Liskeard Netball Club, along with the Rugby Club and Football 2nd team, hosted an 80's Horror Disco at The Railway Inn, Liskeard last Saturday which proved to be a huge success, with a great time had by all.
Everyone looked fantastic and a massive effort had been made with the costumes - some a little too scary if you ask me!
Thanks to The Railway for hosting the night and well done everyone - another great fundraiser with £150 going to the Netball Club!
Starting line-up: GK Sophie Thomas, GD Erin Beale, WD Liz Julian, C Emma Dalton, WA Louise Piner, GA Carol Smith, GS Victoria Ford. Res Gabi Duffey & Sarah Skews.
Storm started strong and put the Cougars on the back foot which caused mistakes that Storm were quick to capitalise on. Defensively GD Beale and GK Thomas controlled the circle but with many turnovers Storm took the first quarter 10-6.
Centre and captain Dalton linked defence and attack well, despite increased pressure from her opponent, but Storm continued to increase their lead winning the second quarter, with the scores 17-10 at half time.
Team changes saw Gabi Duffey and Sarah Skews come off the bench for the second half. This renewed energy boosted the Cougars and the team played some great netball to win the third quarter. All the girls linked well throughout the quarter and Duffey’s shooting was excellent, missing just 2 shots all period.
However, with Storm reverting back to their original defence line up for the last, they got more of a hold on Duffey’s movement. GS Smith worked hard with Dalton and WA Piner to get the ball into the circle but Storm had the upper hand and with their strong lead from the first half won the game 31-23.
There were many positives to take from the game, which Cougars will need to do before next week’s match away to Bodmin 4.
Pictures by Glen Rogers & Andrew Trenoweth
St Agnes  17 - 44 Liskeard Panthers
Line-up: GS Christina Broad, GA Amie Hoskin, WA Emma Dunn, C Kerry Elliott, WD Debbie Drinkell, GD Vicki Hastings, GK Kay Barker.
Travelling to Truro as their bare 7, Panthers knew they would have a battle on their hands but they fought hard to achieve a convincing win against St Agnes 3, and maintain their 2nd place in the league standings.
The first half was fairly evenly matched between the 2 sides and although Panthers started out stronger, a few silly mistakes allowed the home team to claw their way back into the game.
In defence, the usually dominant pairing of GD Hastings and GK Barker struggled to gain control over the strong St Agnes shooters in the first half but by the final two quarters they were back to their usual fine form, only conceding 2 goals in the last.
Panthers lead the whole way through but it wasn’t until the 3rd quarter that they really took control. Some impressive mid-court play from C Elliott and WD Drinkell produced many turnovers, and with WA Dunn having without doubt her best game of the season so far, the lead just kept growing and growing.
The partnership between shooters Hoskin and Broad continues to go from strength to strength with both players on top form, displaying great movement in the circle and some fantastic long range shots from Broad, earning her player of the match - yet again!
Panthers 28 - 28 Wadebridge
Starting line-up: GS Christina Broad, GA Carol Smith, WA Emma Dunn, C Emma Dalton, WD Siobhan Howe, GD Debbie Drinkell, GK Kay Barker
With Vicki Hastings and Captain Amie Hoskin on first team duties at Bodmin and Kerry Elliot unavailable, Panthers took to the court with a new line up. It was apparent from the start that both teams were evenly matched with some competitive battles, especially between the Wadebridge WD and WA Dunn. Howe playing out of position at WD linked well between the defence and attack and it was the home team who took a marginal lead after the first quarter leading 7 -6.
At the start of the 2nd quarter Wadebridge came onto court with a renewed energy and took the Panthers off guard, quickly taking the lead by 3 goals. However, with the arrival of The Tigers and captain Hoskin, Panthers settled with Broad and Smith working well in the circle and scoring 5 quick goals to extend the Panthers lead to 15 – 13 at the end of the second quarter.
Drinkell and Barker swaped for the start of the 3rd quarter. Strong Midcourt play by Cougars captain Dalton, Howe and debutant Dunn made for a competitive quarter with both teams even in goals scored, the majority going with centre pass, to make the scores at the end of the quarter 22 – 20.
Hoskin came on to replace Smith at GA for the last quarter and GK & GD swapped back to their original positions but Wadebridge weren’t going to give up the points easily and scored two goals in quick succession to even up the scores. With the constant pressure of Barker and Drinkell on the two Wadebridge Shooters and some accurate nets by Hoskin and Broad a well deserved share of the points was assured. Final score 28 a piece.
Despite a huge effort from the team, Liskeard Tigers couldn’t maintain the Club’s winning streak and narrowly lost out to St Agnes 1 in their opening game of the season.
Following team selections Tigers have a new line up for the 2010/11 season with Lucy Smale GK (and captain), Holly Lemon GD, Laura Shepherd WD, Jo Glossop C, Julia Eldridge WA, Kirstie Chappell GA and Sophie Hocking GS. With the absence of Eldridge for the opening fixture Amie Hoskin made a return to the Tigers in WA.
Despite the Tigers coming out stronger for the 2nd quarter, with centre Glossop linking defence and attack well and forcing the ball hard down the court, St Agnes got their grip on the game. WD Shepherd was constant in the mid-court supporting Glossop and Hoskin, but St Agnes contested every ball and had complete control of the game, winning the first half 22-14.
Following a hard team talk at half time, Tigers started better and put St Agnes on the back foot for the first time. Excellent shooting by Hocking saw 4 goals on the bounce which gave Tigers the boost they needed. Smale and Lemon worked hard defensively and tough marking on the GS with key interceptions by Lemon gave the Tigers the turnovers they needed to claw back the deficit. The Tigers won the quarter 13 goals to 10, going into the last just 5 goals behind.
An injury to Lemon early in the quarter saw Vicki Hastings come off the bench into GD. Both teams were fighting hard for the win but again St Agnes started to edge forward. But Liskeard weren’t finished. Hastings made many turnovers with some fantastic interceptions and the ball was fed up the court. Excellent feeding into and around the circle by Hoskin and Glossop gave the shooters every opportunity at goal. Chappell and Hocking had both found their form in the 2nd half and were sinking some superb long range shots. It was within the last minute that Chappell netted the goal to bring the Tigers within 5 goals and the all important 2 bonus points.
Tigers captain Lucy Smale was really pleased with her team’s first match. “Despite some nerves I was pleased with how the whole team played. We showed real resilience to come back, as at one point we were 11 goals behind. There are still lots of things to work on but many positives to take away from tonight’s match. I’m especially pleased for Laura who got Player of the Match in her first game for the Club.”
Pictures by Glen Rogers