28 January 2015
- Weekly round up
Super SundayRound up of Super SundaySuper Sunday started with Premier Div1 champions and current leaders Oldham arriving @ Cheltenham College to play Hucclecote Premier. In the first encounter away in Manchester earlier in the season, Oldham dominated and emerged clear winners by a 24 goal margin! This time however, Hucclecote were at full strength and in no mood to `roll over` With the Super league about to launch the next day, a couple of Oldhams `big guns` were not allowed to travel. This worked to Hucclecotes advantage and gave them the confidence they needed to take the game to Oldham! Oldhams talented juniors supported by 3 of their SL squad started strongly and established an early 5 goal lead. Rosie Allison was on top form for Hucclecote, netting 18/19 in the first half cutting the deficit to only 3 by half time.Hucclecote could quite easily have been in the lead at this stage if it had not been for their error rate taking the ball through court. During the next quarter, this improved allowing the score to be retained at a 3 goal deficit. With the crowd cheering them on, Hucclecote found another gear, chipping away at Oldhams slim lead. With 5 mins to go the home team finally took the lead for the first time in the match. Sam Cook at GK was in outstanding form, tipping and intercepting any loose ball into the shooters. The pressure on Oldhams shooters was enormous and showed as they only converted 5 from 9 attempts! With captain Jack Gabriel taking control mid court, urging her team to remain calm and hold onto possession, Hucclecote in a nail biting final couple of minutes hung on to record a notable victory by 2 goals, 42-40. This was Oldhams first defeat of the season but still keeps them top of the table and for Hucclecote the valuable 5 points consolidates their 4th place at this stage. Following this match Hucclecote Stars took the court to take on Team Bath in Regional Div 1.In their first encounter earlier in the season, Stars were victors by a narrow margin. Play was evenly contested for the first half, though Stars did establish a slim lead. With a squad of 12, fresh legs and different styles allowed Stars to forge ahead and they began to dominate throughout the whole court. This is reflected in the final score line of 61-29 in Hucclecotes favour. Stars remain in 2nd place in Reg Div1 with the league leaders still to meet second time round.