Hucclecote Dragons win top of the table clash
Hucclecote Dragons had a top of the table clash with Poole from Dorset last Sunday and it certainly proved to be their toughest match of the season so far.
The first quarter saw an unusually high error rate from the Hucclecote Dragons, although in the first 4 minutes , centre passes went with consecutive goals and it was the latter part of the first quarter that saw Poole pull ahead by one. The Dragons reversed this in the second period of play with Scarlett Jinks adding pressure out on the WD, and Hannah Howl on fire with the number of intercepts she took. Meanwhile it was Issy Eaton who converted well during thegame, netting 87% of her shots (39/45 attempts)
25-21 up at half time, Hucclecote pressed on, and with Sophia Winfield taking the WA bib , the speed of release on her first centre pass to the GA set the pace for the 3rd quarter where theteam extended their lead to 39-32.
Poole worked relentlessly to hunt ball , and their GK Emily Cridland played out a strong game, however it was Hucclecote who took the 5 points winning 50 goals to 41. This was a great game and one where all players were exposed, giving them their toughest run out so far.
Player of the match was awarded to Scarlett Jinks who, this season, has stepped up to the challenge of learning new defending positions.
Dragons v Cornwall Saints
Playing against Cornwall Saints in their second game Hucclecote’s strength and depth across the squad showed as they stamped their authority, taking the lead 17-8 in the first quarter. Katie Pauling at GA netted 100% in her first quarter before switching ends and turning some lovely well-timedintercepts at GD. All of the shooters, Issy Eaton, Georgie Thorp, Katie Pauling and Sophia Winfield played with confidence and this contributed to the squad scoring 72 goals over the hour with Issy Eaton netting an incredible 90% scoring 35/39.
Mid courters Natasha Engelfield, Emily Seymour-Perry, Freya Coull and Scarlett Jinks pressured well and between them turned many interceptions. The stars of this game wereHannah Howl (Capt) and Katie Pauling (Vice) who playedconsistently well denying Saint’s shooters opportunities to score goals which earned them join Player of the Match leading their team to victory by 72-21.
This leaves Dragons top of the U.16 South West Regional League where they are showing huge promise for the season ahead.
Issy Eaton, Georgie Thorpe, Sophia Winfield, Katie Pauling (vice-captain), Emily Seymour-Perry, Natasha Englefield, Scarlett Jinks, Freya Coull, Hannah Howl (captain)