Panthers knew that playing against Hangtang was always going to be challenging. We took to the court feeling prepared after a great training session but unfortunately lost 20-36. We started off well with some nice passages of play but we couldn't keep up the consistency . Big thanks to Chanelle Candy and Laree TeKanawa who both took to the court and played well .
TIGERS 5-46 (L)
Valley Tigers went out onto the court knowing it was going to be a very tough match against top of the table and 2016 champions HKFC and what a match it was. From start to end, it was a very high intensity game with all players giving it their best on the court. The shooters played well given they were up against two very tall, experienced defence players and losing Emma Campbell early on in the game. There were some moments of greatness when the middies were able to get the ball down the court and into the shooters. Defence players Stephanie Gaylard and Cat Eldering threw their bodies on the line, going for rebounds and doing what they could to shut down the shooters. Although it was a loss to the Tigers, we left the court knowing what needs to be worked on for future games.
PUMAS 30-22 (W)
A fun game for the Pumas. Scores were tied at Q1 and Q3, and we did a great job in the last quarter to pull away for the win. Unfortunately it came at a cost with another injury for our shooting circle. MVP was Sally Cranston who played GK and got a ton of tips & intercepts.
COUGARS 16-26 (L)
It seems the 7pm match caught the Cougars up a little, so some late switching with our roster. We welcomed a couple of new players to the team recently – big welcome to Jen Feng (MVP recipient straight out of the gate on Monday night!), and Lilli Thannhauser a couple of weeks ago also! It wasn’t the game we were hoping for with the HKFC Hurricanes seeming to have the advantage over us on height (and decibels!). Our final half saw some improvements which is positive, and the team looking forward to a good strong training session on Wednesday to ensure we take the win next week!
It was a close game for the Leopards this week but despite our fantastic efforts in the final quarter, HKS Thistles beat us 23-18. Both defence and attack were communicating and moving well in the circle - bringing together drills we practised in training. A special mention to Kelly Kjestrup, who made some fierce interceptions, and our new player, Rochelle Flaherty aka 'the Rocket', who never stopped moving and made some fantastic feeds into the circle. Great fight girls...next week is ours!
WILDCATS 21-34 (L)
Wildcats started out really strong in the 1st quarter, being down by only 1 goal despite playing a line up we have not tried before. Unfortunately the Crickets pulled away in the 2nd quarter as Wildcats tried another line up. A great showing in the 3rd quarter though, with defenders putting on great pressure and shooters putting in beautiful shots, unfortunately the gap from the 2nd quarter was too big to close and we ended the game 21-34. The team will work on keeping up our morale (more whoop whoops!!), as well as on communication. Congrats to Edith Kwok our player of the match for an outstanding performance in GD, despite playing out of position.
CHEETAHS 11-17 (L)
Valley Cheetahs almost had a full team (11 out of 13 girls) at their game on Monday against KRFC Pearls. Despite a strong first half, particularly in defense, and the sweets provided by the Cheetahs Captain at the beginning of the game, it wasn't enough to secure them a victory. The Cheetahs will be working on their attacking play in upcoming training and hope to get back on the path to victory in the remaining two games before Christmas. MVP goes to Marissa Cohen for her first game back this season following an injury.
LIONS 22-24 (L)
After consistent wins the team were nervous about the match against old rivals 'Dragonflies'. It was a high-tension match as predicted. In all quarters the scoring was extremely tight and in the end we lost by a very small margin, probably more to do with loosing our cool rather than lacking the ability. At times, the frustration affected the accuracy of our passes and created opportunities for the other team to take advantage of contact calls. Special mention goes to Louise Fung who controlled play extremely well in the middle of the court whilst dealing with a highly competitive opponent. We also welcomed a new player to the team tonight; congratulations on your first match as a Lion, Fiona Lyall.
Lynx started the game a little slowly, getting caught up in the swing of the Bishop's game. By the second quarter we had regained some composure and were starting to become a threat offensively, but it wasn't until the third quarter that we made something of a comeback with some excellent passes, dodges and interceptions. It was also during this quarter and the fourth that we were able to reign in our defences and score some much deserved goals. With hard work and constant dedication, we made it as difficult as possible for the top-of-the -Divison Bishops to get the ball across the court. A special mention to Sarah Mends for her flexibility after being thrust into the GD limelight during the third quarter, to Carrie Johnson for her inspiring comeback in the fourth quarter and to Kate Chadwick and Sabrina Havet for keeping cool heads during a stressful game! This game served as a reminder that as a team we are not only capable but we have so much potential and drive, and we can only continue to improve together.