Wow! An outstanding performance by Omega 2 today. The game started with a fantastic feed from WA, Leanne Mansfield, straight into GS, Hannah Brown and although they did not convert on the first attempt, they won the ball back, pushed it back into the GA, Anna Rogers, scoring the first goal. The first few minutes of play were matched goal for goal by both teams, who were both up for a competitive game of netball. Omega then raised the pressure on a Baldock centre pass, resulting in an interception from WD, Molly Brett, but Baldock fought hard, winning back the ball. Another error by Baldock with their GA breaking on their centre pass, allowed C, Lisa Short a fantastic feed of the ball from mid-court, directly into the shooting circle, with Anna successfully converting yet another goal. Omega took a one goal lead for a short time, but Baldock put the pressure on, defending well on the next centre pass and taking advantage of an error by Omega, scoring a goal to bring the game back to level scores. The rest of the quarter saw tight defending by GK, Lindsey Light and GD, Julie Stanbridge in the circle, putting the pressure on the Baldock Shooters and several deflections of the ball by WD, Molly Brett. The score by end of the 1st quarter was 16-13 to Baldock.
The start of the second quarter saw Omega come out fighting, with the first centre pass being Baldock’s, which was intercepted by Molly, who was two-hand marking the ball. Initial forcing of the ball into the Omega shooting circle, resulted in Omega loosing of control of the game, but they quickly realised their error, playing the safer pass, gaining back the ball control and converting their shots. Another great interception from Molly, which Omega converted into a goal. Hannah took a stronger hold of her position in the shooting circle, allowing more space for the attack to feed the ball to her under the post. Omega took advantage of the many interceptions during the 2nd quarter, leaving them one goal behind at the end of half time, with the score at 28 -27.
In the third quarter, Omega defence raised the pressure, with Julie blocking the Baldock GA out of the circle, forcing an error by Baldock feeding their shooter, resulting in the ball traversing the goal line. Omega controlled the ball well from the goal line throw in, linking the ball with great control all the way down the court and finishing it off with a well deserved goal. More defensive pressure by Lindsey and Julie in the defensive circle, forced Baldock to make more errors, which Lindsey and Julie both took advantage of, gaining ownership of the ball to lead controlled passing back down the court and into the shooting circle, converting into precious goals for the team. Omega took a seven goal lead, but Baldock fought back, closing the gap to just one goal, demonstrating controlled play, outplaying the Omega side for several minutes, leaving the score by the end of the 3rd quarter at 39-38 to Omega.
The determination of the entire Omega team in the final quarter was second to none! They converted the goal on the first centre pass and on the second, Baldock centre pass, Omega defended well, allowing Leanne to steal the ball, giving control of the game back to Omega. Tight defending in the Omega defensive circle resulted in Lindsey tipping the ball towards Julie, winning possession for Omega once again, but that was short lived with Baldock intercepting a pass. Molly read the play of a long ball from Baldock centre court to the edge of their shooting circle, giving the advantage to Omega who once again converted it to a goal. By mid quarter, Omega were ahead of the game and showed no signs of letting up. They fought hard to maintain and grow their lead, with Lisa picking up another interception on the centre pass, linking it to Leanne, who fed it straight in to Hannah, who scored the goal. Lindsey won many rebounds and with the win within their grasp, Omega began possession play to retain control of the ball, which threw Baldock. Omega increased the lead by eight goals in the final quarter with the final score being 53-45. An awesome performance by the Omega team, particularly in the last quarter, beating Baldock, who did not concede a game last season.