A new-look Health 365 Hatters began their National Division One campaign with an impressive 47 points on-the-road victory over Team Northumbria.
Minus several key players from last season’s trophy clean sweep, including club captain Katie Crowley, Hatters had three new faces in their line up in Jo Clayden, Lauren Thomas-Johnson and Char Purcell.
Jo has moved from Leeds and is a GB international, Lauren originates from Stockport but has joined from Marquette College in the USA and is a current GB squad member while Char has come over from New Zealand with her rugby-playing husband who has signed for the Dons.
However, it was the usual suspects of the Naylor sisters, Sarah and Helen, Stephanie Gandy and new skipper Lisa Hutchinson who helped their side into a comfortable 40-17 half-time lead.
Hatters relaxed a little too much in the third quarter which they shared 15-15 but stepped up their intensity in the final period to run out 87-40 winners.
Top scorers: Sarah Naylor 20, Stephanie Gandy 18, Clayden 17, Helen Naylor 17.
They begin the defence of their National Cup against Loughborough Student Riders this weekend.
Hatters second team took the bragging rights in the National Division 2 North derby showdown against Doncaster Danum Eagles. They led throughout the match to close out 66-46 winners.
Top scorers: Hatters: Tereza Vochtova 15, Ellis Clayton 14 and Rachel Campbell 12, closely followed by Under-14 player Georgia Gayle who scored 11 points.
Doncaster: L. Matthews 15, R Mansaram 11, N Snowden 5.
Saturday 22 October 2011
The Under-16s dominated their match at Newcastle Eagles from the start to record a convincing 88-32 win.
Scorers: Courtney Shaw 27, Sirena Sampson 18, Jess Dooley 16, Naomi Jenkinson 8, Zuiko Kfamba 6, Isobelle Hannity 4, Mairead Faulkner 3, Katie Burgoyne 2, Elaine Anderson 2, Abbie Simpson 2.
They face a top of the table clash against Cheshire Juniors at All Saints tomorrow (6pm).
What a start for the Under-14s as a superb final quarter brought them a 72-67 home win over Manchester Mystics.
They trailed 21-11 after the first quarter but closed the gap to just five points at half time (35-30) only for the visitors to extend their lead to seven at the end of the third session.
It looked as if the match was slipping away but Hatters came out firing on all cylinders and demolished Manchester 22-10 to take the points.
Team and scorers: Jo Lowry 17, Molly Axelby 15, Millie Dooley 9, Shauna Harrison 8, Courtney Bennett 8, Grace Twomey 8, Philippa Wilson 6, Zoe Silcock 1, Veronique Francis-Lewis and Bethany Rutherford.