The first game of 202o and the B team meet Watford Premier….the team that they drew with after having a 12 goal lead in the first round of the games, so they know this will be a tough game and that they will need to give 100%.
With the full squad available for the game, the team have options to work with and for the opening quarter, Megan and Nicola take the bench to support their team. Omega start the game and take the first goal comfortably and Watford Prem do the same, but a dropped ball at the Omega shooting circle allows Watford to start an early lead as they secure a goal from Omega’s error. A chance for Omega to equalise the score comes quickly as the Watford WA breaks at centre pass, but Omega are unsuccessful with goal conversion and fail to balance the scores. More opportunities present themselves and Omega manage to equalise, but it’s short lived as Omega fail to capitalise on an intercept by GD, Sam Abott and the opening quarter ends with a score of 15-12 to Watford.
For the second quarter, Megan replaces Emma Faulkner at WA and Nicola replaces Claire at WD and the team take the court. The second quarter is not the finest of netball from Omega with a few errors made and many missed attempts at goal, which Watford are quick to respond to and penalise Omega at every chance. Omega managed to claw back some goals and the lead is reduced to just four goals, but once again, it’s short lived and the lead opens again to the seven goals at the start of the quarter. Omega struggle to make the ball flow to goal this quarter and their opponents take advantage, opening their lead by a further 4 goals to end the first half of the game with a score of 28 – 21.
A further change to the team at half time, sees Emma Faulkner replace Ruby at GS, Sam moving to GK to replace Louise and Claire taking up the GD position. A slow start is seen as the team try to settle into their positions and Watford extend their lead further, leaving Omega 10 goals down. BUT the turn of the game comes as a contact call is made against the Watford GS and Omega swiftly move the ball to Emma Maidment in the shooting circle, who relaxes into her stride and steals the goal. From here on, Omega apply the pressure across the entire team, forcing their opposition to error frequently as we see forced balls, 3 second calls and dropped balls and this time, Omega flow with their play, linking well mid court and patiently waiting for the right opportunities to present themselves, to work the ball to their shooters, who confidently convert the shots. The team work well together and manage to claw back the score to level-peggings at 38-38 by end of the quarter.
As the team is now settled, the decision is taken to keep it as is. Both teams have everything to play for and both are determined to take the win. Each team succeed in securing goals from their respective centre passes. Omega continue to apply the pressure throughout the quarter and manage to take a 2 goal lead, but don’t manage to maintain it. Watford fight back and once again, level the score. In the final minutes, the play goes goal for goal and the heat is on for both teams. Omega dig deep and show controlled play, which allows them to secure a final score in their favour of 51-50.
A great start to 2020, with the boot on the other foot for the repeat game as this time it’s Omega who claw back the deficit goals, but this time to win the game, rather than a draw.