4ths v Hayes, 21st Sept

Line up:, Anna C, Belle, Katy B, Lisa Thorpe, Ali C, Kirsty B, Elizabeth, Sarah CC

First match of the season and the already injury hit 4ths went into the match with just three permanent squad members fit and able to play.

First, I would like to thank Anna, Belle, Ali, Kirsty and Liz for playing, especially given the trek out to Warlingham. I won’t mention Anna sleeping in…but full marks for getting out to Warlingham by train and bike before the end of the 1st quarter!
So the match.

There were some really great passages of play, you could really see the lessons from the last few years/weeks(!) of training in force. Good leading, direct passing and intensity over the ball.

What we lacked was the intensity for the full 15 minutes each quarter. We dropped focus for about five minutes each quarter which was our downfall.

Positives:
Great defence. Top marks to all in defence, Anna C, Belle and Katy B were outstanding in the circle and around it putting great pressure on their attack. Loads of tips, loads of interceptions and forcing them to make mistakes. Solid throughout and couldn’t fault them.
A great final quarter; we stepped up and played like we wanted to win. We won the quarter 12 – 9 but it wasn’t enough to bridge the gap.

I hate to say it, but our shooting wasn’t on and this made a real difference – we turned this around in the final quarter, but it was too little too late.

Score break down:
Nuns v Hayes
7 – 10
13 – 20
18 – 30
29 – 38
MOM: Ali C

Sorry not to complete the first round clean sheet, but onwards and upwards!

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