Comets Tornadoes 56 Thunderbirds 28
Stratford Ladies Purples 46 BDR 28
Shooters Flames 49 Shooters Sparks 20
One of the first early games saw Comets Tornadoes vs Thunderbirds. Tornadoes made a strong start with excellent shooting from Ella Kirby. Thunderbirds fought well, with excellent attack and defense by centre Carolyn Stacey. Tornadoes maintained their strong lead and won 56-28.
The other early games saw current second from top Stratford Ladies Blues take on Pink Ladies. Although Pink Ladies kept within touching distance in the first quarter thanks to excellent shooting skills from GA Lisa Blake, Blues were unstoppable and quickly pulled away with Jo Wish creating excellent shooting opportunities with the game ending 78-19.
BDR and Stratford Ladies Purples game started out closely contested with end to end action. After the first quarter Purples stretched their lead finding lots of space in the centre third thanks to Lottie Baird and Lisa Nduna who were awarded players of the match for Purples. BDR had some lovely long balls in the circle from daughter Jasmine playing C to mother Michelle playing GS/GA. But it was Keeper Helen Handy who shone in the game making some impressive interceptions and gained both umpire’s and player’s player.
The two Shooters teams met for the second time this season after Sparks narrowly beat Flames in the last meeting. Even though Sparks had just 7 players available for the game, the first quarter was closely fought with Flames taking the lead 8-7. Flames then pushed ahead with Sian Betteridge and Kathy Moore playing exceptionally well while Anna Philpott from Sparks had a standout performance. The end result was 49-20 to Flames, 1-1 in the club derby!
Player of the match awards:
- Stratford ladies purples: Umpire's player - Lottie Baird; Player's player - Lisa Nduna
- BDR: Umpire's and player's player - Helen Handy
- Stratford ladies blues: Umpire's player - Amy Towne; Player's player - Jo Wish
- Pink Ladies: Umpire's and player's player - Lisa Blake
- Shooters Flames: Umpire's player - Sian Betteridge; Player's player - Kathy Moore
- Shooters Sparks: Umpire's and player's player - Anna Philpott
- Comets Tornadoes: Umpire's player - Ella Kirby; Player's player - Lucie Mellor
- Thunderbirds: Umpire's and player's player - Carolyn Stacey