Liskeard Tigers 45 - 30 Newquay 2
Liskeard Tigers put in a great team effort to beat visitors Newquay 2 at Lux Park.
Having met only 3 weeks previously, both sides were up for the game and wanting to come away with the 5 points. It was the first time Tigers had been able to start with their full team but all had been working hard on their set plays and were ready for this encounter.
Newquay started the stronger of the two and went four goals in front during the quarter through strong defending; but Liskeard fought to stay in the game and reduced the deficit to just two goals, ending the period 9-11 to the visitors.
Vicki Hastings came on at GD for the second quarter, with Holly Lemon moving to WD. Both took time to find their stride but the Tigers worked hard to overturn the deficit and led by two goals for much of the period, but Newquay persevered and the teams were level at half-time.
Tigers made more changes at half-time, Erin Beale replaced Emma Dalton at centre and Christina Broad made her 1st team debut at GS. This was by far Liskeard’s best quarter and they stormed in front. Broad netted the first few goals, settling her nerves, working well with GA Amie Hoskin.
The Tigers managed 10 goals with no reply from the visitors, and strong defending by trio GK Lucy Smale, Hastings and Lemon ensured Liskeard kept possession. They took the quarter 12 goals to 3 to firmly cement their intentions for the match.
Dalton returned for the final quarter along with Julia Eldridge in WA. The team were relentless until the last, all working hard to see the game out. “Player of the Match” Amie Hoskin continued to impress in GA and this boosted the side, knowing their individual efforts were being rewarded, with Tigers winning the final quarter 11 goals to 5 to finish the game 45 - 30.
Coach Rudi Britz was pleased with his team, saying: “It just shows again that the hard work is paying off. Tonight’s match was tougher than the previous encounter, as expected, Newquay came back for revenge and wow did they have a go at it. Tigers took a bit of time to settle but stuck to what they’ve been taught and in the third quarter accelerated to a pace that Newquay had no answer for, turning the match in their favour. A much better performance and a classy win.
It was great to see all the girls trying their best and delivering a team effort. Obviously there is room for improvements, but I was very satisfied with the way they played, and to see that they all worked together as a team.
Well done to all the girls and thanks to the three subs, Vicki, Julia and Christina for playing very well against a strong side. I am looking forward to the next great win.”
Pictures by Glen Rogers