Hucclecote 54 – Telstars 53
An early start and 2-hour drive saw Hucclecote play Telstars in round 7 of National Premier League 2.
A focused Hucclecote went out hard but unfortunately lost possession on their first C pass. With Telstars then scoring off their own HNC were in danger of falling foul of a poor 1stquarter. However, a convincing 5 goal run saw Cote take the lead and appear to take control of play. Not to be outplayed Telstars maintained composure and fed their tall holding shooter well. End of quarter score 14-12 to HNC.
With the same line up taking to court for Q2 the defensive unit of Powell-Davies, Edwards and Laura Tildesley worked hard to create turnovers. Hucclecote’s error rate began to increase enabling Telstars to edge ahead with Half time score 27-30
Changes in our defensive circle saw Powell-Davies come out to GD and Hull on at GK. The added height in the circle proved effective as we forced ball off court. The quarter went goal for goal until the last 5 mins when Hucclecote upped their intensity and piled the pressure on Telstars through court play. We took the lead back 42-41.
The 4th quarter was end to end with both teams displaying consistent netball. Telstars took a three goal run but Cote responded well with the experience of Allison proving critical.
Hucclecote fought to the end. Great defensive play in mid court from R Tildesley caused errors which we took to goal. The most consistent performance from Hucclecote so far showing that there is plenty more to come from this team.
Squad: R. Allison, R. Tildesley, S. O’Dwyer, L. Brooks, L. Tildesley, F. Edwards, E. Powell-Davies, K. Hull
Mizuno Player of the Match: Shona O’Dwyer