Match Report 26th October 2019
Following the fast and furious matches of the tournament last week, and a break week for half term before that. It was back to business as usual for the MH Netball League this weekend with a full programme of fixtures.
Foxton Mavericks v Foxton Flyers
It has been all-change in the Foxton camp this year with three Mavericks on maternity breaks and a significant change of guard in the Flyers squad. The teams who train together and present as a single club certainly started the afternoon in fine voice with a competitive edge to the match never seen before. The Flyers took the first goal and held onto a minimal margin of a lead through to the dying seconds of the first quarter due to some fantastic shooting from their new firecracker, Evie van Nierop- playing on the opposite side of the Foxton camp to her sister and mum. The onslaught of shots from throughout the circle space continued to catch the Mavericks’ defense on the back foot as the game progressed, but the Mavericks began to dominate the centre court through superb link-up play between Sarah van Nierop and Katie Neal. The final score did not reflect the competitiveness of the on-court action, where Flyers showed drastic improvement in their play. A team to watch as they gel as a squad. Mavericks took the win 66-36.
Club Correze v MHBC
A top-of-the-table clash between these long-time stalwarts of the MH netball league was a fast and furious, loud and exciting match, entertaining from start to finish. MHBCs took the first quarter 10-6 with some amazing shots from Kate Holman scoring points from all over the circle. Not taking the first quarter lying down, Correze came out strong for the second quarter with a fantastic run of shots from young shooter Izzy Christopher to take her team into the half time break a goal up at 16-15. The score remained a one-point match at half time, Correze buoyed by some remarkable turnovers from Kim Walton, their defensive superstar. Jackie Brooks in Centre for MHBCs, however, led her team out in the final quarter with supportive, adventurous and risky plays using the full width and length of the court driving forwards- MHBCs took the match by 2 goals, 35-33.
Aircare Lightning v Welland Valley Blinders
The newest team to join the league through the ever-popular Back 2 Netball sessions of last season, Blinders, took on Aircare Lightning in the second run of the afternoon’s matches. As ever, Aircare were fast out of the blocks, sinking 20 points in the first quarter. Emma Hadkiss- having taken a sabbatical to the shooting circle of late, returned to her preferred Centre spot, passing beautifully into the strong and sure Hannah Forman as Goal Attack. Blinders were pinned for most of the match, despite causing a number of turnovers and forcing some errors in the Aircare attack. Vanessa Barker at Centre showed great skill and stamina throughout and Megan Pemberton was tireless in her attempts to steal the ball in the Aircare circle in her role as defender. The final score saw Aircare bag all 8 points taking the match 77-10.
Snowfinders v Knighton
Having both breezed through the group stages of the knockout tournament last weekend, this clash of the top order should have been a phenomenal match, but it was not to be for Knighton. Despite their strong defensive work from the partnership of Becka Hooker & Grace Litchfield, Knighton were outplayed throughout the match. The young Snowfinders were in control throughout and the amazing Tabitha Tooms continues to show incredible skills in her Goal Defense position, almost singlehandedly holding Knighton to a lowly 14 goal final score. The final score saw the match end 43-14 giving a defensive 8 points to Snowfinders.
Turner’s Tornadoes v Harborough Harriers
This match is always a feisty meet of similar styles of netball. The match was defined by a clash at centre between the hard-working, committed and competitive players Benita Percival & Jess Davies and by the defensive players for each team: Kirsty Bishop for Turners and Wendy Cray for Harriers- reflected by the overall low score-line of the match- usually a sign of a strong defense! Final score 28-11 to Turner’s Tornadoes.
Aircare Thunder v Formans Falcons
The final matches of the afternoon continued in the same intensity of the previous matches with two courts which, on paper, should have produced close, competitive matches. Falcons V Thunder did not disappoint. Livi Percival, Falcon’s omnipresent central tour de force took control of the match playing calm, decisive, strong and intelligent netball throughout the court, backed up by Sian Brewin in defense who was lightning quick, picking up loose balls and forcing attacking errors in the opposition’s run of play and providing superb set pieces for her shooting partnership to take advantage of. Just 1 point separated the teams at the three-quarter break. Sophie Sparrow in Centre for Thunder came out fighting for the final quarter, making a couple of key turnovers in the central third and passing some rocket-shots into her attacking circle. The result took Thunder into a position of momentum in the dying minutes of the match and enabled them to stretch to an 8 point advantage at the final whistle, taking the match 42-34