Report by Izzi Jones
Being our last county game of the season everyone was eager to both win and enjoy the game ahead.
After our well practiced warm-up, we were given our directives; to keep calm, with a new shooting combination we were told to work the ball around and reset when needed.
Defensively, we needed to restrict our players and stick man-to-man.
The first quarter started slowly. Our feeds into the shooters were hesitant and tentative, giving Prolek the opportunity to turn over ball and convert. Within the first 5 minutes we were 4 goals down, not the desired start, but it gave us the motivation we needed.
As we eased into the quarter, and began to adapt to our new combinations, the ball flowed more easily. Defence made intercepting the ball look easy, with endless turn overs coming our way front court managed to work out the kinks in their play and relax. The quarter finished 13-10 to Eclipse.
With the first quarter, and hopefully most of the nerves out of the way, we hoped to extend our lead.
Defence worked hard to keep their shooters away from post. They made Prolek work hard for good shooting position and this was vital with two shooters that rarely missed.
Rachel and Khalia made the most of any ball they could get their hands on. Camly bringing turn overs through court with the help of Beth and Ore.
Attack remembered to let ‘the ball do the work’. If the first ball couldn’t go first time, or second time, or third time there was always a reset option. As long as Eclipse kept possession the space would open up and we could feed the shooters comfortably.
With a number or circle edge drives and resets (and a couple of frustrated, forced balls that needed to be ironed out) the ball was fed into our shooters who took, and sank, their shots.
Due to our patient style of play we managed to edge a further 3 goals in front, the first half finished 24-18 to Eclipse.
The 3rd quarter saw a couple changes, with Becky coming on at C and Ore moving to WD.
With new legs on court we came into our game. Timing improved and ball placement became more accurate. Due to our better timed runs, spaces began to open up and free players began to emerge after losing their defender.
Eclipse began to play effortless (looking) netball. With stronger drives, less hesitant feeds and the confidence to fly for interceptions, the ball drifted from defence to attack seamlessly.
Front court managed to tidy up (most) of the forced balls and as always Ella and Rochelle’s shots found the net. The third quarter finished 37-30.
Quarter 4 saw a few changes, with Ore moving to GK (versatile or what!?) and Katie coming on court at WD and our shooters swapping positions.
The forth quarter started well, with the continued good play of quarter 3. However, as time ticked by errors began to creep in. The ball flew from end to end with erratic play in between. We failed to adapt to each other’s tired legs, other-throwing the ball and making hard work for our team mates. Fortunately for Eclipse, a well needed sideline and some words of advice came mid quarter. In attack, we needed to keep calm, not panic and be safe rather than sorry (and also to reward our defence for all their turn overs!).
We settled slightly, reseting the ball when needed and giving kinder feeds to our shooters. Despite this calm mid quarter, the play became erratic again and the final whistle could not have come sooner for the tense spectators and players. After a topsy-turvy final quarter the game finished 44-42 to Eclipse.
After a well fought battle, we could only discuss the positives from the win. With endless effort from everyone court, we praised each other’s performances and the team collectively.
PoM shared between Ore and Izzi. With a special mention to Ella and Katie our SuperSubs!
And finally; Helllooooo County 1!