After a good warm up and a team talk the girls knew that they needed to be on their ‘A’ game if they were to keep their unbeaten record. Emily was captain today and started the afternoon well by winning the toss and choosing first centre pass. The first quarter was tightly contested with both teams being very evenly matched and goals went with centre pass. With the score 3-2 to Copthorne the defence managed to turn over the ball and with some fantastic passing between Beth and Ruby H Copthorne managed to increase their lead to 4-2. At the end of the quarter Mallory had a bad fall hurting her knee and hands but showed true Copthorne character and picked herself up and carried on.
With Mallory all patched up the girls were ready to start the second quarter. Hurst started the stronger and put pressure on Copthorne which led to Copthorne making mistakes. Hurst took advantage of this and scored 3 goals in quick succession. With Hurst now leading Copthorne lost their discipline and started to rush, passes were loose and the whistle went for footwork, obstruction and contact. When the whistle went for half time Hurst were leading 7-5.
After a positive team talk and advice given on keeping passes short to keep possession and working the ball into the circle the girls started the second half with renewed confidence. Copthorne started to work as a team. Mallory and Alayna were superb in defence making it difficult for the opposition to advance the ball. Ruby H, Emily and Beth were quick on court and worked the ball into the circle to shooter Alana. Beth and Alana worked the ball close into the post as they knew that every shot needed to count. At the end of the quarter Copthorne had regained their lead 11-9.
The last quarter was tight with both teams demonstrating some great skills. Copthorne managed to increase their lead and when the final whistle went Copthorne had won 17-14.
Congratulations to Beth who was voted player of the match and a special mention to Mallory who gets my vote for her sheer bravery and determination and outstanding play after a very nasty fall. Well done!