A 9.30am start against 2nd on the table SAS and Omega 2’s know they will have a tough game ahead, particularly as SAS have pulled their team from the South Region League and are playing their top side in the Herts County League.
A starting team of Emma Faulkner – GS; Emma Maidment – GA; Nicola Rantell – WA; Lucy Andrews – C; Claire Statham – WD; Sam Abbott – GD and Louise Cousins – GK and Ruby Brett taking the bench.
The opening quarter and Omega are very unsettled and struggle to convert their shots, which is a rare occurrence for our shooters. With only 2 court-play errors encountered in the quarter, the score could be very close, but the SAS shooters are on fire and even on the occasions they miss their first attempt at goal, they win the rebound and convert on the subsequent attempt. A couple of great interceptions from GD, Samantha Abbott and another from WA, Nicola Rantell, gives their team an opportunity to claw back their much needed goals, but the team are not successful in keeping possession and almost immediately after turning the game over, the ball is lost to SAS once more. The final few seconds of the quarter and confusion over whose centre pass it is, delays the pass being taken and prevents SAS gaining yet another goal to end the quarter, which ends with a score of 15-7 to SAS.
The team remains the same for the second quarter and the first centre pass is Omega’s, but a chance to start positively, is quickly diminished as an error on the centre pass proves costly and SAS steal the first goal of the quarter. Another error on Omega’s second centre pass of the quarter allows SAS to take the first five consecutive goals, increasing their lead even further. Omega’s defence is tight and they force their opposition to error, but again struggle to maintain ownership and convert the shots. This quarter, Omega make many more errors than in the first quarter, but also turn the game around more too, but SAS are proving a force to be reckoned with and Omega cannot shake them off, which results in far less attempts at goal for their shooters, who have upped their conversion rate this quarter. We are not loosing our opposition and struggling to push the ball forward and SAS are hot on their defending and are continually hunting the ball. The score opens further by half time, with SAS leading 29-13.
A change to the team sees Ruby Brett take up the GS position and Emma Faulkner replace her on the bench. The first centre pass is Omega’s again this quarter, but an error due to miscommunication on a pass sees the ball in SAS’s hands and they steal the first goal once more. The team defend well this quarter and achieve many interceptions and pick up many rebounds and loose balls throughout. A better quarter for the team, but the opposition have not eased up on the pressure and are too tough to crack.
The final quarter and a score of 22-42 in SAS’s favour and the win is out of reach, however the team continue to work to gain the point for the table. Omega have a great start and manage to maintain ball ownership much more. They match their opponents in play and gain more composure and discipline in their game. However, the lead created by SAS in the earlier quarters is far too big at this stage and the team fight to gain the point they need. The quarter is the best of the game for Omega and has a quarter score of 14-12 to SAS, so a much tight one, but the game ends with a final score of 56-34 to SAS, who proved they wanted the win from the first whistle and were relentless in applying the pressure throughout the game, so deserved the win they achieved.