In the first game back after the Christmas break, met top of the table Roman Glass. A fixture which always proves a tough contest, with the last two meetings ending with winning by just one goal, and this game proved to be no different.
With a depleted squad, due to Brooks and Iffil being moved up to prem saw Hucclecote travel with just 8 players. Having reviewed the first half of the seasonís stats over Christmas, coach Banyard told the Hucclecote girls they needed to turn the ball more in the first quarter and this was their focus for the game.
From the first whistle it was a highly physically contested game, but saw Hucclecote maintain composure and take an early lead. The defensive duo (Richards and Garbett-Roberts) appeared to rattle the Roman Glass shooters and as requested by their coach turned the ball, providing their squad with more possession which travelled through court to their shooters. Hucclecote lead at the break by 3.
With no changes to the line-up Hucclecote continued their form playing some great netball despite a three week break. They did increase their lead to more than three, but at times struggled in the last third to feed the circle and as such remained three up at half time.
The third quarter saw Taylor on to WD, Banyard out to GA and Dowle to GS, while this elevated the problem of getting free at centre passes with Banyard taking a lot of ball, the centre court still struggled to find the shooters at times. Roman Glass had found their form and narrowed the gap, but Hucclecote determined to start this half of this season with a win, dug deep and clawed back their lead to 3 goals.
The final quarter must had been exciting for the side-line and spectators as the game went goal for goal with Banyard and Dowle reverting back to their starting positions GS and GA respectively. Roman Glass went on a succession of goals taking the lead but only briefly as Hucclecote responded taking back the lead. With fatigue kicking in and errors more critical, Hucclecote played some intelligent netball maintaining possession and not forcing ball into the circle. A fantastic squad effort saw Hucclecote emerge victorious 35-30. Coach Banyard was really pleased with the result believing it to be an excellent squad result and good play by all. Another excellent shooting display by Dowle earning her player of the match, where she shot at 80% 33/41.