Comets Tornadoes 44 BDR 29
Shooters Sparks 49 Pink Ladies 5
Shooters Flames 43 Thunderbirds 13
After a break of over a month due to postponed games and the Christmas break, teams welcomed a bright morning to get back into the swing of things. The match between Stratford Ladies Blues and Trust Helping Hands was close throughout. Stratford took an early 5 goal lead in the first quarter but Trust pulled it back. Throughout the match the score remained close and was tied midway through the last quarter, but Stratford took control when it mattered and stretched their lead to take the 5 points moving them up to 2nd position in the table behind their stable mates, Purples who had a bye this week.
Comets Tornadoes and BDR played out a good natured and particularly clean game; the umpires's whistles were quiet a lot of the game! Comets had a strong squad and mixed up positions utilising many different shooters to keep the score tally rising. Ella Kirby was particularly on form in the circle gaining recognition from both the umpires and the opposition for the player awards. Despite Helen Handy [also picking up both umpires' and players' player] and Jenny Darby using their height well in defence for BDR, it wasn't enough to keep Comets from taking the win and moving up to 3rd place in the table.
Shooters Sparks took a blow in the first minute of the game when Deenie Gibson fell and banged her head. Ultimately uninjured, she came off court as a precaution and sub Anna Philpott was brought on. Rebecca Heath, normally at home in the shooting circle, took on the position of Centre and provided great support before returning to her natural habitat later in the match. Pink Ladies also moved positions around showing adaptability. Kerry Fox starting and finishing at Centre provided her team with a strong performance at each position she played. Sparks' win moves them up from 7th position to 5th.
Thunderbirds had just 6 players this weekend and so played without a wing, which is always a tall order, but against a strong Shooters Flames side, it will have felt like hard work. They kept their heads up and fought throughout, Carolyn Stacey providing great support mid court earning her both umpires' and players' player. However, with Naomi Parker [umpires' player] and Dannie Sutton [players' player] on form with their shooting, the 6 players of Thunderbirds couldn't stop them taking a convincing win.
Player of the match awards:
Stratford Ladies Blues: Umpires' player - Amy Towne, Players' player - Caroline Whitfield
Trust Helping Hands: Umpires' and players' player - Katie Desmond
Comets Tornadoes: Umpires' and players' player - Ella Kirby
BDR: Umpires' and players' player - Helen Handy
Shooters Sparks: Umpires' and players' player - Emma Slater
Pink Ladies: Umpires' and players' player - Kerry Fox
Shooters Flames: Umpires' player - Naomi Parker, Players' player - Dannie Sutton
Thunderbirds: Umpires' and players' player - Carolyn Stacey