TEAM WAIKIKI 19
BUGLERS snatched a late victory against Team Waikiki with the last goal of the match in Division One.
Both teams started strongly in a highly-competitive first quarter.
Waikiki defensive duo, Lauren Stones (GD) and Vicki Winter (GK) made a significant effort to combat Buglers’ energetic attack; in the final seconds, however, Buglers were able to score a crucial goal to put them one goal ahead of Waikiki.
The fast-paced second quarter saw Waikiki’s Lisa White (WA) flying across the court, showing her experience and skill to keep the ball in play.
Buglers ramped up the defensive pressure, with the strong partnership of Chloe Curler (GD) and Catheryn Kelly (GK) fighting for possession.
In Buglers’ shooting circle, GS Emily England was ready to receive the ball and some fantastic shooting allowed her to carve out a small lead for her team.
Both sides gave their all in the third quarter, with Waikiki managing to even out the scoreline slightly going into the final quarter.
Umpires Tracey Moore and Lorraine Kellaway controlled the game well, watching closely to ensure they made the right decisions and encouragement from spectators and team-mates helped players keep up their energy.
Waikiki made a final push to even out the scoreline to 19-all; however, in the final moments Buglers’ Emily England was able to secure her team’s victory with the final goal of the match.
CRESTA LEISURE 28
GUNGHO MARKETING 31
GUNGHO Marketing fought off a resilient Cresta Leisure to claim a superb victory as they maintained their unbeaten record in Division One.
Gungho made a strong start but Cresta pushed forward and scored the first goal.
Gungho responded by levelling the score, thanks to skilled shooting from GS Maisie Fowler.
The teams continued to be evenly matched, with a mid-quarter score of 5-5 but Gungho upped their game and took a strong 13-6 lead into the second period.
Gungho come back with great defensive pressure from Skyla Erskine (GK), making it difficult for Cresta to get the ball into the D – however, a well-timed interception form C Jess Cutler ensured Cresta were able to score.
Cresta clawed back more points in the third quarter, although Gungho retained a four-goal lead.
Some accurate shooting from Cresta GS Carolyn Allgood saw them even the score but Gungho responded by scoring in the final minutes to regain the lead.
Gungho came back fighting to increase their lead, ultimately taking the victory at the end of this well-fought match.
BEAMINSTER BRAVES 29
OJOS B 15
BEAMINSTER Braves put in a consistent performance to ease past O JOs B to stay in the hunt for the top spot in Division Two.
Braves dominated the second quarter, with skilled defenders creating many scoring opportunities.
Despite O JOs’ strong defensive pressure, Braves were able to take a small lead.
Braves increased their lead in the third quarter with some impressive shots from the circle-edge – O JOs fought back with an impressive goal from GA Olivia Conning but this was not enough to dent Braves’ strong lead.
Both teams continued to give their all in the final quarters, with O JOs finally finding their rhythm. However, thanks to consistently-effective play throughout, Braves walked away with a well-earned victory.
O JOS 42
BAY FENCING 27
O JO’S overcame basement side Bay Fencing in this top-flight contest.
After a slow start to the game, O Jo’s managed to get the first few goals, with great centre play to create scoring opportunities.
O JOS started the second quarter well, further increasing their lead.
O JOS’ GK made some great interceptions stopping those crucial balls into Bay’s shooters.
Tactical changes from Bay Fencing saw a great start to the third quarter.
Some great long shots by both Mandy Grafton (O JOS) and Charlotte Hanger (Bay) made this an evenly-matched quarter but O JOS were already ahead.
Bay fought back tirelessly with some great play by GA Hayley Stanton.