CBH 37 Comets Tornadoes 27
Pink Ladies 14 BDR 18
Thunderbirds 0 Shooters 35 *6-41
With Stratford Ladies having beaten Shooters in a midweek rearranged fixture they had taken 2nd spot, so the match on Sunday against their training partners, Trust Helping Hands was an important game for both sides. Trust Helping Hands were blighted with lack of availability and played the game with just 6. The first half was close with the lead swinging between the sides and the score keeping within 3 or 4 goals. Both sides had great centre court support from Sarah Kemp and Amy Towne. Trust Helping Hands' defence of Kate Halden and Kelly Stepney worked well together to prevent Stratford Ladies from scoring in their usual manner, and the side extended their lead through the second half. Trust Helping Hands overcame their disadvantage of being a player down and delivered a great team effort to take 5 points from a very good natured game.
CBH's fixture against Comets Tornadoes also crucial in terms of league positions, as a win for the Comets team would have them, CBH and Trust Helping Hands all having lost 2 matches so far. The game was competitive from the first whistle and the score remained very close for the first two quarters. Unfortunately for Comets Tornadoes, their GA, Becky Fernandes Green suffered an early injury and was unable to continue. Her team mates responded well, swapping positions round and demonstrating their adaptability in keeping themselves very much in the match. Holly Jackson was typically on form in the circle for CBH. However, a strong defensive performance from Comets Tornadoes, in particular Katie Irgin in various positions kept their team within 5 through to the third quarter. The final quarter saw CBH stretch their lead and eventually take the 5 points.
Another 'stable-mate' fixture took place between Pink Ladies and BDR. With the teams training together in the week, both sides were familiar with their opposition's play. A friendly game between the sides waited some while for the first goal and the score remained close throughout. The umpires recognised the defensive performances of Sarah Blake and Helen Handy in a relatively low scoring game. The score remained close throughout, with BDR taking the win, but Pink Ladies taking 2 points for being within 5 of the winning score.
Thunderbirds struggled against an on form Shooters side. Like Trust Helping Hands, they were low on availability for the match but pulled a team of 7 together by recruiting a new player. Unfortunately, due an issue with registration, the game had to be recorded as a 35-0 loss for them, with the score on the day actually ending at 41-6 to Shooters. Carolyn Stacey showed great adaptability and provided good support for her team from centre. Georgie Wilkinson, typically strong in defence, along with returning player Danni Sutton prevented Thunderbirds from netting more than 6. Shooters' 5 points keep them level on points with BDR, but closes the gap on goal difference.
Umpires' players of the match:
Trust Helping Hands - Sarah Kemp
Stratford Ladies Blues - Amy Towne
CBH - Holly Jackson
Comets Tornadoes - Katie Irgin
Pink Ladies - Sarah Blake
BDR - Helen Handy
Thunderbirds - Carolyn Stacey
Shooters - Georgie Wilkinson