Abbey v vipers 19/09/2016

Following promotion from the second division last season, Vipers jumped 2 divisions in a newly organised Somerset League in their first match of the season against Abbey, an established team from Glastonbury.

Vipers went into the game with no illusions that the match would be a hard battle and take great mental confidence to show Abbey that they deserved their place in this division. The newly formed rotational squad, starting with Helen, Zoe, Hayley, Debbie, Vanessa, Andrea and Becky went out strong from the first whistle. The home side Abbey were surprised by the strength of the Paulton squad, ending the first quarter with Abbey only just leading 8-6. Unfortunately GA Zoe had to go off for injury in the first quarter. With a small reshuffle within the team Kristie came on at WD.
Determined to keep up their intensity and force Abbey to work hard, Vipers moved the ball around the court well, intercepting and turning the ball over to their advantage. Abbey held their lead, with the score line not reflecting how hard the Vipers squad had worked in the second quarter ending 21-14 in Abbey’s favour.
Going into the third quarter the defensive duo, Becky and Andrea rebounded some missed shots by Abbey, sending the ball back up the court through Hayley and Debbie, for Vanessa and Helen to convert. 33-23 Abbey.
On one of the warmest days in September Vipers took to the last quarter knowing their fitness and determination would need to be at its highest level to see out the last 15 minutes of the match. Kristie made a beautifully timed 2 handed interception, Helen and Vanessa putting up some pressure shots, Becky and Andrea continued to work hard and force the Abbey shooters out from under the posts, and Hayely and Debbie kept up the work rate until the final whistle. Vipers left the court scoring points in this new division and proud of their performance. Final score 33-45.
Man of the Match and Players player Hayley Warren.

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