Overseas Report: Mixed results for our Aussies
Player: Zoe Arancini
Season Report #: 2
Games played this week: 1
Italian League A1: RN Bologna 8 (Z Arancini) bt Blu 7
Game 1 RN Bologna vs. Blu: Well it was our first win for the season and the whole team was ecstatic. The game was played at a frenetic pace with both teams playing solid defence and counter attack polo. The first goal of the match wasn’t scored until after five minutes of playing time. Unfortunately we had an average second quarter and allowed Blu three easy goals. This meant we were playing catch up for the rest of the match. In the third quarter it became a ‘mullet run’ due to rushed shots, poor decisions and execution by both teams and once again very few goals were scored. The fourth quarter was a revelation for us as it was our best quarter; not only for this match, but our whole season so far. Our extra man defence was solid, as we employed a more aggressive approach which resulted in some excellent blocks allowing Blu only 3 from 10 in extra man. Conversely, our extra man attack showed signs of improvement with a conversion rate of 5 from 9.
Player: Ed Slade, Daniel Lawrence
Season Report #: 2
Games played: 1
Spanish League: C.D WP Navarra 7 (D Lawrence 3) lost to Cataluyna 11
Game 1 C.D WP Navarra vs. Cataluyna: We played our second game of the season against Catalunya and once again lost 11-7. However we improved greatly from our previous effort, having a much better preparation prior to the game. The match was close for the first three quarters. It was 4-4 at half time with them scoring two extra man goals and two counter attack goals, while we executed from extra man as well as a perimeter goal by Danny. In the third they scored two more extra man goals plus a perimeter goal from their Hungarian left hander. We went into the last quarter 7-6 down and our lack of depth on the bench was apparent as the players in the pool couldn't maintain their intensity. As a result Catalunya scored a few counter attack goals plus a penalty to wrap up the game. Our next match is against Concepcion in Madrid – a game we should win.