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Match Report - Team Lightning 11.11.2018
Team Lightning travelled to Poole on 11th November where Aquarians would host them at St David English venue. The match started with a two minutes silence to honour soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars. The silence was especially poignant as it was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Quarter 1 was quick and almost goal for goal in the first few minutes. Aquarians were rattled, however their pace and experience soon shone through and they began their lead. Lightning players made safe and secure passes up the court with some superb feeds into GS (Grace Wilton) and GA (Beth Nancekivell). C (Clare Wilmott) and WA (Becka Manley) worked tirelessly in attack. End of the first quarter score was 16-8 to Aquarians. Changes were made in the 2nd quarter and Michelle Sampson (captain) made some needed changes. Millie Wilton made her debut on court and Jo Nancekivell moved into the GD bib. Play was quick and balls were passed with power, and Titans Lightning worked hard to keep possession. Aquarians defence were strong and balls turned over were quickly scored, despite Amber Manley's phenomenal defence as GK (Player of the Match) and Jo Nancekivell's crucial tips. Aquarians were ahead by over half going into the third quarter with the score line standing as 32-14. Although Lightning players didn't feel the score reflected their play, Aquarians continued to increase their lead finishing the third quarter 30 goals ahead with a score line of 50-20. Titans continued with the momentum they had shown all match in the final quarter and really came into their own. Play was slick and the team helped as they forced some errors from the opposition. Initially, the quarter was goal for goal with both teams becoming increasingly more determined. Lightning's target was to score within half the number of goals, but with fatigue setting in, they failed their goal, and Aquarians lead was too advanced to catch up. The game finished with Aquarians winning 65-27.
Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Jo Nancekivell, Michelle Sampson, Clare Wilmott, Becka Manley, Beth Nancekivell, Grace Wilton, Millie Wilton & Louise Lincoln.