Liskeard Cougars 16 - 16 Sashes & Bows
Cougars starting line up: GK Lynn Webb, GD Amber Jeffery, WD Liz Julian, C Gemma Cliffe, WA Katie Brewer, GA Vicky Ford, GS Hannah Gregory. Res Debbie Drinkell, Sarah Collins, Della Maloney.
Sashes and Bows won the toss and after a slow start the first 4 goals went with centre pass. However, some sloppy passing and unforced errors from Cougars allowed the opposition to end the first quarter 2 goals up at 2 - 4.
Cougars started the second quarter with more urgency and soon hauled the deficit back enjoying their best passage of play for the game. Shooters Vicky Ford and Della Maloney capitalised on the circle feeds of Centre Katie Brewer and WA Sarah Collins and some tight defending in the Sashes shooting circle by GK Drinkell and Jeffery limited the opponents shooting options. Cougars won the quarter and led by 1 goal at half time, 8 - 7 up.
Sashes came out all guns blazing in the third quarter with an impressive shooting display netting almost 100% of their attempts. Despite some lovely interceptions from Player of the Match Liz Julian, Liskeard were unable to stop their opponents attack. Sashes won the quarter 7 goals to 5 and went into the final quarter 1 goal ahead at 13 - 14.
GK Lynn Webb returned to court for the last quarter. This was a frenetic period of play with Liskeard soon overturning the 1 goal deficit. Sashes refused to be beaten though and never allowed Cougars to get more than 2 goals ahead. The two goal advantage was not enough for Cougars and although mid Court players Cliffe and Gregory worked hard to turn any lose balls over, the momentum was with Sashes and they were able to level the scores to finish the game at 16 goals a piece.
Rentafford 16 - 16 Liskeard Tigers
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Gabi Duffey (GA), Lucy Smale (GS)
Liskeard Tigers kicked off the New Year with a tough encounter against top of the table Rentafford. With a skeletal squad of the bare 7 they were apprehensive taking to the court and when the opposing GA netted her first 2 attempts from long range this did nothing to settle their nerves. However, they soon got their heads back in the game and with Barker and Lemon beginning to control the Rentafford shooting circle Tigers were surprised to find themselves level at 4 goals a piece at the break.
Encouraged by the even levels of play, Liskeard started the second period matching their opposition. The scores remained level for much of the quarter but Liskeard managed to edge a two goal lead before Rentafford came back at them again. Despite fewer chances at goal than their opponents, Duffey and Smale converted many of their attempts and with Barker and Lemon dominating the circle, the Rentafford shooters struggled to find the net and they took the quarter by just one goal, ending the first half 10-9 up.
Rentafford made some changes for the second half with a new shooter and fresh legs in the mid court. Their zonal play kept them ahead and they picked off many of Liskeard’s passes. Walsh worked relentlessly in attack, tipping numerous interceptions and working well with Nickle but with the Rentafford GD reading the play well, they struggled to find the circle. Only 4 attempts at goal compared to Rentafford’s 19 put Liskeard on the back foot and confidence started to drop across the side. With Rentafford scoring the last 3 goals with no reply it was a disappointing quarter for Liskeard, finishing 10-15 behind.
Going into the last period 5 goals down, Tigers knew they had a lot of work to do if they were going to salvage anything from the game but they took to the court determined it wasn’t over. Barker and Lemon continued to work hard in defence and “Player of the Match” Halliday was a fantastic support when they did gain the turnover. Liskeard moved the ball safely through the court and had scored 3 goals before it even reached the Rentafford shooters. All players defended well across the court but Liskeard controlled the play. With just a couple of minutes to go, Smale converted a quick Tigers centre to bring the scores level and though there were missed attempts at both ends, the final whistle blew before another goal was scored ending the game at 16 goals a piece.
Captain Holly Lemon was pleased with the result saying “it was a hard fought match, definitely the toughest we’ve had all season, but everyone worked so hard and gave everything - especially in the last quarter - and we were rewarded with an unexpected draw!”
Tigers now have a two week break before facing Saltash Griffins on 20th January.
Dynamite D&C 22 - 23 Liskeard Tigers
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Kirstie Parr (GS). Res: Gabi Duffey
Liskeard Tigers played their final fixture of 2013 against Dynamites D&C, which included two former team mates. Hoping to continue their winning form, the Tigers were set for the match, despite not having their full complement of players.
Liskeard overturned the Dynamites first centre pass and with both Parr and Smale finding their form early on the Tigers were off to a good start. Great defensive and mid court play from Barker, Lemon and Halliday caused numerous turnovers and Tigers found themselves 7-2 up early in the first quarter. Dynamite soon settled into the game though and with their GA on great form, the quarter ended 9-5 to Tigers.
Liskeard were spurred on by their early lead but knew they had to keep their heads. Both teams had a similar style of play and with team tactics known by the opposition, Liskeard couldn’t allow themselves to get complacent. Again Tigers opened the scoring and with the goals staying with the centre pass, the Tigers weren’t able to extend their lead. The Dynamites GS was finding her form and despite continued pressure by rangey Barker, she started to net the long shots. The teams drew the quarter 6 all, continuing Liskeard’s lead of 4 goals.
Duffey replaced Parr for the second half with the rest of the team unchanged. Nickle kept her mid court presence felt and retained possession through the support of Lemon and Halliday. Good forward movement by “Player of the Match” Walsh into Smale created the space in the circle and more chances at goal. The drive along the base line by Duffey was excellent and she netted all of her attempts for the quarter. Liskeard extended their lead to 6 towards the end of the period but Dynamite kept coming back and despite increased pressure in the circle from Barker and Lemon, their GS netted the last couple to end the quarter 6 goals a piece
Still just 4 goals behind, Dynamite upped their game for the final period and fought hard to bring the scores back. Stronger defence across the whole court caused Liskeard to start making errors and for the first time all match they looked flustered. Barker and Lemon continued to work hard in the circle and Halliday was a fantastic support when they did gain the turnover, but Liskeard couldn’t retain possession and the ball was quickly flying back the other way. Fewer attempts at goal didn’t help the Tigers but Nickle and Walsh kept their strong circle feeds where they could and Smale rewarded them. The final few minutes were fraught and with Dynamites scoring the last 3 goals of the match, bringing them to within a single goal, it was tense until the final whistle blew.
Liskeard were ecstatic to have seen out the win but credit must also go to Dynamite for staying in the game right to the end and for a fantastic final quarter.
Liskeard Cougars 36 - 5 Plympton Allsorts
Cougars starting line up: GK Sophie Thomas, GD Debbie Drinkell, WD Liz Julian, C Katie Brewer, WA Gemma Cliffe, GA Della Moloney, GS Hannah Gregory. Res: Rachael Congdon, Vicky Ford & Sarah Collins
Cougars made an energetic start to their encounter against Plympton Allsorts. Shooters Hannah Gregory and Della Moloney were quick to take advantage of the passes in from Centre Katie Brewer and WA Gemma Cliffe. Allsorts were unable to reply until late in the first quarter and Cougars ended the first period with a strong 11 - 1 lead.
Sarah Collins and Vicky Ford made up the shooting duo for the second period with Player of Match Rachael Congdon replacing Drinkell at GD. This was the most evenly matched quarter, with Allsorts adding 3 more goals to their tally. However, some excellent interceptions by Brewer and WD Liz Julian kept the pressure on in the midcourt and with Ford on top form missing just one attempt at goal, Cougars extended their lead to 18 - 4.
Several changes were made for the third, including Ford moving back to GK, Thomas to WD and Collins into Centre. Cougars were able to add a further 9 goals to their tally whilst thanks to some tight defending by Thomas and Congdon, Allsorts were denied a single shot. The quarter ended Cougars 27, Allsorts 4.
Knowing the win was theirs, Cougars upped the tempo again for the 4th quarter. Moloney (GA) linked well with Drinkell (WD) and Brewer (C). Congdon and Thomas in defence closed down almost every pass, putting pressure on any through ball to the Allsorts shooters. Cougars were rewarded for their efforts with their biggest win of the season, the game ending Cougars 36, Plympton Allsorts 5.
Liskeard Tigers 20 - 15 Bond Girls
Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Gabi Duffey (GS). Res: Emily Tamblyn
Coming off the back of 2 convincing wins and sporting their bright new kit, Tigers were enthusiastic as they took to the court against Bond Girls.
Liskeard had first centre which was swiftly fed into Lucy Smale (GA) for conversion but Bond Girls were quick to respond and had soon taken the lead. Kay Barker (GK) and Holly Lemon (GD) worked tirelessly in the defensive circle, tipping numerous feeds away from the shooters, but with a strong performance from the Bond Girls GA (who missed just 2 attempts the entire match) Liskeard were trailing 5-7 at the first break.
Emily Tamblyn came on at GK for the second and worked well with Lemon, limiting the Bond Girls shooters to just 3 attempts for the period. Liskeard controlled the play, defending well all over the court to disrupt Bond Girls’ game and having the majority of the possession. Molly Walsh (C) and Jo Nickle (WA) moved the ball well into the shooters and with Smale on excellent form Liskeard won the quarter 8 goals to 3 giving them a 13-10 lead at half time.
After the half time break, Lemon replaced Walsh at Centre with Tamblyn & Barker making up the defence. Again a really strong quarter for this new partnership and fantastic back up play from Barker and Louise Halliday (WD) in the mid court ensured Liskeard kept up the pressure. Unforced errors crept in for both sides and the ball was end to end with few conversions thanks to both sets of defence but Tigers came out on top and extended their lead to 17-12 going into the last.
Halliday replaced an injured Duffey at GA for the final period, with Walsh coming back on at C and Lemon dropping back to WD. Tigers worked hard to maintain possession through the mid-court and defended well to protect their lead. It was a low scoring quarter at 3 goals apiece but Liskeard had done enough early on and won the game 20 - 15.
A strong overall team performance and all players can take credit for the match. Liskeard lost only 4 centre passes all match which shows how much the whole side put into the game. Holly Lemon was awarded Player of the Match for her strong play in defence, disrupting the attack and intercepting at every opportunity to limit the attempts on goal.
Tigers will be hoping to continue their winning run when they face Dynamite on 16th December.
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.