Henley Hawks Netball teams faced two tough competitors this week in their respective divisions in the Maidenhead & District Netball League.
On Monday (7 March) Henley Hawks took on Windsor in the Premier Division at Braywick Leisure Centre.
The Hawks started strong with Chanti Stubbs (GS) and Katie Bayfield (GA) working well in the scoring D. The teams appeared evenly matched going into the second quarter with Henley trailing by three.
As the quarter progressed Windsor made some key turnovers which led to a score of 27-18 at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter it was evident Windsor had stepped it up a gear and The Hawks struggled to gain momentum. Emma Payne (GK) worked hard in defence against a blitz of faultless scoring from the opposition.
Henley’s centre court players Emma Johnston (C ), Sammy Coff (WA) and Clare McCarthy (WD) fought for every ball through out the match but the attack from the opposition was relentless.
The final result 57 – 29 to Windsor.
Henley Hawks 2 squared up against Red Rockets on Wednesday (9 March) for an exciting fight to the whistle.
The Hawks flew out the traps with Belle Tebbutt (GS) immediately showing great scoring form. With the strong support of Bea Barefield (GA) Henley took control of the game and were leading by 3 goals at the end of the first quarter.
Moving into the second quarter Red Rockets realised they had a fight on their hands. The opposition pushed to find their stride and managed to close the gap. The Hawks now found themselves trailing by one goal at the end of the first half.
The score 14 – 13.
In the third quarter Louise Todd (C), Nikki Stubbs (WA) and Juliet Machan (WD) worked furiously in the centre court to keep the ball moving into the attacking end. The Hawks remained one goal behind going in the final quarter.
The play was end to end as both teams were battling hard for the win. Jodie Curran (GK) and Sarah Filby (GD) pushed hard in defence making crucial interceptions to win the ball back into Hawks possession. The team worked well together creating great space to move the ball into the shooting circle for Henley to even the score at the final whistle.
The result 27 – 27 a fantastic draw for The Hawks.
Henley Hawks would like to give thanks to their sponsors Hart Street Tavern and Lady Sew & Sew.