Hucclecote's opening quarter saw them resume their normal flow of play and they started with real focus and determination against a tough New Cambell side. Rosie Allison was on fire netting 14 out of her 14 shots, and Rosie Barrett took charge at the back against the experienced Lyndsay Armitage taking 3 clear intercepts and 3 tips leading to conversion. The score reflected this with a 15-9 goal lead at the end of the period .
With one change made bringing on Gemma Gray at GA the team found some wonderful long range balls into Allison on a first time basis and intially the first five minutes saw them extend their lead. Gray also netted 5 from 7 on her first debut back in the team for some time. New Cambell also switched Gemma Wiseman from WA to GA , and the ex england player certainly made an impact using her experience both in play around the circle, feeding of Armitage and netting 6/6 herself. Defensively Hucclecote found it difficult to contain but worked hard throughout and still managed as a defence unit, to take 3 steals in this quarter. Hucclecote increased their lead by 1 goal taking the score to 29-22 at half time.
The third quarter saw the old partnership of Beveridge and Gray back on court with Cook to C and Sarah Lee to WD. Whilst movement in attack particuarly by Becky Hemmings opened up opportunity , and the shooting circle demonstrated some slick quick action, Hucclecote were unable to stop the Cambell attacking trio who went on a run putting up 19 shots , their most attempts in the game. The quarter went in Cambells favour taking it 14-10 but still left Hucclecote with a 39-36 goal lead.
With Allison back on to GS for the final quarter, the attack reverted back to how they started. Coach Gilly Salter made changes at the back end to try and stop the Cambell shooting power. Capt. Jackie Gabriel went to GK with Sam Cook moved to GD allowing youngster Lauren Brooks onto WD. This made an instant impact with Gabriel stealing a flyer on Cambells first attack, and Cook taking 2 clear intercepts and 2 tips leading to turnovers.
Hucclecote continued to work the ball through court however error rate crept up allowing any advantage to be reduced which Cambell jumped on and took to goal. Cambell went 1 goal ahead and with 3 minutes to go, Cook called an injury time. With final changes allowing Barrett to re-take the court at GK, moving Gabriel back out to GD and Cook to WD Hucclecote gave it their best shot and even managed to turn posession which Hucclecote sadly couldnt maintain. With 30 seconds left on the clock and 1 goal down Hucclecote made a strong attack through court and in the last remaining seconds Gray netted the final penalty shot awarded to equal the score to 50 goals each.
Whilst a victory should have been in Hucclecote's favour today, credit must be given to a tough and talented Cambell side who never gave up and worked tireslessly to gain the draw result. For Hucclecote Gray and Allison earned joint player of the game netting 81% and 89% respectively.
Squad: R. Allison, O. Beveridge, G. Gray, F. Edwards, B. Hemmings, S Lee, L. Brooks, S. Cook. J. Gabriel (Capt), R. Allison