Today saw another away game for the regional team. This time the opponents were Swan who have been struggling to find form of late. Rushmoor started at blistering pace, quickly gaining a 9-1 lead. Some great turn overs and steady attacking play resulted in a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with Rushmoor continuing to dominate play, at one point extending the lead to 10 goals. Swan tried hard to get back into the game but found it difficult to get past the tight defence of Rushmoor. Half time saw Rushmoor maintain their lead, however an injection of pace/fresh legs was needed to try and pull away from the opposition.
The third quarter saw changes in the defensive and attacking circles as well as centre court. Again showing the versatility of the squad this year. However the second half saw a switch in dominance with Swans GA being almost unplayable at times and controlling the majority of the play (earning her rushmoors vote for their player of the match). Unforced errors crept in and coupled with the confidence of Swan meant the 3rd quarter ended all square at 38-38.
With the difficult job of being player coaches today due to unforeseen circumstances, captain and vice captain made the call to change the line up once more. Whatever was said in the team talk obviously sunk in with the team as Rushmoor once again asserted their dominance with 4 unanswered goals from the starting whistle. With good pressure defensively, flying interceptions, turnovers, steady play through the court and accurate shooting, Rushmoor took back the lead.
Swan made one last attempt to turn the game around but ultimately Rushmoor proved to strong, winning the game 51-48.
Special thanks to Di for being our timer, Magda for scoring, James for being our primary carer and the kinches for their support and coaching input.
Rushmoor player of the match (as voted for by the team) - Natalie Stacey
Player of the match as voted for by Swan - Jolene Hayward
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