Stratford Ladies Blues 53 Thunderbirds 2 21
Thunderbirds 4 17 Comets Tornadoes 67
Stratford Ladies Purples 30 BDR 11
Thunderbirds 5 9 Trust Helping Hands 58
Shooters Sparks 23 Thunderbirds 1 28
Thunderbirds 3 had a number of newly registered players for this week's match against Shooters Flames. They came together well and brought the game to Flames. From 10th position, T3 managed to be well within 50% of the winning score of 2nd placed Flames. They managed to score nearly twice the total goal tally from the previous 2 meetings in this final match between the teams. Both GS took player awards, Abi Francis for Thunderbirds took the oppositions award and Naomi Parker the umpires' award for Flames.
League leaders Stratford Ladies Blues met Thunderbirds 2. In the first quarter Thunderbirds were generally keeping up with Blues, but for a few unforced mistakes. At the first interval, Blues led by 11 goals to 5. Both teams scored reasonably consistently throughout the match, with Blues winning each quarter by slightly bigger margins as the game went on for then to take the win and 5 points. Holly Binks for Thunderbirds took the umpires' and players' award; starting at WA and playing various positions throughout the game, her contribution from each was positive for the Thunderbirds team. *Pictured below in action at C contesting the ball with Alice Linley. Equally, Carolyn Stacey, starting at GD and moving to C later in the game served her side well.
Thunderbirds 4 met Comets Tornadoes. In each meeting between the 2 teams Comets have managed a similar scoreline and goal difference. T4 had 2 newly registered players join them with Beth Phillips impressing the umpires at C, and Megan Rogers the opposition at WD. For Comets, Becky Fernandes-Green and Alma Warburton picked up the umpires' and players' awards respectively.
In the late fixture, Stratford Ladies Purples met BDR. Purples short on players this week had 2 players play up from Blues - both Alice Linley and Bobbi Sands had played in the early fixture. After a full game at 10am, Bobbi came on as sub, but still picked up the players' award. BDR managed their best result against Purples of the season by far. The winning score on this occasion was below half the tally for Purples on both the previous meetings. Purples maintain their 3rd position with BDR slipping from 8th to 9th.
Thunderbirds 5 met Trust Helping Hands. Without a point on the board, these girls treat each game with the same determination and positivity. Their pre-match team talk consisting of the fact that they were not starting the game with defeat in mind, but focusing on what positives they could take from the game. *Umpire happened to overhear this and admired their positive attitude. T5 took the lead in the first quarter being the first side to score. The whole game they continued to work hard and enjoy the game. 2 more newly registered players - Poppy Gardener playing GA & WA, and Fauna Evans at WD - new to the league, new to the game but kept her head up, kept working with the support and encouragement of her team mates - the umpires chose her as their player of the match. The vastly improved team did indeed take positives from the game - not only was it a hugely enjoyable and sociable game for both teams, but T5 scored more and conceded less than on both previous meeting with Trust.
In the final fixture of the week, Shooters Sparks met Thunderbirds 1. Each meeting between these sides have been close, with Thunderbirds just taking the win on each occasion. Bella Wilson had a great game for Sparks at WA, taking both the umpires' and oppositions award. Lolita Galvin at C for Thunderbirds took the umpires' award, and Olivia Bollons at GA the oppositions'. A close game once again, Sparks take 2 points from the match - totalling 5 from their fixtures over the season despite no win. The 5 points for T1 mean they creep up the league table by 2 positions, going ahead of BDR and T2.
Players of the match awards:
- Thunderbirds 3: Umpires' player - Millie O'Connor, Players' player - Abi Francis
- Shooters Flames: Umpires' player - Naomi Parker, Players' player - Jemma Moore
- Stratford Ladies Blues: Umpires' player - Beth Griffiths, Players' player - Sam Murdoch
- Thunderbirds 2: Umpires' and players' player - Holly Binks
- Thunderbirds 4: Umpires' player - Beth Phillips, Players' player - Megan Rogers
- Comets Tornadoes: Umpires' player: Becky Fernandes-Green, Players' player = Alma Warburton
- Stratford Ladies Purples: Umpires' player - Phindi Nduna, Players' player - Bobbi Sands
- BDR: Umpires' player - Helen Handy, Players' player - Ashlee Powell
- Thunderbirds 5: Umpires' player - Fauna Evans, Players' player - Olivia Clayton
- Trust Helping Hands: Umpires' player - Hollie Jones, Players' player - Kate Halden
- Shooters Sparks: Umpires' and players' player - Bella Wilson
- Thunderbirds 1: Umpires' player - Lolita Galvin, Players' player - Oliva Bollons