Saturday 5th May saw Paulton A take on third in the league Babylon in what was expected to be a tough match. With the full squad back together the team confidently took to the court and settled quickly into the quarter with Hayley and Debbie finding Cheryl at GA and Davina at GS in a closely marked circle to finish the quarter trailing 7 – 11.
After a positive team talk and the first of many rotations, Jess swapped with Charlotte at GK with Laura swapping with Hayley at WA. As the team settled Jess and Victoria worked hard to tip balls away from Babylon’s GS and GA with Ness and Debbie turning the ball to lead Paulton’s attack. Babylon’s defence worked hard to limit Paulton’s circle play but Cheryl and Davina still managed to find space to shoot some fantastic goals keeping the team in contention at half time.
In the third quarter the team took to the court with Hayley at C and Charlotte at GK with the intention of driving forward on to every ball to limit Babylon’s ability to intercept. With both teams working hard and the pace of the match increasing both teams allowed footwork and obstruction to creep in. Despite this Paulton continued to work hard with Charlotte and Victoria securing valuable rebounds with Vanessa limiting the play options of the WA, to reduce Babylon’s lead to 20 – 33.
As the final quarter closed Jess returned as GK with Hayley at WA and Laura at WD. Once again the team defended strongly making interceptions across the court but unfortunately these were matched by a determined Babylon who also defended the space well breaking too quickly for Paulton on the attack. Despite the team playing well and putting into practice new skills learnt at training Babylon proved too strong for Paulton with the team losing 27 – 46.