Hornets return to action with win

PUBLISHED: 09:43 24 June 2010

Hornets returned to action after a five week break and defeated much improved Bicton 52-40.

HORNETS made a welcome return to the netball court and secured a 52-40 win over Bicton.

Without action for some five weeks it was with some trepidation that the Hornets took to the court to face the much improved Bicton team.

A combination of the rustiness of Hornets and the new found confidence of Bicton saw the latter race into a 10-1 lead within five first quarter minutes!

Hornets did eventually find their feet and played their way back into the contest. The comeback was launched when they stole loose ball, fired it up to their shooting area with speed, and watched Jacqui Rice and Helen Chester working in clinical fashion in front of the goal.

Hornets were back on level terms with five minutes of the first quarter remaining thanks to some serious drive and determination epitomised by defensive duo Louise Passmore and Sarah Harris, centre court players, Jeanette Dale, Di Smale and Lisa Browring and of course the previously mentioned front pair. By the completion of the first quarter, Hornets were two goals ahead.

The second quarter saw Hornets continue in the same vein. They passed the ball around with fast, strong, accurate passes and now it became Bicton’s turn to play catch-up! Both teams played fantastically and mutual supporters on the sidelines said it was a fabulous game to watch. Hornets came away after the second quarter nine goals ahead.

A few changes were made at half time with Hornets wing defence, Jeanette Dale, stepping off court to allow Sasha Williams to join the action. This made no difference to the flow of the game for Hornets as Williams made interceptions at the right time and worked the ball up to her shooting circle. Bicton changed their defence and moved their captain, Catherine Kilburn, to goal defence and Jo McKenzie to goal keeper. With this strong defence Hornets shooters had to slightly adjust their game but fortunately for them this worked and goals were still being fired in.

The final quarter began with Hornets holding an eight goal advantage. The Bicton shooters remained strong and held their positions and once the ball was in their hand a shot was rarely missed. Fortunately for Hornets the bad start they had, did not come back to haunt them and they closed the match out in confident style to win 52-40.

The Players of the Match were Louise Passmore the Hornet’s goal keeper with the Bicton goal attack, Nic Paver gaining the accolade for her side.

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