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.
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.