Hucclecote Stars v's Crossbow
This weekend Hucclecote Stars travelled down to Bristol to play Crossbow, a North Bristol netball team, which they had already beaten earlier in the season at home.
Hucclecote although, a very experienced side, had a number of players missing due to injury and national selection, so opportunity for a few up and coming Stars to get a run out were available.
Crossbow were set for the revenge match and started hard and fast but Hucclecote's defenceClaire Richards and Rebecca Deo worked tirelessly to keep Crossbows attack at bay.
With very tight marking on players, mid court, Shona O'Dwyer, Sarah Adams and Helen Hynes were able to pressurise mistakes from the Bristolians and edged a well deserved lead of 11 goals by half time.
The 3rd quarter saw Hucclecote start to tire and they were actually over come during this period of play giving Crossbow renewed confidence.
Coach Katie Noonan immediately responded to this by bringing on court the two up and coming Stars Sam Hogg and Jane Taylor for the last quarter.
Taylor aged only 14 yrs held her own in the shooting circle playing GA against an experienced adult defence and created a game changing interception in the mid court. Working alongside her Elenor Roberts, at GS rarely missed the netball ring and Hucclecote ran out winners 51 goals to 35.
The opposition voted Sarah Adams player of the match and the players player was Claire Richards.
Stars next game is in two weeks time against Swindon's Raychem who they drew against last time round. This will be a tough encounter and one not to miss on the 8th March at Cheltenham College Sports Hall.