Nail Biting Draw for Henley Hawks 1

In a fiercely contested battle between Henley Hawks 1 and Black Magic in the MDNL Premier Division, both teams displayed their skills and determination on the court.
In the first quarter, GS Alex Jacobs and GA Katie Bayfield showcased their shooting accuracy, while WA Sammy Coff and C George Robertson orchestrated smooth transitions through the centre court. Despite their efforts, neither team could break the deadlock, trading goals in a tightly contested affair.
As the game progressed into the second quarter, Black Magic managed to gain a narrow lead thanks to an important interception. Despite the defensive efforts of GD Charlotte Hopper and GK Chanti Stubbs, Black Magic capitalised on their chances to take a one-goal advantage into halftime.
During the break, Henley Hawks made strategic changes to their lineup. Impact Player Lydia Johnston entered the game at GD, injecting energy into the defensive end. Judy Goforth transitioned to WA, providing additional attacking options, while Charlotte Hopper shifted to WD, strengthening the defensive unit.
With renewed determination in the third quarter, the Hawks stepped up their defensive pressure, disrupting Black Magic’s flow and capitalising on turnovers. Lydia Johnston’s presence in defence proved vital, while Judy Goforth and George Robertson linked up effectively in the centre court to create scoring opportunities. As a result, the Hawks surged ahead, taking a four-goal lead into the final quarter.
However, Black Magic refused to concede defeat, launching a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter. With inspired performances from their entire team, including solid defensive stops and accurate shooting, they slowly chipped away at the deficit. Despite the Hawks’ best efforts to maintain their lead, Black Magic managed to level the score in the closing moments of the game.
In the end, both teams fought valiantly, and the match concluded in a hard-fought draw, with the final score deadlocked at 29-29. Each player contributed to the intense and thrilling contest, showcasing their talent and determination on the court.
Thank you to our kit sponsors Hart Street Tavern and Tara Neil Kitchens.
Left to right – Alex Jacob – George Robertson – Judy Goforth – Charlotte Hopper – Sammy Coff – Chanti Stubbs – Lydia Johnston – Sarah Filby – Katie Bayfield

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