Match Report 01-10-17
Hucclecote Stars Kick Start the New Netball Season down in Paignton
Hucclecote Stars 57 / Almondsbury 35
Season start saw a neutral venue / central venue for all the teams in the South West England Regional 1 League.
Hucclecote Stars were to play Almondsbury from Bristol so to have to travel all the way down to Paignton to play this fixture was a bit of a blow for both teams !!!
Last time Hucclecote Stars encountered Almondsburywas back in February 2017, a home game resulting in the narrowest of victories to Cote by 1 goal 56/55 an absolutely nail biter of a match played right down to the wire .
Hucclecote’s all new look side this season were sure to be tested by this well drilled side so the pressure was going to be on from the start .
There were only 2 season long players left from the original 2016/17 squad namely Helen Hynes (Captain) and Jane Taylor , although Brooke Vivian did join half way through the year having cut her teeth in Regional 2 Comets before this .
A new coach in Jac Gabriel stepping into Jenna Culley’s shoes as she moves onto a new role coaching at the Severn Stars franchise.
A full time time manager this year to keep the admin and organization in line , although an old hat at this Sarah Taylor “ the wife” will be sure to keep the T’s crossed and dot all the I’s and kick a few
!?!?”s if needed
Back to the game in hand after a good warm up and team talk we were soon down to business ,starting 7 were GS=Beth Gabriel, GA=Jane Taylor, WA=Helen Hynes (captain), C=Felicity ,WD=Bryony
Smith, GD=Isabella Robinson, GK=Meryl Bannister, with 3 keen reserves on the bench Brooke
Vivian , Becky Lewis and coach/ player Jac Gabriel.
The usual frantic first quarter saw both sides making classic ball handling errors whilst they read one anothersplay patterns . Soon Stars settled down and some great shooting by Beth Gabriel saw
Hucclecote get an early lead , by quarter end the score was 16/9 a healthy 7 goal advantage .
Early days and not enough to relax , going into the 2nd quarter no player changes were made so now
everyone new what they were at ,Time to step up a gear and that was exactly what they did with
Felicity controlling the centre court alongside the experience and athletic captain Helen and the
defence trio of Bryony, Izzy and Meryl they ensured the ball kept turning and sent back down court
to the dynamic duo of Beth and Jane who now owned the shooting “D” struggling to miss !. A great
quarter took Hucclecote into a 21 goal lead at half time 37/16.
Coach Gabriel made a few changes for the 3rd bringing on fresh legs and a chance to see players in different positions . Brooke Vivian took the GS bib and Beth Gabriel came out to stretch her legs at
GA, Jane gave Helen a well earned 15 minute break at WA, Bryony moved to GD giving the WD to
Becky, Izzy dropped back to GK , so the only unchanged position on the court was the king pin at
centre Felicity ( Flick ).
Almondsbury hadn’t made too many changes so players were able to read the play patterns from
earlier ,Hucclecote took a while to settle down given so many changes and things were not working
quite as slick.
Helen the captains absence on court was noticeable and although Stars went on to win the quarter this time it was only by 2 goals . Holding onto a healthy lead of 23 goals now the score was 47/24.
Last quarter saw Coach Gabriel re-shuffle the playing pack again with players also being changed during the game time , this was to enable her to get a better understanding of what the players were
capable of for future matches .
During all these changes Almondsbury fought back hard and went on to win this quarter by 1 goal, so
they had a moral victory all be it a little late as the damage had really been carried out by Hucclecote
in the 2nd .
Every Player got game play and a 57/35 victory had been achieved
Oppositions Player of the match – Beth Gabriel
Beth Gabriel, Jane Taylor, Helen Hynes (capatain), Felicity Elvidge, Bryony Smith,
Isabella Robinson, Meryl Bannister, Brooke Vivian, Becky Lewis, Jac Gabriel
Coach – Jac Gabriel
Manager – Sarah Taylor
Photographer – Andrew Taylor