With the return of Strictly on Friday night, Saturday morning was (according to captain Ali) all about the inspiration of dance movies (of which I fear Ali may have seen one too many!)
The first quarter really saw us Bring[ing] it On! For those pedants among you, though this is not strictly a dance movie, it is (I’m told) all about communication, precision and high energy, all of which the 3rds showed in abundance.
We had a storming start; there was lightning speed driving, perfect positioning and precision shooting. Quite frankly we had spirit fingers. No, I’m not sure what that means either, but we finished the quarter 18-6 up, so it was clearly a good thing.
We certainly didn’t want to get complacent heading into the second quarter, so we took some inspiration from Step Up. Alas, there was no Channing Tatum or rags-to-riches-across-a-class-divide love story, but we did have a lot of energy and some great hustle on third stage defence. Our defensive circle was particularly strong, with some excellent interceptions from Pip and great vision from Amanda. Although Walton’s shooting stats were excellent, they were hardly being given a chance to put them up. We finished the first half leading 31-16.
We lost a little bit of momentum in the third quarter. I think this was mainly because most of us hadn’t seen Take The Lead, which we were supposed to be using as our inspiration. However, there was some solid work in centre court and some particularly good play (including excellent feeds into the circle) from Lou, who despite claiming earlier not to be “match fit” was literally everywhere: I’m actually quite excited about the heights she plans to reach this season if she deems her current fitness sub-par. All of this hard work meant that we went into the final quarter with a lead of 40-26.
Although, we were originally planning to Save The Last Dance (no idea what that would have been), we agreed that our earlier emulation of cheerleaders was a formula which deserved repeating, therefore precision and communication once again became our watch-words as we stormed to a 54-30 victory!
Favourite (totally irrelevant) Bring it On quote: “You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny, pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to turn your robotic routines into poetry, written with the human body. Follow me, or perish, sweater monkeys.” (Sparky)