Henley Hawks secured a fantastic victory on Monday (21 March) against Swifts who are currently top of Premier Division in Maidenhead & District League.
The first quarter set the pace of the match as Henley edged into the lead with some brilliant shooting from Katie Bayfield (GS). The team pushed hard to maintain the lead with Sammy Coff (C) taking control of the court and helping to hold the four goal advantage.
The score 19 – 15 to Hawks at the end of the first half.
The defensive duo of Chanti Stubbs (GK) and Lydia Johnston (GD) worked brilliantly together through out the match to make crucial interceptions as Henley furthered their lead. The score 28 – 20 to the Hawks at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth and final quarter, Henley maintained their control of the game with Hannah Robertson (WA) and Clare McCarthy (WD) moving the ball swiftly down the wings into attack. The whole team kept up the pressure which lead to a well deserved win and final score of 33 – 25 to Henley Hawks.
This brilliant result should now be enough to secure Henley Hawks place in the Premier Division going into next season.
Henley Hawks 2 added to the celebrations on Wednesday (23 March) with an incredible win against the top of Division 4 team Maidenhead Mystics.
The Hawks started strong and scored some great early goals. It was evident Belle Tebutt (GS) was in top shooting form again with the feirce support of Bea Barefield (GA). Henley worked together brilliantly finishing the quarter 11 – 6.
The team continued to push through the second quarter with Sophie Surman (C) and Lousie Todd (WA) working fantastically together in attack; creating good space to move the ball into the Hawks shooters.
The Hawks went into half time with a lead of 20 – 14.
In the second half the opposition came out fighting and stepped the pace up a gear. The play was frantic and Henley’s lead was slowly reduced but the Hawks defensive trio of Nikki Stubbs (WD), Sarah Filby (GD) and Sarah Kenyon (GK) held strong and the team battled for every ball. The score now 24 – 20 to Henley.
The final quarter the Hawks remained in control and responded brilliantly to some intense pressure from the opposition. The defence caught every rebound and moved the ball back into attack down to Henley’s shooters who kept their compsure and scored crucial goals to secure an exciting victory.
The final result was 30 – 25 to Henley Hawks 2 which was a fantastic end to a hard fought maiden season. The team have come a long way from the start of the season and have gone from strength to strength every game. It is clear for all to see the hard work in training is paying off and the improvement from every player has been incredible to witness.
Henley Hawks would like to give thanks to their sponsors Hart Street Tavern and Lady Sew & Sew.