GS K Enziano
GA K Turner
WA M McAndrew
C G Marshall
WD T Cullen
GD E Dovey
GK K Almond.
Bench A Clinton A Neild A Tyrrell
Coach Debbie Hallas opted for a settled seven to start the game, knowing that local derbies tend to be fairly heated and well contested. Unfortunately for this one that was not the case. Oldham dominated from the off with the defence working solidly to restrict the Leeds shooting pair to only a handful of shots, snapping up any rebounds and loose balls that came their way. Meanwhile the shooting circle was firing, taking balls and sinking shots with ease. Oldham eased into a 15-6 lead at the first break.
Hallas made multiple changes for the 3rd quarter but it didn't have any affect on the flow for Oldham. Dovey moved across to WD with Abby Tyrrell replacing her at GD, Amy Neild and Amy Clinton entered the court at WA and GS respectively. Oldham continued to push ahead with the new look defence still taking plenty of ball off the Leeds attack. Clinton was settling well and combining with Turner and Neild. Oldham pushed the lead out to 18 at the break and the game was effectively won. 45-27 at the break.
While for the first 3 quarters Oldham were in complete control of the game, the final quarter was the opposite. Hallas made more changes with Taylor Cullen replacing the hard working Marshall at C and the shooting pair being changed to Enziano at GS and Clinton at the unfamiliar GA position. Oldham were a shadow of themselves in this quarter and Leeds were much more solid taking the quarter by 10 goals. Oldham didn't look settled in the quarter at all and Hallas was rightly disappointed with how they finished but happy with the win and 5 points.
“It was good to get back to winning ways and we were in control of the game in the first three quarters. I tinkered with the team in the last quarter giving experience to players in their second position. I still think we can improve in the final third with our execution, that is something we need to work on. Player of the match this week was Kerry Almond who was solid at the back and produced some great turnovers that helped us dominate the game particularly in the early stages.”