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March 9, 2010

6th March 2010

Match report by Julie Snow

Flamstead 35 Vs Haven 37

The game kicked off following a slight delay, on a cold but sunny Saturday morning. It’s safe to say with a couple of people playing out of position it took the team most of the first quarter to warm into the game. Phil had stepped into join Becky in the D as GD, as if she had played there for years, getting tips on many passes being delivered into the D. Up the other end of the court Tracy was playing at GA trying to put Thursday night’s training into practice. The first quarter ended 9-11 in favour of Haven but our fingers had only just warmed up and the rest of the game was to end up being a high scoring affair!

Everybody settled in the second quarter and as a team ,we pulled away to gain a 7 point lead by half time. A combination of good movement down the court through Phil and Wellsy (WD) into the offensive third, with Katie (WA) helping Tracy move the ball around until Sarah (GS) was in a good position and able to take a shot; and a strong defence that rattled the Haven shooters who had previously looked flawless in the first 15. I’m sure at one point I heard Phil telling her GA that she loved her as she pinned her against the post, in anticipation of the rebound!! Myself (Julie) and my C found it funny but I’m not so sure the Haven GA enjoyed seeing us stretch our lead.

Following the break, Haven found their stride again and we began to waste opportunities coming down the court with way-ward passes or a misjudged strength of the cold wind.  Despite seeming to compete, and Tracy getting in on the point scoring action, Haven had chipped away our lead and brought the score back to level at 28 all going into the final quarter. Still with the buzz and sense we could win the game we set into the final 15 with determination. It was a close fought game with goals being exchanged at either end, but any mistake was costly and Haven managed to steal one from our centre pass. Falling one behind the game seemed so close and as we pushed to try to salvage the score line minor errors seemed to widen the gap. Time got the better of us and unfortunately the final score, although more than a goal a minute was not in our favour.

Frustration followed for all, however it had been a good game against opposition who perhaps on another day we would have beaten and beaten well. I’m proud to say that we all walked away with our heads held high and it felt like we had really given Haven a good game.  Next week ladies….. next week!!

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