Newly promoted Panthers’ first game of the season was at home against Redruth based Connect 4. The new line up looked exciting with GS Christina Broad, GA Amie Hoskin, C Kerry Elliott, WD Debbie Drinkle, GD Vicky Hastings & GK Kay Barker. Unfortunately panthers’ newest member, Emma Dunn, was absent due to illness, but Cougars captain Emma Dalton and fresh from her honeymoon Erin Beale confidently stepped in to cover the WA position.
Panthers went out strong, quickly bonding as a team and taking the first quarter 19-1.
Good communication from the team continued through the second quarter and with the fantastic defensive partnership of Hastings and Barker not conceding a single goal, the team ended the first half with a 34 goal lead.
Panthers let a few goals slip in the third, but some hard work in the centre court from Elliott and good use of the wing by Beale meant quick precise passes to the shooting circle with an energetic and positive partnership by Hoskin and Broad successfully converting almost all attempts at goal and the home side again added substantially to their lead.
A positive team talk from new captain Amie Hoskin in the final break carried the team to their strongest quarter of the game and they eventually won the game 75-5, a fantastic start to the new season.
Christina Broad was awarded player of the match for her impressive shooting and movement in the circle.
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St Agnes  11 - 39 Liskeard Cougars
Starting line-up: GK Sophie Thomas, GD Sarah Skews, WD Liz Julian, C Siobhan Howe, WA Gabi Duffey, GA Louise Piner, GS Victoria Ford. Res Carol Smith.
As this was Cougars first game of the season, with a new line up and without captain Emma Dalton, the team were nervous to start. However, they immediately gelled and worked hard throughout to secure a very convincing win.
The first quarter got off to a slow start, with some erratic play and silly mistakes from both teams, but they soon settled down and with Ford and Piner forming a strong partnership in the shooting circle Cougars took the quarter 9 goals to 4.
Cougars began to take a hold of the game in the second, new to the club Carol Smith come on as WA and used her height to full potential with some great mid-court play. Ford and Piner continued to dominate the circle with some fantastic shooting from both, winning the quarter 12 goals to 3, to bring the score to 21-7 at half-time.
Changes at half-time saw Duffey come back on as shooter and Ford dropping back to GD. The visiting team continued to dominate and with some great defensive work from Skews, Ford & Thomas St Agnes managed just 3 goals. Superb long range shooting from Duffey (earning her Player of the Match) took the Cougars to a lead of 33 goals to 10.
Both teams began to tire in the last quarter but with Howe’s experience and relentless movement up the court, Cougars managed to increase their lead and won the game 11 - 39.