Liskeard Netball Club – Cornwall


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.





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.



University [3]   25 - 15   Liskeard Tigers

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

Starting line up; GS Vicky Ford, GA Hannah Gregory, WA Katie Brewer, C Gemma Cliffe, WD Rachael Congdon, GD Debbie Drinkell, GK Lynn Webb  res; Lucy Oldham, Sarah Collins, Amber Jeffery

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.

Players of the match went to Rachael Congdon for her hard work in defence.



Cyan Tigers   16 - 14   Liskeard Cougars

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.

Katie Brewer was awarded player of the match for great movement around the court in all three positions played. Credit must also go to Tigers for a well battled game. 



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 [2]  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.



Liskeard Tigers 23 - 19 Curtis Marine

Starting line up: Kay Barker (GK), Vicki Hastings (GD), Erin Beale (WD), Louise Halliday (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Gabi Duffey (GS). Subs: Holly Lemon (captain) & Molly Walsh

After the big decision to leave Cornwall and join the Plymouth & District League this season, Liskeard Tigers were apprehensive yet excited to start their campaign, travelling for the first time to the Plymouth Life Centre to face Curtis Marine of Puffins NC. 

Having amalgamated last season’s 3 teams into 2 squads (Tigers and Cougars) there were some new faces present in the Tigers’ line up, welcoming Vicki back and Louise, Gabi and Molly moving up from the lower teams.

It was a tentative start by both teams, the ball travelling from end to end several times with no goals scored, but it was Liskeard’s Smale who opened the scoring, quickly followed by Duffey converting the Tigers’ centre pass. It was fairly even for the rest of the quarter, with both sides defending hard all over the court, but Liskeard maintained a small lead, ending the first period 5-4 in front.

Holly Lemon came on at WD for the second period, with Molly Walsh replacing Halliday at C. Barker and Hastings worked tirelessly in defence, restricting the shooters and intercepting numerous balls. Fresh on court, Lemon and Walsh linked the play well, moving the ball safely down the court to feed into the shooters. Scores were level mid way through the quarter, but thanks to some well timed interceptions from Barker and accurate shooting from Smale, Liskeard again edged ahead, ending the first half with an 11-8 lead.

Following the half time break, Halliday came back on at WD with Lemon moving back to replace Hastings at GD. Defensively Liskeard were in control, with Barker tipping numerous balls fed to the tall GS and Lemon restricting the GA to a goalless quarter. Nickle worked well with Walsh, linking play and creating some great feeds in and around the circle for Smale and Duffey to convert, allowing Liskeard to extend their lead to 17-11 at the break.

Going into the final quarter with a 6 goal lead, Liskeard had the win in sight but Curtis Marine had certainly not given up. Beale, having returned to the court at WD, worked hard to keep the WA out of play but having brought their tall shooter out into GA, Curtis Marine quickly moved the ball up the court and into the circle. Barker and Lemon did their best to disrupt the shooters but the majority of rebounds were picked up and eventually converted. Thankfully both Liskeard shooters were now on top form and with only one missed attempt at goal they kept the Tigers in front for a 23-19 victory.

Player of the match was deservedly awarded to Jo Nickle for her excellent play throughout.

Captain, Holly Lemon, was pleased with the performance, saying "It was great to kick off the new season with a win. There are definitely things we need to work on but we’re on the right track and there were some really good periods of play."



Penzance 28 - 36  Liskeard Cougars

Starting line up: GK Rachael Congdon, GD Amber Jefferies, WD Liz Julian, C Molly Walsh, WA Hannah Gregory, GA Gabi Duffy, GS Vicky Ford. Res Katie Brewer

Second quarter Hannah came off and Katie went on as WA
Third quarter Rachael went to GD and amber went to GK
Four quarter Hannah came back on as WA Katie went to WD and Liz came off

 Cougars travelled to Penair School to face Penzance in their final match of the season. They got off to a great start, gaining a lead against Penzance with a score of 9-5 at the end of the first quarter.

 Some fantastic shooting from Gabi Duffey and Victoria Ford, whilst Amber Jeffery, Rachael Congdon and Liz Julian did a great job back in defence but as the game progressed Penzance began to pull back. Liskeard kept their heads though and continued to work hard. Great mid court play from Molly Walsh and Katie Brewer allowed Cougars to maintain their lead and they won the game 36-28.

 Molly Walsh was awarded player of the match and overall it was a brilliant end to the season for cougars, ending on a high!