Starting line up: Marisa (GS), Suz (GA), Rosie (WA), Kath (C), Sarah B (WD), Lozza (GD), Tamara (GK)
Super subs: Sammy, Lucy and Anna D-J
A chilly, but sunny Saturday morning saw the 1st team take to the court for their 3rd County match of the season. Our aim was to incorporate what we’d practiced at training on the Tuesday: man on marking, dynamic movement and lots of triangles.
Our 1st quarter saw a really strong performance across the whole court with plenty of dynamic drives and tight defensive marking. With Marisa in at GS it’s always tempting to just start throwing the ball straight in from the centre third, but we maintained our discipline (mostly!) and added those crucial extra passes to get closer to the circle and give accurate feeds. Our 1st was also interrupted by an injury on the other team but, unlike our previous game when we lost concentration and gave away vital goals, we kept ourselves warm and focussed and completed the quarter 19-9.
The 2nd quarter was just as calm and considered as the 1st. The opposition defence were getting extremely frustrated as our attack calmly altered their passing and movement to counteract their defensive changes. The opposition attack were also struggling as the strength of our defense in both their marking and talking as a unit meant lots of interceptions and turnovers. Quarter ended 27-16 (ish)!
The 3rd quarter saw changes in both attack and defense with Sammy coming on at WD, Sarah B moving to GK, Rosie at C and Lucy at WA. This was a fairly new combination for us but having flexibility in positions is a great strength and from the very start of the quarter we worked hard on defending all the way down the court, talking lots and bringing the ball down to the attack from turnovers. I can’t remember the score for the end of this quarter but it was another 15 goals or so to us!
The last quarter saw a few more changes and some more new combinations. This quarter was not our strongest, however, and saw HS make headway into our lead as we began to make mistakes. Our passing and decision making was not as good as it had been and even though we were still getting turnovers, we couldn’t always capitalise on them.
Final score – a well deserved 60-39 to NUNS.
The best bits about the match were our decision making (95% correct according to Joan!), our triangles and our marking. All in all, a really good game and one where we did what we set out to do!