A sunny and cold day greeted both teams for this rearranged December fixture. Despite rigorous warm ups, it was clear that the conditions were going to have a say on the game, as the players from both sides looked frozen whilst waiting on court for the start of the game. From the go Pinks and Chester struggled to find their passing range, resulting in a lot of turnover, yet neither side could take advantage and open up a lead. The first quarter ended with the Pinks ‘blue’ noses marginally in front 4-3. Pinks rotated some players for the second quarter but it did not alter the pattern of the game. Both sides still got a lot of turnover, through passing mistakes, no doubt a result of the numb hands. I don’t think Carole’s sensible advice to keep their hands under their armpits went down too well with the girls….but needs must! Despite a close quarter, Chester took a narrow lead into half time 8-7. With further rotations Pinks found a rhythm in the third quarter and quickly got their ‘dark blue’ noses back in front. The defence worked really hard to shut out Chester, who didn’t shoot a single goal. At the start of the final quarter Pinks had a small lead 11-8, but some slick play by Chester saw them close the gap and open up a one point lead, with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Pinks responded, creating turnover through good pressure, and in the blink of an eye had re-established a two goal lead. Unbelievably, back came Chester who started to find space to play into, and with some clinical shooting they established a two goal advantage with seconds left on the clock. Pinks did close the gap back to one but it was just too late as the final whistle blew to end a nail biting match!
Carole knows what we have to work on, and when it comes to the rematch I am convinced we have the players and talent to beat Chester!
Well done to Chloe Turpin who was chosen as Pink Ladies player of the match by Chester.
Thanks as ever to all parents for their support and well done to the players on securing our place in the U12 CJNL top division!