Stratford Ladies Blues 67 Thunderbirds 2 19
Thunderbirds 4 23 Comets Tornadoes 64
Stratford Ladies Purples 61 BDR 9
Thunderbirds 5 7 Trust Helping Hands 65
Shooters Sparks 28 Thunderbirds 1 30
A damp autumnal morning for this week's matches, meaning cautious play required with leaves on the courts hard to clear. Thunderbirds 3 met an on form Shooters Flames. Despite the high score against them, the young team did not let the score line get their heads down one bit. Their opposition commended them on being a lovely team to play and on their attitude to the game. Flames players moved positions a lot throughout the game showing their versatility across the court and clocking up an impressive goal tally for the win - their 2nd quarter being the most prolific with 23 goals in the 15 minute period!
Stratford Ladies Blues met Thunderbirds' 2nd team on the neighbouring court. Stratford took an early lead, but Thunderbirds also scored well in the first quarter getting 7 of their 19 goals before the first interval. Stratford built on the the lead and increased their quarterly goal tally each period. Bobbi Sands, GS for Stratford, was strong in the circle throughout the match holding her position well and consistently making the ball hers in the circle from feeds or rebounds. Kizzy Galvin played in different positions for Thunderbirds but consistently rallied her team forward whichever bib she had on at the time earning her the umpires' recognition for the match. Blues take the 5 points and continue to keep the pressure on Purples in top spot.
Stratford Ladies Purples took on BDR. Their shooting partnership of Rebeca England and Laura Urquart worked well together netting the ball often to bring up a high score line for Purples. However, Sam Thompson-Taylor's first game of the season for BDR saw her demonstrate her defensive skills in the circle, earning her umpires' recognition. 5 points for Purples keeps them top of the table with their goal difference increasing before they meet Blues next week in the inter-group matches.
Thunderbirds 5 met Trust Helping Hands. The young team played with determination throughout the match. They moved positions and showed versatility as a team. Strong defence from Trust forced some long range shots by their shooters with some excellent goals being netted. Lindsay Ampuller impressed both her opposition and the umpires with her intelligent and accurate play across different mid court positions for the Thunderbirds team. 5 points for Trust sees them move from 6th to 5th in the final first round matches.
The closest match of the week was between Shooters Sparks and Thunderbirds 1. Coming into the match equal on points so far, each team played hard and fought for the win. With just 2 goals separating the teams on the final whistle, Thunderbirds take 5 points - moving them up the table and Sparks take a well earned 2 points.
Player of the match awards
- Thunderbirds 3: Umpires' player - Louise Tarmey, Players' player - Lizzie Chute
- Shooters Flames: Umpires' and players' player - Danni Sutton
- Stratford Ladies Blues: Umpires' player - Beth Pickering, Players' player - Bobbi Sands
- Thunderbirds 2: Umpires' player - Kizzy Galvin, Players' player - Carolyn Stacey
- Thunderbirds 4: Umpires' player - Holly Binks, Players' player - Beth Phillips
- Comets Tornadoes: Umpires' player - Molly Paish, Players' player - Lottie Mayers
- Stratford Ladies Purples: Umpires' and players' player - Clare Peirson
- BDR: Umpires' player - Sam Thompson-Taylor, Players' player - Ashley Powell
- Thunderbirds 5: Umpires' and players' player - Lindsay Ampuller
- Trust Helping Hands: Umpires' player - Katie Desmond, Players' player - Leonie Green
- Shooters Sparks: Umpires' player - Mimi Rouse, Players' player - Lorraine Whitmore
- Thunderbirds 1: Umpires' player - Lottie O'Connor, Players' player - Olivia Bollons