Hornets fly back to the top

PUBLISHED: 09:03 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:45 10 June 2010

THERE was a sense of revenge in the air when Hornets met Firebirds after the latter had won the opening game of the season to end what had been a glorious unbeaten run by the Hornets. Adding further spice to the mix was the fact that Firebirds needed to

THERE was a sense of revenge in the air when Hornets met Firebirds after the latter had won the opening game of the season to end what had been a glorious unbeaten run by the Hornets.

Adding further spice to the mix was the fact that Firebirds needed to win the contest to stay top of the table.

Both sides made nervous starts but Hornets found three goals before Firebirds discovered their shooting hands to quickly restore parity and the first quarter continued in similar vein, ending with Hornets marginally ahead.

In the second quarter Hornets stepped up a gear and their determination shone through with many rebounds being picked up by defenders Sarah Harris and Louise Passmore and thrown back down court, feeding the two shooters, Jacqui Rice and Helen Chester.

Once again Hornets' great teamwork was displayed with excellent use of the court, making it very difficult for Firebirds to really get into the game and this proved beneficial to Hornets who reached the half way point leading 32-20.

The third quarter once again proved to be better for Hornets.

New signing Nicky Field slotted into the position of wing attack like she had played with the team for years and her feeding around the shooting circle and teaming up with centre Di Smale, was fantastic.

Firebirds' defenders were kept busy as the Hornets 'shooter displayed clinical finishing skills.

In the final quarter Firebirds made several more changes and this unfortunately did not help things for them as Hornets seized upon any loose ball and punished it with a score.

The final whistle arrived with Hornets emphatic 65-32 winers.

Both teams agreed the match was superbly officiated by the two umpires, Pam Taylor and Zoe Allars.

The respective Players of the Match were, for Hornets, wing defence Jeanette Dale and, for Firebirds, centre Amy Reynolds.

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