The Pandas predicted that tonight's match against Penzance 4 would be a tough one and although our girls were pushed hard they pulled off their sixth consecutive victory in a 37-32 cliff hanger. "We have plenty to go away with and work on in training on Monday," said coach Sarah Medlin. "We knew this was going to be a hard one. These Penzance girls grew up with netball and their club is so well established in everyway." The first quarter set the scene with the Pandas securing a solid 9-5 lead but there was no doubt that Penzance were snapping at our heels with huge determination. Our second quarter proved influential and statistically a match saver with good passing into the circle giving Sophie Tucker and Hannah Steadman the chance to extend our lead by seven goals. Sophie Tucker was on top form and deservedly selected by Penzance as their player of the night - her strength and excellence highlighted when her opponent was selected as the Pandas player of the match. Sophie stood out tonight as a pivotal Panda player proving a great match for the GK whose experience and game play was essential to Penzance. The third quarter saw Penzance fighting back hard with both teams equal on goals and this gave the opposing team the boost they needed to battle fantastically in the final 15 minutes just taking the quarter. Surprisingly it was only by two goals but the pressure they piled on and their fighting spirit until the final whistle gave our girls a good run for their money and the bench a heart attack! In the end a win is a win and our Pandas proved that even under immense pressure they can hold their own and emerge victorious. Well done girls - you never said this would be easy!! Thanks to our scorer and timer Jackie Carr and John - you two are as much part of this Panda team as the girls are! Also to Debbie Ashworth for stepping in and umpiring for us and to Penzance 4 for pushing us all the way to the final whistle and to your umpire Stacey Gilbert. And of course our faithful supporters up in the gallery again as important to the Panda success.
Kathryn Pearn - Chair