With a depleted team, against our Bogie team, Omega were expecting a tough game and Hornets did not disappoint. The starting squad was GS – Hannah Brown; GA – Sophie Humphry; WA – Leanne Mansfield; C – Claire Statham; WD – Queenie Pearce; GD – Chloe D’Arcy and GK – Andrea Kinninmonth.
The game started with Omega loosing the first centre pass as the tension was ever present. Omega took time to settle, the coach commenting on them playing like the ‘Stansted Express’ and needing to calm it down to allow those helping out and those out of position, to gel. The first quarter was neck and neck throughout with both teams giving it their all in true competitive spirit, both determined to take home the win, with an even score of 11 all to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Omega looked more together, taking better control of the ball. Omega capitalised on some errors forced on their opponents, allowing them to take a slight lead in the quarter, but that was short lived as Hornets were not ready to concede the game, ending the first half of the game on a draw of 25-25.
Half way through and Omega needed to keep control on their play. An injury with a knock to the face in the circle, saw Omega’s GS calling time and leaving the court. A swift change of positioning, moving Chloe in to shoot and Queenie from WD to GD and the game was back underway. A few of minutes of play and Hannah returned to the court, picking up the vacant WD position. The new positioning suited the pulled together squad and Omega started to take and hold onto a 5-goal lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.
A team chat in the final quarter break and a decision made to keep status quo on what by now was a winning team. Omega returned to court knowing that if they maintained control and converted their centre passes, the game was theirs. A couple of simple errors made in linking the passes, but Omega fought back to regain control and play tactically, as discussed with their coach. A nail-biting game throughout, with a game that could have gone either way for most of it, but the determination of the Omega team paid off, resulting in them holding on to their lead and taking home the win they fought hard to achieve. The final score being 45-37.
A big thank you to Chloe D’Arcy and Queenie Pearce for helping out today. You were both awesome!