Hatfield Hawks soar to impressive opening-day win
PUBLISHED: 12:10 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 25 September 2013
HATFIELD Hawks made a winning start to their East of England Division Two netball campaign with a 57-34 victory at home to Wyvern Grangers.
Wyvern were relegated from Division One the previous season, but the Hawks soared to an impressive triumph.
The Hatfield side had finished in second last year, narrowly missing out on promotion and so the match, held at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, promised to be a tough one.
The first quarter started well for Hawks, with an immediate turnover from a Grangers’ centre pass, which was converted for an early lead.
The first few minutes were tight before the combination of Hawks sinking a number of consecutive goals and excellent defence meant that they ended the quarter a healthy 16-7 ahead.
In the second quarter the home team began where they left off at the end of the first and soon stretched their lead beyond 10. The defence were equally miserly and forced a number of long balls into the circle from the Grangers mid-court, which were easily picked off. At the end of the quarter the lead was extended to 32-18.
The third quarter was probably the best across the whole Hawks team and some changes in personnel did little to disrupt the rhythm.
A brilliant 17 goals were scored, while only eight were conceded and the quarter ended 49-26.
Fatigue set in a little in the fourth quarter but the team worked hard to maintain high levels of intensity.
The Wyvern shooters worked well in the circle and a few Hawks shots failed to drop, which led to a hard fought quarter tied eight-all.
The game ended 57-34 to the Hawks.
It was an excellent first game of the season to which all squad members contributed, hopefully the first of many to come.
Player of the Match went to Hannah Darling (GS/GA).
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