The squad rotation worked in Oldham’s favour as they cruised through the rounds beating Beehive, Brigg, Hills, Retro and Chester along the way. In topping their group in the round robin, Oldham were through to the knockout stages of the cup competition and faced Macclesfield who finished fourth in their group.
Nottingham City Netball Club progressed through their first knockout game and were a tricky opponent in the quarter final as Oldham seemed to take their foot off the pedal. In a close first half it wasn’t until half time that Oldham moved through the gears, Maria McAndrew came into her own and very lively in attack playing quick one-twos with Rachel Henry to feed the shooters who started to slot the ball home with ease.
Having already beaten the juniors, Trafford seniors looked a tougher prospect having progressed to the semi-final. After an initial physical contest Oldham were clearly too strong and at half time made changes with 15 year olds Clinton and Hope coming on to finish the job and keep legs fresh for the final.
Home team Dominoes were the opposition for the final, also National League team and recently promoted to division two it looked a well matched game. It started that way but Oldham soon started to move through the gears with McAndrew in great form driving the attack. While Kerry Almond and Abby Tyrrell were solid at the back. Ebbie Danson-Chappell came on at half time to mark the Dominoes wing attack who was having an impact in the Dominoes attack. The tactic worked plus with McAndrew, Henry, Turner and Enziano on fire in attack Oldham went on to win comfortably 11-4.
Coach Debbie Hallas said: “It was great to work with a squad with such a mixture today, the youngsters from our under 15’s squad gained valuable experience playing with members of the Premier League squad and certainly didn’t look out of place. The future is certainly looking very bright.”
Squad: Kerry Almond, Amy Clinton, Ebbie Danson-Chappell, Krista Enziano, Rachel Henry, Rebecca Hope, Maria McAndrew, Gemma McDermott, Amy Neild, Kathryn Turner, Abigail Tyrrell
Oldham 14 Norfolk United 3
Oldham 11 Trafford Juniors 3
Oldham 27 Retro 1
Oldham 27 Hills 1
Oldham 7 Chester 4
Oldham 24 Brigg 1
Oldham 26 Beehive 0
Oldham 17 Macclesfield 1
Quarter final: Oldham 10 Nottingham 4
Semi-Final: Oldham 17 Trafford Seniors 4
FINAL: Oldham 11 Dominoes 4