller, presented our shooters with plenty of opportunities in the goal circle. Defence saw the return of Chanelle Candy in GK, working well with Cat Eldering as if they'd been a duo all season! Shout out to our shooters; Fran, who played as if she'd been with us all season, and our MVP Nayaab Murshed who shot nothing but net when it really counted. Keep it up Tigers!!!
Unfortunately we started out flat, and they took advantage of that and got off to a strong lead. We'll be working on our passing into the circle at training next week. Some good play in our defense end, including Sally Cranston as GD getting pulled up for contact on our goal third, and managing to sprint 2/3rd of the court to get the intercept in the goal circle. Co-MVP Sal & Kirsty Sullivan in defense.
COUGARS 22-17 (W)
So it seems a 3 week break filled with festive eating and drinking was just what the Cougars needed! A strong start to the second half of the season with all players hitting the ground running in the first quarter, giving us a 7 goal lead at the first break. The Cougars managed to maintain the momentum through the game with good movement of the ball down the court and effective spacing. Lilli Thannhauser was on fire as GD, marking the strongest shooter of the opposition and making numerous interceptions in the process. Lucy Hewitt-Smith had a great game as Centre for all 4 quarters and shooting was spot on target from both ladies at the goal end - Sophie Hamon and Jen Feng. The Cougars are full of motivation from the win and looking forward to building on it through the second half of the season and working our way up the table.
LEOPARDS 7-28 (L)
Have only been within 2 goals the whole game, the Leopards fought hard to stay on their opponents and maintain steady passes down the court and were within a whisker of the win. The defence around the opposition circle took some great intercepts to turn the ball around and bring it back down the court into Leopards' territory. There was also good feeding around our circle but unfortunately the shooters weren't always able to secure their positions with tight defence to contend with. For the first game back after the silly season, we were remarkably light on our feet and now looking forward to getting back into training for the new year.
JAGUARS 16-17 (L)
In our first game of 2017, we came up against HKU Duchesses. For many of us it was our first run around after an indulgent holiday period and therefore it was always going to be a challenging game. However, by sticking to a slow and steady pace down court, we unsettled HKU's fast style of play. The scores were even throughout the game and our defence in the circle shone as usual. Unfortunately in the last quarter HKU adjusted to the slower pace and some unforced errors by the Jags allowed HKU to pull ahead to win by a single goal. The final score was 16-17.
Valley Cheetahs had a frustrating start to 2017 against the Prime. The match began with confident, sensible passes and building up good phases of play. The match was hotly contested and as a result each of the first three quarters ended in a draw. Due to injuries and low players numbers we only had 7 players in our team. Sadly, in the last quarter the lack of fresh legs led to some silly passes and missed shots, allowing the Prime to take the victory. Not all together a disheartening performance as lots of players were playing out of position and there was good driving on to the ball. Special mention to Sigrid Balle for stepping out of defence into WA and being awesome with feeding around the circle. As well as Jackie Charlesworth for being her usual outstanding defensive self; causing all sorts of hassle to the other team. Onwards and upwards, Cheetahs.
LIONS 21-27 (L)
It was a great start to the season for the Lions. The team worked well together where we paced ourselves to produce clear passes down the court and into the D - Even without our superstar Cici Hui as GS we achieved many goals. A talented and tall GS that is new to the opponent team did make the game more challenging and we ended the game with a lost with a score of 21-27. Nevertheless, our good team work is giving us the confidence to win in the upcoming games. This week's MVP goes to Fiona for her fantastic interceptions and owning the mid court.
LYNX 8-16 (L)
The match against the Jolly Rogers was highly anticipated as we previously only lost by one goal difference. Lynx were hoping for their first win with their first match of the year. Unfortunately, due to illnesses and work commitments, only 6 players were able to make the game. Despite this, the lack of players was not evident, with even the opposing team only noticing our absent WD halfway through the game! As if determined to make up for the absent players, the girls were playing at the top of their game leading to us being only three goals down by the end of the third quarter. Perhaps due to exhaustion and the various injuries that occurred on court, we lost it in the last quarter and thus the match. Nevertheless the team are still feeling very positive with their game and cannot wait for the first win with the whole team. Woman of the match goes to Sarah Mends who played Centre for all four quarters, working tirelessly up and down the court with some great interceptions. A special thanks to our Captain Kate Chadwick who came to support us despite being injured herself, giving us much needed optimism and motivation!
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