SATURDAY 23RD APRIL at 8pm – THE RAILWAY INN, LISKEARD
And they're off...................!!!
Experience the fun and excitement of an evening race meeting without ever having to step onto the turf!
Liskeard Netball Club will again be hosting a race night at The Railway, raising money to help boost club funds.
Race horses can be purchased in advance (£5 each – please contact a club member for details). Winning horse owners win a prize!
50p bets taken on the night.
Come along and have some fun!
With Kerry Elliott and Captain Amie Hoskin unavailable and Kay Barker still out injured, the remaining Panthers made the trip to Redruth with 4 Cougars making up the squad.
Play started briskly with Connect winning the toss and goals going with centre passes, but with some tight marking by defenders Carol Smith and Vicki Hastings limiting the home teams shooting opportunities and Gabi Duffey acquitted herself well to 2nd team play netting 90% accuracy, the quarter ended with Panthers leading 12 - 5.
Sophie Thomas came off the bench into WD for the 2nd period with Debbie Drinkell moving up to Centre as Panthers looked to increase their lead. It was Connect who came out fighting though, their slick passing and interceptions taking over the play and bringing them within 3 goals of Panthers mid-way through the quarter. Panthers upped the pressure though with Drinkell and Hastings making some key interceptions. Emma Dunn linked well into the circle and with Christina Broad finding her characteristic pinpoint accuracy netting some stunning long range goals, Panthers were leading 22 – 12 at half time.
Liskeard were keen to maintain the momentum returning to court for the 3rd quarter. Louise Piner came back on as WD and it was during this period that Panthers really found their form, completely dominating in both attack and defence, almost doubling their score whilst only conceding 2 goals, taking them into the final quarter with a 41 – 14 lead.
Panther’s goal fest was temporarily halted at the beginning of the 4th as Connect came back on court determined to make a game of it turning over the second Panthers centre pass. However, some close defending by Piner on the agile Connect WA meant they were made to work extremely hard and all credit to them, they played a fast competitive game to the final whistle but were unable to halt another Panthers win. Final score 54 – 16 to Panthers.
Player of the match went to Vicki Hastings for her consistent pressure play in defence. Congratulations and thanks to the Cougars players for stepping up a division, especially Carol playing completely out of position at GK!
Liskeard Cougars were well and truly back to their winning ways when they welcomed St Agnes to Lux Park tonight.LNC Cougars 45 St Agnes  11 Starting Line-up: GK Sarah Skews, GD Erin Beale, WD Sophie Thomas, C Louise Piner, WA Carol Smith, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Vicky Ford
Without captain Emma Dalton the young side took control from the start, opening the scoring and pressurising St Agnes throughout the court. Despite a good effort by St Agnes they were unable to get onto the score sheet, with a nil scoring quarter.
Cougars needed to continue with this fast pace but, despite the strong lead, the team were lacking enthusiasm. However, as St Agnes changed their shooting partnership and finally got onto the score sheet both teams started to enjoy the game. Cougars stretched their lead through the excellent shooting of Gabi Duffey, backed up as always by Vicki Ford.
Liskeard controlled all the play and any loose passes from their opponents were picked off by Erin Beale and Carol Smith and fed swiftly down the court. Louise Piner linked the play well in her unfamiliar position of centre, proving she is a great asset to the team and a very versatile player.
Defensively in the third quarter the Cougars dominated. Sarah Skews and Beale forced the shooters to take long range shots, which unfortunately they were unable to convert. Vice captain Sophie Thomas settled the play coming out of defence and communicated well with her side as again St Agnes were unable to add to the score sheet for this quarter.
An injury to Duffey meant Ford moving out to GA but with the strong lead Cougars had, they were able to slow the game and work through to the final whistle. St Agnes had by far their best quarter with their GA netting some fantastic shots but the damage had already be done and Liskeard won the game by an impressive 45 goals to 11.
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Liskeard Tigers were hoping to maintain their winning streak when they welcomed Connect 2 to Lux Park. The Tigers had already won the away fixture but they knew Connect were gunning for their first league win of the season.
With an injury to GS Kirstie Chappell, Amie Hoskin stepped up again for the Tigers in GA with Sophie Hocking dropping back into shooter. Both started well, netting their shots to give Liskeard an early lead. Connect took their time to settle into the game and with their less experienced GA it was down to the GS to net the long range shots. However, Liskeard took an early advantage of 12-5.
Liskeard maintained their momentum into the second period. Defensively they had control of the circle, GD Holly Lemon limited any movement by the GA, GK Lucy Smale was picking off the interceptions and with increased pressure by WD Laura Shepherd Liskeard extended their lead. The flow through the mid court was good and any turnovers by the defence were fed up the court through C Julia Eldridge and WA Jo Glossop. The shooters then duly converted to give Liskeard a 20-10 lead at half time.
The Connect defence came out stronger after the break, trying to reduce the movement of the Tigers. Their long reach meant Liskeard needed to be patient and work the ball around the circle to give the shooters the best opportunities at goal. Eldridge and Glossop worked hard but Connect started to have the edge at last and whisked the ball down the court. Lemon continued to restrict the GA but with the GS on fine form, despite the long reach of Smale, she helped Connect win the quarter to bring the scores 26-20 going into the last.
Christina Broad replaced Hoskin for the final quarter with Hocking moving out to GA. Adjusting quickly to the change Liskeard began to take control again. Eldridge and Shepherd worked hard throughout the court, feeding the ball as well as tipping any interceptions to keep Liskeard in front. Broad netted the long range shots the team knew they could rely on and Hocking continued to assist and convert any available rebounds.
It was a good team effort which the girls now need to build on before they face Newquay away on the 28th March.
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Hayle  30 - 34 Liskeard Tigers
Liskeard made the long trip to Penzance to play Hayle’s second string. It was the first time the two teams had met as Hayle were unable to field a team for the rescheduled home fixture last week.
Liskeard set the pace from the start and opened the scoring to no reply from Hayle. The visiting team went 6-1 up before Hayle found their stride. The dominant Hayle defence pressurised the shooters but Liskeard worked hard to maintain their lead, taking the quarter 8-5.
Captain Lucy Smale brought Amie Hoskin off the bench to replace GA Sophie Hocking for the second period; in the hope that it would unsettle the Hayle defence. GS Kirstie Chappell worked well with her new partner, moving around the circle to give them their best chance at goal. Smale and GD Holly Lemon closely marked the Hayle shooters, tipping the ball and intercepting at every opportunity. But Hayle had settled into their game and won the quarter, leaving the score 14-13 to Liskeard at half time.
Hocking replaced Chappell for the second half and she came out strong netting goal after goal. This lifted the team and all the Tigers stepped up the pressure. Key interceptions from WD Laura Shephard in the mid-court as well as backing up in attack assisted Julia Eldridge and Jo Glossop with their feeds into the shooters. The old partnership of Hocking and Hoskin was evident and they created numerous opportunities in the circle to win the quarter 14-10.
Hayle were forced to make some changes in the hope of slowing down the Liskeard attack but Liskeard kept their heads to maintain the lead. An injury to Shephard in the last period saw Vicki Hastings come on as GD and Lemon move to WD. It took a few minutes for Liskeard to adjust but both Lemon and Hastings worked hard to disrupt Hayle’s play in the mid court. Both teams kept up the pressure and despite Hayle winning the quarter by one goal, Liskeard won the game 34-30.
Captain Smale was really pleased with the win. “We didn’t know what to expect tonight with never having played Hayle before but I felt the Tigers had the advantage throughout the whole game. Amie had a fantastic game stepping up from Panthers to join her old team mates and her work with Sophie in the circle was excellent. Laura also had a good game and it was a shame she had to come off towards the end, but her back up throughout the mid court was really good. I didn’t feel the team played at full capacity for the whole game and this is something we need to work on but overall I was really pleased with everyone’s performance.”