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Match Report - Team Thunder 23.9.18
Sunday 23rd Sept 2018 - Team Thunder faced Cornwall Storm in their first South West Regional Division Three match of the season. Storm started strongly and took a six goal lead, but Thunder fought back with great shooting from Louise Lathwell and good defensive rebounds from Kiara Clarke, to enter the first quarter bread 13-15 down. The line up remained the same for the 2nd quarter and Katrina Venner and Lathwell were definitely felling the force of the Storm, but patient play kept them in it. The score at half time was 24-27 down.
Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend arrived and took her place in the shooting circle, whilst Katrina Venner went back to join Paula Young in defence. The opponents play was disrupted into the circle, but unfortunately Lathwell lost her shooting range, only netting one goal that quarter, preventing Thunder from capitalising. Lucy Burnett and Nicole Lathwell worked the ball continuously and so only lost that quarter by 2 goals, coming in 30-35 down. In the final quarter Storm pulled ahead. Abbie Plucknett was steady in attack and Paula Young was on fire, but Thunder couldn't quite keep possession, or penetrate their defence and lost that quarter by 7 goals, to lose the match 49-37.
Player of the match plaudits went to Rowan Fitzsimmons by the opponents. They were so impressed with Rowan's improvement from when they faced her last season. Titans nominated Lucy Burnett as their Player of the Match. Although not the result we hoped for, there were lots of encouraging parts.
Team Line up: Louise Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend, Katrina Venner, Abbie Plucknett, Nicole Lathwell, Lucy Burnett, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Paula Young & Kiara Clarke.