A tough opposition for Omega 2 today as they replay Hornets, whom they lost to in the first round of games, so they know they have to pull out the stops. For the first time all season, Omega have three reserves on the bench and are keen to put on a performance.
The starting team take the court and it’s Hornets who start the game and succeed in converting the goal off their first centre pass, but Omega respond accordingly. However, Omega falter and their opposition capitalise on their errors, gaining a 3-goal roll on a couple of quick successions. Omega regain composure and with the benefit of several defensive turnovers by GK, Louise Cousins and GD, Claire Statham, they fight back to remain in the game. The final centre pass of the quarter is Hornet’s, but the goal is not scored before the end of the quarter, which ends 8-12 in Hornet’s favour.
Words of advise are given in the quarter break and with the team remaining as per the game start, they retake the court to start the second quarter. The first half of the quarter continues unsettled, with Hornets stealing the first goal from Omega’s centre pass and continuing to open their lead to 21-13 by mid quarter. The attack struggle to feed the shooters and we see Hornets taking advantage of this and winning possession on several occasions as a result. Omega gain composure by mid-quarter and show that they are not ready to concede the game. They begin to control the ball more confidently and the positioning from GS, Ruby Brett and GA, Emma Faulkner improves, allowing the C, Lucy Andrews and WA, Nicola Rantell to feed them more readily. They fight back and close the goal gap to just one goal by mid-game, with a score of 23-24 to Hornets by half time.
A decision is taken to change the team dynamics and introduce fresh legs, in an attempt to gain control of the game. Hornets start the third quarter and Omega are quick to stamp their mark on it. They turnover the first centre pass to equalise the score and then gain the following five goals to give them the lead for the first time. This quarter we see interceptions by Omega from WA, Megan Pryde, C, Lucy, WD, Nicola Rantell and GD, Sam Abbott and several loose balls and rebounds collected by the defensive players. The opposition soon settle after the first few minutes and the game goes goal for goal for the next few minutes, before Hornets fight back to regain control and claw back some goals. The 3rd quarter ends with Omega having a 2-goal lead and a score of 37-35, leaving both teams everything to play for.
The team remains the same for the final quarter and Omega once again gain possession off the Hornets centre pass and secure the first goal. In the opening minutes, the game remains close and could go either way. Omega soon take control and secure a 10 goal roll, with accuracy in shooting from GS Charlotte Ramejkis and GA, Emma Maidment. The lead proves too difficult for their opposition to take hold of and Omega they force their opposition to error on numerous occasions, each time punish their mistakes. This matched with the very few errors from Omega, give them the advantage and the lead they need. This quarter is owned by Omega who are determined to secure the win and do so with a confident final score of 56-45.
The game ends a very successful day for the club, starting with a mixed Youth/C team win against Tornadoes, followed by the first win for our U13’s against Cheshunt. A hatrick win for Omega and well deserved by all teams! This win places the B team 4th on the league table….a big improvement on the start of the first part of the season!