WYKE SMUGGLERS 35
BUGLARS and Wyke Smugglers played out an entertaining 35-35 draw in Division One.
Buglars had the first centre pass but Wyke were quick to secure possession and the first point of the match. Buglars’ C, Lauren Lindsay, showed attacking skill and fed some great balls to her shooters, who waited to convert.
An injury in the first minutes of the second quarter resulted in a change of courts and unsettled players on both sides. Half-time seemed to bring renewed vigour for both teams. Wyke WD, Amelia Corrie-Fairhurst made some superb interceptions but Buglars’ attack remained calm and managed to keep a small lead.
Buglars came back fighting to further increase their lead; Wyke upped their game, however, working the ball well across the court to bring the score back to even as the match came to an end.
We wish Saffron Stone a smooth and speedy recovery.
BELLE CONSTRUCTION 54
NEW BODY FITNESS 33
BOTH teams started strong, matching each other goal-for-goal but Belle Construction emerged 54-33 victors over New Body Fitness. New Body exerted some great pressure in the midcourt but struggled to secure turnovers. Accurate shooting from Belle’s Jess Baker (GS) and Laura Bucke (GA) allowed their team to carve out a strong lead.
Belle dominated the second quarter with spectacular use of space, feeding easily to their shooters who made the most of every scoring opportunity. New Body fought hard, with decisive play from Grace Goodwin (C) and Izzy Roberts (GD) to keep the ball flowing into the D and decrease Belle’s lead.
In the end, despite New Body’s best efforts, Belle’s consistently accurate play allowed them to further increase their lead and claim a convincing win.
COASTAL CHEESE 26
TEAM WAIKIKI 29
TEAM Waikiki made an impressive start, dominating the court with fantastic interceptions and held on for a solid victory against Coastal Cheese.
Coastal’s tactical play allowed for some great scoring opportunities; however, Waikiki’s defensive duo Lauren Dabbs (GD) and Leah Stockley (GD) ensured they were unable to convert and allowed Waikiki to secure a small lead.
Coastal came back fighting but Waikiki put up a solid defence.
Coastal responded by upping their own defence, with GD Anna Mitchell ensuring Waikiki could not increase their lead.
Coastal displayed renewed determination in the third quarter, with superb precision from Ellen McDonald (GS) and Lauren Oates (GA) to lower the score difference. However, Waikiki pushed back with strong play by GA, Hayley Brooks.
The final quarter saw the ball move across court constantly, with victory within reach for both teams.
It was Waikiki who emerged triumphant thanks to precise shooting throughout the match and particularly in the final quarter.
MERAKI came out fighting but despite this fell to a 32-18 defeat to DDBI.
Meraki claimed an early lead thanks to brilliant shooting from Kelly Riglar (GS) and Carla Hopper (GA). DDBI found their rhythm, however, with Becca Duffold (GS) and Sarah Longstaff (GA) racking up points, allowing their team to finish the quarter only one goal behind their opponent.
Both teams upped their game to create a highly-competitive second quarter.
Tactical changes for DDBI worked in their favour, allowing them to take a convincing lead.
But some mistakes by DDBI in the third quarter allowed Meraki to take control, however they were unable to capitalise on this and DDBI were able to increase their lead thanks to some well-timed interceptions.
Meraki showed great determination in the final quarter, however DDBI’s consistently vigorous play paid off as they claimed a well-earned victory.