THE BIG news coming out of Saturday is that the reigning premiers St Joseph’s have lost the services of the brilliant Leah Carling for the season due to a knee injury.
However, that did not stop them from securing a narrow three-goal win against Railways to continue their unbeaten run.
The depth of talent within the club should allow them to cover her absence, especially having the luxury of a quality player in Gemma Davies at your disposal as a sub.
Railways brought Sarah Watkins and veteran Courtney Nowack in, which meant that they had a quality attack, with the Fuller girls playing together in the defensive circle.
The big thing about Railways is their flexibility. The question is, can they find the strongest combination for the finals to take the next step? This result suggests that it is possible.
A draw would have been fitting in the great game between Vikings and Magpies, but the Vikings clinched the win.
Vikings had, for one game only sadly, the services of Courtney Hill in the centre and her presence sparked the team.
At the recent Country Championships, Magpies Coach Jasmin Eckert commented that they tend to play one bad quarter.
On Saturday, it was the second quarter that saw a five-goal swing to Vikings, which was where the game was won. Magpies won all the other three quarters, yet lost by a goal.
For many years, inseparable best mates Celeste Ticehurst for Vikings and Aysha Zada for Magpies have played as a formidable defence in many successful combined sides, including the Under 17s Country Champs.
On Saturday, they squared off against each other with Aysha playing goalie. Together with Ebony Janiak, she shot sweetly, but at the same time Celeste played her best game of the season.
With significant contributions from Erin Egel, Belinda Fuller, Courtney Hill, and Mikalya Hudson, they generated enough opportunities for the misfiring Vikings goalies to secure a one-goal win.
Quorn are back on the winners list in a big way, upsetting Magpies by 13 goals. The last time they played, the black and whites scraped home by a goal.
This is Quorn’s first win of the season and coming straight after the break will give them hope.
Vikings lost for the second week in a row, this week to St Joseph’s by 16 goals.
Led by Tenille Dalla Santa in goal, Joe’s were focused. If it had not been for a stellar 12-goal burst from Vikings’ Ellie Willock in the final quarter, it could have been much worse. The winners prevailed by nine in the first, and three in the next two quarters to get home by 11 goals.