Omega 1 travelled to Norwich for their penultimate game in their first year in Division 1 of the East Region League, with a bit of a venue problem flagged whilst en-route and the team were unsure where they would end up playing, but told to continue neverthless. The starting squad were:-
GS – Charlotte Jordan; GA – Natalie Faal; WA – Sophie Cockrill; C – Nicola Rantell (playing up from the Herts League Team); WD – Hannah Sell; GD – Claire Daws; GK – Phoebe Gillen and reserve defender Leigh Rees-Reynolds sitting on the bench for the first quarter.
A delayed start due to the previous game starting late as a result of the venue double-booking and Norfolk look strong. Omega’s shooters are put off by the Norfolk defenders, missing several chances at goal in the opening minutes and Norfork capitalise on this, taking an early lead 7-1. A great interception by WD, Hannah Sell taking the centre-pass from the opposition, but Omega struggle to hold on to possession as a fumbled ball in our shooting third sees the ball back in Norfolk’s hands and taken to goal. Omega’s GA, Natalie Faal attempts to work the circle feeds, but the ball goes off the side-line and Norfolk’s GA is quick to punish Omega for their errors, securing yet another goal from what should have been Omega’s. Next it’s Norfork’s GA who misses a shot and GK, Phoebe Gillen wins the rebound. Her efforts are wasted as a forced pass from mid third into our attacking goal is lost and Norfolk punish yet again. Omega get on a roll in the latter minutes of the game, which started with Norfolk being called for ball handling and their WD picking up a caution for contact. It was then helped by the pressure applied by the circle defence, GD Claire Daws applying the pressure and GK Phoebe Gillens picking up the rebound, giving Omega a second chance at goal, which they secured. Further pressure was applied by defence, forcing a back-pass from around the circle edge, back to the transverse line, which was stolen by WA, Sophie Cockrill and taken to goal. A missed shot on Omega’s centre pass and Norfolk attempt to take the ball to goal, but an interception by C, Nicola Rantell gives a second chance to Omega and GS, Charlotte Jordan rewards the effort as the Norfolk GK picks up a caution for contact and a penalty is rewarded. The team claw back 4 goals to reduce the lead to just 3 goals, with a 7-10 score. The next three goals go goal for goal and the final centre pass is Omega’s, but Norfolk’s WA knocks the ball off WD, Hannah Sell and the ball goes off the side-line. Norfolk take the throw in, but another interception from C, Nicola Rantell gives Omega the final stab at goal. The whistle is blown just before the shot is taken and the quarter ends 12-8 to Norfolk.
The second quarter sees Leigh Rees-Reynolds take the GD bib and Claire Daw taking the bench. Norfolk start the quarter but a quick steal by Omega who then control their play as they conquer the zone setup, sees them taking the ball to the shooting third, but loosing it on a forced feed into the circle which is intercepted. The ball travels down court, but GD, Leigh Rees-Reynolds reciprocates and wins back the ball from Norfolk, intercepting the circle feed and the ball is taken back up court to the Omega circle once more. The ball is intercepted again and is once again taken away from Omega, but swiftly returned and finally!!!….a goal is scored and it’s Omega’s! Norfolk’s GA swings the ball across to her WA and the ball goes off the sideline. Omega take the sideline throw but a footwork call by WA, Sophie Cockrill at the circle edge sees the ball back with Norfolk, who attempt to find their shooter but GD, Leigh tips the ball and Omega manage to take the ball down court, but the ball from WA, Sophie in to the shooters goes off the goal line. Sophie digs deep to win back the ball but is not rewarded for her efforts and Norfolk regain possession and steal the goal. Norfolk’s GD drives hard to intercept a pass from WD, Hannah Sell, in to GA, Natalie Faal and steals it cleanly, but a missed shot by the Norfolk shooter gives Omega another chance, which they play safely to goal. Norfolk punish a couple of errors made by the team, but GD, Leigh fights on to intercept the first ball on Norfolk’s centre pass but her efforts are in vein as the shot is missed and Norfolk take the goal. The score in the final minutes is 21-14 and Omega begin another roll. GK, Phoebe fights for a rebound and the game is interrupted by an injury call for Norfolk’s C. Omega keep possession to take the goal and the they begin to claw back once more, securing the next 4 goals, similar to the first quarter, resulting in the score at the end of the first half is 18-22 to Norfolk.
The third quarter sees Hannah Sell taking the bench, replaced at WD by Claire Daws and Omega start, taking the first goal rapidly, but the next three goals are taken by Norfolk, on two occasions needing 2 attempts at the shot, but nevertheless gaining the goals as a result of possession lost by Omega on missed shots which Norfolk rebounded. On the 3rd goal for Norfolk, Phoebe wins a rebound, but this is short lived and back in the opposition’s hands for the goal. GA, Natalie Faal gets her eye in and gains a great goal for her team and on our next centre pass, the team all work well together to bring the ball back to the circle for Natalie to gain another. GD, Leigh gains a rebound for Omega, but the possession is lost on the feed in to the shooters and Norfolk punish. Omega miss the next shot and once again Norfolk capitalise. A held ball call against Norfolk WD gives possession to Omega, but a wild ball throw sees the ball off the side-line and back with the opposition. A determined Omega manage to win back the ball once more and the team take the goal. A great feed from C Nicola, in to GS, Charlotte, who doubles-back for the ball under the post sees Omega taking the goal. Norfolk loose their centre pass off the sideline but Omega fail to hold on to it as the Norfolk GD swipes it away, giving her team the opportunity for a further goal, which they reward her with. Norfolk’s centre pass and GD Leigh is hot on her heals, stealing the first ball which Omega use to secure a goal. The score going into the final quarter is 28-37 to Norfolk, who have managed to increase their lead by punishing every error, which Omega failed to be able to reciprocate.
Norfolk start the quarter once more and the first 6 goals go goal for goal. Omega then start another run of goals, started with GS, Charlotte forced to take a long shot due to lack of support in and around the circle and she secures the goal. This followed on with C, Nicola stealing Norfolk’s centre pass and Charlotte rewarding her efforts with the next goal. Some great teamwork play sees GA, Natalie taking her GD away from her team mate in the circle, creating great space for a superb feed from C Nicola straight in to GS Charlotte for the goal. GD, Leigh drives to the attack transverse line to support the team with re-adjusting, supporting them in gaining another goal. A held ball call against Omega allows Norfolk back into play and gives them the opportunity for a goal. The Norfolk WD picks up a warning for persistent contact, giving GS, Charlotte a second chance at the goal, which she secures. Within seconds of the warning, the WD calls injury time and is replaced from the bench to avoid further repercussion. This quarter saw runs of 4 goals at a time by each team on a couple of occasions with both teams making many errors, but the early lead secured by Norfolk proved too tough for Omega to turnover. A great display of netball, however many errors made by both teams. However, Norfolk were able to punish Omega’s errors more, resulting in them winning the game 52-43. As usual, a well contested game and so much determination from both teams giving the spectators a great game to watch.