Omega 2 vs Turnford 6 – Sunday 2nd October 2016

Turnford started the game with the first centre pass, but a tip from C, Lisa Short gained Omega possession of the ball and a quick pass into the circle for the first goal of the match.   Having converted our own centre pass into a goal, the third one was intercepted again by Omega’s GD, Claire Statham, in the circle, which the team then controlled as they passed it down the court and into the shooting circle for the third consecutive goal!  Omega took an early lead with the score being 6-0 minutes into the game, but Turnford came back, stealing the ball by forcing Omega to make simple errors, quickly closing the gap to 6-4.   Turnford lost another centre pass, due to great defending by the Omega centre court players, forcing the ball out of court.  Omega then lost the next centre pass, but control of the ball was won back in the defensive circle and passed back down the court, but good defending by Turnford, forced a free pass due to a held ball by Omega.   Next was  Turnford’s attempt at a goal, but fantastic marking of the shot by GK, Louise Cousins, won the ball again for the team, tipping and gaining possession of the ball.    The ball was passed down to the shooters, but Omega failed to convert the goal, resulting in Turnford regaining possession.  This was short lived as GS, Hannah Brown intercepted the ball, threw the ball straight into the shooting circle to GA, Anna Rogers, who converted the goal.  Strong defending by Omega saw Turnford struggling to pass the ball forward, forcing them to pass back.  Omega took advantage with C,Lisa Short stealing the ball, the team linking well, but throwing the ball off the goal line at the last hurdle.   Turnford GS, then suffered an injury to the knee and the game stopped.  Turnford brought on their sub as GS and the game started again with Turnford struggling to feed the circle and Omega gaining possession once again, but failed to convert due to a foot fault, giving the ball back to Turnford.  Turnford brought the ball down the court and into their shooting third, but tight defence from Omega resulted in the ball being forced off the goal line.  Omega seized the advantage, linking the passes well from the defensive third, through mid-court and into the shooting circle for yet another goal!  Omega kept the lead through the quarter, with the score at the end of the first quarter being 13-4 to Omega.  Turnford had failed to score a goal since the opening minutes.

The first centre pass of the second quarter was Turnford’s,  but yet again, they failed to convert it to a goal as the ball was forced off the goal line.  Omega gaining the advantage for a short time from the goal line, lost control of the ball, so Turnford capitalised on the error and gained a much needed goal.  Omega retained ownership of the next centre pass to match the Turnford goal.  Turnford then lost yet another centre pass, with the ball not being received.  Omega took control, but lost possession just outside their shooting circle.  Turnford tried hard to retain ownership of play, but a steal from WD, Molly Brett gave back control to Omega.  Again this was short lived, with Turnford gaining control of the ball once more and moving the ball into their shooting circle and converting the shot.    Superb teamwork with great movement and interpassing in the circle from GS, Hannah Brown and GA, Anna Rogers, meant a safe goal for Omega.  Next was Turnford’s shot at a goal, but a missed shot gave GD, Claire Statham the steal via a rebound, which Omega swiftly passed up court to their shooters.  A penalty for contact by Turnford GK, saw another goal for Omega.     Omega’s centre pass saw great linking from the C, Lisa Short to WA, Lisa Doust, passing to GS, Hannah Brown who cleared the circle for space for GA, Anna Rogers to receive the feed and convert the goal.  More great feeds from WA, Lisa Doust were seen in this quarter, feeding into the shooting circle.  The score at the end of the 2nd quarter was 25-12 to Omega.

The original Turnford GS returned to court to start the 3rd quarter and the first goal was won by Turnford. Omega intercepted the next Turnford centre pass, gaining yet another goal from their opposition.  After only 4 goals being scored in this quarter, the Turnford GS was injured again and this time left the court for the rest of the game.  The game restarted and a quick interception from GD, Claire Statham in the Turnford shooting circle, went down the court like the Stansted Express, with Omega lucky to retain ownership of the ball and score the goal.  Great defending on the edge of the Turnford shooting circle saw WD, Molly Brett tip and grab the ball from outside the circle and once again, Omega converted it into valued goals.  Turnford gained possession of a ball in the Omega Shooting third, but C, Lisa Short read the game well, timing her jump to intercept the ball and passed into the Shooters for another goal.  Omega continued to defend and read the play throughout the quarter and gained control of play for majority of the period.  With 22 seconds remaining, it was Omega’s centre pass and they took heed of the time, making sure the ball went into the circle quickly to take the last goal of the quarter.  The score going into the final quarter was 38-21 to Omega.

Omega’s first starting centre pass and it was lost with the ball traversing the side line.  Turnford took advantage of the error, taking the first goal of the quarter.  Omega’s centre pass and great defending from Turnford, saw Omega struggle to pass the ball forward, but great support from WD, Molly Brett, meant they retained possession and scored.    A long ball in from GA, Anna Rogers, straight into GS, Hannah Brown who was holding her space well, meant another goal for Omega.  Turnford’s attempt at a goal, but superb marking of the shot by GK, Louise Cousins, timing her jump to precision to intercept the shot and take hold of the ball.  The rest of the game saw Omega force Turnford to make errors, capitalising on their gain and scoring the goal.  More, timed jumping by Louise Cousins, strong shooting and great teamwork all round resulted in the final score being 53 – 32 to Omega.

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