Liskeard Cougars 34, St Agnes  32
It was an unusual start to Cougars last home game of the season. Due to sickness, injury and prior commitments and with GA Emma Thomas delayed, Cougars took to the court with only 6 players. Defender Lynn Webb started at GA, versatile Louise Piner replaced injured Siobhan Howe at Centre and Maria Jordan replaced absent Kerry Elliot at WA with the WD position remaining vacant
Cougars won the toss and for the first 5 minutes held their own and taking a 5 goal to 3 lead. Unfortunately the lack of a WD was becoming noticeable with the St Agnes team making use of the space afforded by its absence. Cougars struggled to contain an increasingly confident Aggy attack and were relieved when “missing” Cougar Emma Thomas was cleared to come on court with 90 seconds to go in the first quarter. St Agnes took the first quarter leaving Liskeard a lot of work to do in the remaining 3 quarters, Liskeard 5, St Agnes 12.
Emma Thomas took over at GA freeing Lynn Webb to return to GK, Debbie Drinkell went to GD and Rachel Congdon took the WD bib. Defence became very tight and Cougars worked hard to prevent any advance by the visitors. They produced some good transitional play down the court with Centre Piner and WA Jordan ensuring shooters Vicky Ford and Emma Thomas had quality balls into the circle. Cougars took the quarter thanks to some superb shooting by Ford to trail by just 2 goals at the end of the quarter, Liskeard 17 St Agnes 19 .
No changes were made for the rest of the match as Cougars sensed victory and the third quarter was indeed their strongest. Utilising the momentum generated in the second quarter Cougars applied pressure on all the St Agnes balls resulting in a 27 - 23 lead going into the final quarter.
Captain Drinkells team talk at quarter time reminded the team to stay focussed and with Cougars having the Centre pass at the beginning of play they were confident of a victory. St Agnes however were not beaten yet and came out the more determined pulling back the 4 goal lead to tie the scores at 32 all with just minutes to go. Congdon made a crucial interception which was fed through Jordan to GA Thomas who held her nerve to give Liskeard the slenderest of leads. With a St Agnes Centre taken quickly the visitors came within a whisker of tying the match but Webb sprung into defend and made a brilliant interception. With the ball safely moved up the court Thomas again netted to win a very close and competitive match. Final score Liskeard 34, St Agnes 32.
Player of the match was Louise Piner for an all around strong performance.
Starting line-up: GK Debbie Drinkell, GD Rachel Congdon, WD Louise Piner, C Siobhan Howe, WA Kerry Elliott, GA Emma Thomas, GS Vicky Ford. Res Maria Jordan
Liskeard welcomed St Agnes 4ths to Lux Park confident that they would be able to repeat the win of the away fixture earlier in the season.
It was apparent from the first centre pass that both teams were capable of taking the win. St Agnes won the toss but Cougars were able to intercept and turnover the ball to score the first goal. The visitors responded, going 3 goals ahead, but Cougars were quick to overcome the deficit and goals then went with centre pass in an extremely evenly matched game, ending the first quarter level at 6 - 6.
St Agnes were first to apply the pressure, Liskeard defence GK Debbie Drinkell and GD Rachel Congdon working hard to limit the shooting options of the St Agnes attack but despite some well timed interceptions Liskeard were unable to convert and St Agnes began to open up a lead. All credit to the Liskeard attack Centre Siobhan Howe and WA Kerry Elliott who worked tirelessly to support GS Vicky Ford and GA Emma Thomas. Howe making her presence known at both ends of the court in typically energetic style and Ford finding her range netting some superb long range shots to cut the deficit to 1 goal ending the second quarter 11-12.
Louise Piner went to GA and Maria Jordan replaced her at WD for the 3rd quarter. With nothing to separate the 2 teams scoring went with centre pass. Link play through the court by WD Jordan and GD Congdon supported the attack with some excellent possession play and ensured a safe ball transit to the Liskeard shooters. Piner did well to work the ball around the circle ably supported by Elliott.
Scores were tied at 18 all going into the last quarter and hardworking GD Congdon was given a well deserved rest with Emma Thomas taking the bib. Liskeard had the advantage of centre pass and did not squander it. Following some tight defensive work by GK Drinkell and GD Thomas the St Agnes attack were unable to put passes through to the shooters and Liskeard were able to draw away to close the match out victorious - Final score Cougars 26, St Agnes 21.
Captain Debbie Drinkell praised her team who all gave 100% in a well deserved victory. "It was impossible to pick a player of the match as all the girls worked extremely hard in a very competitive encounter.
Special thanks to Mandy Piner who umpired for us at extremely short notice and made it possible for us to play the game.”
Pictures by Glen Rogers
St Agnes 18, LNC Tigers 30
Liskeard Tigers travelled to St Agnes with the hope of continuing their winning streak and keeping their promotional chance alive. After suffering a one goal defeat at the home fixture in December and having never beaten St Agnes before, the Tigers only had one aim for this match.
Without centre Emma Dalton, Julia Eldridge again stepped up to fill the position, with a starting line-up of GK Lucy Smale, GD Vicki Hastings, WD Holly Lemon, C Julia Eldridge, WA Jo Glossop, GA Amie Hoskin, GS Sophie Hocking. Res. Kirstie Chappell, Lauren Finch & Debbie Drinkell
It was a tentative start by both teams but St Agnes opened the scoring and both sides began to settle into the game. Liskeard’s shooters struggled to find their feet against the strong St Agnes defence but they worked hard and with GK Lucy Smale and GD Vicki Hastings putting on the pressure at other end, Liskeard managed to edge out a small lead to finish the period 5-7.
Coach Britz needed to calm his rattled side and he encouraged them to play their slow, rehearsed game. Again St Agnes opened the scoring from a Liskeard centre pass but the Tigers fought hard. Smale and Hastings stuck tightly to their players and with some great interceptions from WD Holly Lemon the ball found the St Agnes circle just 3 times the entire quarter. Turnover balls were fed swiftly down the court and with GS Sophie Hocking getting her eye in she kept the team in front. Great circle play by C Julia Eldridge and WA Julia Glossop, with GA Amie Hoskin continuing the movement, Hocking was able to line up for some great opportunities and Liskeard won the quarter 9 - 3, ending the half with an 8 goal lead.
Liskeard continued to dominate in the 3rd with both Hocking and Hoskin finding their stride and working the circle well to extend the Tigers lead. Lemon and Hastings backed up play in the mid-court ensuring that Liskeard could maintain possession and with another solid performance in defence, St Agnes were again only able to add 3 to their score, compared to The Tigers’ 10.
Going into the final period 26-11 in front, Liskeard knew the long awaited win was all but theirs. Kirstie Chappell replaced Hocking at GS but St Agnes also made some key changes and came out fighting, determined to claw back the defecit. Liskeard struggled to get the ball anywhere near their shooting circle, whilst St Agnes threw everything at the game, intercepting any loose passes and feeding the ball down the court. Knocks to Hastings, Eldridge and Smale unsettled the defence but fortunately the side had already done enough and despite Aggie winning the final period, the Tigers took the match 30 - 18.
Lucy Smale was awarded Player of the Match by Britz for her persistence and hard work in defence.
Starting line-up: GK Lucy Smale, GD Holly Lemon, WD Erin Beale, C Jo Glossop, WA Amie Hoskin, GA Sophie Hocking, GS Christina Broad. Res. Vicki Hastings
Liskeard Tigers hoped to maintain their winning streak when they welcomed St Agnes to Lux Park. Due to absence and illness there was a new starting line up, with Panther Christina Broad stepping in at GS.
Hastings came off the bench for the second quarter with Lemon going to WD. Defensively Liskeard started to find their feet and slow the St Agnes attack but they still couldn’t get the edge in the mid court. The team fought hard to draw the quarter, leaving them still 3 goals behind.
Beale returned at Centre for the second half, with the attack moving back to their more familiar positions and Broad dropping to the bench. Still the Tigers had to battle hard to get through the strong St Agnes defence which was causing problems all over the court. The Tigers each knew what game they should be playing but they weren’t at their recent best and allowed St Agnes to dominate; giving them a 5 goal lead going into the last.
Broad replaced Hocking for the final period and at last Liskeard started to play their own game. Lemon and Hastings picked off numerous interceptions and fed the ball back down the court. Working hard to narrow the gap Liskeard soon found themselves just a couple of goals behind. Excellent shooting from Broad, netting 9 out of 12 attempts, inspired the team who threw everything at the game to bring the scores level. However, with a turnover in the final 60 seconds St Agnes scored, winning the game by just one goal.
Starting line-up: GK Rachel Congdon, GD Lauren Finch, WD Debbie Drinkell, C Siobhan Howe, WA Kerry Elliot, GA Lynn Webb, GS Vicky Ford. Res Amy Greenbank & Sophie Thomas
Cougars travelled to Truro School for the second week running, this time to face St Agnes’ fourth string.
They made their characteristic positive start, turning over a loose pass into the St Agnes shooting circle and working it down the court to GS Vicky Ford, who duly converted the goal. 5 minutes of tight play from both teams followed with no goals scored until Liskeard again forged forward to go 3 goals ahead. It was pretty even play for the remainder of the quarter but Cougars’ early advantage held and they led the first quarter 3 - 5.
Cougars remained unchanged going into the second quarter. Lynn Webb, stepping into GA for missing shooters Louise Piner and Emma Thomas, used this quarter to steady her nerves and form a good partnership with Ford. Both shooters were working the shooting circle well and with WA Kerry Elliott & C Siobhan Howe utilizing the court space and GK Rachel Congdon & GD Lauren Finch frustrating the home teams shooters with their constant pressure, Cougars built up a sizeable lead to end the half 6 - 14.
Amy Greenbank and Sophie Thomas came off the bench for the second half at centre & WD respectively, with Drinkell dropping back to GK. St Agnes came back on court with renewed energy but Liskeard were able to match the attack. St Agnes more than doubled their score but this still failed to make a dent in an ever increasing Cougar lead, with the score 13 - 23 going into the last.
Howe replaced Elliott for the last quarter and Cougars certainly did not let up in their attack. Interceptions from Drinkell, Greenbank and Howe disrupted the St Agnes attack and loose balls were picked up from hardworking WD Sophie Thomas. With St Agnes only able to add 2 goals to their total in the fourth quarter Liskeard pulled off a great victory, denying the home team a bonus point in the dying seconds of the game. Final score St Agnes 15, Liskeard Cougars 30.
Player of the Match went to Siobhan Howe for her hard work throughout.
ST AGNES  19 - 35 LNC COUGARS
Starting line-up: GK Rachael Congdon, GD Lauren Finch, WD Sophie Thomas, C Siobhan Howe, WA Amy Greenbank, GA Emma Thomas, GS Vicky Ford. Res Debbie Drinkell
With illness and injury limiting their choices Cougars travelled to Truro with just one reserve.
New player Rachel Congdon made her debut for the team at GK and Cougars started energetically, quickly netting 8 goals to St Agnes 1 in the first 5 minutes. A period of inconsistent play by the Cougars allowed the home team to come back but Cougars soon rallied to end the quarter with a 10 - 5 lead.
No changes were made for the second quarter and some tight defending by both teams made for a very even quarter, ending the first half Cougars 18, St Agnes 13.
Captain Debbie Drinkell replaced Congdon at GK for the third quarter, which saw some great netball from the Cougars. GA Emma Thomas and GS Vicky Ford worked well in the shooting circle to capitalise on every opportunity from the feeds of C Siobhan Howe and WA Amy Greenbank. This was definitely Cougars strongest quarter with GD Lauren Finch and WD Sophie Thomas working the ball well up the court. Drinkell and Finch’s tight defence in the St Agnes shooting circle limited the home team to just 2 goals to the Cougars 10, taking the game almost out of reach of St Agnes at 28 - 15.
All credit to St Agnes who worked hard to the end, taking the bonus point for their efforts. Player of the Match went to Emma Thomas for the second consecutive week but well done to everyone on a really good team performance. Final Score St Agnes (5) 19, Liskeard Cougars 35
Liskeard were hopeful of a win in their last match, as it would mean the Tigers would finish the season third in division 2, their highest ever placing. With all Tigers available along with their key reserves Hoskin and Hastings, Captain Lucy Smale knew the team had enough in them and lots of options to push the win.
Both teams started strong and were evenly matched in the first quarter. Despite St Agnes opening the scoring, Smale and Lemon defended well from the start with Lemon limiting the passes to the GA and Smale picking up the rebounds. Liskeard had more of the ball but weren’t able to convert the all important goals which allowed St Agnes to keep things close, finally edging the quarter 6-5.
An injury to Kirstie Chappell early in the 2nd quarter saw the introduction of Amie Hoskin as GS. The ball continued to fly up and down the court with both teams making mistakes but with the St Agnes GS beginning to find her form and the GA having more attempts at goal, the home side started to extend their lead. Liskeard fought hard to disrupt the play with key interceptions by Glossop and Shepherd but the strong St Agnes defence limited the Tigers efforts and Aggie stormed the quarter to win 13 goals to 6, leaving Liskeard trailing by 8 at half time.
Vicki Hastings replaced Smale for the third quarter with Lemon dropping back to GK, and Hoskin & Hocking swapped to their more familiar positions of GA & GS respectively. This boosted the side with Liskeard taking the first few goals and bringing the score to within 4 points. Hoskin set up a lot of play in the attack and with support around the circle from Eldridge and Glossop, the shooters tried to keep Liskeard in the game. However, with silly mistakes throughout the court and despite the St Agnes GA having fewer shooting opportunities, the GS continued her fine form, missing just three goals all period.
Liskeard were more positive going into the last, having lost the 3rd quarter by just 2 goals. Smale came back into GK; strong, tight defending on the GS along with Hastings beginning to dominate the GA meant Liskeard could feed the ball through attack to give the shooters every chance. Hocking had an excellent quarter in GS, with more opportunities which she converted. However, Liskeard had left it too late, the damage was done in the second period and St Agnes took the game 42-30.
After the match Captain Lucy Smale commented: “Overall we are disappointed to have lost tonight but at times we matched St Agnes’ play. As a former division 1 side we knew this wouldn’t be an easy encounter, we were hopeful that we could cause an upset but it wasn’t to be. However, the Tigers have had their best season yet and if 5th in the division was offered at the beginning of the season, I would have been more than happy with that. We have finally proven that we deserve our place in division 2 and hope to build on it again next season.”
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
St Agnes  17 - 44 Liskeard Panthers
Line-up: GS Christina Broad, GA Amie Hoskin, WA Emma Dunn, C Kerry Elliott, WD Debbie Drinkell, GD Vicki Hastings, GK Kay Barker.
Travelling to Truro as their bare 7, Panthers knew they would have a battle on their hands but they fought hard to achieve a convincing win against St Agnes 3, and maintain their 2nd place in the league standings.
The first half was fairly evenly matched between the 2 sides and although Panthers started out stronger, a few silly mistakes allowed the home team to claw their way back into the game.
In defence, the usually dominant pairing of GD Hastings and GK Barker struggled to gain control over the strong St Agnes shooters in the first half but by the final two quarters they were back to their usual fine form, only conceding 2 goals in the last.
Panthers lead the whole way through but it wasn’t until the 3rd quarter that they really took control. Some impressive mid-court play from C Elliott and WD Drinkell produced many turnovers, and with WA Dunn having without doubt her best game of the season so far, the lead just kept growing and growing.
The partnership between shooters Hoskin and Broad continues to go from strength to strength with both players on top form, displaying great movement in the circle and some fantastic long range shots from Broad, earning her player of the match - yet again!
St Agnes  11 - 39 Liskeard Cougars
Starting line-up: GK Sophie Thomas, GD Sarah Skews, WD Liz Julian, C Siobhan Howe, WA Gabi Duffey, GA Louise Piner, GS Victoria Ford. Res Carol Smith.
As this was Cougars first game of the season, with a new line up and without captain Emma Dalton, the team were nervous to start. However, they immediately gelled and worked hard throughout to secure a very convincing win.
The first quarter got off to a slow start, with some erratic play and silly mistakes from both teams, but they soon settled down and with Ford and Piner forming a strong partnership in the shooting circle Cougars took the quarter 9 goals to 4.
Cougars began to take a hold of the game in the second, new to the club Carol Smith come on as WA and used her height to full potential with some great mid-court play. Ford and Piner continued to dominate the circle with some fantastic shooting from both, winning the quarter 12 goals to 3, to bring the score to 21-7 at half-time.
Changes at half-time saw Duffey come back on as shooter and Ford dropping back to GD. The visiting team continued to dominate and with some great defensive work from Skews, Ford & Thomas St Agnes managed just 3 goals. Superb long range shooting from Duffey (earning her Player of the Match) took the Cougars to a lead of 33 goals to 10.
Both teams began to tire in the last quarter but with Howe’s experience and relentless movement up the court, Cougars managed to increase their lead and won the game 11 - 39.