Hucclecote U.16 Panthers Secure First League Game winning 34 v Cirencester 6
Hucclecote did well to secure a great victory even though their opening quarter was not their best. It was Tiara Cowley who impressed and turned ball many times to keep her team in the contest. Changes to their centre court saw Amy Cook on to C, and Olivia Garrard moved to WA with Meg Knight moved to WD. This change in line up made an immediate impact and suddenly Panthers found their way. Not only did the defence unit of Tiara Cowley and Katy Kalap stop Cirencester from scoring one goal during this phase, but Hucclecotes mid court players and shooting circle really stepped up playing quick paced netball with flare. Half time saw them with a 10-3 lead.
It was the third quarter that Hucclecote made their mark and piled on the goals with Eva Andrews on at WA and Amy Cook at C feeding on a sixpence to Katya Jennings their GS. Conversion rates improved hugely, and Cirencester had no reply to their 14 goals to 0 quarter letting Hucclecote edge ahead to 24 - 3 .
Captain Paige Baker, took on the GS role to rest Jennings for the final 15 and Jenny Carson moved on to GA. Together they demonstrated some confident shooting converting with ease. With Meg Knight pushed back to GD and Tiara Cowley onto the GK, again the Panthers athleticism, speed and quick releases paid dividends. Alex Neilson at WD was fearless and had her best quarter marking tight one on one and turning a huge amount of interceptions as Hucclecote ran away with a fine 34 goal to 6 victory.
This was a great start to their Gloucestershire League Campaign particularly as there were only 2 U.16 age group players, the rest all being a year young. It was a great opportunity to utilise the whole squad.
Thanks to GCNA for the provision of umpires at the game and to the Hucclecote parents who supported on the day.
Squad K. Jennings, P. Baker Capt, J. Carson, M. Knight Vice Capt, E. Andrews , O. Garrard, A. Cook, A. Neilson, T. Cowley K. Kalap
POM Awarded to Tiara Cowley.