Hucclecote Regional 1 Stars2018/19 Season
Hucclecote Stars Vs Team Bath
This week Stars travelled with a fairly lean squad to Bath, with the added pressure of injuries within the squad. It was vital for the squad to go onto the court with a positive mindset, despite the injuries and remind ourselves that in our last match, our transition from turnover had been particularly strong. This is something we set as a target to carry through into the match. The squad were also tasked to force the attack high and wide and put pressure on their first phase of a centre pass.
Bath immediately came out with intent and demonstrated some of their set pieces effectively. It was clear the opposition had confidence to look for depth and were able to release the first time ball. Their shooters effectively secured the front space and linked up with their WA who was a clear play maker around the circle edge.
Bath took an early 3-0 lead, putting Stars under pressure, however experience enabled Stars to come back to a 9-9 position as they forced the errors from Bath. Some poor decision making didn’t allow Stars to maintain this flow which allowed Bath to finish the quarter 13-11 in the lead.
The second quarter was much more positive from Stars who levelled 14 goals with Bath, making the score line 27-24. However a head injury to GK Kellie Hull meant a change of line up at the back was needed which caused some disruption to our defensive strategy in place. Kellie showed strong mental toughness and was able to soon get back on the court in the third quarter but disruption had allowed Bath to extend their lead 41-36, despite tireless defending from Harriet and Bryony in the shooting circle.
In our attack we had identified that if the shooters committed to the front space, they would then be able to offer a pass to the back space as the defence often over committed, which created more fluency for Stars. Jane and Katie were communicating effectively and showing consideration as to where they were drawing the defence to maximize the space in the circle for one another. At the other end their Centre was very quick at playing the give and go and needed restricting, and their shooters were beginning to work together and popping the pass with immaculate timing.
The final quarter presented itself with Stars trailing by 5 goals. The squad were determined that a win was still possible but it was going to need hard work from all on court. An electric last quarter showed the mental strength and some fantastic moments of play, but such hard work meant that one too many errors crept in and Bath were able to extend the score line to a 54-49 win. A disappointing score line with such incredible moments of netball, but a lot to learn with still too many errors occurring at crucial moments.
However the squad could not be disappointed with the work rate and fighting spirit on court.
Final Score: 54-49 to Bath