SAPPHIRES MATCH REPORTS
Sapphires travelled to Street on Saturday to take on 4th in the table, Avalon. Sapphires were keen to continue their winning streak and with a new line up, went hard from the first whistle. Laura Coombes (WA) and Karis Holleron (C) were able to create some great spaces in the centre court, and with dynamic movement from Carly Langdon (GA) and Michelle Jenkins (GS), they were able to feed the ball into the circle with ease.
The shooters shot consistently through the game, which helped Sapphires lead from the start. Sapphires continued to pull away throughout the game, and with well timed interceptions from the defence Tilly Milburn (GK), Kerry Clark (GD) and Carly Martin (WD) they widened their lead to 12 going into the final quarter.
Sapphires had worked hard and tiredness set in during the final quarter, which allowed Avalon an opportunity to fight back. However Sapphires were able to hold on to the lead, and won the game 48-46. Player of the match, Carly Martin.
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Sapphires played Quantock from Taunton NC, and were faced with tough opposition from the start. Excellent movement from Sapphires GA Helen Martin, working the ball into the circle with teammate Laura Coombes at WA, and Carly Langdon at GS, Sapphires took a slight lead 9-7 at the first quarter whistle. Quantock however, did not roll over, and despite strong defensive play from Tilly Milburn at GD and Nic Hale at GK, Quantock moved into the lead 23-17. A change of positions for the second half changed Sapphires approach to the game. Kirsty Richards moved to Centre and Carly Martin to WD and this combination forced Quantock to make more errors. Justine Pearn playing at GS, shot some great shots and slowly brought the scoreline level with all to play for in the last five minutes. Great team work from all, and encouragement from spectators, helped #sapphires4prem to win the match 42-37 umpire player Carly Martin and player of the match Nic Hale
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Sapphires had a strong start to the match resulting in a lead that was continuous throughout all 4 quarters. Hard work from all players on the court to get the ball down to the attacking end enabled Sapphires shooters Nic Hale (GS) and Helen Martin (GA) to successfully score many goals, and at times be very quick on rebounds to convert them into more goals. Towards the end of the game, Sapphires kept a strong and promising lead with a non stop fight from all players, although at times it may have been a struggle to get the ball out of the defensive end, but with hard work and patience from Kerry Clark (GD) Carly Martin (WD) and Karis Holleron (C), the team worked together to get the ball down the court and into the shooting circle. Sapphires finished the game with a very well deserved win of 47-37, meaning Sapphires remain undefeated. UPOM went to Kerry Clark and Tilly Milburn. POM went to Tilly Milburn.
Sapphires started slowly against Harlequins, but lead the game all the way through. Once the team settled Sapphires attack looked good with Helen Martin and Carly Langdon putting their shots away. Karis Holleron controlled the game at centre and with some great play by Carly Martin and Steph Gibson, Sapphires extended their lead. Going into the last quarter Emily Rossiter made some excellent interceptions with the support of Nicola Hale GK. Sapphires won the game 46 - 23. Player of the match Helen Martin and Umpires Player Helen Martin and Nicola Hale. Sapphires have started the season strongly and are undefeated in their 4th game of the season .
Sapphires had a fantastic start to the season, with all players determined to go out strongly for their first game. Sapphires utilised their speed and agility in attack, with players Helen Martin (GA) and Karis Holleron (C) driving into some effective spaces to pass the ball quickly down court. Steph Gibson (WA) had great vision when passing into the attacking circle, meaning that Nic Hale (GS) could successfully convert goals from under the post. Sapphires maintained their lead throughout the game, and effective defending from Carly Martin (WD), Emily Rossiter (GD) and Tilly Milburn (GK) saw Parkfield make numerous errors, allowing Sapphires to take the ball to their attacking players, who continued to shine. Sapphires finished with their strongest quarter in the 4th, taking a solid victory 71-30. Player of the match and umpires player of the match - Karis Holleron.