Hucclecote Panthers U.16's Netball Squad work hard to earn victory

Hucclecote Panthers had to work hard for their victory against a solid Jersey Team Jets side,  although the final score line of 46-30 does not truly reflect just how tough it was.

Panthers started well with Ellie Spark setting them up turning 2 clear balls in the first 5 minutes helping her team mates to run up an early lead of 10-5. However credit to Jets as they remained calm, and came back hard showing some good fastpaced netball reducing the deficit to 12-10 at quarter time.

One switch saw Caitlin Santacroce on at GK, and with Captain Ella Powell Davies upping her game,
defensively they restricted well and created many opportunities to goal. Lucy Martin really took it on
in the attack helping Panthers to take the score line to 24-14 at half time.

The third quarter saw Issy Robinson move to WD and the unit of Spark and New move up to C and WA respectively.  In addition, Hale switched with Taylor who was having a toughbattle on court with Jets GD marking and restricting her space.  Although defensively the back unit worked hard and still turned ball, the flow through court lost its way, and withtiming issues, errors creeping in and with difficult findingtheir shooters, led to reduced attempts at goal with Panthers only having 9 opportunities in this quarter and scoring 7 of these.  Jets took advantage and credit to them closed the gap to 8 , with Panthers losing this quarter by 2 goals.

Reverting back to the starting midcourt line up for the final period paid dividends, 
Elisha New and Lucy Martin made an instant impact as theyworked tirelessly in both attack and defence. Martin took twoclean interceptions off of Jets Centre Pass and helped Panthers to go on a run of goals.  The whole team lifted themselves and began to demonstrate great netball showing exactly what they are capable of.  

This was an excellent quarter to finish on with 24 attempts to goal and 10 clean interceptions in this period alone. With Jetsexpected to make the top four play offs, it was their hardest game yet, and proved to be a great test and run out for a squad who rarely get pushed this hard. A pleasing result which leaves them top of Netball South West's Regional Division 1 U.16 League.

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 27/37  73% (4 Qtrs)  E. Hale  19/33 58%%  

Turnover Top Three:  E. Powell Davis =7,   E. New  4, (Joint 3rd) E. Spark 3. L. Martin 3

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