Hucclecote Stars 43 v Poole A 39
Hucclecote Stars played host to top of the league Poole who so far had remained unbeaten in NSW RL1.
Stars were focused and determined entering the game and started with impressive form. In defence Rebecca Deo at WD worked well with Thea Thompson GD and Captain Claire Richards GK. The trio collected loose balls and created turnovers which were effectively taken to goal. Our shooters were on fire with both Michelle Dowle and Betsy Willey netting 100% of their shots. However Poole were equally applied and just managed to take the quarter 13-11.
For the second quarter Katharine Chadwick took the GK position with Richards coming out to GD. The added height at the back enabled Chadders to take 4 crucial turnovers. Cote were right back in the game and it was level pegging at half time 22-22.
Entering the third Cote came out with a flair and executed clinical netball. Sticking to the plan of keep it simple the squad linked through court with confidence. Helen Hynes at WA worked relentlessly making well timed drives to circle edge and re-offering until the feed into Dowle or Willey was on. This patience and composure was mirrored by ShonaO'Dwyer who was unfazed by her opponent ex-superleague player – Talissa Haynes. For all our efforts Poole still kept in the game and by the end of this quarter it was still even 31-31.
The last 15 minutes was all about who wanted the game the most. Changes to cote saw Hannah Leger come on to WD. Her control and composure when bringing the ball through court was crucial. Even though Poole really piled on the pressure Stars remained steady and delivered accurate feeds to their shooters. Betsy Willey demonstrated composed shooting at its finest converting 11 from 11.
This was by far Stars performance of the season.
Squad: B Willey, M Dowle, H Hynes, S O'Dwyer, B Deo, T Thompson, H Leger, C Richards (c), K Chadwick.
Shooting: B Willey 31/35 88%M Dowle 12/1675%Total 43/51 84%
Player of the Match: Betsy Willey
Players Player: Shona O'Dwyer