Today, Omega 1’s met Eastwood 1 in a home game at Freman College. This is a game Omega know they need to win, so with two of their centre players unavailable for the game, Lucy Andrews helps out to give the team a better chance at gaining the much needed win. The starting seven for the game is GS – Charlotte Ramejkis, GA – Poppy Swain, WA – Molly Brett, C – Lucy Andrews, WD – Claire Daw, GD – Leigh Rees-Reynolds and GK – Phoebe Gillen. Beth Garrod and Lucy Hoskin start on the bench to support their team.
Eastwood open the game, but an immediate break sees Omega gaining the advantage, but a feed in to Char at GS is lost off the goal line and Eastwood have the ball once more. However, Eastwood fail to keep hold as Omega’s tight defence force them to error and a turnover is won again and this time Omega gain the goal. Omega gain 4 consecutive goals before Eastwood succeed with their first. Omega’s strong defending by all players, ensures their opposition are under pressure throughout the quarter, forcing them to error on many occasions. GK Phoebe and GD Leigh turnover the play on several occasions, enabling many more chances at goal for Omega. This, coupled with accuracy in feeds from WA Molly and 100% shooting conversion from GS, Char, allows Omega to gain a strong lead, winning the quarter 13-6.
The team remain the same for the second quarter, allowing them to settle and giving them the aim of increasing their lead further before making a change. Eastwood start the quarter again and this time gain the opening goal. Omega are strong with their marking on Eastwood’s centre passes, forcing errors on a couple of occasions, resulting in the ball going off court, hence back in Omega’s play. The mid-court play from WD Claire, C Lucy and WA Molly is solid as they comfortably move the ball towards our shooters. Likewise, GK Phoebe is on fire once more and manages many turnovers and GD Leigh wins several rebounds, giving the team the opportunity to increase the goal difference, however many errors and missed shots and a couple of foot faults in the circle prevent this from happening. The final goal is disallowed for Eastwood, resulting in a draw for this quarter and the first half of the game ends with a score of 24 -17.
A change at half time sees WD Claire Daw taking the bench, replaced by Beth and GA Poppy taking the bench, replaced by Lucy H. Eastwood again open the quarter and gain the first goal, but Omega look comfortable and work hard as a unit to step up a notch. The court play and ball movement is fluid and controlled from all players and the team manage to work the ball to our shooters with confidence. WD Beth makes her presence known, gaining three turnovers this quarter. Likewise, GA Lucy H is comfortable in her play, both working towards the circle feeders for balls and also creating the space for her counterpart, GS Char. Lucy’s 100% goal conversion on 42% of the 14 goals scored is amazing for a player whose position is usually mid court! This helped Omega begin the increase in their score, giving them a lead of 10 goals going into the final quarter, with a score of 38-28 in their favour.
The team’s morale is high for the final quarter as they are confident in their play as a whole squad. Lucy Hoskins returns to the bench and Poppy returns to the GA position to end the game. A superb final quarter for the entire squad and the nerves have definitely disappeared for newcomer GA Poppy, whose shooting is accurate with her converting 82% of her shots and gaining 9 of the 16 goals this quarter. Eastwood struggle to take hold against a strong finishing quarter from Omega and the game ends with a fantastic win to Omega and a score of 54-37.
This is a win that is a boost for the team’s confidence going forward. A big thank you to Lucy Andrews for helping out and for giving her usual consistent and determined performance throughout the entire game, linking perfectly with the whole team to deliver the ball to goal. The performance from all players was great with everyone giving their all to the game and their efforts paying off! Next game is another home game against Rookies on 24th October.