With Oldham’s last game rearranged against Trafford, Oldham were ready for the tough game expected against Warrington. There were a few new faces in their squad due to some players playing up for the Prem squad. Oldham took their first centre to goal with a promising start, but unfortunately it didn’t continue as Oldham could not get the ball into the shooting circle. Warrington scored 7 goals before Oldham got their second on the score sheet. Oldham couldn’t take possession off Warrington and they continued to pull away from the red and blue side. At the end of the first quarter Warrington were in the lead 14 goals to 7.
Oldham Netball Club’s Premier League side continued their good form with a 54-35 win over Oaksway.
The home side started slowly with Oaksway taking the first goal but it was the only time that the North East based side would lead in the match. Oldham took control of the match and never looked back, despite the line-up changing with every quarter. Every squad member played at least half a game with Coach Debbie Hallas using the game to give some youngsters good court time and rotate and rest some of the more experienced players.
Oldham used their superior speed to great effect with Iona Darroch again proving effective in the mid court with her combination with Laura Malcolm driving the ball to the shooters with ease, which Kathryn Turner and Krista Enziano duly slotted away. Abby Tyrrell and Emma Dovey were working hard at the back to restrict the Oaksway shooters and Taylor Cullen was proving effective against the smart play of the Oaksway WA. Oldham led 17-7
Oldham Netball Club's premier league side beat Team Bath by 76-33 on Sunday to bounce back from a disappointing loss in their last game. Oldham started brightly, racing out to a 6-1 lead with some clinical through court play from Maria McAndrew and Iona Darroch. Kathryn Turner was proving to be an excellent link between the two and shooter Amy Clinton, playing some easy pops into the youngster under the post. The defensive unit of Suzy Armstrong, Emma Dovey and Gabby Marshall was working extremely well and the away side struggled to create a breakthrough. When they did, Armstrong and Dovey were putting an incredible amount of pressure on them and snapping up any stray passes or rebounds. Oldham out their foot down and effectively won the game in the first quarter with some explosive netball. 29-6 at the break.
Oldham 55 Blackpool 40 GS Lucy Stevenson (88%) GA Sarah Brennan (83%) WA Amy Neild C Ebbie Danson-Chappell WD Katie Bodha GD Gemma McDermott GK Jess Dale Bench: Rachel Fitzsimmons Amber Hazelton Rebecca Hope Kimberley Meadows (56%)
Quarter scores (Oldham scores first) 1st qr 17 - 10 2nd qr 13 - 10 3rd qr 12 - 11 4th qr 12 - 9 POTM Lucy Stevenson
Oldham went into this game on the back of a very hard and not a great performance against Tameside the week before. It was important Oldham bounced back with a new approach to the game. Oldham had a larger squad this week with 11 players. Oldham started well and scored off their first centre pass. The game kept switching as to who had the control, Oldham would scroe 3 goals in a row and then Blackpool would do the same and no team could break the 3 goals down. However Oldham managed to pull out a much better performance this quarter and crept into the lead 17-10. Going into the second quarter Kimberley Meadows came on at GA and Amber Hazelton at WD. Both players settled into the game well and Oldham maintained the lead. A few errors did creep in during the game, but the defence continued to turn the ball over for the red and blue side. Oldham achieved 11 turnovers in this quarter many coming from the leader at the back Jess Dale. Lucy Stevenson was on fine form in the circle and did not miss one goal in this quarter. The score after the second quarter, Oldham managed to another 3 goals ahead taking the score to 30-20. Third quarter Stevenson and Meadows changed positions, Rachel Fitszimmons came on to GD and Rebecca Hope came on at C. Oldham still allowed errors creep into their game and the ball did not flow like it can for the red and blur side, but when they did get the ball into their shooters, they put the ball in the net. Oldham managed 3 goals in a row early in the quarter, which allowed them some breathing space. A solid performance from both teams and Oldham winning the third quarter by only one gaol took the score to 42-31. Final quarter Katie Bodha came back on at WD, Stevenson went back to GS and Sarah Brennan came back on at GA. Oldham settled in the game well and injected some speed into the game. Stevenson continued to be strong in the shooting circle and popping the ball into the net for Oldham. Bodha made an impact early on into the quarter and applied a lot of pressure on Blackpool’s WA, who throughout the game had been the main feeder. Oldham did not convert their turnovers, in fact they got 2 out of 8 of them to goal. However they won the fourth quarter by 3 goals again and made sure that Oldham won every quarter. Oldham won Blackpool by 12 last game and this game by 15 so it was a good solid performance. Final score 55-40. Suzy Ashworth quote: “I was happy that we won each quarter within this game and it was definitely an improvement from the last game against Tameside. We worked better as a team and stuck to the game plan. We have a lot of work to do in training on Thursday ready for another tough game against Trafford on Sunday”.