LNC Panthers 39, Connect  30
After starting the new year with a run of close defeats, Panthers went into their home match vs Connect 3 determined to get back to winning ways.
Eager to prove themselves, they took to the court and immediately set the tone for the game, netting the first four goals on the bounce. GA Gabi Duffy and GS Christina Broad worked hard with some fantastic court play and accurate shooting to give them a 13-6 lead after the first period.
Going into the second period, Kirstie Chappell, making a welcome return for the club after injury, replaced Barker at GK. Panthers continued to work the ball well through the mid-court, but with both Connect shooters on fine form they began to claw their way back into the game and with some silly passing errors from Liskeard they were able to win the quarter 10-8, reducing Panthers lead to just 5 goals.
After a re-group at half time, bringing Rachael Congdon on at WD and Barker back into GK, Panthers came out with a renewed energy and really began to dominate. GD Lauren Finch had the measure of the GA and worked well with Barker to ensure Connect had limited chances at goal. Liskeard defended well all over the court and were able to turnover numerous balls and feed them into the shooters, and with Panthers GS Christina Broad netting all of her 8 attempts at goal they began to pull away again, winning the quarter 11-5, giving them a 32-21 lead going into the last.
With WD Amy Greenbank and Chappell returning to the court for the final period, Panthers were determined to see the game out for the win. They worked hard to keep possession and slow the game down. Chappell tightly marked out the strong GS, allowing her just 3 attempts at goal and although the GA stepped up netting some superb long range shots to win the quarter for her team, Liskeard had done enough and won the game 39 - 30.
Gabi Duffy and Christina Broad were awarded joint player of the match for their superb play in the shooting circle, their hard work in training was evident throughout the game and they are really starting to look like a partnership to be reckoned with.
Pictures by Glen Rogers
Lastonet  43 - 23 LNC Cougars
Starting Line up: GK Lynn Webb, GD Debbie Drinkell, WD Sophie Thomas, C Siobhan Howe, WA Kerry Elliott, GA Louise Piner, GS Vicky Ford. Res Maria Jordan
Liskeard Cougars could not build on their win from last week, losing out to Lastonet 5 at Cornwall College.
With regular GA Emma Thomas absent through a shoulder injury, versatile Louise Piner stepped up to pair with GS Vicky Ford in the shooting circle but from the outset the visitors struggled to match the fast pace of Lastonet and Cougars soon found themselves 6 goals down. With few opportunities to work the ball in the circle Cougars were relieved to get their first goal of the game. This settled the attack and Cougars were able to match the home side for the remainder of the period, finishing the quarter trailing 6-12.
The team remained unchanged for the second quarter and upped the tempo to try and match their opponents. There was however no let up in the defensive circle with GD Debbie Drinkell and GK Lynn Webb working hard to limit the taller Lastonet Shooters. WD Sophie Thomas defended well linking any interceptions to C Siobhan Howe and Cougars ended the quarter 12-22.
Maria Jordan stepped into WD for the third quarter and immediately made her presence known, double marking the Lastonet GA and intercepting a rare lose pass from the home team. Cougars built on this and had a stunning period of play. Long range shots from Ford and Piner finding the net meant Cougars came close to really impacting on the Lastonet lead. This was not to last however and Lastonet soon rallied to win the period 6-8, taking a 12 goal lead into the last.
Cougars’ energy and commitment to the game could not be faulted and despite being in a losing position, they continued to fight to ensure they got the well deserved bonus point. Lastonet proved to be worthy opponents though and were able to close out the match winning 23 - 43.
Player of the match was awarded to Kerry Elliott for her tenacity in attack.