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Comets played yet again in the blinding winter sunshine where everyone looked the same in silhouette!!!
Comets started the first quarter really strong and took the lead over Jags 12-7, Excellent feeds into Barb and Nicky into shooting circle and great conversions.
The 2nd quarter saw Jags more settled and with a little more ‘fight’ and good conversions by their GA saw Comets come to the end of Q1 with only a 2 goal lead.
Change of positions to mix it up and confuse our opposition with Julia and Caryn swapping positions (C/WA) – Comets dug deep and with Julie and Shelly trying to intercept balls into a very tall GS – Comets managed to hold onto to the 2 goal lead – 25-23.
Final quarter and both teams came out fighting – attack were fearless against a very physical Jags defence kept their eye focussed on that net. Possession was the aim of the game and best timed interceptions by our Celia – it felt like the longest 15 mins EVER and on the final whistle Comets WON by 2! Final score was 29-27 and to be fair it was a real team effort today and everyone deserved POM but Nicky was the winner. Well played ladies – most excellent win.
Jags started well with great pressure from defence allowing us to take an early lead of 8-2 against Dunstable Diamonds.
In the second quarter Laura came on for Vicki in centre and Jags centre court players continued to play really well with some fantastic interceptions from Gillian sending the ball back up court. 15-3 to Jags.
In the 3rd quarter Chris and gemma really found their feet with some great balls in from Sarah and nice movement in the D there were plenty of goals: 26-7 to Jags.
In the last quarter everyone was tiring somewhat but Suzanne in GD was still flying, intercepting nearly every ball. and Jaguars finished the match with a very positive result – 36 to 12.
A great match despite the bitter cold, and Dunstable Diamonds were a really nice team to play.
PoM – Gillian
Jags had a positive start taking a 3-0 early lead with Gemma and Kate shooting. A-Line then got into the game and their shooting improved, finishing ahead at the end of the 1st quarter 6-9
Chris came on for Jags as GS but A-Line had settled their game and increased their lead to 17-9 at half time.
Some movements for Jags at half time improved their play with Gemma moving to C and Sarah to GA but A-Line’s defence was very talented and made it difficult to get the ball into our circle.
In the last quarter Jane swapped to C, Gemma to WA and with Laura, Suzanne and Tash in defence Jags fought on but struggled to pull back against a well organised team making the final score 34-19
Jags had a great start to the Cup competition and stormed to victory in this first round of the cup. The whole team started well and settled down very quickly into a good rhythm of play.
The shooting combination of Kate and Sarah showed no signs of this being the first game they had played together in the circle, working really well together. While at the other end the defence team of Tash and Suzanne equally had a brilliant start to the game, only letting in two goals in the first quarter, and none in the second. Plus with smooth passing down court byt Laura, Gillian and Vicki, the transition from defence to attack was seamless.
The third quarter saw some scrappy, less impressive play from Jags, however this didn’t stop them capitalising on their strengths and increasing their lead, eventually winning Jaguars 37-7 Black Pearls.
POM Suzanne Taylor.
In the first quarter Jags scored the first two goals of the match. Black Tornadoes came back and pulled away with a substantial lead despite some amazing play by defence. Kate was taking every rebound and Jane keeping the GA out, making it very hard for their attack to produce results.
By the end of the second quarter Jags had lost a few centre pass advantages and had managed only 3 goals. Suzanne made two significant changes and with Chris at GA, Kate GS, Suzanne as GK more goals were scored. Then with Chris back as GS and Kate at GA in the final quarter the full time score was Jags 11 – 26 Tornadoes.
Overall, a tough game with a very tall GD and talented Gk for the opposition. Jags did well to fight back and not give up.
POM: Laura – she not only seemed to be unmarked and kept dodging throughout, she also managed interceptions and supported the less experienced centre court players.
A big thank you to Heather and Madeline from Spitfires for their contribution today as well as playing their own match.
Team: Suzanne, Chris, Kate, Jane, Laura, Heather and Maddie
Sunday saw the Leighton Buzzard club derby of Jags vs Comets in the first game of the season. Jags started the first quarter steadily, finding their feet, with safe passing up court, and some excellent play. Comets seemed to take on the game at full steam, allowing them to take advantage of Jags’ more steady approach – pulling away early on. Although Jags clearly had a height advantage in the shooting circle with Kate Morton as GS, Comets defence worked together excellently to double mark Kate, and effectively play her out of the game. This put more pressure on Suzanne Taylor as GA who rose to the challenge. However, Comets ended the first quarter 13-6 ahead.
Making one change in the second quarter, bringing on Chris Cowland as GS, changed the dynamics of the game for both teams. Comets changed their defence away from double marking allowing Chris to have more space in the circle which she capitalised on with some fantastic precision shooting. Chris and Suzanne worked well together to control that end of the court. Jane Kidney and Tash Rathbone worked tirelessly in defence to keep Comets goals to a minimum. This along with some excellent centre court play from Sarah Harris and Gillian Hicks saw Jags storm the second quarter – being only one goal adrift at half time 21-20 to Comets.
Changes for both teams at half time saw the game change completely. Gemma Tew came on for Jags as WA, and seamlessly fitted into Jags’ flow, and creating space in the centre court and perfect passing into the circle. However, Comets also made changes – notably to their attacking circle – which Jags found hard to break down. The final quarter followed much the same course. The shooting partnership of Myra and Nicky for Comets proved too much for Jags to overcome, and the final scored ended as 49-29 to Comets
Jags put in a fantastic performance, but Comets’ overall experience and strength saw them take the first LB derby of the season.
POM: Chris Cowland.
The first match of the season saw Comets up against their newly promoted Club opponents, Jaguars. Both teams started well with Comets converting more shots than their opposition, ending the first quarter seven goals ahead (13-6). In the second quarter however, Jaguars came back into the match with a vengeance having made a positional change in attack. Comets had to fight hard to maintain their lead and the ended the quarter one goal up with the score 20-19.
Comets made a few positional/tactical changes at half time & after a shaky 5 minutes, they found their rhythm with Nicky (GS) & Myra (GA) converting Comets centre passes into goals. This was supported by good interceptions from Celia (WD) and Julie (GK) enabling Comets to increase their lead by 10 goals (34-24)
With the changed formation, now settled, Comets took control of the final quarter gaining many interceptions in defence. This coupled with great teamwork in attack enabled them to rapidly increase the goal difference by 20 goals finishing the match 49-29. It was a good all round performance by both Club teams, played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere.
Comets POM: Nicky Ward.
Team: Julie(Capt), Nicky, Pat G, Myra, Julia, Anita, Caryn, Shelley, Celia
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