Hucclecote maintained their winning ways on their first encounter of the second half of the season against Kent at home taking the spoils 52-28. Coach Gilly Salter had intentions to get every player on court having had a long break, and this she was able to do demonstrating the strength and depth within the squad.
With Kerry Walsh out for the season due to an ACL injury, and with Captain Jackie Gabriel still on recovery from injury, the squad was added to by the signing of ex Welsh Interntational and Celtic Superleague Player Sophie Baxter who made her first training session on Tuesday with stalwart Jane Stringer included in the squad in case of further injury.
The first few minutes saw Kent take the advantage and although Hucclecote had opportunity they looked hesitant to let the ball go. However, they soon found their rythm and with Gemma Gray firing on all cylinders, being well supported by the dynamic duo of Becky Hemming and Anna Mayes Hucclecote edged ahead taking the lead 12-8 at the end of the first 15 minute period.
The second quarter saw Rosie Allison switch with Beveridge at GS and although this change unsettled Hucclecote initially, it was Sarah Lee and Sam Cook who turned up the heat tipping and intercepting ball helping them take a 21-15 lead at half time.
With Sophie Baxter making her debut at WA for the 3rd quarter, this saw the old Welsh partnership of Mayes and Baxter together, and although they have not played for some time together this never showed with both players demonstrating some quick release and agile movement through to the circle edge. Young Rosie Allison at GS dominated, and her partnership with Olivia Beveridge showed what they are capable of, and during this period the pair netted 18 out of 21 shots. With Lee once again turning 3 clear intercepts linking well with her unit at the back, Hucclecote extended their lead to 39-23.
Mayes was rested for the last quarter with Becky Hemmings back on at WA moving Baxter to C. Assertive attack and dogged defene kept Hucclecote ahead. Rosie Barrett at GK had an outstanding 15 minutes playing superbly taking flyers, intercepts and rebounds, and with young 17 year old Sam Cook demonstrating great athletisim Hucclecote never looked in doubt of hitting the 50 mark. Sarah Lee's solid performance and consistency of game earned her player of the match although on todays performance every single player contributed to a superb victory of 52-28.
Coach Gilly Salter was delighted for the squad who really have come together well this season with many changes and new players slotting in.
Thanks to Jackie Gabriel, Barb Warburton and Sue Wainwright for their support throughout the day.
Squad: O. Beveridge, G. Gray, R. Allison, B. Hemming (Capt), A. Mayes , S. Baxter, S. Lee (player of the match), S. Cook, J. Stringer, R. Barrett