Liskeard Cougars 16 - 22 Horrabridge
Starting line up: GK Lynn Webb, GD Debbie Drinkell, WD Liz Julian, C Katie Brewer, WA Della Mahoney, GA Hannah Andrew, GS Vicky Ford. Res: Sophie Thomas, Rachael Congdon, Gemma Cliffe.
Liskeard Cougars were first out of the blocks in their Division 4 match against Horrabridge. GA Hannah Andrews netted all of her attempts at goal to put the Cornish side 6 - 3 ahead at the end of the first quarter.
Horrabridge replied swiftly in the second quarter and applied immediate pressure in the midcourt. Despite some good interceptions from WA Della Moloney and WD Liz Julian, Liskeard were unable to match Horrabridges determination.
It was all to play for in the second half of the match as play became very fragmented with both sides failing to capitalise on the mistakes of the other. Horrabridge’s GD and shooters linked well with their energetic centre to force the play into the Liskeard defensive third and it would be this drive that enabled the Devon side to prevail into the 4th quarter.
Some good shooting by Liskeard’s Player of the match Della Moloney now at GA and tight defence by Rachael Congdon and Debbie Drinkell provided some hope to the Cougars late in the 4th quarter but Horrabridge were able to hold on to the momentum denying Cougars the 2nd bonus point. Final score Liskeard Cougars 16, Horrabridge 22.
MAVERICKS 21, COUGARS 21
Liskeard starting line-up: GK Sarah Collins, GD Sophie Thomas, WD Liz Julian, C Gemma Cliffe, WA Hannah Gregory, GA Hannah Andrew, GS Della Moloney.
With several players unavailable for tonight’s clash with Mavericks, Cougars were apprehensive as they took to the court. They started well though, with Moloney netting the first 2 goals in quick succession. Some nervous play from Cougars allowed Mavericks to come back part way through but the strong new shooting partnership of Moloney & Andrews paid off to give Liskeard a small lead at the end of the first period, which finished 9-7.
With limited options in defence it was Moloney who took up the GD bib with Collins moving up to WA and Gregory dropping back into the shooting circle. Cougars started well, with Cliffe & Collins moving the ball well down the court and into the shooters. Moloney & Thomas worked hard in defence and with the help of some well timed interceptions by Julian they restricted Mavericks’ chances at goal allowing Liskeard to increase their lead slightly, ending the first half 11-8 up.
Remaining unchanged for the third period, Cougars took to the court eager to maintain their lead. It was a scrappy quarter from both side with sloppy passes leading to numerous interceptions. Andrews & Gregory worked hard in the shooting circle but the tall Mavericks GD was making it difficult for them, resulting in several missed attempts at goal. The Mavericks GA had a fantastic quarter at the other end though, enabling her team to win the quarter 5-4, leaving them trailing by just 2 goals going into the last.
Reverting back to the original line-up for the final quarter, Cougars were slow out of the blocks and with the Mavericks GA still on fine form, netting all of her first 5 attempts, they had soon stolen the lead. All fatigued and with Cliffe suffering from a pre-existing ankle injury Cougars looked defeated but with minutes to go they rallied together and thanks to some accurate shooting from Andrews and Moloney they were able to pull it back for a draw - the final score 21-21.
Liskeard’s player of the match was deservedly awarded to Hannah Andrew and Mavericks’ player of the match went to their WA.
Liskeard Cougars 19 - 18 Tamarside Rebels
Liskeard starting line-up: GK Rachael Congdon, GD Sophie Thomas, WD Liz Julian, C Debbie Drinkell, WA Sarah Collins, GA Vicky Ford, GS Hannah Gregory. Res Katie Brewer, Hannah Andrew & Della Moloney.
Rebels won the toss and capitalised on a shaky Liskeard start, racing to an early lead of 5 unreplied goals. Liskeard were unable to penetrate the attacking circle and were limited to just 4 attempts all quarter and the first passage of play ended Liskeard Cougars 2 Tamarside Rebels 6.
Liskeard made some changes to the team for the second quarter with Drinkell moving to GK and Katie Brewer and Hannah Andrew coming on at Centre and GA respectively. This was a much better quarter for the Cornish team who tightened up their play. Passing became more targeted and more shooting opportunities were available. The quarter ended Liskeard Cougars 6 Tamarside Rebels 9.
Rebels were allowed to regain the momentum in the third quarter and almost took the game out of the reach of the Cougars.The Rebels GS netting some fantastic long range shots to end the third quarter Cougars 9 Rebels 15.
Liskeard started the final quarter with renewed energy with the new shooting partnership of Hannah Andrew and Della Mahoney paying dividends. Congdon and Drinkell closed the Tamarside attack down limiting their shooting opportunities. Some fantastic support play by Centre Brewer, WA Collins and WD Thomas in the midcourt maximised the through ball to the Liskeard attack and with no opportunity for a Tamarside revival Liskeard were able to close out the game with the narrowest of margins. Final score Liskeard Cougars 19, Tamarside Rebels 18.
Liskeard’s player of the match was awarded to Katie Brewer and Rebels player of the match went to their Centre.
MARJON 11 - 21 TIGERS
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Erin Beale (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Kirstie Parr (GA) Lucy Smale (GS). Subs: Emily Tamblyn & Louise Halliday.
Having finally notched a win in their last game, Tigers were eager for this to continue and took to the court against Marjon confident of achieving this.
Liskeard started well and with Smale on fine form they were 4 goals up before Marjon even got on the score sheet. Defensively Barker and Lemon were in control, limiting Marjon to very few attempts at goal and with Tigers maintaining possession well in the midcourt they won the quarter 8 - 4.
Emily Tamblyn came on at GK for the second with Lemon replacing Walsh at Centre and Louise Halliday making her shooting debut at GA. It was a low scoring quarter for both sides; interceptions through the midcourt and some strong defending at both ends made it difficult to get the ball into the shooters. Liskeard still had the edge though and extended their lead slightly to end the first half 12 - 6 up.
After the half time break, Walsh came back on at Centre with Smale and Parr once again making up the shooting duo. Tigers started well, maintaining much of the possession for the first few minutes. Tamblyn fought hard in defence, turning over ball after ball before it could reach the circle. Walsh and Nickle worked well together, moving the ball into the shooters and although scrappy passes began to creep in, Liskeard kept control and won the quarter 6 - 3, taking a 9 goal lead into the last.
Halliday replaced Smale at GA for the final period, with Tamblyn, Lemon & Beale making up the defence. Liskeard worked hard to maintain possession through the mid-court and defended well to protect their lead. It was another low scoring quarter but Liskeard had the win sewn up and the game finished 21 - 11 in their favour.
Player of the match was awarded to Lucy Smale for her superb movement throughout the game.
Tigers now have a 3 week break but will be hoping to continue their winning streak when they face Bond Girls on 2nd December.
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Vicki Hastings (GD), Holly Lemon (WD), Erin Beale (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Kirstie Parr (GA) Gabi Duffey (GS). Subs: Lucy Smale & Emily Tamblyn.
Coming off the back of three defeats in a row, Tigers took to the court against DRD determined to turn this bad run around.
Eager for the win, Tigers were straight out of the blocks, netting the first few goals in quick succession. Duffey made a cracking start to the game, only missing one attempt at goal all period. Hastings picked off numerous balls in defense, reducing the shooting opportunities, and with both shooters on fine form Liskeard were 7 goals up before DRD netted their first. Liskeard won the quarter 9-3 to give them a good early lead.
New Tiger Emily Tamblyn made her debut at GK for the second with Barker moving out to GD, whist Smale replaced Parr at the other end. The change to defense took a little while to bed in and DRD started to pull back, but Barker and Tamblyn, assisted by Lemon found their stride as the quarter progressed. Another fantastic quarter by Duffey, set up nicely by Smale, with again only one missed attempt. A much better quarter by DRD though saw them draw level, leaving the Tigers 16-10 up at half time.
Lemon took up the centre bib after the break, with Tamblyn, Hastings & Barker making up the defense and Parr back on for Smale in the shooting circle. It was a low scoring quarter by both teams and sloppy play from Liskeard saw DRD come within 5 mid-way through the quarter. But Liskeard tightened up their play and with some fantastic defending, the last few minutes were all theirs, ending the period 21-13 up.
With an 8 goal lead going into last Tigers knew they had the win in sight but were wary not to take this for granted. Smale was back on in the shooting circle and worked well with Duffey, moving the ball in and around the circle to create the best chance at goal. Defensively Tamblyn & Hastings had it sorted, allowing only 4 opportunities for the whole period. Liskeard worked hard to maintain possession through the mid-court with Lemon & Nickle working the ball well into the shooters. It was a storming final quarter from the Cornish side and they dominated the play to take a well deserved win, ending the game 33 – 17.
Captain Holly Lemon was thrilled with her team’s performance; “We have worked really hard at training over the last couple of weeks and tonight’s performance is proof that it is starting to pay off. Everyone played well, each doing what was needed and for the first time this season, we really gelled as a team. We now can’t wait for the next one!”
The Tigers will be looking to build on this success when they face Marjons on 11th November.
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Vicki Hastings (GD), Holly Lemon (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Erin Beale (WA), Gabi Duffey (GA) Lucy Smale (GS). Subs: Jo Nickle & Kirstie Parr.
Having suffered narrow defeats in their last 2 matches, Tigers were eager to make amends when they took to the court against University 3.
Liskeard opened the scoring, intercepting the ball from a University center pass and feeding it down for Duffey to successfully convert. Court play was fairly equal for the first period but the Uni shooters had the edge, netting 6 goals to the Tigers’ 3 to lead at the break.
Jo Nickle replaced Beale at WA going into the second and immediately made her presence known, working hard to get the ball down to the Liskeard shooters. Duffey had an impressive quarter, netting all of her 5 attempts at goal, but the University GK was making it hard work for Liskeard and though Hastings and Barker were starting to get the measure of the Uni shooters they still managed to extend their lead slightly, ending the first half 12 - 8 up.
Beale came back on at WD after the break with Smale and Duffey swapping in attack. After a half time team talk the Tigers knew they needed to up their game but it was University who started strong, netting 3 goals without reply. Liskeard struggled to settle and allowed sloppy passes and mistimed dodges to disrupt their game. A scrappy period for the Cornish side, losing the quarter 3 goals to 8.
Going into the final quarter, Kirstie Parr came on for Smale in the shooting circle, with Lemon replacing Hastings at GD. At 9 goals behind, Tigers knew they had their work cut out if they were going to salvage anything from the game. They started well, intercepting the ball throughout the mid court, but were unable to maintain possession and University had extended their lead to 24-12 mid way through, putting Liskeard out of the points.
The Tigers finished strongly though, defending hard and working the ball well enabling them to score the last few goals of the game to put them back within half and earning them that important bonus point.
It was a disappointing result for Liskeard but they now have a 2 week break to work on the problem areas and prepare for their next match against DRD on the 28th.
Player of the match went to Holly Lemon for her excellent contribution in defence.
Westcountry Land 22 - 11 Liskeard Cougars
Liskeard Cougars were unable to build on their first win of the season going down 11 - 22 to Westcountry Land at Plymouth Life Centre.
Cougars won the toss and after a nervous start GS Vicky Ford netted the first goal of the game. Goals went with centre pass for the next 4 goals but Westcountry Land soon began to show their shooting class and were able to pull away to a 2 goal lead, ending the first quarter 5-3 up.
Captain Drinkell continued to utilise her squad of 10 rotating both defence and attack and despite some pretty solid play in the second quarter Liskeard were unable to make any inroads into the strong play of their opponents who were able to pile on the pressure. The second quarter ended Westcountry Land 13, Liskeard Cougars 6.
Quarter 3 saw more changes with Cliffe, Drinkell and Gregory returning to court. Cougars were not helped by some silly unforced errors and were powerless to stop the relentless Westcountry Land’s attack and the quarter ended with Cougars 8 goals adrift.
Cougars settled more in the final quarter, finally finding their true form. Some superb long range goals from Gregory and more movement in the Cougar attacking third resulted in Cougars best spell of the game. It was too little too late however and Westcountry Land were rewarded with all the points denying Cougars the bonus point right at the end. Final Score Westcountry Land 22, Liskeard Cougars 11.
Starting line up: GK: Lucy Oldham, GD: Debbie Drinkell, WD: Liz Julian, C: Gemma Cliffe, WA: Katie Brewer, GA: Sarah Collins, GS: Hannah Gregory. Res: Rachael Congdon and Amber Jefferey
Cougars got off to a slow start with both teams gaining very little advantage. End to end play and a few crucial misses resulted in a low score at the end of the first quarter: 4-3 to Cyan Tigers.
The second quarter saw Brewer move to GA and Congdon to GD. Goals soon began to flow with some great play in cougars shooting circle between GA and GS. Great pressure and interceptions from debutant Liskeard GK Lucy Oldham and great link play from Liz Julian kept the score line relatively close. However, Cyan Tigers began to pull away at the end of the half now winning 10-7.
Drinkell moved to GK for the 3rd and Gregory returned into the shooting circle. The pace of the game increased again with crucial interceptions meaning end to end play. The quarter score was 4-4 meaning all to play for in the final quarter.
Congdon and Drinkell's sound defending in the liskeard circle put Tigers under a lot of pressure. Versatile Jeffery (now in her third position) defended well and created space. Cliffe now at WA along with Brewer (C) fed great balls into the circle maximizing the opportunities for Collins and Gregory to score. Motivation levels increased as Cougars knew they could clinch the win. Cougars scored five goals in the final quarter whilst Tigers scored none.
The final score of 16-14 to cougars securing their first win in the Plymouth & District League.
Wheelie Devils 26 - 21 Liskeard Tigers
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Gabi Duffey (GS). Res: Gemma Cliffe
Liskeard Tigers met Wheelie Devils for their third successive match; hoping to improve on last week’s poor performance.
Liskeard were straight out the blocks from their own centre pass with the first goal scored by Gabi Duffey to get the game underway. Both teams were matched for most of the quarter but the tall Devils shooters had the run of their circle and high balls were fed into them easily for conversion. Five goals with no reply didn’t reflect Tigers efforts but with 21 attempts at goal, the lead remained with the Devils for the first period.
Cougar Gemma Cliffe made her first team debut in the second period, with Smale and Duffey swapping in the circle. Barker and Lemon started to hold their own against the strong Devils attack and read the play better to reduce the number of circle feeds. Less attempts at goal and missed conversions brought Liskeard back into the game. Good shooting by Smale, missing just one shot all quarter encouraged Tigers to keep fighting.
Liskeard started the third quarter well, bringing the scores to within 3 goals but loose passes disrupted their play and the Devils capitalised. Still great circle work from Lemon and Barker, with back up from WD Halliday meant the Devils only had 6 attempts at goal. However, the Tigers weren’t able to convert their attempts and loose balls
throughout the court meant the scores were 17-21 going into the last.
Liskeard weren’t outdone and Captain Lemon encouraged her team to play all out to try to get a win. A great start to the quarter with all players working hard and the Tigers brought the scores to within one goal. However, the last half of the quarter was all about the Devils; poor play from Tigers, mainly due to fatigue and lack of fitness, meant the Devils scored 5 goals to Tigers one, securing a 26-21 win.
A much improved display by the Tigers and some great passages of play at times, but still they need to work hard to get their next win.
Plymstock  16 - 11 Liskeard Tigers
Starting line up: Holly Lemon (GK), Vicki Hastings (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Gabi Duffey (GS). Subs: Kirstie Chappell.
Following their win last week, Tigers were looking forward to their next encounter and took to the court against Plymstock 2 confident that they could continue this success.
However, when after 5 minutes of play a goal was still yet to be scored, they realised it was not going to be an easy task. Defence was tight and Liskeard struggled to get the ball into the shooters. Hastings and Lemon were making it equally difficult at the other end though and the low scoring quarter ended 4-3 in Plymstock’s favour.
Several changes were made at the break, with Halliday replacing Walsh at C, Lemon moving forward to WD, Chappell coming on at GS and Smale returning to her former position at GK. Playing for the first time, Chappell struggled to adapt to the new posts and Plymstock had extended their lead to 6-3 before Chappell found her form, netting 3 in a row to bring the scores back level. Poor passing and sloppy play all over the court lead to another very low scoring period with 3 goals a piece.
Walsh came back on at C for the 3rd and Liskeard took to the court determined to pull it back. They couldn’t seem to make it work though and silly mistakes allowed Plymstock to again increase their lead, leaving Liskeard trailing 11-9 at the break.
Going into the final quarter, Smale returned to GA with Hastings, Lemon and Halliday making up the defence. Just 2 goals behind, Liskeard knew the game was far from over but Plymstock had other ideas, netting 3 goals in quick succession. They worked hard to keep possession of the ball and although Liskeard tried their best, the dominant Plymstock shooter was on fine form, not missing a shot to win the game 16-11 and deny Liskeard the extra bonus point.
Player of the match was awarded to Molly Walsh for her excellent movement in the mid court.
Tigers were all disappointed with the performance and know they have a lot to work on before their next match - they face Wheelie Devils next Monday night at 9pm.