Hinck­ley steam ahead as ri­vals make them work hard

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

Hinck­ley As played ri­vals Rugby Rail­way at home. Hinck­ley wanted to build on their first win and con­tinue the good work.

The first few min­utes of the quar­ter this was not the case, the As didn’t wake up and re­act to the game and what was go­ing on as well as they usu­ally do.

Rugby scored the first few goals on the trot which woke the As up slightly. As the ball was com­ing from de­fence to at­tack, Hinck­ley had to work hard to get ball side and a few balls were be­ing in­ter­cepted, but with sheer ded­i­ca­tion and ac­cu­rate shoot­ing they sol­diered on to win the first quar­ter by a goal.

It was a sim­i­lar story in the 2nd quar­ter, Hinck­ley had to work hard to play the ball down court as Rugby were shut­ting them down quickly and their zone mark­ing makes it hard to find space.

Hinck­ley had to work the ball around us­ing the de­fence as backup at times and us­ing their tri­an­gles to en­sure they were mak­ing the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties they had. After the 2nd quar­ter Hinck­ley As were down by 1.

Hinck­ley As de­cided to make a few changes, shift­ing around the very ver­sa­tile team, bring­ing on a new at­tack­ing player Ni­cola San­ders who would pro­vide a dif­fer­ent type of ball into the shoot­ing cir­cle with Car­men Whitaker drop­ping into GS.

As the third quar­ter be­gan the As got a few goals back and upped their at­tack­ing game. In de­fence it was a con­stant bat­tle with Rugby’s ag­ile GA and a very ac­cu­rate shooter, the As de­fence also stepped up their game and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to en­sure Rugby did not have any space and their shoot­ers were not see­ing much of the ball.

Rugby only scored three in the third quar­ter.

For Hinck­ley, Ash­leigh Oakes and Ni­cola San­ders worked well around the cir­cle to give the shoot­ers the sup­ply they needed to con­vert an im­pres­sive amount of goals. The third quar­ter fin­ished 28-21 to Hinck­ley.

In the fourth quar­ter, Rugby brought on a good hold­ing shooter which made the de­fence change their game plan and have to work around the shoot­ers much more.

Hinck­ley con­tin­ued their per­for­mance in the fourth quar­ter de­spite a five minute shaky pe­riod due to Rugby’s hunger and them turn­ing over a few cen­tres and balls down court. The fi­nal score was a 37-32 win for Hinck­ley. Player of the match was Jes­sica Rain­bow. Un­der 14s Hinck­ley U14s net­ball team went out for their 1st match of the year against the sea­soned High­way U14s. Start­ing out quite ner­vously they took time to set­tle into the game and get used to work­ing with one an­other but im­proved with ev­ery quar­ter and fin­ished with much im­proved con­fi­dence and smiles de­spite los­ing. Player of the match - Katie Tal­bot D team:

This week saw two matches for Hinck­ley D team.

Thurs­day saw them take on High­way at home. A strong start saw them take the lead early on, but High­way quickly re­tal­i­ated grow­ing strong in their de­fence with some ex­cel­lent in­ter­cep­tions. Hinck­ley fought well dur­ing the game, with good on court com­mu­ni­ca­tion. High­way’s ac­cu­rate feeds into the goal cir­cle and amaz­ing ac­cu­racy in their shoot­ing saw them dom­i­nate the game, pulling fur­ther ahead in each quar­ter. Fi­nal score 59-20 to High­way. Satur­day’s away match was a wet and cold game with ex­tremely slip­pery courts, against Stock­ton.

Un­for­tu­nately, Hinck­ley only had 6 play­ers for this match leav­ing gaps in their at­tack. The first quar­ter saw Hinck­ley man­age to score a few goals but Stock­ton shored up their de­fence in the 2nd and 3rd quar­ters lim­it­ing shoot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties Hinck­ley. How­ever, ex­tra ef­forts in the last quar­ter saw them score as many goals as in the rest of the match re­sult­ing in a fi­nal score of 49-12 to Stock­ton. Da­sia Wheat­ley was nom­i­nated player of the match for both matches show­ing she is a force to be reck­oned with. C team: Hinck­ley c won the cen­tre to be­gin the game. Rugby rail­way were lead­ing by 3 in the first quar­ter, Hinck­ley sent passes to the shoot­ers with ac­cu­racy. At half time the op­po­si­tion con­tin­ued to lead by 3. Rugby made changes at half time which Hinck­ley cap­i­talised on pulling back by 2. De­fence turned over a num­ber of balls in the 3rd quar­ter, but needed to steady the at­tack play. In the fi­nal quar­ter changes in the rail­way team made it dif­fi­cult for Hinck­ley side to gain a lead. Fi­nal score a loss for Hinck­ley 36-39. Player of the match went to cap­tain Jes­sica Pick­er­ing. B team: Hinck­ley B team trav­elled to Stock­ton for their sec­ond game of the sea­son. Hinck­ley started strongly, con­vert­ing most of their cen­tre passes how­ever Stock­ton were able to cap­i­talise on Hinck­ley mis­takes and ended the first quar­ter with a nar­row one goal lead.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw Hinck­ley set­tle into the game, pa­tiently build­ing pres­sure on the Stock­ton de­fence. Ex­cel­lent shoot­ing from dis­tance en­abled Hinck­ley to take a two goal lead by half time which they ex­tended to three by the end of the third quar­ter, de­spite Stock­ton draw­ing level at the start of the quar­ter. In the last pe­riod, Stock­ton again started strongly turn­ing over a cou­ple of Hinck­ley’s cen­tre passes to bring the score line even. Un­for­tu­nately Hinck­ley were not able to close out the game, even­tu­ally los­ing 34-39. Player of the match went to the Hinck­ley Goal Shooter Anna Poul­son.

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