Omega 2’s take on Turnford 3 in the second round of the Herts County League, Division 1 fixtures, with a new setup for the team and with Sophie Humphry out of position in GD.
Turnford start the game and are quick to secure the first goal. Omega loose their first centre pass, but get a second chance as they win back the ball for GA, Emma Maidment to score. Turnford take the third goal, then Omega settle into their game and get on an early roll to take the next 4 goals to gain an early lead, however this doesn’t last long as Turnford quickly respond and equalise the score once more. Tight defending in our defence circle by GD, Sophie Humprhy and GK, Louise Cousins sees Turnford trying to force feed their shooters and the ball being thrown off the goal line on a couple of occasions, allowing Omega to capitalise on their errors. This quarter sees Omega taking the lead on three occasions helped by interceptions by WA, Lucy Andrews, WD, Molly Brett and GD, Sophie , but every time, Turnford fight back hard and equalise the score before Omega try again. Also seen this quarter is GA, Emma Maidment getting into her stride, supporting the team in bringing the ball to the circle and working well with GS, Ruby Brett to for each to demonstrate accuracy in their shots. In the final minute, Omega get the opportunity to secure a one-goal lead to go into the next quarter, but an error in Omega’s shooting circle gives Turnford the same chance. Lucky for Omega they miss the shot and GK, Louise Cousins wins the rebound on the whistle, leaving the score 11-11.
The second quarter starts in a similar vein to the first, with each team taking their first goal and Omega getting on a run with three consecutive goals, but once again, Turnford fight back to keep the goal difference close. Turnford Centre goes offside in their shooting circle and Omega capitalise on the error and take the goal. Another chance for Omega thanks to an interception by GD, Sophie, who manages to knock the ball up court , but in the usual Omega fashion, we fail to pick up the loose ball and Turnford take the goal to close the gap in the score to just one goal at 21-20 to Omega. Turnford have the next centre pass and play it safe and their shooters reward them to equalise the score 21-21. A goal line pass and GA, Emma Maidment is called for a foul throw for stepping on court before releasing the ball and Turnford capitalise on the umpire’s decision, giving them a one goal lead. GD, Sophie intercepts the ball once more, but again Omega loose the ball in their defensive third and Turnford punish them. Turnford have the final centre pass of the first half of the game and secure their goal to leave the score 22-24 to Turnford going into the second half of the game.
Omega bring on sub, Hannah Brown, replacing Ruby Brett in the GS position. Omega loose their first attempt at goal on the first centre pass with a missed shot and Turnford increase their lead further having secured the first two goals of the quarter. Omega are not ready to concede the game and show great determination as they begin to claw back the goals, forcing their opposition to falter. WA, Emma Faulkner intercepts the ball, followed by WD, Molly which allows Omega to equalise 29-29 early in the quarter. Defensive players Louise and Sophie apply the pressure on their opponents and Louise wins a rebound, but is called for ball handling and Turnford secure the goal. Turnford take the lead once more, but both teams dig deep, each determined to take and maintain the lead, but Omega succeed in their quest in the final minutes and this is the turnaround in the game. With 1.7 seconds on the clock, it’s Turnford’s centre pass and their WA instructs their C to hold on to the ball, but she passes it and they loose their advantage to start the final quarter.
Going into the final quarter, Omega are leading 41-36 and are told to play the ball safely to goal. Turnford’s GS misses two attempts at a goal and the ball is knocked out of the circle. This time the loose ball is ssuccessfully picked up by WD, Molly and the team work the ball up-court to find GS, Hannah Brown, to secure the goal. Turnford contact on Omega’s pass mid court and they take the ball from GA, Emma, but there is no decision made by the umpires, resulting in Turnford taking the ball to their shooters, but karma is evident as their shot is missed and the ball is back in Omega’s hands. Omega take the ball to their circle edge and attempt to feed a high ball into Hannah, but the Turnford GK tips the ball and Turnford shooters get another chance. They miss again and the ball is worked back to Omega’s shooters and this time they score. A forced feed from WA, Emma to GS, Hannah goes off the goal line and Turnford punish the error with a goal. With five minutes remaining in the quarter, the score is 54-42 to Omega and GD, Sophie intercepts the feed to the Turnford shooters, but a long ball up the court is not met and Turnford gain possession to take the goal. A missed shot by GA, Emma sees her immediately turn on her defensive play, determined to win back the ball, which she is quick to achieve, just outside the circle and this time she plants it through the net to reward her efforts. An interception on Turnford’s centre pass by WD, Molly gives Omega another goal to increase their lead to 13 goals and in the final twp minutes of the game, Turnford GS is called for ball handling on two separate occasions and each time Omega are quick to capitalise on their error, allowing the final score of 60-45 to Omega. A well deserved win to end a great display of netball.