Hannah Davies describes a hard-fought match as CSM2 win for the second time this term.
On Tuesday evening, CSM2 headed to Richard Lander School in Truro to play St Agnes 4.
The starting team was Kayleigh Hardy as Goal Keeper, Ellie Mears as Goal Defence, Alex Didcock as Wing Defence, Kate Freegard as Centre, Ellie Bowyer as Goal Attack, Jacqui Glencross as Wing Attack and Verity Wakeham as Goal Shooter. Also in attendance at the match offering support was Coach Hayley Curtis, First Team player Nurhan Abbud, Daniel Vowles and Hannah Davies.
Led by Captain Ellie Bowyer, the team started fast in the first quarter and earned an early lead. Kayleigh Hardy was strong in defence and put pressure on her player trying to force errors, Jacqui Glencross provided circle edge support and great options to move the ball up the court and both Verity Wakeham and Ellie Bowyer managed to get some early goals in. However, St Agnes had some very experienced players, most notably their Goal Keeper, who turned over the ball numerous times with some superb interceptions and their Goal Shooter, who rarely missed. St Agnes turned the interceptions into points and the quarter ended 8-5 to St Agnes.
CSM2 often take the first quarter to find their feet and get to know their opponents and their style of play, which was evident in the second quarter. After a few words of advice from Coach Hayley Curtis and two changes to the team, Kirsten Sherwood came on as Centre and Kate Freegard moved to Wing Attack; CSM2 were ready to fight for the lead. The second quarter saw some stunning goals by shooter and Captain Ellie Bowyer, interceptions galore from both Alex Didcock and Ellie Mears and great circle support from Kate Freegard and Kirsten Sherwood. It was a hard fought quarter which ended 15-14 to St Agnes.
At half-time further changes were made to the team, with Jade Wallin coming on as Wing Attack, Kirsten Sherwood moving to Wing Defence, Alex Didcock moving to Goal Keeper and Kate Freegard moving back to Centre. Both CSM and St Agnes were fighting hard for the lead and for most of the quarter both teams were going goal for goal. St Agnes had a strong defence and an ability to move the ball swiftly up the court allowing little time for CSM’s defence to put pressure on the ball. However, CSM’s defence was equally strong with Alex Didcock, Ellie Bowyer, Jade Wallin and Kirsten Sherwood all getting interceptions. The Quarter ended 21-20 to CSM.
For the final quarter, Alex Didcock switched to Wing Defence and Kayleigh Hardy came back on as Goal Keeper. The final quarter was very intense, with CSM2 having to fight to draw level again after St Agnes got some early goals in and from there, each team was going goal for goal in a bid to win the match. Energy levels were dropping on both teams, but the continuous shouts of encouragement from side-line support, most notably from Daniel Vowles who some thought to be CSM2’s coach, helped to spur the team on.
With only three minutes to go, Alex Didcock managed to intercept one of St Agnes’ passes and it was swiftly moved up the court by players Kate Freegard, Ellie Mears and Jade Wallin before a beautiful overhead pass saw Verity Wakeham shoot and score to give CSM2 the lead. However, St Agnes were not giving up. It was a fight to the end with St Agnes having three shots and misses causing everyone to hold their breath in anticipation, but the whistle was blown to signal time up and CSM2’s 29-28 victory. There were hugs and shouts of joy from both players and supporters as this made CSM2’s second win in a row this term.
Alex Didcock was voted player of the match for her nearly unbreakable defence, constant interceptions and for giving it her absolute all for the duration of the match!
Supporter Daniel Vowles had this to say about the match: ‘The girls played the best netball I have seen them play all season. They were up against a tough St Agnes team with some experienced players, but in the end, Aggie struggled to contain a very determined CSM squad. High energy levels and some amazing interceptions won the game for us (as well as some excellent support from the fans!). Keep it up team, proud of you all!’.
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