Eagles U16 v Finch White

Eagles Triumph in their first match of the Season
Wellington 08.09.2019

Girls first match of the season and the first time playing up in the U16 league. So there were some nerves going into the game.  Nerves which soon disappeared once they were under way.

With interception after interception from Keira, Izzy, Georgia and Nya Eagles put Finch under pressure from the start.  And with Grace shooting well and pulling both defenders onto her to allow Lottie in to shoot, the pressure was reflected in the 11-4 score at the end of the first quarter.

Q2 was much of the same with lots of interceptions including some flying leaps from Sophia and strong shooting from both Lottie and Sophie as well as some acrobatics from Sophie to keep the ball in play and get the pass away to lottie. The 26-7 score line at halftime could have been higher if it were not for some great rebounding by Finch.

After the break the interceptions kept coming with Keira, Amelia and Helena getting in on the acrobatics.  The game had slowed though and the Eagles passing became a bit ragged, giving away procession and unnecessary offsides around the D.  Sophia and Nya continued to rebound well, whilst Grace and Sophie linked up well in the later part of the quarter to bring the score up to 40-9 with 15 minutes to go.

Headin into the final quarter and the fatigue was beginning to show.  The turnovers kept on coming though and the Eagles girls came together as a team once more linking up beautifully from end to end.  Fabulous rebounds from Georgia and Sophia; great feeds from Izzy and Lottie into Grace. Georgia tracking beautifully across the D to intercept a number of times.

The final score was a well deserved victory for Eagles 55-12 on their first U16 match of the new season.

Grace was honored with Player of the Match; the Goal Attack on the Finch side was voted for by the Eagles team.  Well done Grace, well deserved. And welcome to Nya, the newest member of our squad.

Amelia, Lottie, Georgia, Grace, Helena, Izzy, Keira, Nya, Sophia and Sophie

Shooting Stats: Grace 79%, Lottie 77%, Sophie 55%.