On a beautiful winter afternoon the netball academy took a trip to Brockenhurst College through the New Forest in all its autumnal splendour to play the AOC Cup game. Worthing were sadly depleted due to university visits, trips to India and illness however the team of Laura, Beth, Rebecca, Faye, Yasmin, Lucy and Sophi were all up for giving it their best.

Brockenhurst is an intimidating sports hall as it is very small and always packed with spectators and their team also play in a very physical manner, this Wednesday was no different. Within the first five minutes both Yasmin and Faye had been taken out and landed on the floor. Faye took a bang to the head and a blow to her elbow but in true trooper style she got up and played the rest of the game, despite being in some considerable pain with her elbow. This was both girls first experience of such style of play but both did extremely well to cope with it.

An excellent defensive performance in the first quarter saw Worthing restrict Brock’s scoring to 7 and the quarter ended 7-4 in Brocks favour, second quarter started extremely well and Worthing pulled the game back to 10-8 before Brock started to pull away to take a half time lead of 19-9.

Worthing were not down beat at all and all 7 players were working their socks off to compete with the opposition but their experience in defense did show and we struggled to get the ball into the circle in the third quarter and were not helped by some strange umpiring decisions. Quarter ended 13-30.

Our best quarter in the attack was the last, the umpiring was spot on and Brock were pulled for distance and contact, something that hadn’t happened in the previous quarter, our aim to get half was achieved with a final score of 40-20.

Brockenhurst gave mom to Lucy Hawkins – personally I gave it to all 7 players – they pulled together as a team, supported each other throughout the game and never had a negative thought.

Playing like that was a delight to watch and if you continue in that vein for the rest of the season we will have a very good go at the County Cup.


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