Challenging start to year for Thornbury Netball Club
THE first game of the season was always going to be a challenge for both Thornbury netball teams, with both teams playing against top sides in their respective leagues.
For the first team it was a familiar fixture against Emus: both teams were promoted at the end of last season, with Emus finishing top of the division, so the squad were well aware of the challenge that faced them.
At half time it looked like Thornbury Firsts might not even get a point out of the game and an 11-goal lead in the second half gave Emus a considerable advantage. But a decisive decision made by captain Nic Latham to switch players at half time made a positive difference in the second half. Despite the challenging weather conditions, the firsts came back to within 2 goals before losing by 3 at the end of the game - another few minutes and we’re sure the result could have been a win! Final score: Thornbury 25, Emus 28.
The pressure is on now: the team are focused on promotion so can not afford to lose another game. The firsts have formed a fantastic bond and coming back from such a deficit shows a great team spirit, and they know this experience will only make them stronger. Congratulations to Sarah Jenkins, who was awarded nominated player.
Thornbury Seconds had a very respectable game against top of the league Airbourne. In the face of some last minute injuries and players playing out of positions, throughout the first half there wasn’t much in it and Thornbury’s defence worked well, coming up with good deflections and some great play by Wing Defence Hannah Williams. In the end Thornbury lost 12-23 but coach Jane Sunnocks said: "The Team should be very proud of themselves. We stayed composed under pressure and didn’t put their heads down once."
Congratulations to Nicky Reed, for nominated player.