Paulton A travelled to Bridgewater on Saturday with mixed emotions after GD, Victoria broke her ankle in the previous match against Sharks and missing the team’s captain, Hayley out for a second week with a back injury. To add the team’s concern they were also missing defenders Charlotte and Josie meaning only four A team players were available. However with the support and enthusiasm of the B Team the club headed to the match confident that they could hold their own against an experienced side.
The first quarter started well for Paulton with Laura, Helen and Becky finding their feet in the premiership match. Ness stepping in at GD also found her bearings connecting well with Becky at GK to keep Saturn at bay allowing Paulton’s attack to match the team goal for goal. The team finally pulled ahead to finish the quarter 10 – 12 to Paulton thanks to some brilliant passes from Debbie and Helen into the circle.
The second quarter started tense with Paulton realising that they could win the match after proving that both teams were evenly matched. The defence continued to work hard as Saturn’s shooters improved their accuracy with Laura at WD providing essential support bringing the ball up court with some great attacking moves. Cheryl and Davina remained cool shooting some fantastic goals despite being under great pressure as the quarter was goal for goal, to win 22 – 23.
At half time the team had fully gelled with Becky, Ness, Laura and Debbie ready to try some defensive set pieces to rattle Saturn’s attack. The team took back to the court with great enthusiasm with everyone rising to the challenge of passing with control and moving with speed as Saturn became more physical as their frustration grew. Helen continued to feed the circle with accuracy at WA while Debbie made brilliant interceptions up and down the court enabling the team to ease ahead 29 – 32.
The final quarter was all to play for with everyone stepping up to the challenge. Ness and Becky worked hard in defence causing the attack to miss time and over throw into the semi circle. This gave Paulton the opportunity to pull further forward with the team upping the tempo of the match and covering all channels of the netball court. Great team work and enthusiasm allowed the team to win 39 – 43, exceeding everyone’s expectations.