Opening game sting for Bicton by Wasps

PUBLISHED: 19:14 28 September 2011

Both Wasps and Bicton began their Exmouth Netball league seasons after the long summer break, writes Louise Passmore.

Wasps were hoping to start the season as they finished, having Bicton as their last match of the season in May and coming away winners but with Bicton winning the first centre pass they knew it was going to be a very long uphill struggle.

As the game started Wasps managed to steal possession from Bicton and finished with a goal and for the first quarter managed to hold onto their lead throughout. Once again 15 year old Emily Steer had to step into the wing attack position but showed her maturity by making herself a nuisance for the opposition with accurate passing in and around the shooting area with centre Sasha Williams waiting for the right pass into their shooters.

The second quarter was a better quarter for Bicton as they settled into their game and with new signing, Sandra Wood, as goal attack displayed great communication with goal shooter, Annetted Lord. Wasps defence were under immense pressure but managed to stay calm and talk to each other and the requirement to read each others game was needed on many occasions. Bicton had the better goal scoring opportunities but luckily never threatened the lead.

The third quarter was once again the better quarter for Wasps with goals being scored and the fluidity over the court. Everyone tended to stay within their zones which required a lot of court to be covered and defended by Bicton, although this never seemed to be a problem for their centre, Catherine Killburn, who will fight for every ball until the end! Bicton’s wing attack, Abbie Rickards, kept the game calm around her shooting area and with fabulously accurate passes into her shooters made it extremely hard work for Wasps defenders, Louise Passmore and Sarah Harris. Luckily they were not to be put off and with interceptions being made the ball was fired straight back up court to their shooters with the minimal of passes.

The final quarter showed everyone relax and smiles were actually shown on faces but no one ever gave up and with both teams being so evenly matched the final quarter showed Bicton scoring a further 12 goals to Wasps’ 13 but unfortunately for Bicton this was not enough with Wasps coming out as overall winners with a score of 56 goals to 40.

Players of the match: Wasps goal attack – Jacqui Ditchburn

Bicton wing attacK – Abbie Rickards

WASPS: Helen Chester, Jacqui Rice, Emily Steer, Sasha Williams, Jo Leitch, Sarah Harris, Louise Passmore

BICTON: Annette Lord, Sandra Wood, Abbie Rickards, Catherine Killburn, Kate Wilson, Jo McKenzie, Debbie Hewett, Lorraine Browring

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