Hillcrest vs Focus
Hillcrest's Focus won through in the end....
A lovely sunny day, following the total washout the day before, greeted us on Sunday. The squad of Charlotte T, Ciera, Emily H, Emily N, Ines, Jennaleigh, Jodie, Kaylin and Lucy had a good warm up and were ready for the first of two matches. As Ines was the only regular circle defence in the squad, people knew they would be asked to take the GK bib at some time during the day. First up Charlotte, with the team in front of her being Ines, Jodie, Kaylin, Ciera, Jennaleigh and Emily N. The match started quite evenly with Focus winning the first quarter 5-3; in the second quarter their attack got into gear and they pulled away, winning the quarter 10-3, we were 6-15 down. Planned changes at half time meant that Charlotte and Emily N swapped places, Lucy came on at GA and Emily H on at WD - what a difference!! With the extra height in the shooting circle, any missed goals we rebounded; Emily N was a feisty GK and Ines started to get better control of the GA and was a great back up for centre passes - quarter won 8-0 so we were only one goal behind going into the last quarter, which we won 9-5, giving us a final winning score of 23-20.
There were some lovely moments, with the ball being moved from defence to attack accurately and at speed, keeping possession of the ball which was one of the aims of the day to get any interception converted. Everyone had really good moments Charlotte and Lucy rotated well in the circle, Ciera lovely timing on her drives, Kaylin so steady throughout the court, Emily H put her WA where she wanted her to be, Jodie made some good interceptions and was steady through court, Jennaleigh's shots were accurate and the Emily/Ines pairing in defence worked their socks off.
Well done team, especially on stopping Focus from scoring at all in the third quarter - on to the next match!