Chester and Howe show Revels no mercy as the Hornets continue to buzz
PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010
NETBALL: AFTER the previous week s fabulous victory over the current champions, Hornets turned their attentions to claiming more points in pursuit of that top crown.
NETBALL: AFTER the previous week's fabulous victory over the current champions, Hornets turned their attentions to claiming more points in pursuit of that top crown.
With regular goal shooter Lisa Cull unavailable, Hornets proved their squad has the resources to challenge for honours and, having won the opening centre pass, Hornets struck an early blow and never looked back.
Revels fought exceptionally hard to keep possession but Hornets were making interceptions all over the court and completed the first quarter with an advantage of 20-4.
It was in the second quarter that the Hornets produced some excellent play. Defensive duo Louise Passmore and Sarah Harris were gathering every loose ball and feeding the very agile centre court combination of Kate McManus, Sasha Williams and Lisa Browring, who in turn were feeding the two shooters, Helen Chester and Andrea Howe.
The top two rarely missed a shot all game long and at the half way mark Hornets had powered into a 39-6 lead.
The third quarter saw Revells begin to enjoy some healthy possession and, as a result of their collective energy, and perhaps owing to some complacency in the Hornets' ranks, shooters Sam Gray and Sam Townsend were able to score a number of goals.
In the final quarter Revells switched WA Sue Myers into the shooting circle but this did not daunt Passmore and Harris who seized eagerly on any rebound and quickly launched it forward for the shooters to net at the other end and Hornets finished the game 72 - 15 winners.
Yvonne Malcolm, later named player of the match, and Karfen Squire were oustanding for Revels in the face of the lethally accurate Hornets' shooters and Louise Passmore earns the star player's plaudits for the winners.
But the biggest winner of all was the game of netball for this was a well contested, but fairly fought, match.