Saturday 21st saw the return of the netball season for Paulton’s Tomahawks who’s first match was away to Knights from Tor. The newly formed squad expected a competitive, contesting match against a team that finished high in the table last season. With this in mind they entered the game focusing on their own team performance to analysis how they had gelled together as a team. Non playing captains Debbie and Victoria had nothing to worry about as from the first whistle Tomahawks came out hard and determined. Great passing throughout the court from both teams set the first quarter up to be fast paced and auctioned packed. As nerves settled for Tomahawks Jade, C and Sarah, WA consistently found sisters, Davina and Darby in the shooting circle who scored with confidence and flare. As the first quarter continued Shelley found her feet at WD slowly taking her opponent out of the game to limit Knights’ attacking play. The first quarter ended very positive with Paulton, trailing 9 – 7.
The second quarter saw the team step on court with extra belief in themselves. The newly formed defence of Cheryl, GD and Kirsty Gk strengthened their partnership in the defending circle, intercepting high balls into the shooters and covering each other with ease. Their dominance linked with Shelley’s ability to read the play ensured that Knight’s attack was forced to work at 100%. Turnovers were quickly moved down the court with long accurate passes from Jade and Sarah to find to shooters Davina and Darby with ease. Excellent team spirit and focused play ensured that Tomahawks continued to pressurise Knights even though they were now pulling away. The second quarter finished 23 – 13.
Unfortunately the match was a game of two half’s with the team losing their momentum as Knights upped their attacking performance and physical presence on court. The girls continued to work hard throughout the second half of the match with Shelley making two phenomenal interceptions either end of the court at C, and Kirsty turning over 5 quick balls into the shooters as her match awareness developed playing in a new division. Unfortunately the team lost 49 – 20 but they walked away in the knowledge that they have a strong team to develop. Great passing strength, accuracy, high fitness and strong team work will set them up for a promising season.
The team would like to thank Jane for umpiring, Andrea and Helen for reserving and their supporters for cheering them on.