The first quarter started rather erratically with both teams passing the ball too hastily and giving away possession all too often. Russell House settled into their game more quickly than Granville, yet we held off some strong attacking play to end with both teams having scored one goal each.
The second quarter saw Granville settle and they began to play with greater flow and more accuracy in their passing. Both teams had plenty of opportunity to score, however we were strong in defence forcing Russell House to miss some good shooting opportunities. The quarter ended with Russell House just edging ahead by three goals to Granville’s two.
Granville began the third quarter with a sense of increased urgency and we really lifted our game to play some good quality netball. The ball was passed with greater efficiency up the court and we were able to get the ball into our attacking area where our shooters were on form and four excellent goals were scored in quick succession. The score now levelled at six goals each.
With everything to play for, the final quarter was played with heightened tension. Both teams had opportunities and both were equal in their quality of play. The game could easily have gone either way however, Russell House held their nerve to score two additional goals in the last few minutes of the game.
Overall, a really closely contested game.
Final Score… Russell House 8 Granville 6
Both teams took to the court with enthusiasm, and from the start, Granville fought for every ball and intercepted well. Louisa and Scarlett were all over the centre area, and passed the ball nicely to get the ball to our shooters. Emma H scored a lovely goal to put us in the lead. Heather worked hard in the attacking end, and fed some good balls in to the shooter. We had lots of tries at scoring in the middle part of the match, and finally, another shot from Emma H went in to extend our lead by 2 goals to nil at half time.
Russell House put more pressure on us following their half time talk. Lucy and Ava had more to do, but worked hard to make it difficult for the opposition to get near to their post. Charlotte P and Anika also had plenty to do in various positions, and good passing led to Emma being able to score another goal in the final quarter. Well done team on a good win.
Final Score… Granville 3 Russell House 0