Henley Hawks Keep Fighting

Henley Hawks fought two closley contested matches in the Maidenhead and District Netball League this week.

On Monday (31st January) Henley Hawks took to court against 2nd place Angels in the Premier Division.

The Hawks started the game strong with Katie Bayfield (GA) and Chanti Stubbs (GS) in fine shooting form. The pair worked well together to ensure the Hawks were only trailing by two goals at the end of the first quarter. The score 11 – 9.

Angels pushed hard through the second quarter and maintained possession which enabled them to further their lead by five goals going into half time.
In the third quarter the centre court players Judy Goforth (C), Sammy Coff (WA) and Sarah Filby (WD) moved the ball well to keep Henley in close contention.
The defensive duo of Lydia Johnston (GA) and Emma Payne (GK) had a brilliant final quarter which resulted in the Hawks nearing a comeback. The teams were evenly matched but the final push from The Hawks wasn’t quite enough to secure a victory.
The final score 30 – 34 to Angels.
On Wednesday (2nd February) Henley Hawks 2 played an intense match against Bumblees in the 4th Division.
It was evident from the whistle it was going to be a close match for The Hawks. Henley moved swiftly down court and worked the ball well into the shooters. Bea Barefield (GA) and Belle Tebbutt (GS) pushed hard in the shooting circle giving the Hawks a one goal lead at the end of the first quarter. The score 4 – 3 to Henley.
Both teams remained in close contention through the second quarter; matching each other goal for goal. The centre court players Sophie Surman (C), Louise Todd (WA) and Nikki Stubbs (WD) created great space and movement across the court. Bumblebees scored just before the whistle giving them the advantage of one goal over Henley at half time. The score now 7 – 8.
Going into the third quarter Henley struggled to find their rhythm as Bumblebees switched up their team to counter The Hawk’s attack. Henly pushed hard but the goals wouldn’t fall in; frustratingly bouncing round the hoop numerous times. The score was 9 – 14 to Bumblebees at the end of the penultimate quarter.
Henley came out fighting in the final quarter. Sarah Kenyon (GK) and Jodie Curran (GD) stood strong in defence, closing up space and catching every rebound. As the opposition struggled to get the ball into their shooters, Henley took the advantage. The team worked well together and this resulted in some great shots being scored. It was tantilisingly close at the end as Henley pushed for every goal but unfortunately time run out for The Hawks.
The game finishing 16 – 13 to Bumblebees.
Henley Hawks would like to give thanks to their sponsors Hart Street Tavern and Lady Sew & Sew.