Rockets first game of the season and they were more than ready for it. Following a killer game of killer the second umpire showed up and the team were buoyed to take the court. Lawn took the first couple of goals after a slightly nervy start but Rockets pulled it back, Sian Lawrence back on court at GS sinking the goals confidently.
With a two goal deficit going into the second quarter Rockets knew that every ball mattered and pulled a few well timed intercepts to provide further shooting opportunities. Restricting Lawn’s shooting opps too meant the half time score was 16-14 to Lawn.
Fresh legs in the third quarter saw Courtney Handley make an impact as she turned ball on the edge of the D, the tips were coming out thick and fast and Rockets were on them first. Great defensive pressure resulted in a couple of held ball turnovers and errors in Lawn’s attacking end.
Rockets went all out in the last quarter and persisted for a long 15 minutes with various stoppages. They stepped up the pressure and gained the lead, safe with the ball, further turnovers in all areas of court and gave some accurate balls to the shooters, converting confidently, extending the lead successively. Final score 35-30 to Rockets.
Great team spirit today from Rockets for their first outing on an away game against a team with a very large supportive presence.
SL 17/20, KM 9/12, EH 9/17
Turnovers 21 J and this is the first time that I can say that everyone in the squad turned ball.
Lots of tips, held balls, forced errors too.