Starting Line-up: GK Lucy Smale, GD Vicki Hastings, WD Holly Lemon, C Julia Eldridge, WA Jo Glossop, GA Amie Hoskin, GS Sophie Hocking. Res. Debbie Drinkell.
With the absence of Emma Dalton, Julia Eldridge stepped into the Centre position. Liskeard opened the scoring and quickly found themselves 5 goals in front. Good circle play by GA Amie Hoskin, netting all but one attempt in the quarter, gave the Tigers a 10-6 lead after the first period.
Silhouettes changed their shooter for the second quarter but GK Lucy Smale’s strong defending eliminated the player and ensured she wasn’t able to convert any goals. The Tigers intercepted loose passes throughout the court and had control of the game from early on. Both shooters found their range and focussed on their set plays to work the ball from Eldridge and WA Jo Glossop into the circle and Liskeard took the quarter 12 goals to 4.
Cougar’s captain Debbie Drinkell stepped up to the mark in the third quarter as Eldridge was rested. Nervous, but keen to play, Drinkell listened to the team and worked well in the mid court with sister Glossop. Both teams had a low scoring, tentative quarter with missed opportunities throughout the court. Tigers defence dominated and despite more attempts at goal for Silhouettes, GD Vicki Hastings and Smale ensured just two goals were scored.
Eldridge returned for the final period, which was by far the Tigers best. The whole team upped their game, despite an already strong lead. Both WD Holly Lemon and Glossop were relentless throughout the court, intercepting where possible and keeping possession to ensure Silhouettes were kept out of the game.
A stronger quarter by both shooters with GS Sophie Hocking leading the play in the attacking third, creating space for Hoskin in the circle to ensure a better chance at goal. Again, the Silhouettes attack were silenced by Hastings, Lemon and Smale, fewer attempts at goal and few converted enabled the Tigers to secure their best win to date.
Coach Rudi Britz was thrilled with the team, saying “Tonight’s result came as no surprise to me, as the level of our game has improved dramatically. We had a very close encounter against Newquay 1 who are currently unbeaten in Division 2. It just proves that we have increased our game to a much higher level.
I just hope that the Tigers start to believe in themselves a bit more now. After a very comfortable win last night, the players should realise that they are a team to watch out for. Both Umpires spoke to me after the match, each complimenting on our fantastic defence throughout the game. You only have to look at the end score to see that it was superb. Lucy and Vicki did an amazing job defending the GS and GA and kept their chances of scoring to a minimum.
Overall we saw lots of interceptions by everyone, and at the end of the match it was not an easy task to choose the player of the match. But well done to Jo who played out of her skin and was awarded Coach's Player of the match for her efforts.
We still have to improve in certain areas of our game as well as timing issues but hey, Rome wasn't built in a day. I'm excited about our future and can't wait to do some more work, taking us to yet another level. Well done girls, you made me proud.”
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Starting Line up: GK Rachel Congdon, GD Sophie Thomas, WD Louise Piner, C Siobhan Howe, WA Kerry Elliott, GA Emma Thomas, GS Vicky Ford. Res – Debbie Drinkell & Lynn Webb
After a 6 week break from league competition Cougars started only their second home game of the season briskly, netting 5 unanswered goals. Falcons soon made up the deficit however, coming back to within 2 goals at the end of the first quarter, to end with the scores Cougars 8 Falcons 6.
The second quarter saw Lynn Webb replace Sophie Thomas at GD. This quarter was marked by its competitiveness with both teams chasing down all the lose balls. But Cougars were able to build on their lead scoring a further 9 goals to Falcons 5 ending the half at Cougars 17 – Falcons 11.
Cougars took a 7 goal advantage going into the fourth quarter but were soon cut to a 5 goal lead by a determined Falcons team. This was not to last however, as Cougars played the best Netball of the game closing out the match with some brilliant possession play. Final Score Cougars 28 – Falcons 17.
Captain Debbie Drinkell was delighted in the team’s performance. “The whole team really put into practise what Coach Rudi Britz had been teaching us. Some of the edge of the circle play was really good and the defence was much tighter as well”.
Player of the match was awarded to Louise Piner for her consistency throughout the match.
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Newquay 33 - 30 Liskeard Tigers
Liskeard Tigers came very close to a division upset when they faced top of the table Newquay 1. Undefeated this season, and with all wins at a comfortable margin, on paper it was expected to be tough, but with their new line-up the Tigers were hopeful they could give Newquay a good game.
Both teams started well and goals went with the centre pass for the first five minutes but Newquay shot ahead towards the end of the quarter. Their strong GA was dominating the play and despite pressure from new Tiger Vicki Hastings she extended her teams lead, netting 5 goals without reply and ending the first period 10 - 5.
After a stern team talk from their coach, Liskeard went back on court determined to hold their own but Newquay were quicker out of the blocks and the Tigers soon found themselves 14 - 5 down. However, with some fantastic defending from Smale, Hastings and Lemon, creating numerous turnovers, they fought their way back to draw the quarter 8-8, ending the first half 18-13.
Encouraged by their previous quarter, and with the win still in their sights, Liskeard upped their game. Newquay made several changes, and despite an even taller defence being introduced, Hoskin and Hocking worked the ball around the circle to improve their scoring chances, with Hocking missing just 2 attempts all period. Tigers defended well throughout the court with loose passes being picked off by Glossop, Dalton and Lemon. Newquay’s shooting opportunities were dramatically reduced; 9 attempts all period with just 5 converted due to the hard defending by Smale and Hastings.
Going into the last period with a surprising two goal lead, the Tigers knew it was still anyone’s game. Newquay reverted back to their original line up and showed they were not prepared to give up their undefeated title easily. The shooters from both sides felt the pressure and the teams remained goal for goal for much of the match, but Liskeard started to tire and silly mistakes came into their play which Newquay pounced on. Despite the Tigers best efforts, Newquay had soon levelled the game at 30 a piece. With the momentum in their favour, the final few minutes were dominated by the home side and they won the game by 3 goals, finishing 33 - 30.
Despite the loss, Tigers’ captain Holly Lemon was pleased with the team’s performance. “Everyone worked so hard and it was evident that our efforts in training are being rewarded. We are all disappointed that having come so close we didn’t manage to hold out for the win but it was by far our best game of the season and I think we can all be proud of our performance”.
Coach’s Player of the Match was deservedly awarded to Lucy Smale for her strong defending and support of the team throughout.
LNC Panthers 31 - 59 St Agnes 2
GK Kay Barker, GD Lauren Finch, WD Amy Greenbank, C Julia Eldridge, WA Emma Dunn, GA Gabi Duffey & GS Christina Broad, Res Emma Thomas, Vicky Ford and Maria Jordan.
Following a 7 week gap from their previous match and a new starting line-up Liskeard Panthers met top of the table St. Agnes. Panthers had a promising start to the first quarter, newly appointed GD Finch and WD Greenbank picked off the GA to minimise St Agnes’ scoring opportunities. However, with a strong GS netting the long range shots, St. Agnes secured 10 goals with no reply. Although The Panthers tried to settle their nerves and managed to pull back 3 goals at the end, the first quarter ended 5-15.
No changes for the Panthers saw them settle into the match. Centre pass set plays seemed to pay off and Liskeard maintained possession. WA Dunn utilised the support of WD Greenbank in order for the Panthers attack to work towards goal. At the other end of the court GK Barker began to read St Agnes’ GS and picked off any loose passes. A much better quarter for the Panthers, losing by just 2 goals, leaving the score 14-26 at half time.
Emma Thomas replaced Dunn in WA and following an improved second quarter Panthers felt encouraged to work hard and reduce Aggie’s lead. However their strong GK made it very difficult for GS Broad, who had to work hard to receive the ball from Thomas and C Eldridge. St. Agnes continued to apply pressure throughout the court; Panthers’ heads dropped which saw more mistakes being made. Aggie capitalised creating turnovers which their GS continued to convert. St Agnes won the quarter 18 goals to 5, further increasing their lead going into the last.
Dunn returned for the final period, with Thomas moving to GK and Jordan coming on as WD. Panthers Captain Eldridge encouraged her team to play short, sharp netball and secure a point from the match. Set plays improved as the team tried to play their own game. Eldridge and Jordan closed down the attack forcing the pass back to defence in order for St Agnes to maintain possession. Finch continued to defend Aggies GA but it was their GS who again extended the lead. However, Broad had an excellent final quarter and fought hard for the ball, along with Duffey they secured the goals, netting 12 to Aggies’ 15, bringing the final score to 31 – 59 securing that one bonus point. Coach’s player of the match was deservedly awarded to Christina Broad for her persistence throughout the match.
Panthers Captain Julia Eldridge commented after the match that “the team had gelled very well taking the Christmas break and two new players into consideration. There were moments of fantastic netball down the court which will be focused upon in the next few weeks and I am very pleased to have two experienced players on board with Amy Greenbank and Lauren Finch”.