By Emma Hook
Following a great first half of Senior County league, Eclipse 2s felt the pressure to continue their unbeaten record. Having previously faced Istead early on in the season and only winning by two goals, we felt we had a much stronger team and wanted a bigger win this time round.
Q1 GS Ellie, GA Emma, WA Izzie, C Ore, WD Beth, GD Rachel Clarkson, GK Rachel Cejer
With a rocky start to the first quarter – giving away our first centre, Eclipse needed to regain focus and control of the game. Eventually finding our flow thanks to some great movement from Ore and Izzi around the circle edge, meant we finished the first quarter in the lead 14-10.
Q2 GS Ellie, GA Emma, WA Izzie, C Ore, WD Beth, GD Rachel Clarkson, GK Rachel Cejer
Building on the success of the first quarter. Sticking to our defensive game plan down the whole court ensured we gained plenty of turnovers, which with patience in attack we easily converted. Regular tips from Ore and consistent shots from Ellie meant we opened the gap even more, finishing the quarter with an 11 goal lead. 31-20 to Eclipse.
Q3 GS Ellie, GA Orlagh, WA Izzie, C Becki, WD Ore, GD Rachel Clarkson, GK Khalia
We set out to make our third quarter the best one yet, following our poor third quarter in NWKL the day before. Izzie oozed confidence as she calmly fed the circle with some long range balls into Ellie’s great space. Fresh legs on court meant new energy and new combinations – something we adapted to and utilised to our advantage. Although this was our best quarter of the game, scoring 16 goals, we also let in 14 – their best quarter too. 47-34 to Eclipse.
Q4 GS Rochelle, GA Orlagh/Emma, WA Izzie, C Becki, WD Ore, GD Rachel Clarkson, GK Khalia
With Rochelle coming on as shooter we lost some of our height advantage in the circle, but her clear movement and ability to shoot from long range meant despite our large lead we were keen to keep pushing. Defence adapted from the previous quarter and small feet around the shooter and arms over the ball down court meant Ipstead struggled to feed the ball in the circle. Although energy levels began to drop and we lost our focus towards the end, it was a fantastic team effort for the full hour.
The final score was 60-46 to Eclipse, with player of the match going to Izzi for her consistent calm play, great feeds into the circle and movement throughout the court.
Q1 Score 14-10 W
Q2 Score 17-10 W
Q3 Score 16-14 W
Q4 Score 13-12 W