Liskeard Tigers 24 - 23 Saltash Griffins
Starting line up: GK Kay Barker, GD Holly Lemon, WD Louise Halliday, C Molly Walsh, WA Jo Nickle, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Lucy Smale. Res Christina Broad.
Having suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Saltash not long ago, Liskeard were keen to avenge this against their close Cornish rivals and get back to winning ways.
Saltash had first centre but thanks to some strong defending, Liskeard turned the ball over for Smale to convert. Saltash struggled to find their range during the quarter, converting just 3 out of 12 attempts thanks to persistent defending from Barker and Lemon. Great mid court work from Nickle fed the ball down and Liskeard led 5-3 at the break
Encouraged by their early lead, Liskeard remained unchanged for the second period and started well, Duffey netting her first 3 attempts to put the Tigers 8-3 ahead. The changed Saltash shooting partnership struggled against Lemon and “Player of the Match” Barker, but Liskeard failed to gather the rebounds and the goals stayed with the centre pass for much of the quarter with Liskeard leading 13-10 at half time
Changes at half time saw Christina Broad coming on at GS, with Smale moving back to GK and Barker & Lemon moving forward in defence. Saltash started quickly, reducing Liskeard’s lead to just one goal before they’d even had a chance at goal. The Tigers soon settled into their changed positions though and moved the ball swiftly around the court. Walsh read the play well, intercepting several Saltash passes to feed back down to the Liskeard shooters and with Broad and Duffey both having a fantastic quarter with just a single missed attempt, Liskeard drew the quarter, maintaining their 3 goal lead going into the last period.
With Broad still recovering from illness, Tigers reverted back to their starting line up for the final quarter and took to the court determined to see out the win. They started well, with Smale adding 2 quick goals to extend their lead but Saltash had not given up. Their defence had changed again and the pacey GD was key coming down the court, working the ball down to their GS who was on fine form, netting some superb long range shots to bring her team back into contention. Smale fought hard against a physical GK, but with just moments to go, Liskeard’s lead had been cut to just a single goal. After turning over Saltash’s centre though, they worked hard to keep possession and were relieved to hear the final whistle, score 24 - 23 to Liskeard!
Liskeard Cougars 24, Tamarside Rebels 14
Starting line up: GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Rachael Congdon, WD Sophie Thomas, C Katie Brewer, WA Sarah Collins, GA Della Moloney, GS Hannah Gregory. Res. Amber Jeffery & Vicky Ford.
Having secured victory by the narrowest of margins earlier in the season, Cougars went into the match knowing that they could match the 3rd placers . The first quarter was a fairly even affair, with Cougars turning over the Tamarside centre pass to score first. An opportunistic long shot from the opponents GS levelled things and play more or less went with Centre pass. Tamarside just edged it however, ending the first quarter with a 2 goal advantage at 6 – 4.
Ford replaced Gregory at GS for the second period, with Jeffery replacing Drinkell at GK. Jeffery’s height proved a real problem for the Tamarside attack and as a result Cougars were able to limit their shooting opportunities. Brewer & Collins supported play in the midcourt picking off loose balls with some great interceptions. Some excellent movement and shooting by both Ford and Moloney added 8 goals to Cougars tally, giving them a 12 – 8 lead at half time.
Gregory replaced Collins at WA and Drinkell took the Centre bib from Brewer for the third. Tamarside showed their intent with a quick turnover on the Cougar Centre pass and another quality long shot from the Tamarside GS narrowed the gap to just 2. Cougars rallied together though with Drinkell opening up the space down the court. Some great passing play from Gregory feeding into Ford and Moloney meant the oppositions fight back was soon thwarted and Cougars ended the quarter 19 -11 up.
Brewer returned to Centre and Collins came back onto WA for the final quarter. Tamarside clearly hadn’t given up and again applied pressure on the Liskeard ball. Initially they were successful and were able to add 3 quick goals. Some great support play from “Player of the Match” Rachael Congdon and the ever reliable Sophie Thomas at WD assisted the Liskeard attack though and Cougars played some good possession play for the remainder of the quarter passing well amongst themselves and securing a double victory against Tamarside. Final score Liskeard Cougars 23, Tamarside 14.
Cougars 20 - 32 Plympton Gems
Starting line up: GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Sophie Thomas, WD Liz Julian, C Katie Brewer, WA Hannah Gregory, GA Sarah Collins, GS Della Moloney. Res: Vicky Ford & Rachael Congdon
Liskeard Cougars faced Plympton Gems for the second time this season and having failed to get a bonus point last time around they were looking for a better result this time.
Despite encouragement from Captain Debbie Drinkell however, Cougars didn't get the start they were hoping for. The players seemed disconnected on court and Gems ran away with the opening quarter, 9-2.
Injury to their WD meant Gems started the second period with only 6 players, but this didn't stop them pressing forward. Changes to Cougars with Ford coming off the bench to pair up with Moloney and Collins moving out to WA, with Congdon coming on in defence. Cougars found their stride and worked the ball well from attack to defence. Great shooting and Ford picking up any rebounds encouraged the side who took the quarter 8 - 6, leaving them trailing by just 5 at half time.
Gregory returned for the third period, with Collins taking up the centre position. Gems WD also returned, albeit still carrying her injury. Drinkell and Congdon worked hard in defence but Cougars were unable to retain possession moving up the court. Any turnovers by Gems were sped quickly down the court and Cougars struggled with their 3-stage defending, failing to slow the game down. A closer quarter saw Gems take it by just one goal but Cougars began to seem defeated.
Going into the last just 6 goals behind, Drinkell hoped the side could salvage something from the match, but despite hard work at times, Gems played their own game and Cougars were left chasing. A disappointing final quarter with only 4 goals scored didn't reflect the efforts of the Cougars, but the game ended.
Despite losing by 12 goals, the side were pleased to claim a point from this tough match. Player of the Match was awarded to Moloney for her movement in attack and good conversion rate of her shots.
Liskeard Tigers 20, Wheelie Devils 20
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Gabi Duffey (GA), Lucy Smale (GS). Res: Christina Broad
Having lost by 5 goals in their first encounter early on in the season, Liskeard were keen to avenge the defeat this time around.
The Tigers were quick out the blocks, going five goals in front thanks to some superb shooting from Duffey which gave Liskeard the start they had hoped for. Devils pulled their way back into the game towards the end of the quarter but Liskeard held a 6-3 lead after the first period.
Christina Broad came on at GA with Duffey moving out to WA for the second quarter. Despite their promising start, Liskeard struggled to convert the goals and the Devils scored 4 with no reply to move into the lead. Barker and Lemon worked hard in the circle but despite best efforts, they struggled to stop the tall GA. Smale got her eye in towards the end of the period but Devils took the quarter 6-3 to end the first half level at 9 goals a piece.
Duffey moved back to GA for the 3rd period with Smale going to her former position GK, partnering Barker in defence. However, Liskeard continued to struggle and the Devils GA dominated the circle. Smale shut down the GS with just one attempt all quarter, but the GA netted nearly all her attempts to extend to a four goal lead. Tigers seemed rattled by the Devils and they struggled to capitalise on their turnovers, but with encouragement from the sidelines they fought hard to get back into the game. With good pressure in the midcourt, Halliday & Walsh forced the turnovers, which “Player of the Match” Jo Nickle worked hard to feed into the shooters. Liskeard lost the quarter by one goal, leaving the score 14-15 going into the last.
Smale replaced Duffey in the shooting circle for the final period, with Lemon coming back on at GK. With the first centre converted by Smale to bring the scores level again, this quarter was set to be a fiery affair. The Tigers didn’t make it easy for themselves and their loose passes were easily picked off by the Devils, allowing them to pull ahead by 3 goals before the Tigers came back fighting again. Barker and Lemon worked tirelessly in defence to limit The Devils’ chances and with Broad netting her final 3 attempts, the game ended all square at 20 goals a piece.
Liskeard Cougars 11 - 25 Westcountry Land
Starting line up: GK Sophie Thomas, GD Amber Jeffery, WD Liz Julian, C Katie Brewer, WA Sarah Collins, GA Hannah Andrew, GS Hannah Gregory. Res: Rachael Congdon & Gemma Cliffe
Cougars’ unbeaten run for 2014 was brought to a halt by a strong and determined Westcountry Land.
Liskeard won the toss but soon found themselves on the back foot and 5 goals adrift. Westcountry Land dominated the court playing some great free flowing netball. Cougars settled towards the end of the quarter but were unable to make any impact on the score with the opposition continuing to press forward and the first period ended with Cougars trailing 3 goals to 10.
Cliffe replaced Brewer at Centre for the 2nd, with Congdon taking up the GD bib. Cougars started to work the ball well between Cliffe & Collins and the shooting pairing of Andrew & Gregory capitalised on the more accurate feeds. This was the best quarter for the Cornish side with some great interceptions from Julian at WD and some strong defending from “Player of the Match” Jeffery, now at GK. Cougars tied the quarter at 4 goals apiece and the first half ended 14 - 7 to Westcountry Land.
Thomas returned to the court at WA and Collins took the GA bib for the start of the third quarter. Cliffe and Thomas settled well in the new pairing with Cliffe pressurising her opposing Centre. Despite a stalemate for the first part of the quarter, thanks to some fantastic movement and shooting by the Westcountry Land GA they were again able to pull away from Cougars, adding 5 goals to Cougars 1 and giving them a 19 - 8 lead to take into the final quarter.
Brewer returned to Centre with Cliffe moving to WA and Thomas to WD for the final period. With the game already all but won, Westcountry Land were relentless in their pressure and despite some really hard work from the whole team, Cougars were unable to make any inroad on the score and the game ended Liskeard Cougars 11, Westcountry Land 25.
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Gemma Cliffe (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Christina Broad (GA) Lucy Smale (GS). Subs: Gabi Duffey & Kirstie Parr.
Having suffered a 10-goal defeat in their last encounter with Plymouth University’s 3rd string, Liskeard Tigers were apprehensive taking to the court for the rematch.
University started with the first centre pass but with unforced errors across the court it was several minutes before University opened the scoring. Tigers tried to settle into the game but were troubled by the fast paced play of their young opposition and with the Uni GA dominating the shooting they took the first period 6 goals to 3 to lead at the break.
Tigers made several changes going into the 2nd period, bringing Kirstie Parr on at GK, Lemon replacing Cliffe at C and Duffey replacing Smale in the shooting circle. Another fast paced quarter with mistakes from both sides lead to numerous interceptions in the midcourt and few scoring opportunities. Uni still had the edge though and won the quarter 5-3 to end the first half Tigers 6, University 11.
Lemon moved to WD for the 3rd, with Cliffe returning to C and Broad giving way to Smale at GS. Liskeard began to control the midcourt more, moving the ball well through Lemon, Cliffe and Nickle. Smale and Duffey had to battle hard against the strong Uni defence though, with the rangey GK getting a hand to numerous feeds into the circle. It was a much better quarter from the Cornish side, clawing to within 3 goals mid-way through, but with the Uni GS not missing a shot they again increased their lead slightly, ending the period 16 - 10 up.
Going into the final quarter, Halliday returned to WD, with Lemon and Barker resuming their defensive pairing. At 6 goals behind, Tigers knew they had their work cut out if they were going to salvage anything from the game.
They started well, with Duffey converting a quick first centre, but Uni weren’t letting up and continued to move the ball confidently around the court. With only minutes to go Tigers were within 5 but Uni had the last say and the game ended 13 - 19 meaning Liskeard just missed out on the extra bonus point.
It was a frustrating game and a disappointing result for Liskeard but they now have a 2 week break to prepare for their next match against Wheelie Devils on 24th Feb.
Player of the match deservedly went to Kay Barker for her excellent contribution in defence.
Liskeard Tigers 40 - 21 Curtis Marine
Starting line up: GK Kay Barker, GD Holly Lemon, WD Louise Haliday, C Molly Walsh, WA Jo Nickle, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Lucy Smale. Res Christina Broad
Liskeard kicked off the second half of their season against Curtis Marine, who they had previously beaten in their first game in the PDNL.
Tigers opened the scoring from the Curtis centre pass and quickly went 3-1 up but Curtis fought back with the turnover ball and shot three with no reply from the Tigers. However, as the Tigers settled into the quarter and with both Smale and Duffey netting all attempts, Liskeard extended to a 10-5 lead at quarter time.
Unchanged for the second period Liskeard were encouraged by their early lead. However, the tall Curtis shooters caused problems for Lemon and Barker. High balls were fed into the circle and Curtis clawed back to within 4 goals. Liskeard came back hard though, forcing the intercept in the mid court and feeding the ball safely through Halliday and Nickle up to attack. Tigers extended to 9 goals ahead before Curtis came back again. A much closer quarter ended 10 goals to 9 with Liskeard 20-14 up at half time.
Christina Broad replaced Duffey at half time with the remaining team unchanged. Defensively Liskeard started to tighten up and numerous tips from Lemon disrupted the Curtis attack; 7 attempts at goal compared to Liskeard’s 19 gave the Tigers the edge. Smale and Broad took a while to settle and struggled with the close range shots but both fought hard to convert the rebounds and keep their team in front, ending the period 30-17.
Duffey replaced “Player of the Match” Smale for the final quarter and with a 13 goal lead Liskeard were hopeful the win was in sight. Curtis made several changes with the strong GS moving out to GA and the springy Centre moving back to defence. However Liskeard had found their stride and continued their strong performance. Interceptions across the court were fed safely to Walsh and Nickle who fed the circle, where any missed attempts were scooped up for the rebound. Another strong quarter for the Tigers, winning 10-4 to end the game 40-21.
Captain Holly Lemon was pleased with the win, saying “It certainly wasn’t the best we’ve played but we did what we had to do and it’s great to get the second half of the season started with a win. Lucy and Gabi both had a great game in the shooting circle and it was good to see Christina starting to fit in well with their play. We certainly have a lot of work to do before facing University 3 next week but after a disappointing loss against Saltash last game we’re back on the right track!”
Liskeard Cougars 24, Horrabridge 18
Starting line up: GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Rachael Congdon, WD Liz Julian, C Katie Brewer, WA Gemma Cliffe, GA Della Moloney, GS Vicky Ford. Res Sophie Thomas, Sarah Collins, Lynn Webb
Cougars definitely rose to the occasion against higher placed Horrabridge. The first 5 minutes were evenly matched with the first 2 goals going with centre pass. But Horrabridge’s pressure on the Cougar attack soon paid dividends and they were able to take the first quarter 5 – 7.
For the second quarter versatile Sarah Collins went to GA allowing Della Moloney to steady her play and find her shooting form at GS. As a result Cougars soon found themselves with a slender lead. Solid midcourt play by Gemma Cliffe (WA) Katie Brewer (C) and Liz Julian (WD) allowed Liskeard to add 8 goals to the oppositions 4, going into to third period of play with a 2 goal advantage at 13 -11
Sophie Thomas came on at WD and Vicky Ford returned to GS for the start of the 3rd quarter. Liskeard’s height in the attacking circle was becoming a definite advantage with both Ford and Moloney dominating the play. At the other end “Player of the Match” Rachel Congdon (GD) and GK Debbie Drinkell put pressure on every ball, forcing the shooters to work the ball and take more long range shots. Cougars were able to add to their increasing goal tally and went into the final quarter with a 5 goal advantage at 19 - 14.
Horrabridge were keen to peg back Cougars and with a renewed determination tried their hardest to reduce the deficit. Drinkell and Congdon gave their all in the defending circle making numerous interceptions and generally disrupting the feed into the circle. Thomas (WD), Brewer (C ) and Collins (WA) all made key interception late in the quarter enabling Cougars to close in for a well-deserved victory.
Final score Liskeard Cougars 24, Horrabridge 18.
Liskeard Cougars 18, Giggle Girls 13
Starting line up: GK Lynn Webb, GD Amber Jeffries, WD Sophie Thomas, C Debbie Drinkell, WA Gemma Cliffe, GA Hannah Andrew, GS Hannah Gregory. Res Vicky Ford, Sarah Collins & Rachael Congdon
Despite not being at their best, Liskeard Cougars were still able to record their 4th victory of the season against bottom placed Giggle Girls.
Giggle Girls won the toss and stormed to a 3 goal lead without reply from Liskeard. Cougars soon found their rhythm however, Centre Debbie Drinkell and WA Gemma Cliffe working the ball into the shooting circle to GS Hannah Gregory and GA Hannah Andrew and Cougars were able to end the quarter 1 goal up 4 – 3.
Subs Sarah Collins, Rachael Congdon and Vicky Ford all took to the court for the beginning of the 2nd period and Liskeard were able to pull away. However, handling errors proved costly for Cougars and they allowed Giggle Girls to remain close.
Cougars made changes again in the third quarter; Congdon going to Centre and Drinkell going to GD; this was not such a good quarter for Cougars and at times they looked like they would lose their advantage.
Lynn Webb and Amber Jefferies came back onto court for the final quarter which saw both teams trying to go for the win. Midcourt players Sophie Thomas, Gemma Cliffe (player of the match) and Sarah Collins worked hard for their team working the ball well between themselves. Jefferies and Congdon disrupted the play in the defending circle and despite some excellent long range shots from the Giggle Girls GS, Liskeard had done enough for the win; Final score Liskeard Cougars 18, Giggle Girls 13.
Starting line up: GK Emily Tamblyn, GD Kay Barker, WD Louise Halliday, C Holly Lemon, WA Molly Walsh, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Lucy Smale. Res Christina Broad.
Following their recent run of form Liskeard were keen to take to the court against Saltash Griffins; the only team they were yet to face in the PDNL Division 1.
With Jo Nickle stranded due to car troubles there was a last minute change to the Tigers line up, with Holly Lemon starting at C and Molly Walsh to WA. Tigers started well with Duffey opening the scoring. Strong circle defence from Tamblyn and Barker brought the turnovers which were fed swiftly through from Halliday to attack and Liskeard extended to a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Changes for the second period saw Christina Broad making her Liskeard debut this season at GS, with Smale into GA, Duffey out to WA and Walsh back to her more familiar position of C. Saltash also made changes though and with a strong new GA who netted 3 goals off the bounce, Liskeard were put on the back foot. They struggled to feed the circle and despite Broad netting her first few shots Liskeard let Saltash back into the game. A much tougher quarter saw Saltash lead at half time.
Tigers reverted back to their starting line up and a better quarter for the side increased their confidence. Timed circle feeds and good shooting from Smale put them back in the game. However, the Saltash GA began to control their attack. Tamblyn and "Player of the Match" Kay Barker continued to pressurise and slow the circle but still the Griffins’ shooters netted the shots.
The final quarter was all about Saltash. Liskeard struggled to keep possession and unforced errors crept into their game. On the flip side the Saltash GA sped around the court and created numerous chances at goal which she duly converted. The game ended 25-21 to Saltash.
A disappointing game for Liskeard, though credit must go to their opposition for a fantastic second half.