An incredible Round 5 saw Poole NC & CD Phoenix put the pressure on leaders Turnford NC at the top of the U13 league and their was frustration for Herts Hornets NC & TTNC who played out a draw to derail their hopes of a top 4 finish. In the U12 league Ryland's unbeaten record was over after a defeat to Eagles NC and Poole NC caused the shock of the day when they won against Matrix NC to get their first win of the season.
Ryland NC 15 Vs Eagles NC 21
Ryland's unbeaten record was ended by Eagles NC in a hard fought game. Eagles NC raced into the lead in the first quarter and took the full advantage of the many missed shots by Ryland. With the score 7-2 in such an important game it looked like Ryland would have a long day at the office, but managed to compose themselves and found success with their captain Ruby starting to pull the strings in the centre court and the shooters finding their range. It helped also that Eagles also had a torrid time under the posts missing seven shots in total in the second quarter. The 3rd quarter saw Eagles take back control of the game and with them double marking Ryland's centre they also shut down the supply lines to their shooters. Ryland pushed hard in the final quarter, but they couldn't get back into the tie and suffered their first defeat of the season.
AP Saints NC 27 Vs Magic NC 15
AP Saints NC bounced back from their first defeat of the season to win against top 4 rivals Magic NC. Another slow start from Magic NC meant they gave a very energetic and competitive AP Saints side the platform they needed to grab an advantage in the game and with their star GS in good form they punished the Magic side early on. In the second quarter Magic did fight back with Mia their GS scoring some amazing shots and they went into the second half full of confidence. As the second half of the game got underway a tactical change restricted the Magic supply lines to the shooters and they were being forced into errors. AP Saints NC capitalised on this and recorded a convincing win to cement their top aspirations and even the possibility of winning the league.
Poole NC 19 Vs Matrix NC 16
Poole NC produced the result of the day against Matrix NC and recorded their first win of the season. A good start by both teams and they matched each other goal for goal, going in at the first quarter level at 4-4. In the second quarter Poole produced their best performance of the season so far, they completely tore the Matrix side to pieces and went in at half time 13-6 ahead. The 3rd quarter was much like the first and Poole had to thank their GK for constantly shutting down the Matrix attacks, but in the 4th quarter Matrix came to life and blew Poole away with relentless attacks. With time ticking away Poole managed to hold on with Matrix wondering what could have been after such a great final quarter.
TTNC 29 Vs Hertford Hornets NC 29
The first draw was played out in the league between these two teams. This game if labelled would be called a yoyo game due to it's up and down nature through-out. Herts Hornets started the better of the two sides and went in at Q1 9-7 up. TTNC bounced back in Q2 and they went 16-14 ahead and then unbelievably Herts Hornets went ahead 22-20 in Q3 which kept up the two point gap in the score through-out. Finally in Q4 the pattern of the score changed and the game was a draw. With seconds to go Herts Hornets had the opportunity to win the tie, but their final attack was cut short by the timer to the frustration of the their coach.
Matrix NC 20 Vs CD Phoenix NC 26
A hotly contested game between two talented sides. The game got off to fast start and Matrix NC dominated the early exchanges, but only managed a draw in Q1 due to missing several shots. In Q3 it was near enough the same pattern of play with both sides scoring goal for goal, but CD Phoenix managed to score right on the buzzer and go in at half time 12-11 ahead. In Q3 Matrix managed to once again put CD Phoenix on the back foot, but just couldn't get ahead and like Q3 CD Phoenix scored in the final few seconds to take a slender one point lead into the final quarter. We had a epic finale in store, but this time around CD Phoenix managed to force errors more frequently and their attack gladly capitalised. In the end a solid win for CD Phoenix which leaves Matrix top 4 ambitions in doubt.
Poole NC 59 Vs Starz NC 7
Poole NC kept up the pressure on Turnford at the top of the table with a comfortable win over a Starz side who started the game well and had Poole NC on the backfoot early on. After some adjustments after Q1 Poole turned up the pressure and in the end recorded another solid win.