Omega 1 meet MK Netters Gold in the 2nd half of the East Region, Division 1 fixtures and having lost to them with a depleted team in the first half of the season, Omega are keen to settle the score and take the game.
MK start the game and the first few 3 goals for each team are matched goal for goal. Omega show great control as they play the ball safely, resetting as necessary to ensure they take the ball to goal each time as MK start strong and pile on the defensive pressure. The first change in the game is when MK’s GA breaks on their centre pass, but an immediate footwork call against Omega sees the ball back in their hands, however they loose it off the goal line and Omega take the first lead in the game to punish the error. A contact call against GS, Charlotte, who is thought to have brought the ball up to the GKs hands and MK take the ball to goal to equalise the score 4-4. MK then attempt to feed their GS, but the ball goes off the goal line and Omega get the chance to steal the lead once more, but a footwork call in the shooting circle returns the ball to MK, but Omega win it back before the ball leaves the third and GA, Natalie rewards the efforts with the goal. Omega get a 4 goal run as MK’s C footworks on the edge of their shooting circle and Omega safely take the ball to goal. Omega force feed some balls into the Charlotte, with the ball fed high, but directly to the player and the tall GK steals them with ease each time. Another footwork call against Omega, mid-court allows MK to equalise 8-8 and then take the next goal. MKs GA is called for footwork and Omega take the ball to the circle edge, but the ball is lost off the goal line and MK begin their drive up court, but a replay call against the MK’s C gives the 2nd chance at goal to Omega which they secure. GK, Phoebe Gillen wins a rebound and the team take the ball to the circle edge, but another high feed into Charlotte is whipped away by the GK once again. Fortunately for the team, the MK C errors again and Omega punich her once more. A final attempt at a long ball feed into Charlotte is lost off the goal line to end the quarter 13-11 to Omega.
Omega start the second quarter but a missed shot at the first opportunity sees the ball in MKs hands. This is short lived as MK C errors again. Omega miss their second attempt at goal but are saved by the GK having the final touch of the ball before it goes off the goal line and the shot is successful on the third attempt. Both teams apply pressure, resulting in both teams erroring in the early minutes of the quarter. A ball sent off the side-line by MK gives Omega the chance at a goal, but a pass back from within the shooting third to the centre third is intercepted by MK and they take it to goal. MKs GD is given a quiet word to tidy up her contact and obstruction in this quarter. In opening minutes of the quarter, Omega gain 3 consecutive goals and up to half way through it goes goal for goal, but in the 2nd half, Omega manage to secure 2 goals to every 1 of their opposition before it settles back to goal for goal to close the quarter 27-21.
A change to the team at half time, sees Leigh Rees-Reynolds take up the GD position, moving Claire Daws to WD, Hannah Sells to WA and Sophie Cockrill taking the bench. The first goal of the 2nd half of the game is MKs off their first centre pass. The first feed in to our shooter is intercepted by MKs GD, but she is called for ball-handling, giving Omega the chance to score and they succeed. MKs C is picks up a caution and MK’s WD falls hard to the ground after she cleanly intercepts a pass and calls time for a knee injury. She leaves the court after a couple of minutes and the game restarts. GK, Phoebe Gillen applies the pressure in the circle and this forces MK to error with their feed, which goes off the goal line. Omega attempt to take the ball to goal but are struggling to feed the shooters due to the strong defensive play and great reading of the passes by the opposition. MK begin to claw back the goal difference are this quarter it’s their turn to take 3 consecutive goals and in the latter minutes, 2 goals to Omegas 1 on a couple of occations, allowing them not only to equalise, but take a 1 goal lead to end the quarter 36-37 to MK.
A final team change in an attempt to change up the dynamics, sees Claire return to GD, Leigh swapping with her into WD, Sophie Cockrill returning to WA, Hannah and Natalie taking the bench and Emma Maidment taking the GA position for the last quarter. MK start the quarter and secure the first goal, but this is the last goal they achieve for some time! Omega apply fantastic defensive pressure and GK, Phoebe gets into her game stealing several interceptions, along with Claire and Leigh to gain a roll for Omega in the early minutes. This coupled with some great inter-passing by Emma and Charlotte in the circle and support all down the court by all players to ensure the safe ball play resulting in them securing 9 consecutive goals and opening up the lead which proves challenging for the opposition. Several cautions are handed out this quarter, the first of which is given to MK’s GK gains a caution for persistent obstruction in the first few minutes, the second to Omega’s WA for persistent contact and the third in the latter minutes to MK’s WA for deliberate contact on a penalty pass. MK fight back in the final minutes of the game clawing back at the lead, but the 9 goal roll Omega secured at the start of the quarter proved too hard to reduce, resulting in a final score of 49-44 to Omega. A great final quarter and end to the game!