Hucclecote Prem Squad turned out an impressive performance against Downs from Surrey always looking to have the edge. From the outset of the whistle, Kerry Walsh turned over the first centre pass with her team mates in great support and combined with the attacking line-up created opportunities for Gemma Gray and Olivia Beveridge both converting 90% each during the first quarter. However, Sheila Edwards ex National Player playing at GS also converted well keeping the Downs in contention scoring 13/13 leaving Hucclecote ahead by 18 goals to 14 at the end of the first period.
Rachel Henry's drive and precision feeding into Hucclecotes shooter and interaction with Captain Becky Hemmings enabled them to increase the lead and with Jackie Gabriel, returning from injury at GK turning over 4 clean intercepts Hucclecote kept the pressure on. Down's GD sustained injury with 8 minutes to go and had to contest the game with 6 players until their sub arrived early into the 3rd quarter. This enabled Hucclecote to creep ahead further, although this did upset their rythm for a short period of time. Steph Essex playing without a player to defend helped to tip off 2 balls which Hucclecote converted to goal and left them leading by 34-21 at half time.
Half time saw a re-arranged 1st team line up introducing Amanda Trounce to WA and Sarah Lee to WD. Although defensively Hucclecote gained many possessions, the attacking unit took time to settle and a few unforced errors crept in. Sheila Edwards also moved out to GA and her intelligent play led Downs to score 4 on the trot leading them to draw this quarter 13 each but leaving Hucclecote 47-34 up.
During the final quarter Hucclecote introduced Rosie Barrett at GK who put on an outstanding performance stealing several key interceptions and gaining 3 rebounds. Sarah Lee also turned out an impressive half linking well with Walsh and Barrett to keep the turnover rate up. With Rachel Henry now on at Centre, the combination in attack settled and with Trounce using her speed and urgency through court, gave Hucclecote plenty of opportunity with Gray and Beveridge switching roles in the shooting circle.
With the whistle drawing the game to a close, the result finally rested in Hucclecotes favour with a convincing win 59-42. Overall, Gemma Gray's performance converting 87% added to this , and with the whole squad gaining court time , was a good work out prior to their final match next week v Oaksway at home.
Thanks to Stacey Francis and Sam Perry who travelled and supported the squad .