SAINT SECURITY 20
GEORGE BAR AND GRILL 33
GEORGE Bar and Grill got the better of Premier Division basement side Saint Security 33-20 in a match dominated by the defensive efforts of both teams.
The sides struggled to make the most of their attack as the defenders were on top form; in particular, George’s Jenny Ayles (WD) made some excellent interceptions to gain possession for her team. Saint’s attackers pushed ahead, passing with superb accuracy to take a small lead.
George’s GA, Rachel Lockwood, used clever tactical play to overcome a tight defence, with precise long-shots allowing her team to gain the lead.
Saint’s Jade Lewendon (WD) upped her game to help feed the ball into her shooters. Despite this, George remained ahead; good use of space in the D and strong shooting from Rachel Scarff (GS) saw them increase their lead.
Saints’ supporters shouted encouragement from the sidelines as the C, Becky Hallet, showed her skill in the midcourt. Saints were unable to take advantage of crucial opportunities, falling behind the incredible George who went on to secure the win.
BEAMINSTER BRAVES 26
WJNC fought out an entertaining 26-26 stalemate against Beaminster Braves, with both teams unable to complete comebacks in Division Two.
Both teams kept good control of their centre passes to ensure they got the points. Braves’ Sacha Harrison (GS) worked well to position herself close to the post and secure an early lead for her team. WJNC’s shooters made the most of scoring opportunities, seeing the teams draw even by the end of the quarter.
Braves were quick to take the lead, scoring from WJNC’s centre passes. WJNC fought back with well-timed interceptions from Amber Hider (GK) and Emma Wood (WD), but were unable to secure the points needed to get ahead of their opponents.
Back in their stride, WJNC easily intercepted the overhead throws favoured by Braves – allowing them to secure turnovers and a small lead.
WJNC dominated the final quarter in terms of possession; however, Braves made every ball count as they managed to lower the score difference, but neither team could get ahead of the other, keeping them to a draw.
COASTAL CHEESE 22
ARTIFEX stayed top of the Division One table with a well-worked 64-22 victory over Coastal Cheese.
Coastal were quick to take possession of Artifex’s centre, with a good interception from GA, Lauren Oates. However, timely defence by Artifex’s GK, Jo Carter, ensured Coastal’s shooters were unable to convert. Artifex went on to dominate the quarter with a fantastic 18 goals; Coastal struggled to keep up, scoring their second goal in the final minutes of the quarter.
Coastal upped their attack, with precise long-range shots helping them get more points on the board. Artifex were playing a more intense game, wasting no time in getting the ball to their circle, where unstoppable shooting duo Laura Gardner (GS) and Nicola Powell (GA) were waiting to convert.
Artifex remained focused and consistent, capitalising on Coastal’s mistakes to rack up the points.
Coastal upped their game to score a number of goals, with seamless passing into the circle by WA, Lauren Wilson. In the end, Artifex’s stellar performance throughout the match was rewarded with the victory.