Hucclecote Panthers U.16's Netball Squad Storm to Victory

Hucclecote Panthers stormed to a huge victory against Cornwall Saints on Sunday making a huge impression in the first quarter of the game.  Although an away fixture, their preparation served them well, and they hit Saints hard.

Elisha New and Lucy Martin at Centre and Wing Attack respectively demonstrated great speed from centre pass to goal, and with slick interaction between Emme Hale and  JaneTaylor in the shooting circle, Saints could do little to stop them . Taylor was on song netting 12/12 in the first quarter , and Combined with Ella Powell Davis stalking and hunting down the ball, their lead of 22-6 left Saints standing.

The only change for the 2nd quarter saw Taylor and Hale switch roles, and once again they fired the shots through the net with Hale achieving 90% 9 from 10 shots during this phase of play. Ellie Spark at WD combined well with the back unit and the pressure was felt as Saints struggled to get out their Centre Passes and press to goal. Another dynamic quarter saw Hucclecote's tally extended to 42 goals to Saints 11 at the half way stage.

Fresh legs on saw Beth Adkins at WA , Caitlin Santacroce at GK and Eve Saunders to WD.  The changes took a little while to settle before Hucclecote got back into their stride seeing the score rise to 53-14 at time.  Saints worked tirelessly and couldn't be faulted for their efforts on court, however Hucclecote Panthers looked slick.

Panthers pounced again in the final quarter, and with Ellie Spark at C , Issy Robinson at WD and Ella Powell Davis turning a high number of interceptions, Hucclecote went on to win the game by 71 goals to 21.

This was an awesome performance and great start to their South West Regional Division One Campaign and they show huge promise for the season ahead.

Saints nominated Panthers Emme Hale as Player of the Match. Hale netted 80% during her on court.  Coach Gilly Salter shared that Hale's performance was one of the best she had seen from this youngster, as well as from Captain Ella Powell Davis, who had taken the highest number of interceptions recorded so far this season with a total of 14.

Squad:  E. Hale, J. Taylor, L. Martin, B. Adkins, E. New, E. Spark, E Powell-Davis , E. Saunders & C. Santacroce and I. Robinson.

Shooting Stats:  J. Taylor 43/51  84% (4 Qtrs)  E. Hale  24/30 80%  (3 Qtrs)  L. Martin 4/5 80% (1 Qtr)

Turnover Top Three:  E. Powell Davis 14,   E. New  5, E. Spark 4

Bench: G Salter Coach, S. Taylor Team Manager, S, Martin Scorer, R. Pruitt Carer, A. Taylor Photographer