Another exciting game to watch! Omega expected a competitive game and that’s exactly what they got. Baldock were definitely up for a win today and the game started with Baldock being quick off the mark. Their accurate shooting, along with some silly mistakes made by Omega as they settled into the game, allowed Baldock to take an early lead of 6 goals, ending the quarter 11-17 in their favour.
A tactical change to tighten the Omega defence and improved positioning in the shooting circle saw Omega return to court, determined to fight back. They settled into the quarter well, showing their opposition they were by no means defeated. Omega upped their play and contended the ball consistently. This coupled with consistent, accurate shooting, resulted in them winning possession more and closing the lead, regularly having the opportunity to get within one goal, but Baldock hit back each time, increasing their lead once more. Omega maintained their play throughout the quarter, ending it with a two goal deficit by half time.
Some team changes at half time and Omega mean business as they take the court. This quarter, there are many more interceptions made by centre court and defence players and with five minutes of the quarter remaining, Omega take the lead for the first time in the game. This is short lived as Baldock score the next two goals, giving them the advantage once more. Omega take the next goal and an interception by Molly Brett in WD, allows Omega to even the score once again. The ball is back with Baldock and as they try to feed their shooter, the ball goes out of court. Omega are keen to keep possession and focussed, controlled play allows them to pass the ball safely down court to their shooter, giving them back the lead in the game. The next two goals are Omegas, giving them their first three goal lead. In the final few seconds, Baldock take the ball to the edge of their shooting circle, where a tip from Molly takes the ball out of court and the quarter ends before a goal can be scored.
The final quarter and Omega focus on maintaining their lead, with Julie Stanbridge, GD, intercepting the first centre pass, but possession is short lived. Baldock take the ball down court, but contact by their GA sees the ball returning to Omega’s control. It’s a tense quarter for the team (and their bench!), but Omega maintain their advantage throughout the quarter. With three minutes to go, Omega have a six goal lead, whist Baldock’s heads are beginning to drop and their shooters have gone off the boil. In the last 3 minutes, the accuracy of feeding and shooting by Omega is second to none and a further five goal lead is achieved. In the last 40 seconds, Baldock loose their centre pass with the ball going out of court. Omega take control, with considered passing down court, reaching their shooter who is contacted. The buzzer goes and the Omega GS, Hannah Brown takes the penalty shot, increasing their lead to finish the game 58 – 46 to Omega. A cracking come back by Omega!