Oldham 74 LSA 52
GS Lucy Stevenson (97%)
GA Sarah Brennan (100%)
WA Victoria Austin (when shooting - 100%)
C Ebbie Danson-Chappell
WD Katie Bodha
GD Gemma McDermott
GK Rachel Fitszimmons
Quarter scores (Oldham scores first)
1st qr 14-17
2nd qr 13-17
3rd qr 22-6
4th qr 22-15
POTM Iona Darroch. LSA chose on for Oldham also and they chose Lucy Stevenson
The North West Prem (NW Prem) Squad entered the Hathershaw Sports Hall for their last home game there as they are moving venue. They were also following some excellent games just played from the junior side of the club. A few changes in the squad, Rachel Fitszimmons making her debut for the NW Premier League squad and Iona Darroch back with the squad after playing some fantastic netball for the National Premier side. Oldham knew it was going to be a tough game and had followed some of LSA’s scores over the last few weeks. They have a good target in their shooting circle so Oldham knew they needed to defend hard all the way through the court. Oldham started off promising with Ebbie Danson-Chappell making a great interception on LSA’s first centre pass and Oldham taking it to goal. However it didn’t continue, Oldham had lost some sharpness to their play, they didn’t apply their structure like they had done in recent games and they were slow at getting to ball on defence. Oldham stayed in touching distance and squeezed a win in the first quarter 17 goals to 14.
Going into the second quarter Darroch was on at C, Danson-Chappell had moved to WA, Ellie Fitzhugh to WD and Victoria Austin to GA. Oldham didn’t settle into the changes and the ball was flying through LSA’s attack and getting into their shooter. LSA scored 3 goals in a row 3 times throughout this quarter without any answers from Oldham. Oldham attack had great vision from Darroch and Austin into Lucy Stevenson who had only missed 1 goal so far, but it wasn’t consistent. LSA called a timeout and coaches Ashworth and Hazelton made advantage of this time and made a change to see if the attack could settle. Katie Bodha came on to WA. Oldham again was making errors and losing possession, with adding extra pressure on the defenders. Oldham only cored from 1 of their 6 turnovers in this quarter. Unfortunately, Oldham lost this quarter by 4 goals, which took the score into LSA’s favour with them winning by one goal 31-30.
Third quarter Sarah Brennan came back on at GA, Austin to WA and Bodha to WD. With some clear and simple messages to the team at half time by the coaches, Oldham started well and seemed to be more settled. Brennan came on with intent and made an impact straight away. Oldham applied extra pressure to LSA and began making it really difficult for them through the court, which allowed Oldham to regain possession and get it to the goal machine who consistently put the ball through the net. In fact Stevenson scored 100% of her goals in this quarter 19 out of 19. Oldham led the way and referred back to their game plan and some structure. Oldham won the third quarter by 16 goals and took the score to 52-37.
Fourth quarter Fitzhugh came back on at WD and everyone else stayed the same. The work rate from Fitszimmons throughout the whole game was paying off in this quarter as she turned the ball over several times and Oldham’s attack were determined not to lose the bonus balls and converted every turnover in this quarter. Stevenson was popping them in once again and scored 21 goals out of 21 in this final quarter there is no stopping this force! Darroch once again was showing her skills and feeding the shooters with some lovely passes in. Oldham continued to pull away from LSA and play like they have been doing. Final score was 74-52.
Suzy Ashworth quote:
“We wanted a fast start this game, but it actually went the other way. Our game plan went out of the window, but giving the players credit they continued to push on and once they realised when they did what they were supposed to do it worked, we managed to play what we can really play like. I have to mention Lucy Stevenson getting 65 out of 67 goals in under immense pressure is outstanding once again”.
Next game is against Bury away on Sunday 29th November 2015.