After a win last week spirits were high for the match today against Hurst. Copthorne won the toss and had first cen-tre pass. Both teams started the match a little tentatively and struggled to find any rhythm. Copthorne were first to score and this seemed to calm the teams nerves. At the end of the first quarter Copthorne were in the lead 1-0. After a brief team talk and reminding the girls to focus on holding their space, we got off to a good start in the second quarter. We started to work as a team, moving forward for the ball, using the width of the court and passing the ball with accuracy. Jemima, Abigail and Emily linked together to bring the ball down court into shooters Emma and Isabel. With the Hurst defence marking tightly our shooters struggled to get into goal scoring positions within the D. At times speed of play was too quick and as a result we gave away a few passes. With the score 1-1 Copthorne managed to regain their form and scored 2 more goals. At half time the score was 3-1 to Copthorne. Our third quarter was probably our best; our movement on court was fast paced, our passes were accurate and marking was tight. Jemima, Lila and Isabella worked as a cohesive unit in defence giving Hurst very few opportunities to get the ball into their attacking third.
Abigail and Emily worked tirelessly around court combining with the defence to bring the ball down court into shooters Emma and Grace. At the end of the third quarter we had added 3 more goals to our score. In the last quarter Copthorne continued to work well as a team and the ball flowed down the court into the circle. Isabel worked well with Emma in the D and Copthorne scored a further 2 goals. Jemima and Lila were once again excellent in defence working together to intercept and rebound every ball. When the final whistle went it was a win for Copthorne 8-2. A big thank you to the parents who came to support today, you were a huge boost to the girls!
Congratulations to all of the girls who have continued to work hard in training sessions and as a result have improved their game. Well done to Jemima who was voted player of the match.