This past Sunday in Prem 1, Turnford played local rivals and top of the table team, Academy. Both sides were looking forward to a fantastic game of netball after their previous close encounter.
Turnford were quickest out the blocks and started the quarter with a blast of goals. The sharp shooting of Dwyer and precision feeds from Sims, Gulvin and Joseph enabled the black and yellow side to make their mark early on taking an 8-2 lead. A time out from Academy saw them return to the game more composed, and they attacked the rest of the quarter with a vengeance, climbing back into the game. Turnford held on to their lead finishing the quarter 14-12.
The second quarter saw both sides step up in their defensive pressure. Fabulous defensive work from the whole squad but especially Skinsley, Titmuss and Davies saw Turnford gain possession on 18 occasions from the Academy side. Unfortunately this was a quarter littered with errors through the mid court and in to the attacking third which saw the black and yellow side unable to convert this possession into goals. Quarter score 1-9.
An introduction of Fisher and O’Mahony at half time saw both players make an immediate impact in their respective areas as O’Mahony gained possession and Fisher converted it. Titmuss and Gulvin worked well on Academy centre passes stopping 3 within the first phase. Both players took responsibility of their turnover and were able to work the ball fluidly through the attack to Joseph who easily found Fisher and Dwyer. A much better attacking quarter saw a frenzy of goals as the quarter ended 15-19.
Still-hunting the win and with the squads ‘Never-give-up’ attitude, Turnford scored the first 3 goals to claw back the gap to 7. However, Academy, fighting to keep their top of the table placing, responded with more goals. Some fabulous interceptions from the black and yellow side provided excitement for the crowds, but another high scoring quarter finished at 14-18.
Final Score 44-58
Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We learn from every game we play, and whilst disappointed with the result, we were pleased in how we started. This has been a big improvement from us, how we approach games, and the girls showed what they are capable of achieving. We need to be able to maintain our leads and will be looking for a reduced error count, and more consistency across both the game and quarters in our next performance. There is one game left of the season, although we have finished higher and are already on more points than this time last year, we will still be looking to take the final win against Leeds next week”
Player of the Match: Ann-Marie Dwyer
Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Hannah Joseph, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Laura O’Mahony, Bea Skinsley.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dywer.