BDR 38 Shooters Sparks 6
Stratford Ladies Purples 32 Stratford Ladies Blues 42
Pink Ladies 12 Shooters Flames 54
After another week of postponed games, the first games this week started as early morning fog was lifting. Comets Tornadoes played a strong game against Trust Helping Hands; a match that was close throughout. Trust Helping Hands had shooting opportunities but didn't manage to convert often enough allowing Tornadoes to keep a the lead through all four quarters and preventing Trust from clinching 2 points for keeping within 5 goals of their winning score. BDR notched up a convincing win against Shooters Sparks who struggled to find the net without their usual players in the goal circle. It was a family affair for BDR with mother and daughter Michelle and Jasmine Hastie taking the player of the match awards between them.
The fog was just a memory as the 2nd games began and the sun came out making for a gloriously warm morning. Kathy Moore of Shooters Flames 'doesn't do winter', but the conditions may have convinced her otherwise as she had a great performance in the match against Pink Ladies, picking up the umpires' player award and helping her team to a comfortable win.
Meanwhile, Stratford Ladies had their teams pitted against each other. With both teams struggling with player availability the game began as 5 versus 5, meaning a particularly physical game for all players and presenting interesting strategy challenges for both teams. The second half saw Blues building on their lead, and Purples brought on their 6th player. However, an ankle injury for their GS Rebecca England so the game return to 5 aside and despite a great performance by Laura Urquhart at GA - recognised by both the umpires and the opposition - Blues built on their lead and took the win.
Player of the match awards:
Trust Helping Hands - Umpires' player: Rachel Goodman, Players' player: Kelly Stepney
Comets Tornadoes - Umpires' player: Lottie Mayers, Players' player: Ella Kirby
BDR - Umpires' player: Jasmine Hastie, Players' player: Michelle Hastie
Shooters Sparks - Umpire and players' player: Amelia Rose
Stratford Ladies Purples - Umpire and players' player: Laura Urquhart
Stratford Ladies Blues - Umpires' player: Jo Wish, Players' player: Amy Towne
Pink Ladies - Umpires' player: Ruth Tandy, Players' player: Lisa Blake