City’s good start to the season continued with another couple of victories, this time for City 1, 2 and 4.
City 1 score a victory vs Milton Keynes, who were making their debut in the CKA.
Alf: 7, Hannah: 1, Rachel: 1, George
Carla: 4, Andy: 1 + 1pen, Greg, Sue: (Liz at HT 1)
City 2 beat Phoenix 3
After a slow start we grew in to this game and eventually won quite convincingly with a strong second-half display. Both teams fielded a promising group of teenagers but, as the score suggests, the City youngsters were just a bit more skilful and composed under the bright lights!
It was great to see Hajime play so well in what turned out to be his final outing for City this season: Hajime has decided to return to play local league Korfball with Uni. We wish him luck, except when we play Uni .
Final score 13 – 6 ( 5 – 3 HT)
Ian – 1, Dawson – 3, Meadow – 2, Sue / Liz – 1
Hajime – 4, Yan / George – 1 pen, Flora – 1, Lilah
City 4 beat Tigers 4
23 October 2016
The first game of the season against last year’s champions and City were missing several (8?) regulars including their leader and mentor Rick. However he twisted enough arms and we managed to arrive with 8 players. Sadly we only had 3 girls as Caroline had injured her finger over the weekend (she later claimed it was a tactical injury) and so we had to play the entire match as a 7 player team.
The match was notable for the return of Steve (after a career threatening ankle injury) and for being Joe’s swansong.
Tigers opened the scoring when their extremely diminutive 13 year old ran through Steve’s legs but City soon responded and after the change of ends, almost the whole of the rest of the half consisted of the City 4 (Joe, Christelle, Dawson and Lilah) defending comfortably against their opponents while the City 3 (Paul, Meadow and Steve) tried to work out how to attack against 4. There was plenty of coaching advice from Andy, Shahn and John R and eventually it seemed to pay off with two baskets giving City a 3:1 half time lead.
The second half was similar – quick scoring for the City 4 and then long periods of outstanding defending while the City 3 varied their attacks. Tigers bought on Chris West to spice things up (and he managed another Tiger basket) while City countered his threat with John R.
It finished 9-2 to City – a fantastic performance especially with a player short. Particular congratulations to Christelle for her City 4 debut and first goal; to Lilah for the league record of defended shots; to Meadow for “volunteering” to play against two girls on her own and scoring two baskets and to the strong support from the bench. Thanks also to Joe for marshalling his half of the team so well.
Team: Paul (3) Steve (then John R), Meadow (2), Christelle (1) and Joe, Lilah & Dawson (3 between them – sorry!)