It was an early start travelling up to Norwich on Saturday for our game we knew we only had to get 1 point to win the league! Despite the long journey and last minute venue change we was determined to come out on top!
We knew it would be a tough game and so it proved. We came out quickly and strongly in the first quarter with both GS, Charlotte Jordan and GA, Emma Maidment shooting really well and accurately with excellent feeds into the circle by both Lucy Andrews at Centre and Sophie Cockrill at WA. The first quarter ended with us being 13-7 in the lead.
A change to the GK, sees Hannah Lok take the bench, replaced by Andrea Kinninmonth, who returns from injury and the game continued, fast and frantic into the 2nd quarter, which was much closer in score, with matched play by both teams. Claire teamed up well with our defence to move the ball quickly down the court. Norwich played well and both teams contested every single ball. The tension of the determination to win by Omega, was definitely present and the play erratic as a result, with several basic errors allowing Norwich back into the game. The score at half time sitting at 25-20 to Omega.
A further defence change at half time, bringing Hannah Lok on as GD, moving Hannah Sell into WD and Claire Daws taking the bench and this quarter is much the same as the 2nd….frantic and erratic. Some great turnovers from our defence players and GD, Hannah Lok managed some great interceptions from their centre passes. Hannah Sell collides with the Norwich GS and requests time for injury to her back. She leaves the court after a short period of stoppage time and is replaced by Claire Daws. The stoppage time allows us to re-group and take stock of our play and play starts again, this time more controlled. The score going into the final quarter being 36-32 to Omega.
We knew we had to control and play our game to win the match and so it proved in the last quarter. Both teams continued to score goals from their respective centre passes, but we managed to get a few turnovers and bring the ball quickly down the court. We controlled the passing much more, but the pressure of the win in sight was ever present, with basic errors being made, breaking centre passes and the pressure to convert goals was evident, but the lead in the first quarter proved too much for Norwich.
The final score 48-46 to Omega – we won the league at our first attempt with a game in hand!!! Congratulations to all the team, everyone has played their part in a fantastic season.