A depleted Hurricanes took time to settle during the first quarter, with Kate Nicholls taking the GA bib in the absence of Nicky Guest & Pollyanna Banyard. During the 2nd & 3rd quarters, Hurricanes totally dominated Challengers, netting 30 goals to the oppositions 9.
The combination of Liz Ashmead & Hannah Leger in the defence circle was outstanding, with the pair turning ball, rebounding & denying the Challengers shooters of many opportunities. Both Laura Mitchinson & Arnie Brown at WD closed down the WA which resulted in disrupting Challengers attack. Sarah Amey linked the attack well, moving the ball through court at speed & with Hayley Mortimer controlling the circle edge, both shooters were able to work the ball into their preferred position. Kate Nicholls playing at GA for the first time in 2 years, took a little time to gain her confidence to put the shots up, but once she began converting there was no stopping her! With shooting stats of 20/25 & GS Michelle Dowle netting 22/35, the result was never in doubt. Challengers meanwhile only put 30 attempts up, which is a reflection of the defensive work from the whole squad and the number of errors they forced.