Norwich EVF Final Round – 29th March 2015
Team Tigers: Ursula (C), Tanya, Ania, Sarah H, Frances, Martina, Mary-Louise
2 Wins, 2 Losses
Team Panthers: Elaine (C), Sarah MJ, Valentina, Gosia, Lorna, Sarra, Marina
2 Wins, 2 Losses
Panthers vs Is It In?
To play the clearly accomplished team first with vim and vigour was always going to be a tough ask! Panthers delivered! Throughout the match Panthers maintained composure and when it came to scrapping and supporting one another Panthers excelled themselves. Before the turnaround there were some great spikes from Elaine and Valentina. Gosia, as always, was able to find the flaws in the opposition’s defence with tips, spikes and the occasional well aimed volley. The score at the turnaround saw Panthers trailing 38-15. The second half was brighter as Sarah and Lorna contributed to finishing rallies with fine spikes and blocks and a range of different lines of attack and tempo. Serving, blocking and receiving definitely increased after the turnaround. Servers who made some telling and withering serves included: Gosia, Elaine and Sarah. The final score was a loss of 33-64. An important statistic was that compared to 26 points scored in the second half by “Is it in ?” Panthers scored 18. Well played everyone!
Tigers vs Medusa
A very close match to start the day for Tigers. The two teams trading points on almost every serve. At the turnaround the score was 28:28, highlighting just how closely matched the teams were. The second half continued in the same vein as the first with each team trading points but unfortunately it was Medusa who managed to just edge out a lead. Final score was a loss of 51-56.
Ipswich vs Tigers
The match against Medusa seemed to have a positive effect on Tigers. Some powerful serves from Ursula, Tanya and Gosia set the foundations for a withering assault on Ipswich. Due to good first ball Ursula gave her hitters fine service to enable Martina, Ania, Gosia and Tanya to put the ball down on the opposition side. A back court spike from Gosia caught Ipswich off guard defensively. At the turnaround Tigers were clearly in control winning 33-18. In the second half Tigers’ serving seemed to move up a gear with Martina contributing to six points of the total, with Ania adding another four and leaving Ipswich unable to recover. The final score was an emphatic 68-40 win.
Rhinos vs Panthers
In spite of some fine serving from Panthers against local rivals Rhinos, this was not matched by their service reception, resulting in a disappointing score of 17-33 at the turnaround. The second half proved to be brighter for Panthers with some fine blocking from Lorna, Gosia and Sarah. Spike rate increased allowing Elaine, Sarah and Lorna to ground the ball. Alas, it was not enough to overcome such a wide margin and the final result was a loss of 41-61
Pathers vs Ipswich
Serving was much improved this time round from Panthers with powerful serving from Gosia and Valentina challenging the opposition. A much improved service reception, with Marina playing as Libero for Sarah, enabled winning salvos from Lorna, Sarah, Elaine and Valentina. A special mention to Sarra, making her match début for the season after a long absence, with some telling spikes showing she had not lost her touch! Good teamwork and a mobile defence meant that the Panthers were entering the turnaround at 26-16 in the ascendancy. After the break Panthers managed to maintain the margin with hits from all positions yielding a win of 57-43.
Panthers vs Stowmarket
An evenly matched game from start to finish with hard serves being converted to credible attacks from both teams. With Marina once again playing Libero and improved first passes, Panthers spiked from all positions with Lorna and Gosia converting well. A fine block from Sarah M seemed to show spectators where this result would lead, however at the turnaround the Panthers were trailing 25-27. After a motivational talk from Captain Elaine, blocking from Lorna and Sarah seemed to inspire the team to greater endeavour. Spiking became more prevalent and a higher work rate enabled Panthers bring the score back to level, just as the final whistle blew. With the match unable to finish on a draw, one more point was allowed to be played. Panthers kept their cool and managed to take the final point meaning a 50-49 win. And a sigh of relief from the bench!
Tigers vs Bedford
The appearance of Mary-Louise made for a powerful presence against a team made up of Bedford ladies with back up from Spikers. The main hitters making an impact on the Bedford defence were Tanya and Mary-Louise. At the turnaround the score was a very tight 23-22 in tigers favour. The second half went the same way as the first with strong attacking options from Ania out wide and the continuing dominance of Mary-Louise playing through the middle. A fine serve from Sarah H made a psychological impact on the Bedford defence allowing Tigersto end the game with a win at 48-46.
The final overall positions from the season were: Tigers, joint 4th place, Panthers, 7th place.