Spears travelled to Glastonbury for the first game of the season. With a new look squad following selections back in June the side was understandably nervous and knew the game was going to be a battle.
Starting strong Spears displayed excellent movement and controlled passing to keep the quarter goal for goal in for the first 10 minutes, Avalon however gelled quickly with the GS keeping up a 100% accuracy rating ensuring the Spears defence had to work hard, the home team pulled ahead 8 – 14.
Making the most of having a rotational squad Spears brought on fresh legs in defence with Amy on at GK allowing Kelly to move to WD; this shake up unsteadied Avalon. Spears however failed to capitalise on rushed passing by the home side and allowed Avalon to pull further ahead 34 – 12.
After a rousing half time talk Paulton took to the court with new determination with fantastic centre court play by Ruby, Shelley and Elizabeth. The ball was quickly sent into the awaiting shooters. However with 7 minutes of the quarter left injury time was called with Milly at GA down with a rapidly swelling ankle. As a result a nervous Kim put on the GS bib. The quarter closed 47-17.
The final quarter saw a revival of the Spears spirit with Helen at GA working hard to win the ball; linking with her inexperienced GS the two surprised the Avalon defensive pairing to repeat the score line of the first quarter scoring 8 goals to Avalons 14. Despite the score line the squad left the court with smiles on their faces. Avalon took the win 61 – 25.
Thank you to Victoria for umpiring and to the loud support of Andrea, Jack and Hayley.
Player of the match = Amy Players Player = Kim
Next Match = Reckleford v Spears 19/09/2019 @ 13:30