Saturdays match against Claygate A was another close one for Tiffin A team. So far during the 2013/14 season the A team had won one and lost one against Claygate A. The slightly altered Tiffin A were ready for the fight after a highly productive training session the preceding Monday on attacking down court.
In true Tiffin form the team stormed the first quarter taking the lead by two goals 12-10 with the shooting combination of Kevans and Helen going from strength to strength. Set plays from Laura and Lizzie created clean opportunities for the shooters. In defence Claire and Sophie cut down space effectively and broken the attack rhythm of play. As a result Claygate switched on their usual center at quarter time.
Claygate came back fighting, as expected, and the score drastically altered through the second quarter with first Claygate getting a run of goals followed by Tiffin and then Claygate again. The quarter was a draw and Tiffin remained in the lead: 24-22. The third quarter combination for Nadia at center and Sophie N at wing attack was lovely to watch with both playing well with the Kevans/Helen shooting combo. In the other circle Sophie M was dominating the GS and pressure in the circle. Claygate continued to pile on the pressure and clawed back one goal by quarter end meaning Tiffin had a lead of one goal by start of Q4; 34-33.
Laura M came back into wing attack blitzing the centre passes which helped Tiffin to an early run and nice cushioned lead early in the quarter. Claygate kept fighting and brought back the lead from four to one with a couple minutes to go. Tiffin dug in for a tense 90 seconds, passing the ball well and using the full length of the court to secure the win by one goal at the final whistle; 44-43.
Thanks to the supporters who made all the difference – especially; Gwen, Pat and Helens Dad!
Tiffin Junior Tournament is next Sunday (26th January) – please contact Tess is if you can contribute to the refreshment stall.