Pearlfinders vs Belles of the Ball

Pearlfinders vs Belles of the Ball

I'd like to start off this week's report by setting a few things straight. The girl's have had a lot of stick from many for not securing a win (spoiler alert), but in every other way we smashed it.

On a day that even macs were powerless against water, we had to muster up a lot of strength to cope with one of the toughest games of the season. Belles of the Ball were entering the match from the very top of the leaderboard, with us down in fourth place. The Pearlfinders team was sadly one player short, plus due to complications caused by Noah and his Ark, we started 5 minutes late costing us 5 goals in the process... Shout out to the unbelievably harsh refs for their ruling here.

In our penultimate week we were gelling perfectly as a team, making slick passes between each other and judging free space incredibly well - especially considering we had one less player to pass to. Our shooting team were a comfortably higher success rate than the Belles and our interceptions were a lot more regular. Alas, our player down meant that the other team's WA was always without a defender - making it a lot easier for them to translate their interceptions into shots.

Kitty and Ainslie - as previously nicknamed "the mid-court ninjas" - continued to live up to their names and were anywhere and everywhere as soon as the ball was in our possession. At one point, a jump Kitty made drew parallels with Michael Jordan's jump at the end of Space Jam. (Whether this will be replicated by LeBron in the re-make, only time will tell). 

As we went into Q4, we knew there was too much to do to claw it back, but we went out in style. From Emily's abilty to outrun her defender to always find free space in the shooting circle, to Ainslie's sneaky but effective bounce-passes, it's safe to say we made the Belles a bit embarrassed that the final score was only 8-15 (or 8-10 if we're counting the goals that were wrongfully stripped from us).

Villain of the piece: Goes to Emily this week, who threw a ball at the back of my head as the final whistle blew. This may have been revenge for a similar thing I did to her a few weeks back...

Woman of the match: Goes to Ainslie, who smashed it in defense for half the match, despite it not being her usual position. 

NEXT WEEK - The playoffs! We'll be on at 7pm for our final match against King Prawns (who we comfortably won against last time 18-2) 


Pearlfinders vs DeepMind

Pearlfinders vs DeepMind

With a scorecard of two losses and a win, the team was determined to even things up this week with a victory. But, the drops of rain that fell from the sky around about the time of the first whistle did put a bit of a dampener on our hopefulness.

The first quarter saw high possession on our side, with interceptions coming thick and fast from the likes of Ainslie and Kitty (a.k.a, the mid-court ninjas). Unfortunately, we were unable to convert the early chances we had into goals due to the rain, probably. While missed shots occured on both sides, it was our opposition that was able to dig deep and secure that all important first goal, but there was much more still to come.

As the heavens opened up further, (and we conceded a few more balls into the rival net) we knew we had to begin our comeback story. A few changes in attack and defense positions saw an increase in our netting percentage and GS Emily succeeded in winning multiple rebounds from the net and turning them into points. If you looked really closely, you were able to see tangible fear mounting in the enemy's eyes - mainly due to the fact that it was pissing it down and the court was actually getting dangerously slippery. 

We started quarter four 7-4 to the minders of the deep - there was still sufficient work to be done. But we were determined, and as the minutes ticked by, we brought the score up to a nail-biting 8-7. We had about one minute and at least a few more chances. And they came. With about 20 seconds to go, Emily positioned herself in the circle and threw her hands in the air like she genuinely cared a bit. GOAL! The match finished 8-8, and although it wasn't the win we had hoped for, it was still a definite victory.

Villain of the piece - This week it has to be the ref, who made pretty much every girl file down their nails before they were allowed to play. 

Woman of the Match - While everyone dug deep, this week the title goes to Kitty, who, at one point, i'm pretty sure jumped the equivalent of her own height to intercept a pass. 

Next Wednesday we play Jammy Dodgers at 7pm! Let's hope their name doesn't live up to their reputation... 

Pearlfinders vs Wonderwomen

Pearlfinders vs Wonderwomen

Following last week’s warm up match, yesterday’s game got off to a slow and ominous start. After the first quarter we were drawing 0-0, which although unheard of in the sport, reflected our strong defensive efforts.

By the third quarter, our attack was a force to be reckoned with and shots on goal turned into scores on the board. Heading into the last we were working well together and carried the momentum from our slight lead to take the match from the opposition.

We stormed ahead to a 7-3 win in the last few minutes of the game. Huge celebrations ensued after our first win of the season, although admittedly it was an uncharacteristically low-scoring match. 

Player of the match – Everyone played a vital part in the win, after all there is no one man band in Netball. However special mention to Emily who scored some crackers despite underhand tactics by the opposition who failed to put her off her game. Player of the match has to go to Katy though who made some flying interceptions as GK and only let 3 goals slip past her.

Villain of the piece - Undoubtedly and without hesitation this goes to Lisa who was playing so aggressively that she nearly gauged the GD’s eye out, who collapsed to the floor with her head in her hands. We did try to see if she was OK but she refused to speak to us (bitter in defeat) however for those concerned, I do believe she has made a full recovery. 

Next Wednesday we play Saints, who unlike their footballing namesakes are top of the league...

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