Paulton Tomahawks were at home to Wyndham on a very wet Saturday morning. The last time the teams met was a closely fought affair with Wyndham winning by just one goal, so Tomahawks were out for revenge and to add a much needed 5 points to the table.
As the whistle sounded starting the match the heavens opened and the game began. It was the visiting team who settled into their rhythm quickest, catching Hawks out with some neat interplay across the mid court. However, the home side started to acclimatise to the rainy conditions with Shelley and Jade linking well to feed the ball into the circle. The remainder of the quarter went goal for goal with Wyndham taking a two goal lead into the break. Hawks 8, Wyndham 10.
With the rain getting heavier the two teams returned to the court for the second quarter and it was clear that both were struggling with the conditions. But that didn’t deter anyone and every loose ball was chased down with both teams desperate to record a win. Darby and Davina in the circle were both being marked closely by the Yeovil defence and netting the ball was doubly hard with the rain lashing down. But the two shooters were working well together, moving the ball across the circle and working their way into a great shooting position. The Wyndham attack were also doing well, with the high lofted ball into their GS getting the better of Kirsty at GK most of the time. This meant that the scores stayed level at the end of the first half. Hawks 15, Wyndham 17.
The second half of the match started with the home team scoring two goals in quick succession to level the scores. Wyndham were finding it hard to find their attack from the centre passes with Laura and Victoria working hard in defence to limit their options and turning over the ball on several occasions. The team from Yeovil were also struggling to find their shooters with Kirsty marking the GS closely to prevent the high passes that Wyndham were favouring earlier on in the game. But with their defence working hard the visiting team were preventing Hawks from scoring and pulling away with the quarter ending only one goal to the good of the home team. Hawks 28, Wyndham 27.
Hawks took to the court for the final quarter determined to close out the game and end it with a home win. However, a drop in concentration enabled the visitors to pull back a few goals and take a one goal lead after the first five minutes. To their credit Hawks regrouped, forcing Wyndham to make reckless passes that were intercepted and sent back down the court and into the Paulton goal. And it was that strong team spirit that enabled Hawks to continue to battle for every ball ensuring a much deserved victory. Hawks 38, Wyndham 36.
Player of the match was Davina Neil. Players player was Darby Neil. Thanks to all the supporters who braved the terrible conditions to cheer us on and to Zoe for reserving.