Injuries strike Comets as Hornets win again
PUBLISHED: 14:12 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:12 29 June 2010
HORNETS went into their meeting with Comets knowing it was a must win if they were to maintain their challenge for the title, writes Louis Passmore.
Hornets won the first centre pass and this followed with a goal. They then quickly stole the ball from Comets centre and again fired the ball up court and with precision passing by centre, Di Smale and wing attack, Jeanette Dale the ball ended in the net again.
Unfortunately for Comets they were handicapped with the absence of their regular goal attack, Pam Taylor and had regular goal shooter, Tracey Cartwright, playing with a shoulder injury that hampered her ability to move with her renowned fleet footedness. Recent signing Jo Leach was tasked with playing the goal attack role.
The first quarter ended with Hornets in front by 12 goals to 6.
The second quarter pretty much mirrored the first with Hornets stealing many rebounds from Comet’s goal area and Hornets shooters finding the ball back in their hands after some fast, furious passes by their centre court players. Movement on court by both teams was fabulous and a credit to watch and not once did either team hold back which made the game all the more exciting with so much riding on it.
At half time there was more trouble on the injury front for the Comets as their goal shooter injured and goal keeper, Ali Moxey, stepped into the role.
Hornets made changes, dropping their centre to the wing defence position and bringing on Sasha Williams into the centre position.
The third quarter saw Hornets score a further 15 goals but, to their credit, Comets never stopped giving their all and their attitude played a bog part in this being a great spectacle.
Ali Moxey showed a great ability to get shots in and score goals, difficult angles in the area.
The game ended seven minutes early after Comets’ Jo Leach clashed with a Hornets player, twisted her ankle and unfortunately couldn’t carry on leaving Hornets 47-20 winners.
The respective Players of the Match were, for Hornets, goal shooter, Helen Chester and for Comets it was goal defence, Yvonne Sparkes.