This weekend saw Omega 1’s travel to Essex for a challenging game against Bears 1’s. Although starting the season with a full squad, Omega prepared for a tough game with multiple injuries leading to a bare 7 squad. This included the premature return of GK, Phoebe, who played brilliantly through gritted teeth. Along with us, came the support squad of Andrea and Paul to coach and back up if needed. The squad this week included: Phoebe Gillen, Hannah Sell, Megan Pryde, Lucy Andrews, Sophie Cockrill, Emma Maidment and Charlotte Jordan.
After a motivational speech from coach, the first quarter saw a nervous start for both teams, and contested challenges up and down the court. Consistent centre court play saw Omega take the lead 13-11, with Bears fighting until quarter time.
As expected, Bears came back for the 2nd quarter fighting, challenging and forcing errors from Omega’s side. Play became slightly frantic up and down court, with the nervous squad unusually quiet in their play. Interceptions from defence did come (despite lacking height!!) but unfortunately, Bears determination gave them the lead at the end of the quarter of 24-29.
After team talk of encouragement from captain, Emma, the Omega team returned to court, ready for the fight to reduce the goal gap. Consistent shooting from both Emma and Charlotte saw Omega close the gap. With defensive support and surprise interceptions from Lucy, Megan, Hannah and Phoebe, and controlled play to attacking end, Omega finished the quarter 41-38.
For the last quarter, Bears fought throughout the court, forcing errors and intercepting. Half way through the final 15 saw Bears take the lead and Omega back to chase the win. Controlled play and continual defensive support from Sophie and Lucy saw Omega get back into the game. Pressure throughout the defensive end allowed Megan to achieve a great interception and turn over to goal. This saw the game finish 54-54. It was felt that this was the fairest outcome for both teams, with equal contest throughout the game, of which was played in good spirit. We look forward to hosting Bears at home for the return game.
Player of the match: Emma Maidment (GA)