Stratford Thunderbirds 36 Shooters Sparks 24
BDR 25 Stratford Ladies Blues 47
Teams were back in action this week after the half term break. A damp morning caused some issues with the suitability of the playing surface leading to the match between Pink Ladies and Comets Tornadoes being postponed. The sole early fixture saw Trust Helping Hands take on Stratford Ladies Purples who, with added strength and support from a number of the club's A team players [Redditch league], played out a competent and polished game. A good third quarter from Trust, particularly GK Kelly Stepney, who took a clean sweep of player of the match awards, saw them close the gap to just 4 goals and they worked hard to try to gain points from their training 'stable mates'. However, Purples were too strong and extended their lead again in the final session to leave Trust taking just a point.
Stratford Thunderbirds took on Shooters Sparks who played their strongest game of the season so far with their highest goal tally. The team were happy with their performance reflecting on their quick and sharp play across the court and some great shooting. However, Thunderbirds also played a strong game with excellent shooting from Ellie Lees at GS who scooped both umpires' and players' player of the match awards. They took the win, but with Sparks' score within half of the winning score, they notched up their first point of the season so far.
BDR had a strong first half against Stratford Ladies Blues and the score remained close. Jeniene Mason played in different positions for BDR across the game and made a strong contribution in each, which the umpires couldn't fail to notice and she was recognised for this. Stratford Ladies Blues were more consistent through the match and extended their lead in the second half to take the win. Lottie Baird, a Purples player, played up for Blues after playing a full game in the early fixture and took the player of the match award in her second full match of the morning for providing strength in defence and across mid court which supported Blues in securing the win.
Player of the match awards:
Trust Helping Hands: Umpires' and Players' player - Kelly Stepney
Stratford Ladies Purples: Umpires' player - Beth Griffiths, Players player - Laura Urquhart
Stratford Thunderbirds: Umpires' and Players' player - Ellie Lees
Shooters Sparks: Umpires' player - Amelia Rose, Players' player - Anna Philpott
BDR: Umpires' player - Jeniene Mason, Players' player - Michelle Hastie
Stratford Ladies Blues - Umpires' player - Lottie Baird, Players' player - Jo Wish