Wasps down Firebirds with fine all-round display
PUBLISHED: 08:27 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:27 16 May 2013
Wasps 66, Firebirds 33
Wasps completed the double over Firebirds with a comprehensive victory.
This clash was different to the first encounter in as much as both sides had player who had missed the previous game owing to having babies!
Despite Wasps winning the toss Firebirds quickly showed their intent with a well timed challenge from GD Becka Green.
Unfortunately for them it did not reach the hands of their shooters and Wasps set up a clinical counter to get quick ball to shooters Nicola Field and Helen Chester.
This trend followed for Wasps who found themselves 8-0 in front within minutes, but Firebirds came back into the game and the first quarter ended with Wasps leading 16-7.
The second quarter saw the introduction for Wasps of Sasha Podbery at wing attack. This enabled Wasps to produce even faster play from which they extended their lead.
stepping into the wing attack position. This displayed more impressive play from Wasps enabling them to extend their lead. With defensive duo, GK Louise Passmore and GD Millie Cooper dealing effectively with the best that Firebirds had to offer it led to more goals for Wasps. WD Gemma Downing made some great interceptions which were duly worked down the court by centre Claire Gresham and WA Podbery. More consistent shooting from Helen Chester coupled with some great support play in the circle by GA Nicola Field increased Wasps lead to 33-12 at half time.
At the start of the third quarter, Podbery moved to centre with Jeanette Dale introduced to the AW berth.
Once again the Wasps industry at both ends of the court was impressive and they reached the end of the third quarter with a 51-23 lead.
No changes were made for either team at the start of the final quarter. Firebirds, to their credit, kept plugging away and were rewarded for their honest endeavours with another ten goals, but it was wasps who applied a polished finish to proceedings to seal an impressive victory.
With such a fantastic team performance both umpires were spoilt for choice for a Player of the Match, but in recognition of some superb support play it was given to Wasps WD Gemma Downing and Firebirds’ GS Lizzie Mayne.
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