HNC Stars 29 - Poole Aquarians 41

Stars were fully aware that they would have to be on top form to beat Aquarians. A tricky team to play against who have a combination of youth and experienced stalwarts. An impressive start for HNC saw them move the ball well through court. This initial phase of play allowed Stars to take the lead. At one point securing a solid 4 goal lead. However Aquarians dug deep and a strong performance in the latter stages of the quarter allowed them back into the game. Q1 score 7 - 9

Aquarians obviously surprised by Stars speed and through court play came out for the second quarter HARD !. Their defence were going for balls and interfering with HNC`s flow. As the game became more physical there were numerous highly contested balls which at times left Stars players on the floor. This dogged approach by Aquarians clearly unsettled Stars who struggled to keep composure and keep their heads in the game. Q2 score 12 - 25.

A change in defence saw Ella P-D on at GD. Hucclecote settled and gradually began to regain their initial flow. Both shooters Michelle Dowle and Eleanor Roberts realised that they needed to get the shots up and work together to combat a very rangy GK. A better quarter for Stars but still a big hill to climb to get back in the game. Q3 19 - 35.

With frustrations clear in the Hucclecote camp the team took to court intent on finishing the game with better netball. As the fitter team they were able to push Aquarians which created unforced errors from the home side. Something we hadn`t been able to do in previous quarters. Accuracy of shots was noticeably much better and Stars began to close their goal deficit. A much improved 15 minutes saw Cote win the quarter 10- 5. 
Hucclecote can take the positives from this game and come out strong on the return fixture. The squad competed for 75% of the match and demonstrated they have what it takes to contend with both top of the table teams.

Squad: E. Roberts, M. Dowle, H.Hynes, S. Adams (c), H. Werrell, S. Carrington, C. Richards, E. Powell-Davies.
POM: Sian Carrington