Hucclecote's first premiership game of the season saw them contest for 3/4 of the game with a new look line up in defence and in the shooting circle and in the majority of the game they gave a good strong display.
A new look line in the shooting circle with Carly Taylor playing a strong positional game alongside the experienced Olivia Beveridge settled quite nicely, with Beveridge netting 7/8 shots in the first quarter at GA. Captain on the day, Becky Vaughan motivated her side well, and the familiar attacking line up of Vaughn at WA and Sarah Adams at C, gave 'Cote' plenty of opportunity.
However it was New Cambell who went on an early run, with some fast paced netball between Morgan-Smith at WA and Wiseman at GS, and although the new unit of Sammi Perry at GD, Cook at WD and Rosie Barrett at Gk worked hard, it was more about bringing the ball out from defence from turnover opportunities and rebounds that Hucclecote lacked in the early stages and found themselves trailing 11-9 in the first 15.
Sticking with the same line-up, Hucclecote worked with dogged determination, and with court conditions that were slippery, Sarah Adams took good control linking defence and attack with Vaughan finding some great feeds in. This quarter saw the Hucclecote defence move up a level with Perry and Barrett 's understanding improving, and not only did they turn more ball, but restricted Cambell to scoring just 6 out of 16 shots. This reflected in the half time score with Hucclecote winning the quarter to take the score to 17 each at half time.
Sam Cook moved to GA for the 2nd half, combining with Beveridge at GS, and the young Lauren Brooks took on the WD bib. and during this phase Hucclecote opened up more opportunities in the shooting circle having 21 attempts during this phase. Cambell also made changes, taking off Woods at GA, moving Wiseman to GA and bringing on Lyndsay Armitage at GS. They too had their most opporutnites putting up 21 shots , and it was a nail-biting quarter that saw play go end to end with Cook scoring an awesome off balance shot that went through the net. The advantage went in Cambells favour taking a 29-28 lead going into the final 15.
Coach Gilly Salter switched Vaughan and Adams to C and WA respectively, and brought on fresh legs in Kayleigh Garbutt Roberts at WD who turned over two clean intercepts making a great debut. Cambell continued to pressurise and with their GS on song netting 9/12, and Wiseman 5/7 in this quarter went on a quick successive run of scoring 5 goals. Hucclecote's changed line up worked tirelessly and although the back trio did manage to turn some ball, 'Cote failed to penetrate through to the shooting circle and eventually lost by 7 goals, 43-36.
Player of the match for a consistent and great return to netball went to Sammi Perry, who demonstrated great understanding at the back, and took control throughout even after having had a year out. The whole squad effort deserves credit, and with Rosie Allison, Gemma Gray and Jack Gabriel all missing , this was a performance to be proud of for their first game so early in the season . Well done !
Thanks to Barb Warburton (Team Manager), Sue Wainwright and Charlotte Olley for supporting the bench throughout.
Squad: Carly Taylor, Olivia Beveridge, Sam Cook, Becky Vaughan (Capt), Sarah Adams, Lauren Brooks, Kayleigh Garbutt-Roberts, Sammi Perry, Rosie Barrett.