Thank you to everyone who came on Saturday, helping to make this year's Halloween Party a huge success.
Everyone made such an effort and the costumes were superb - although not sure Walt would have been too impressed with our efforts....
Big thanks to The Railway for hosting the event, it was a fantastic night and as a club we raised £100 - well done girls.
Tickets are £5 each. The more we sell, the more the club benefits.
It's always a great night, with prizes for the best fancy dress, so get planning and get selling girls!
Starting line-up: GK Kay Barker, GD Vicki Hastings, WD Laura Smith, C Julia Eldridge, WA Emma Dunn, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Christina Broad. Res Lauren Finch & Siobhan Howe.
Liskeard Panthers welcomed Lastonet 4 to Lux Park in the hope of continuing the Club’s recent winning streak.
Panthers started well, winning the first quarter 10 goals to 5. There was excellent play throughout the court with the team gelling well and defensively Panthers were as strong as their previous games with GD Vicki Hastings and WD Laura Smith restricting the attack and GK Kay Barker pressurising the GS under the post.
Liskeard focussed on their set plays and carried the ball into the shooting circle. Both shooters worked hard to get the shots at goal, supported by WA Emma Dunn and C Julia Eldridge, and GS Christina Broad was back to the impressive shooting she is renowned for, netting some excellent long range shots.
Liskeard relaxed in the 3rd quarter and allowed Lastonet back into the game. Despite them having doubled Lastonet’s score, the visitors worked hard to ensure they would get at least 1 point from the match. GA Gabi Duffey was shut down by her strong defence and Liskeard started to flounder on the circle edge. The team persevered though, creating space in the mid court to allow the ball to swiftly move from defence to attack.
Lauren Finch came on for Barker in the final quarter and it was credit to both Hastings and Smith that Finch wasn’t involved in the play for much of the period. Injury to Captain Eldridge also saw Siobhan Howe come off the bench for the closing 10 minutes and her renewed energy encouraged the team to play to the final whistle. Duffey and Broad had an excellent final quarter with Duffey working hard around the defence and the shots were duly converted.
Panthers won the game 29-21 with Lastonet’s picking up the bonus 1 point. Laura Smith was awarded Player of the Match from Coach Rudi Britz for her outstanding defending and interceptions which disrupted Lastonet’s play all match.
Newquay  31 - 40 Liskeard Tigers
Liskeard Tigers travelled to Newquay to meet their second string, keen to match the recent success of Panthers and Cougars and gain their first win of the season.
The Tigers opened the scoring through some simple set plays but Newquay defended hard gaining the turnovers for their shooters to convert. Despite Liskeard appearing the stronger side it was Newquay who broke the deadlock to win the quarter 8-6.
At the quarter break, Liskeard’s Coach instructed his side to implement what they had practiced and focus on the task in hand. The players did as they were asked and had a storming second quarter, with every player upping their game. The defence trio of Smale, Hastings and Lemon picked off many interceptions and rebounds which were fed quickly up the court. Fantastic edge of circle work by Beale and Glossop into the shooters gave them every chance at goal and despite the tall defence, Hoskin and Hocking worked the ball well and netted goal after goal. With the confidence growing amongst the team Liskeard took the quarter 14 goals to 6, ending the first half with a 14-20 lead.
A change at half-time for Liskeard saw Emma Dalton join her new teammates for the first time, replacing Beale at Centre. Newquay also made some changes throughout the court with fresh legs in both attack and defence. Dalton read the game well and settled into supporting the shooters whilst linking both attack and defence. Smale continued to pressurise the changed GS, forcing the long range shots for Hastings to pick off any loose balls which were moved swiftly through the court. However Liskeard started to introduce silly errors into their play as they became excited at their expectant win. Newquay were able to close the gap slightly but Liskeard still won the quarter, leaving the score 30-22 going into the last.
Liskeard continued with their strong play in the final quarter, Hoskin spurred on the team with her fantastic work rate throughout the game, nipping in and around her tall defenders to get closer to the post. Glossop supported Dalton on the centre pass and along with Captain Lemon they disrupted the play in the mid court stopping Newquay in their attack. However Liskeard started to tire towards the end and sloppy passes crept into the game. Injury to Smale gave the team chance to re-group so they could see out the final few minutes and they won the final quarter to leave the score 40-31 at the final whistle.
New coach Rudi Britz was pleased with the team’s performance, “after weeks of hard work, this result showed that Tigers are up for it. At times during the match we saw some excellent netball, and the end result just showed that the hard work is paying off. Well done to everyone, and lets keep up playing good netball. We did not have an easy win and had to work very hard for it but everyone gave their best which made me very proud and it was a pleasure to watch”.
Tigers now look forward to their next match in a couple of weeks time, when Newquay come to Lux Park for the rematch.
Starting line-up - GK Kay Barker, GD Vicki Hastings, WD Laura Smith, C Julia Eldridge, WA Emma Dunn, GA Gabi Duffey, GS Christina Broad. Res Siobhan Howe.
Liskeard Panthers played their first home match against Falmouth 2 at Lux Park, hoping to achieve their first league win of the season and put behind them their disappointing opening loss at the hands of St Agnes 4.
The team started with a positive attitude, determined to get the result needed and bagged the first couple of goals in quick succession. Strong passing coupled with hard work started to pay off and with some fantastic defending from GK Kay Barker and GD Vicki Hastings, numerous turnovers were worked up the court and converted to goals, without a single goal netted in reply.
Falmouth made a change for the second quarter, moving their tall GD up to GA in the hope of getting onto the score sheet but the Liskeard defence reacted well and with some great interceptions from Hastings and WD Laura Smith, Panthers were really starting to come into their own and the first half ended 15 – nil to the home side.
At half time Panthers made a change for fresh legs, bringing Siobhan Howe on at WA but Falmouth also made changes in attack which proved to be positive, as they finally got their first goal, followed by several more with no reply from Liskeard. However, the Panthers fought back and with GS Christina Broad and GA Gabi Duffey working well together in the shooting circle, the home side again extended their lead.
WA Emma Dunn came back on for the last quarter, and along with Hastings, Smith and Centre Julia Eldridge the play down the court linked superbly and the ball was fed swiftly into the shooting circle, which Broad and Duffey continued to successfully convert. Falmouth worked hard until the end but Panthers were unstoppable and the game ended 32 - 09, with Vicki Hastings being awarded a well deserved Player of the Match.
Panthers hope to continue their winning streak when they host Lastonet 4 on the 20th October.
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Starting line up - GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Lauren Finch, WD Sophie Thomas, C Siobhan Howe, WA Emma Thomas, GA Louise Piner, GS Vicky Ford. Res Kerry Elliot & Lynn Webb
Cougars made the long trip to Penzance on Wednesday, for their 3rd away match in as many weeks, keen to secure another win.
The visitors started quickly, netting two goals without reply, but it was apparent from the start that Penzance were keen to win, employing some great defensive play and disrupting the Cougars rhythm. The first quarter was a tight affair but Cougars prevailed thanks to some good work in the shooting circle between Ford and Piner and they ended the first quarter with a 3 - 6 lead.
Kerry Elliot came on at WA for the second quarter. Penzance immediately started applying pressure to the Cougar Centre pass and Liskeard’s slender lead was soon cut to just one goal. Passing errors from both sides followed with both teams missing key goals. Penzance proved stronger in this quarter though, winning the quarter by one goal and reducing the deficit to 9 – 11 at half time.
Emma Thomas replaced Piner at GA at the beginning of the third quarter and Lynn Webb came off the bench into WD. It was honours even with both sides defending well, cancelling out any opportunity of gaining a foothold in the match. Penzance took the game to the visitors for the 4th quarter but with Finch and Drinkell forcing the Penzance shooters out of the circle the home side were unable to overhaul the lead and Cougars held on for the win, final score Penzance 19, Cougars 21.
Well done to everyone for another well deserved win, especially Siobhan Howe who’s energetic play throughout earned her Umpire’s Player of the Match.
Liskeard opened their 2011/12 campaign against former division 1 side Lastonet last Thursday.
The Tigers selected team this year is Lucy Smale (GK), Holly Lemon (GD & Captain), Emma Dalton (WD), Erin Beale (C), Jo Glossop (WA), Amie Hoskin (GA) and Sophie Hocking (GS) but with Dalton out for their opening fixture, Julia Eldridge stepped up into centre with Beale dropping back to fill the WD position.
Lastonet opened the scoring from their centre pass but Liskeard were quick to reply and the sides were goal for goal for much of the quarter. However, it was Lastonet who settled into the game quicker, feeding the ball hard into the circle, converting the goals and winning the quarter 9-5. Coach Rudi Britz tried to settle his side in the break, encouraging the defence to reduce the shooters’ movement and keen for attack to continue working the ball around the circle and getting closer to the post.
Liskeard came out much more positive for the second period and their strong defensive play throughout helped them begin to claw back the deficit, getting within a couple of goals mid way through the quarter. Lastonet were quick to respond though, and despite the Tigers only loosing the period by one goal, Lastonet had extended their lead to 12 - 17.
Liskeard continued to work hard throughout the second half and moved the ball well down the court but the Lastonet defence began to read the shooters’ play and Liskeard struggled to get the ball into a shooting position. With limited shooting opportunities for the home side the gap got bigger and the game ended 24 - 33 to Lastonet.
Although disappointed to start their season with a defeat, the team were happy with their overall performance, holding their own for much of the game against a very strong opposition. Captain Holly Lemon was really pleased with her team, “We were expecting a tough match tonight but I was impressed how well we all played and we certainly didn't make it easy for them. It was great to welcome Amie back to Tigers and she fought hard against a really tough defence; and Jo clearly impressed our new coach, receiving his Player of the Match. For a first game with the new line-up there are many positives to build on before our next match away at Newquay.”
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Starting Line-up - GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Lauren Finch, WD Sophie Thomas, C Siobhan Howe, WA Emma Thomas, GA Louise Piner, GS Vicky Ford. Res Lynn Webb
With Falcons failing to cope with the pace of the Cougar attack, the visitors started the match quickly netting 5 unreplied goals in the opening minutes of the game. GS Vicky Ford and GA Louise Piner picked up quickly from their successful partnership at last weeks game against Storm shooting at near100% giving Cougars a commanding first quarter lead of 4 – 11.
The second quarter saw Cougars extending their early lead to 19 goals with Falcons only able to put 4 in the net. GK Drinkell and GD Finch worked hard to limit the Falcon shooting opportunities with WD Sophie Thomas supporting well, using her strength to prevent a determined Falcon WA from passing the ball forward.
Centre Howe and WA Emma Thomas had their work cut out during the game with pressure from the Falcon Centre. However, energetic Howe did not disappoint using her pace to out manoeuvre her opponent and linking well with Thomas.
Lynn Webb came off the bench into GK for the second half with Drinkell moving to to WD but Falcons had also made changes and started the period with greater determination. The second half proved to be a much closer affair, with Cougars letting some silly passing errors get turned over by Falcons. Although Webb and Finch were relentless in the semi circle, Falcons’ excellent GS ensured her team got the bonus point netting all her attempts at goal.
Although not a “pretty” performance by Cougars, their hard work during the early stages of the game ensured they took maximum points with a final score of Falcons 22 Liskeard Cougars 36. Captain Debbie Drinkell awarded player of the match to Emma Thomas for her positive attacking play at WA.