Prem 1: Turnford 75 Team Bath 63
EDITORS NOTE: More often than not I try to headline these posts with some witty or clever words. But as I thought about this week’s Prem 1 match up against Team Bath I realised there was no need for it. This match was all about working for the team. Every single player battled from end to end. They lived our ethos (W.I.N – Work Hard with Intensity and Never give up) and it paid off. With a number of Turnford Juniors in the crowd this team showed what role models they are.
Turnford hosted Team Bath in their recent Prem League fixture, with much was at stake. Team Bath are fighting the relegation zone where a win would help make them safe and Turnford knew if they were to win this fixture they would be secure for another season in Prem 1, with 3 games to go. Turnford, missing Joseph through Superleague, had the opportunity to include youngsters Satwick and Hatley in the squad.
Having lost in their last meeting (a very poor first quarter left a mountain too big to climb, despite an amazing second half come back) Turnford were keen to right this wrong. However, a slow start out of the blocks saw Turnford trailing 2-5 within the first few minutes. As the squad began to wake, so did the score line and fantastic defensive pressure in the back third by Skinsley, Everitt and Davis enabled Turnford to win ball and claw back to 8-8. Turnford began to show more diligence in the attack and goal machine Fisher pushed on the score taking it to 14-12. The quarter then went goal for goal in what was set for a fierce game with both shooters exceling for their teams. Quarter score 17-16.
Some quarter time changes saw the introduction of Gulvin and her injection of pace in the attacking third saw an easier delivery of ball to the shooters. Again though, some connection errors saw Team Bath creep back onto the scoreboard. Applied pressure from the Turnford defensive unit – Skinsley, Everitt, Davies and Titmuss – forced errors in Team Bath’s attacking combination, allowing us to win turnover ball. A mid quarter change of Dwyer and Fisher saw Turnford score the next 5 goals with some excellent long range feeding from Dwyer who was sending precision passes to Fisher. Quarter score 17-14
Turnford began to find their stride in the third quarter. Good defensive pressure on the centre pass from Titmuss, Gulvin and Everitt saw Team Bath struggle to get first phase out as Turnford punished them for their errors working the ball fluidly to the shooters. Sims, Gulvin and Dwyer had eagle-eyed vision for Fisher and would send her the ball from anywhere, Fisher displayed great strength in the circle plucking the ball from the air and gifting Turnford with more goals. Turnford had several runs of 3 and 4 goals, which saw them extend their lead winning the quarter 19-14.
As the teams entered the last quarter it was Team Bath who started quicker, taking the score line to within 4. A rattled Turnford began to take more care of the ball, patiently working the ball to Fisher. Turnford regained their composure and a flutter of goals saw them push on their lead. An unsettled Team Bath began to make errors and Turnford, having improved from last week recognised the time to push on, scoring 7 goals in succession. This was a high scoring quarter with both attacking units doing their best for their teams. An exceptionally high quarter score still saw Turnford out on top 22-19.
Final Score 75-63
Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We are delighted with another win. Scoring 75 goals in a game is incredibly impressive, and shows the class of Fisher who scored 74 of them. Credit to Team Bath shooter Chelsea Lewis, who was also outstanding in her accuracy – if you’d scored 63 in a game you would expect to win. I thought our young defensive pairing of Skinsley and Everitt played beyond their years and did an outstanding job to limit the opportunities Lewis could get.”
Titmuss Continued: “It’s fantastic to see this Turnford squad build on their performance each week. Although I would like us to be quicker to settle into quarters and build an earlier lead, the team is blending together well and we were happy to win every quarter. I was particularly impressed this week how we were able to push on when we gained our lead, as this has been a focus of ours. We have three games left and although we are now safe, we are hungry for more and want to continue our roll of good netball. We travel to Oaksway next week and are excited for the fixture, where we will once again be working for the 5 points.”
Player of the Match: Bea Skinsley & Zara Everitt
Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, George Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Aimee Hatley, Zara Everitt, Bea Skinsley.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer