Today, Omega 2 meet Turnford 4 who are 2 places above them on the Division table. For the 1st time this season, Omega have 9 players at the game, so a rota for the game play in preparation. The opposition are very tall and have a player who usually plays Premier League, still playing in defense for the team, so Omega realise this will be a tough game. As an umpire fails to appear for the game, Carole Titmuss is asked to umpire to allow the game to go ahead. Omega accept this decision as the only other option is for Andrea Kinninmonth to drop from our defence to do it, but we are already short in this area of the court.
Umpire, Nikki starts the game with Omega take the opening centre pass and the opening goal of the game. Turnford are first to take a lead as Omega attempt to feed overhead balls to our shooters, but the Turnford defenders are tall and manage to take possession. The game is close in the opening quarter, with neither team able to make a break to take a clear lead. The court play from both teams is matched, as is the accuracy of the shooting. The quarter ends with Turnford having a 1-goal lead and a score of 15-14 to them.
The first change to the squad sees Molly Brett take the WD position from her sister, Ruby and for the 1st time this season, Emma Faulkner taking the court, picking up the WA position from Leanne Mansfield. The team are reminded to not be tempted with overheads into our shooters and to play the ball safely in. The team return to court, ready to fight for the game and this they succeed in doing. The team are composed as they control the ball down the court and a couple of intercepted balls helps us turn the game. The final few seconds of the 1st half of the game and it’s Omega’s centre pass. Aware of the limited time, Omega attack are quick to pass the ball into GS, Hannah Brown, who secures the goal just on the whistle, giving Omega a 1 goal advantage to go into the 2nd half, with a score of 30-29 to Omega.
The decision at half time is to go off rota, to allow the team to settle and progress their lead. The 3rd quarter continues to see some great play from both teams, but Omega has the edge and manage to win possession of the ball from their opposition more, managing to increase the lead by 8 goals, however Turnford fight back hard, clawing back the goals to equalise 38-38 with only a few minutes remaining of the quarter. Omega up their game for the remaining time, preventing their opposition from scoring further goals and a deja vu moment occurs….with less than 15 seconds on the clock, it’s Omega’s centre pass and once again, the attack succeed in getting the ball safely to Hannah, who secures the goal on the whistle.
The final quarter and the team are up by 5 goals with a score of 43-38. Emma Faulkner takes the bench once more and Leanne returns to WA. Ruby opts to remain on the bench, to avoid too many changes. The team talk about the fact that the lead they have only took a couple of minutes to gain and are fully aware that their opposition could do the same to steal the game in the final quarter. The team return to court, ready to play safe and the quarter starts. This quarter sees our shooters being called for contact on 4 occassions, yet throughout the rest of the game they have not been called for this infringement! This is a game changer for the teams as 4 contact calls allows Turnford to secure these 4 goals from our attack play and also score 4 on their own centre pass, giving them the lead they need, which they succeed in doing. The team are disheartened with the calls made against them which they feel are unjust. These infringement decisions cost Omega the game as Turnford steal it with a final score of 51-56 to Turnford.
Omega look forward to the return match, with the aim of evening the result.