Report by Becky Watkins
On Sunday 9th October Eclipse 2s took to the court in their 3rd Kent County match of the season. The team knew it was going to be a hard fought game against a strong Hornets side so went on with a strong, attacking game plan to work at high intensity and restrict our opponents. Eclipse flew out of the blocks from the first whistle gaining a comfortable 20-9 lead after the first quarter, with Becki J, Emma H and Ellie impressing in the attacking third with their quick ball speed and shooting.
The second quarter saw the same line up out on court and another strong quarter of netball. Strong defence from Ruth, Rachel (Ce) and Rachel (Cl) restricting Hornets, forcing errors and creating turnover. Good through court from attack to defence, incorporating Becky W on her debut for the team, we produced fluidity into the attacking 3rd and an impressive 34-16 lead going into the 3rd quarter. A slight injury to Rachel (Ce) meant that Khalia came on towards the end of the quarter, having a real impact in defence. Luckily it is just a bruise for Rachel and she will be back up and running for the next match.
Quarter 3 saw the introduction of Orlagh into the shooting circle and Ore into defence, both having a good start to their game. Hornets crept back a little as Eclipse lost slight focus on their game plan and the intensity dropped, however Eclipse still managed to fight for a 3rd quarter win (12-7) and the overall score going into the final quarter was 47-23.
The final quarter saw a few changes, welcoming Beth into WD who worked tirelessly to restrict her WA and Ruth and Emma back to the court. Despite the best efforts from Eclipse, Hornets had a strong final quarter drawing 12-12, this did not however deter from the excellent team performance Eclipse 2 put in across all 4 quarters.
Becky W and Becki J were POM, well done to all!