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Cup Finals 2017 report week one






We opened the evening with the Charity Challenge match between Grangers Hurricanes and Blue Quip.  Grangers Hurricanes won Division One of the Youth League and wanted to test their skills against an adult team and so the league arranged for them to play Blue Quip who had won the plate in Division Two.


Grangers started the stronger but the goals did not go in for them and it would be Blue Quip who took the lead halfway through the first quarter thanks to shooter Elaine Dolosc.  She would get another goal almost straight way and with some good defence work as well from Quip they ran out winners by 2 goals to 1.  Quip took an early lead in the second quarter but Grangers were much more settled and with the shooting on form from both Jessica Sharp and Ellie Fox they took a 4 goals to 1 lead. Blue Quip fought back hard though and with 40 seconds to go it was 4 goals to 3.  Blue Quip needed the interception off Granger’s centre pass – their GK Chloe Newbury almost did it for them but she was just over the line as she took the ball and time ran out leaving Grangers to take the honours in the second quarter.  After half time it was all Blue Quip – their shooting was on form and they took a 3 goal lead.  Despite a fight back by Grangers the 3 goal difference would stand as the whistle went.  Grangers had all to play for in the last quarter and gave it their all – Blue Quip were not so accurate with their shooting and Grangers took advantage.  But in the end time ran out and although Grangers took the last quarter they lost overall by 1 goal – sufficient to give Blue Quip victory – but a great starting match for the evening.


We then moved on to the 5th Division final between Lidlington Oaks and Shefford.  Both teams settled quickly and goals went with centre pass until an interception put Lidlington in the lead and 2 quick goals followed to see them lead by 6 goals to 3.  With some great defensive work by Shefford’s Emily Onagoruwa they fought back to within 1 goal.  In the end they were beaten by the clock and Lidlington won the first quarter by 7 goals to 6.

In the second quarter Shefford were much stronger – Olivia Duggan and Millie Campbell worked well together in the circle and very quickly took a 3 goal lead.  Both teams then really tightened their defence and there was only 2 minutes to go when Lidlington opened their scoring.  That was to be there only goal though and Shefford score 2 more to win the quarter by 5 goals to 1.  After half time both teams were nervous – no one wanted to make an error and 3 minutes passed before the ball went through the net for Lidlington.  After that it was goal for goal and when the whistle went it was honours even.  So as we started the last quarter there was all to play for – Lidlington needed more than a draw as Shefford were ahead on goals.  The nerves showed a little and Shefford built up a 3 goal lead.  But Lidlington were not beaten and the fought back to 1 goal difference.  Millie Campbell for Shefford was on great form and she and Olivia worked the circle well helping Shefford build up un unassailable lead and they ran out winners of the quarter and the 5th Division Cup by 9 goals to 5.


Player of the match award went to Millie Campbell of Shefford.   


The third Division final featured St. Neot’s Sapphires and Cranfield Ravens.  Sapphires had won the 4th Division Final in 2016 – could they do the same having moved up a division. They certainly started well by stealing the lst centre pass from Cranfield but after that both teams tightened up their defence and it was 8 minutes into the quarter before it became 1 goal apiece.  The match was fast and furious and went with centre pass to reach 4 goals each.  Cranfield missed their shot at goal off the next centre pass and St. Neot’s saw their opportunity to go ahead – it was 6 goals to 4.  With some excellent work in the circle defence from Charley Markham that would be Cranfield’s last goal and St. Neot’s took the first quarter by 7 goals to 4.  In the second quarter Cranfield had other ideas and with Katie Rae doing some excellent work in centre court it was soon 6 goals to 1 for Cranfield – one goal coming from a mid air shot as the shooter was about to go off court!  Cranfield worked hard to support each other all the way up the court and their reward was a win in the second quarter by 9 goals to 4.  After the half time break it was another fast start and level pegging until St. Neot’s sneaked the lead to make it 6 goals to 4. Cranfield scored off their centre but could they get the turnover – yes – but then Isobel Pigg made a super interception and it was St.Neot’s who took the lead out to 7 goals to 5.  Cranfield worked hard and pulled back – with 26 seconds on the clock could they pull out the equaliser – they intercepted the centre pass but it was retaken by St. Neot’s and they took the quarter by 8 goals to 7. Cranfield struggled to get their momentum in the last quarter – the disappointment of the 3rd quarter result seemed to stay with them - and they were soon 5 goals to 0 down.  They rallied for a while and the rest of the match went goal for goal but it was too late and St. Neot’s had another trophy for the cabinet.


Player of the match award went to Isobel Pigg from St. Neot’s Sapphires


Our final game of the evening would feature another Cranfield team – Comets – against Team Beds.  As coach of Ravens their captain Cathie Carter was disappointed at Raven’s loss but quickly changed into kit and was ready to do battle herself. Both sides seemed nervous at the start and it took 2 minutes for Cranfield to get on the score sheet.  But they settled quickly after that and with too many unforced errors by Team Beds they took a 4 goals lead.  Their accurate feeding into the circle and good defensive work in the centre court saw them take the first quarter by 9 goals to 3.  The second quarter saw some very tight defensive work from both teams and it was only 1 goal apiece halfway through the quarter.  Then an excellent interception from Jody Folds gave them the opening Cranfield were looking for and they took the lead.  From there on it was Cranfield’s quarter and they ran out winners by 9 goals to 2.  After half time the combination of Cathie and Eloise Adjer in the circle for Cranfield worked really well and together with some excellent work in defence by Brogan Keenan Cranfield were 5 goals ahead with 3 minutes to go.  Team Beds kept working hard but it was not to be their night and Cranfield pushed ahead further.  When the final whistle went it was 10 goals to 4 to Cranfield – an excellent performance.



Played of the match award went to Brogan Keenan of Cranfield Comets



Congratulations go to the umpires for the evening – Hollie Lau, Heather Pollard, Diane Wyatt, Jess Young, Jeanette Johnson, Sharon Lobley, Jackie Stigwood and Nasem Khan.


The plate winners for Division Five were The Bulls, for Division Three Acorns and for lst Division Cranfield Tigers.


County President Kendra Slawinski very kindly presented all the trophies on the night.


The 4th Division, 2nd Division and Premier Division finals take place on Wednesday 14th June commencing at 18.30 indoors at the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Campus.  


Heather Nolan



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