Tues 30th Sept: COUGARS v Plympton Allsorts - 7pm @ Plym LC
Thurs 2nd Oct: TRAINING - 8.30pm @ Lux Park
Thurs 9th Oct: TRAINING - 8.30pm @ Lux Park
Mon 13th Oct: TIGERS v DRD - 9pm @ Plymouth Life Centre
Liskeard Cougars 14 - 8 Mavericks
Starting Line Up: GK Amber Jefferey, GD Debbie Drinkell, WD Sophie Thomas, C Gemma Cliffe, WA Hannah Gregory, GA Della Moloney, GS Vicky Ford. Res: Katie Brewer, Sarah Collins, Lynn Webb
Cougars’ first game of the season started nervously, resulting in unforced errors by both teams and a low scoring quarter. Sophie Thomas started strongly though, making interceptions and moving the ball through the centre third helping her team to a small 3-1 lead at the break.
Lynn Webb came on at GK for the second, with Katie Brewer on at centre & Gemma Cliffe moving to WA. Cougars began to gain confidence and accurate shooting by Della Moloney and good feeds from Sarah Collins saw Cougars extend their lead to 7 - 3 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter Cougars maximised their squad potential with Vicky Ford returning to GA partnering Collins at GS. A 100% record from the shooting duo and strong feeds into the circle by Hannah Gregory and Brewer saw Cougar's regain their confidence. Amber Jefferies (GD) and Debbie Drinkell (GK) applied the pressure and limited Mavericks's scoring opportunities. The quarter ended 11 - 7 with all to play for in the final quarter.
Moloney came back on at GA for the final quarter, Drinkell was replaced by Jefferies and although Mavericks came out hard in the final period, Cougars remained composed to finish the match 14 - 8 up and secure the 5 points.
Vice captain Sophie Thomas was deservedly awarded player of the match for her interceptions and movement up the court.
Cougars captain Gemma Cliffe said after the game, “I am really pleased with the result, it's great to secure a win in the first game of the season and it was a real team effort!”
Liskeard Tigers 15 - 22 Ivybridge
Starting line up: GK Kay Barker, GD Becs Ball, WD Holly Lemon, C Jo Nickle, WA Louise Halliday, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Lucy Smale. Res Emily Tamblyn & Vicky Ford.
Following their opening week winner, Liskeard Tigers were keen to add further to their campaign. Renamed Wheelie Devils, now Ivybridge, gave Liskeard some tough competition last season but with both teams sporting new players it was all to play for.
Ivybridge opened the scoring and started the stronger side, three goals from the GS before Liskeard were even on the score sheet. Gabi Duffey worked well in attack and created her attempts with fast circle feeds from Jo Nickle in C. Becs Ball eliminated the Ivybridge GA from the game and it fell to the GS to put her shots away, Ivybridge winning the quarter 6 goals to 3.
Nickle and Louise Halliday swapped in attack for the second period with the remaining team unchanged. Defensively, Kay Barker and Ball started to gel and again the GA was left with no attempts at goal. Holly Lemon helped with the pressure on the circle edge and the GS didn’t have the run of the circle as before. The turnovers were fed through Lemon, back at WD for the first time this season, up to Halliday and Nickle and into attack. Better movement and accuracy from Lucy Smale brought the score within two and the teams then matched goal for goal until the half time break.
Being three down at half time acting Captain Smale encouraged her side to focus on their play, eliminate the unforced errors and fight for the win. Emily Tamblyn came off the bench to WD, with Lemon moving up to Centre and Vicky Ford made her first team debut, replacing Smale in GS. Ivybridge scored off the Tigers centre pass and were soon five goals in front. Ford settled quickly, netting her first shot to a huge cheer from her team mates, but sloppy passes and bunching through the court slowed down the Tigers. A change to the Ivybridge GA made a huge difference, converting the long range shots, and Ivybridge pushed to a seven goal lead. Liskeard kept fighting though, reducing the deficit to 5 and ending the quarter 17-12.
Halliday replaced Nickle for the final period with Smale coming on at GA. Despite Tigers keen to push for the win, or at least the added bonus point, it was Ivybridge who kept up the pressure. Smale struggled under the post but Barker and Ball continued to disrupt at the other end. Tamblyn supported the defence well and maintained possession in the mid court. The deficit swung between 5 and 6 goals the whole quarter with both sets of shooters struggling for the target. Ivybridge finished off the scoring though and won the game 22-15.
Player of the Match for the second week running was awarded to Becs Ball for her hard work in the circle, her opponents netting just 4 goals for the whole match! A good strong partnership with Barker is forming.
Liskeard Tigers 25 - 10 Plymouth Pilgrims III
Starting line up: Emily Tamblyn (GK), Becs Ball (GD), Kay Barker (WD), Holly Lemon (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Gabi Duffey (GA) Lucy Smale (GS). Subs: Louise Halliday & Vicky Ford
Taking to the court for their first game of the season, Tigers were apprehensive to face the newly promoted young Pilgrims side.
Pilgrims opened the scoring from their first centre then the score went with the centre pass for much of the first quarter before Liskeard began to find their stride. Some well timed interceptions in defence coupled with Lucy Smale’s accuracy under the post allowed The Tigers to pull ahead, ending the first period 6-3 up.
Kay Barker and Emily Tamblyn swapped for the second period and Tigers began to dominate. Becs Ball and Barker controlled the circle, holding the Plymouth side to a goalless quarter, while Tamblyn, Holly Lemon & Jo Nickle worked the ball well down the court and into their shooters. A strong performance from the Pilgrims defence kept it a low scoring quarter but Tigers took a good 12-3 lead into the half time break.
Louise Halliday came off the bench to Centre for the second half, with Lemon replacing Nickle at WA. Lemon & Halliday struggled to adjust to their new partnership but with Ball & Tamblyn backing up the midcourt they began to settle. Gabi Duffey had a fantastic quarter, moving well to create space and netting all her attempts to give her team a 20-6 lead going into the last.
With the win all but sewn up and fatigue playing a part it was a sloppy final quarter from the Cornish side. They’d done enough early on though and although Pilgrims fought to the end they were unable to secure the losing bonus point, Tigers winning the quarter by 1 for a 25-10 win.
Player of the Match deservedly went to new Tiger Becs Ball for her fantastic efforts in defence, letting just 3 goals past her the entire game!
Acting captain Holly Lemon said after the match “It was great to kick off the new season with a win. There are certainly things to work on but we’re on the right track and there were some real positives to take from the match, particularly the 5 points!”
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN AND ACTIVE TO TAKE PART IN OVER THE WINTER SEASON?
LISKEARD NETBALL CLUB ARE LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYERS!
We are a well established club with 2 teams entered into the Plymouth & District Netball League; playing in Division 1 and Division 4.
Whatever ability, if you are aged 14+ and want to join a friendly club then come along to one of our sessions, we train every Thursday evening, 8.30pm at Lux Park Leisure Centre
First 2 training sessions are free so come and give it a go!
Liskeard Netball Club celebrated a successful 2013/14 season with an awards night at Liskeard Sports Club.
After their first season in the Plymouth & District Netball League (which was certainly the longest in the club's history having played their last match just this week!) both teams were pleased with how it went, Tigers finishing 4th in Division One and Cougars finishing 6th in Division Four.
The club will attend the PDNL Awards Evening next Friday, but as is tradition, wanted to hold their own as well.
Outgoing Chair, Lucy Smale, presented awards to the winners on the night:
Tigers Players' Player - Kay Barker
Cougars Players' Player - Della Moloney
Most Improved - Vicky Ford & Hannah Gregory
Member of the Year - Debbie Drinkell
Player of the Year - Jo Nickle
Club Personality - Rachael Congdon
Liskeard Tigers 22 - 23 Dynamite DAC
Starting line up: GK Emily Tamblyn, GD Kay Barker, WD Holly Lemon, C Molly Walsh, WA Jo Nickle, GA Lucy Smale, GS Christina Broad. Res: Louise Halliday & Gabi Duffey
In their final match of the season, Liskeard Tigers took to the court against Dynamite DAC hoping to end on a high.
It was a slow start from both sides with missed attempts at either end before Dynamite finally opened the scoring. They maintained a small lead for much of the quarter before Broad found her form, moving well in the circle and netting 4 in a row to bring her team level at 5-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Dynamite opened the scoring again but thanks to some key interceptions from Lemon and Walsh, Liskeard soon moved into the lead. It was a feisty quarter with both teams working hard for every ball, but Liskeard just edged it, finishing the first half 13 - 11 ahead.
Duffey joined Smale in the shooting circle for the 3rd and an early injury to Barker saw Halliday come on at WD with Lemon to GD. Dynamite took advantage of the disruption and with their GK causing Smale all sorts of bother under the post they managed to edge ahead. Liskeard worked hard to keep the ball and Duffey helped keep her team in contention netting all her attempts but at the other end, despite some tough defending from Lemon and Tamblyn, the Dynamite GS had a superb last few minutes, netting 4 in a row to give her team a 20-16 lead going into the last.
Broad came back on for Duffey for the last and at 4 goals behind Liskeard knew they had their work cut out. Lemon and Tamblyn restricted the Dynamite circle and Halliday, Walsh and Nickle all fought hard in the mid court, turning over play to feed down to their shooters. With just minutes to go Liskeard had the momentum, with Smale and “Player of the Match” Broad both shooting well under pressure, but the final whistle blew all too soon and the game ended Liskeard 22, Dynamite 23!
Liskeard were disappointed not to have clinched the win, especially after coming so close, but the result still saw them finish 4th in the league table, a great result for their first season in Plymouth!
Liskeard Cougars 28, Sashes & Bows 5
Starting Line up; GK Amber Jeffery, GD Rachael Congdon, WD Sophie Thomas, C Debbie Drinkell, WA Hannah Gregory, GA Sarah Collins, GS Vicky Ford. Res: Katie Brewer, Gemma Cliffe & Hannah Andrew
With a draw in their previous encounter, Cougars were keen to go one better for their final match of the season. Vicky Ford was on fine form, netting all her attempts for the period and giving Cougars the start they were looking for. With a solitary goal in reply Cougars won the first quarter 6 – 1.
It was all change for the second, with only Ford remaining in her original position and Hannah Andrew (GA), Gemma Cliffe (WA) and Katie Brewer (C ) all taking to the court. Cougars took a while to settle into their new line up but the opposition failed to gain any advantage and with Cliffe and Brewer soon finding their feet, they were able to supply some quality balls into Andrew, who worked well with Ford to convert. Some good defending by GK Thomas coupled with Jeffery’s agility at GD halted any progression by Sashes. Liskeard didn’t have it all their own way however and Sashes had a 3 goal streak towards the end of the quarter to finish the first half 14 - 4.
Ford, Gregory and Jeffery made way for Drinkell, Congdon and Collins for the 3rd period. Cougars’ defense tightened further and some great movement in the attacking circle by Collins (GA) and Andrew (GS) further extended their lead. With no successful shots by their opponents, Liskeard took a strong 20 - 4 lead into the last period.
With the game all but won Cougars were able to enjoy the final quarter. “Player of the Match” Vicky Ford, back on at GS, converted some impressive long shots and Liskeard were able to close the match 28 - 5.
Captain Debbie Drinkell reflected on a mixed season at the Life Centre. “I was very happy with the majority of our performances; especially in the second half of the season. If we had played like that from the start I feel sure we could have been contention for the promotion places. I am looking forward to next season and with the squad we have, am confident that we will be able to move into the top half of the division. I have seen some of the girls really improve in their skills and abilities and it has been a pleasure to play with them this season.”
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Gabi Duffey (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Christina Broad (GS) Res: Emily Tamblyn.
Liskeard opened the scoring, over-turning the DRD centre pass. Play was fairly level for much of the quarter with fast play up and down the court and very few missed attempts at goal, but it was DRD who finished stronger; high balls into their tall shooters saw them dominate over Barker and Lemon and score 4 goals on the bounce to end the quarter 6-10.
Tamblyn came on at GK for the 2nd period with Lemon replacing Duffey at WA. This was a much better quarter for the Tigers as they maintained possession and fed down to attack. Lemon’s pace along with the movement of Smale gave Broad more attempts which she duly converted. The added height of Tamblyn kept the tall DRD shooters at bay with the GS shooting just one goal all period and Tigers took the quarter 15 goals to 7, to lead by 4 at half-time.
Duffey replaced Smale to start the second half but it was DRD who came out fighting. Tigers struggled to feed the ball into their attack and their 4-goal cushion was soon diminished with DRD moving into the lead. Injury to Tamblyn meant Smale returned to her old GK position and the break in play seemed to stop DRD’s flow. Tigers finished well, scoring the last few goals to take a slim 27 - 25 lead into the last.
Smale moved back to GA with Lemon returning to defence for the final quarter and with all to play for, possession was key. Barker, Lemon and Halliday supported all the way down the court but the pressure crept into attack and the shooters showed their first sign of nerves. The Tigers’ lead swung between one and two goals for much of the period and two key turnovers from Halliday helped them stay in front. Smale played up into the mid court, increasing her movement and assisting the possessional play as the team clung on to their lead. A great final flourish from The Tigers secured the win to finish 35-31.
Player of the match was deservedly awarded to Christina Broad for her superb movement in the circle and accuracy under the post!
Liskeard Cougars 18 - 14 Plympton Allsorts
Starting line up: GK Amber Jeffery, GD Rachael Congdon, WD Liz Julian, C Debbie Drinkell, WA Gemme Cliffe, GA Della Moloney GS Hannah Andrew. Res: Sophie Thomas, Hannah Gregory & Sarah Collins
Having already beaten Allsorts earlier in the season, Cougars were confident of continuing their run of good form. Goals went with centre pass to start with, with Shooters Della Moloney and Hannah Andrew on target for the first part of the quarter. Cougars then fully expected to take control of the game; however determination and strong play by the Allsorts shooters hampered the progress of the Cornish side and Cougars were only one goal ahead ending the first quarter 6 - 5.
Gregory came on at WA for the second quarter and again Allsorts applied the pressure picking off the lose passes in the midcourt. Cougars did not always make the most of their advantage in attack and despite having double the shooting opportunities, found themselves 2 goals adrift with 3 minutes to go in quarter. Defence tightened up with Amber Jeffery and Rachael Congdon were able to disrupt the Allsorts attack. The Quarter ended all square at 9 goals all.
Sophie Thomas and Gemma Cliffe replaced Congdon & Drinkell for the third quarter and Cougars continued with the momentum they had built up at the end of the second quarter, Della Moloney linking well with “Player of the Match” Cliffe and Gregory. Again Cougars had the chance to score goals with double the shooting chances of the opposition but were unable to put the shots away. However Cougars’ hard work in the midcourt with Liz Julian relentless in her defence and Jeffery now at GD supporting the attack, Cougars crept into the lead and ended the quarter 14 – 11.
Drinkell & Congdon returned to defence for the final period of play with Collins coming on at GS. It was a tight quarter but Cougars were able to do enough to limit the attack and see out the game for another albeit close win. Final score 18 - 14