The Henley Hawks experienced mixed fortunes in their respective divisions in the Maidenhead Netball League this week.
On Monday (18 October), the Premier Division Hawks team fought a tough battle to gain a spirited win against Business Moves.
The first centre pass was won by Business Moves. It was evident from the whistle that the Hawks were facing two strong shooters. This didn’t deter the Hawks defence. Emma Payne (GK) and Lydia Johnson (GD) held strong in the circle, defending shots and working well with Clare McCarthy (WD) to get the ball back into attack. The first quarter ended 8-6 to Business Moves.
The Hawks attack moved beautifully across the court in the second quarter. Judy Goforth (C) played hard and fast, offering solid support for both defence and attack whilst Sammy Coff (WA) continued to push hard, holding space and forcing errors from the opposition.
Going into the third quarter Hawks were five goals down but still determined to fight for victory. Chanti Stubbs (GS) and Totie Southwell (GA) read each other well and the shots started dropping in. Hawks finished the quarter only one goal behind. The score was 24-23 to Business Moves.
As the Hawks entered the final quarter, they could feel the win was in sight. With strong support and guidance from their Head Coach Lou Porter, the Hawks stepped up a gear and every single player pushed to their limits. Through sheer determination and excellent team work the Hawks scored twelve more goals, snatching victory at the final whistle.
The final score was 34-33 to The Hawks, resulting in their second win of the season.
On Wednesday (20 October), it was the turn of the developing Henley Hawks 2 in Division 4.
They faced tough opposition against Red Rockets but started strong. Belle Tebbutt (GA) and Louise Todd (GS) immediately scored some brilliant goals. The pair worked hard together throughout the match, creating great space for Sarah Filby (C) and Bea Barefield (WA) to deliver strong passes into the scoring D.
Red Rockets picked up the pace going into the second quarter and fought back, never missing a scoring opportunity which left the Hawks trailing at half time.
After receiving a reviving team talk from Coach Judy Goforth, the Hawks came out fighting with Sophie Benest added into the attack. The defence duo of Bethany Caunter (GK) and Jodie Curran (GD) worked well together and pushed hard to get the ball back down court at every opportunity.
Moving into the fourth and final quarter the Hawks went from strength to strength. Nikki Stubbs (WD) was on fire; flying across the court to make numerous interceptions throughout the game. Despite some fantastic play, it wasn’t quite enough for the Hawks to secure that elusive first win.
The final result was 36-23 to Red Rockets. There were a lot of positives to take from the game and it is evident that Henley Hawks 2 are growing stronger every week.
Henley Hawks would like to give thanks to their sponsors: Lady Sew and Hart Street Tavern.