Challengers Rockets v Poole 15/10/17
Previous meetings with Poole B had both been close; we drew the first and lost the second by 2 so this game was always going to be tough.
The first quarter started well and it was goal for goal for the first 8 minutes, it was only towards the end of the quarter that Poole pulled away. Pleased to see more defensive pressure from the attacking end, turning two balls in the first quarter with a quick set up. Rockets let Poole capitalise on a couple of unforced errors at the beginning of the second quarter and were soon 7 goals down. Spurred on by a couple of intercepts that allowed us to convert Rockets had a scoring run and pulled the score back to 15-17, winning the second quarter by two goals. Two clean intercepts from Becca, two from Courtney, one from Viki and one from Chloe definitely contributing to the score line.
A strong Poole defence closed us down in the third quarter, it was hard to get the ball into our shooting circle and despite some patient and supporting team work we just didn’t get as many shooting opportunities as we needed. Defensively we were still turning ball, Courtney, Becca and Viki pressuring the attack into unforced errors and taking intercepts
Going into the final quarter 9 goals down meant that Rockets had to work hard to minimise the deficit. Hannah Pegrum to Centre gave fresh legs to a tired team. Rockets continued to push Poole but just didn’t have enough left to close the gap. Final score 42-27 to Poole.
Squad; Sian, Emme, Kate, Megan, Chloe, Courtney, Becca E, Viki, Hannah.
SL 3/4, 6/7, 5/5, 3/6=17/22,
EH 0/3, 3/5, 0/2=3/10,
KM 3/3, 4/5=7/8.
Opposition POM Megan Walker
Players POM Courtney Handley.