Thoroughbreds Vs the Bears!
Match Report by Joanna Madden
This week saw Thoroughbreds travel away to Bears on Sunday (yes Katherine, Sunday). With both teams close in the table, it was sure to be a tough match.
The starting line up saw
GS – Vicky
GA – Claire
WA – Lilly
C – Joanna
WD – Megan
GD – Katherine
GK – Lauren
Subs – Helene, Joanne, Amy
The first quarter started goal to goal but it was Bears who were first to find their rhythm with an early run of goals to take them ahead by 6. Once Thoroughbreds settled, they fought back well but still ended the quarter with plenty of work to do, behind 15-10.
Early changes saw Helene to GA and Amy to GK. Again, Thoroughbreds started the quarter with nerves but once they were gone, determined defensive work made it difficult for Bears shooters to find space in the circle. Several impressive feeds down the other end of the court as well meant this quarter ended a draw, leaving the score at half time as 29-24 in favour of Bears.
Changes at this point saw Claire take the court at WA, Joanne at WD and Lauren at GD. This quarter started well for Thoroughbreds and the changes made clearly disrupted the opposition’s play. All over the court the girls applied a great deal of pressure which forced mistakes and saw us take the quarter by 2, making the score 41-38.
The final quarter saw Joanne move to WA, Claire to C and Megan returned at WD. Thoroughbreds’ strong drives in the goal third as well as great balls into Vicky gave them a positive start this quarter. Bears began to fight back however and this saw them take their lead up to 6. Thoroughbreds still did not give up and really dug deep. Some crucial turnovers in defence as well as resilient work all over the court meant the match ended 55-56 with Thoroughbreds taking the win!
Players’ player went to Lauren and oppositions player went to Joanna.