Paulton Tomahawks traveled to Taunton for their first match of the season against Saturn. Following the long summer break the team were anxious to make a good start and took to the court in a positive mood determined to take home a win.
Hawks started the match strongly settling into the game quickly and confidently. Following several successful turnovers in the midcourt an early lead of 5-2 was established. However, Saturn started to get into their rhythm and the game returned to a more even keel. The Bridgwater team seemed to grow in confidence as the quarter progressed, capturing any rebounded shots from the Paulton shooting circle and then capitalising with a goal at their end. The quarter finished with Saturn taking a 5 goal lead into the break. Hawks 8, Saturn 13. A switch to the Paulton shooters was made at the start of the second quarter with Davina replacing sister Darby at GS. This change seemed to unsettle the Saturn defence who struggled to deal with the interaction between the two Paulton shooters. Together with Jade and Caron, who were feeing the circle excellently with some quick passing, Paulton were able to pull back four goals and finished the quarter strongly, leaving Saturn to only take a one goal lead into the half-time break. Hawks 18, Saturn 19. Hawks returned to the court determined to keep up the momentum they had generated at the end of the previous quarter. However, following a change at WA, it was a shaky start and Saturn piled on the pressure with some good interceptions from their defensive pairing. But Paulton held their nerve and showed some great discipline, marking tight across the court. Some strong defensive work from Victoria, Laura and Kirsty meant that Saturn were unable to feed their shooters and turnovers were quickly taken back down the court to Cheryl and Davina, who were continuing to work well together and finding the net with ease. The quarter ended with Hawks taking a well deserved two goal lead. Hawks 28, Saturn 26. The final quarter saw the Paulton team return to the court determined to retain the lead and take home a win. Some steady and controlled play ensured that Hawks retained possession of the ball, preventing Saturn having any chance of pulling back the lead. A great collective team effort meant that Hawks were able to extend their lead by one goal and leave the court as the victors. Hawks 37, Saturn 34. Player of the match was Cheryl. Thanks to Kim, Amy, Tanya and Dave for travelling down and supporting. Hawks would also like to congratulate Hazel, Helen and Shelley for passing their umpiring assessments.