Updated: Nov 8, 2022
The Shoots came so close tonight producing an outstanding performance to confirm their potential and finish just five goals behind Falcons 2 at Truro in a tense, exciting match.
Match captain, Bryony Marie led by example fighting until the bitter end in the closest of finishes giving the bench a rollercoaster ride of emotions as we cheered on our team.
The first quarter saw Falcons take a two goal lead 10-8 but the Shoots came back fighting to close the gap to one goal at 18-17 in the second quarter.
It was team with a big T all the way and yes it paid in dividends as we entered the final quarter a goal ahead and with everything to play for.
In the end the fairy story didn't conclude as we hoped with our girls losing energy - but believe you me this is the start of a new journey for this team. They felt the fire in their bellies and a feeling of elation having left every inch on court and coming so close.
Following a new strategy Bryony Marie made the decision to hold the continuity and stay firm with the starting seven - and with the team playing so well it was the right decision. This fighting performance gave the Shoots a huge boost in confidence and self belief.
Tasha Beale received the deserved honour of player of the match selected by Falcons - for 60 minutes Tasha stood firm in defence securing the re-bounds.
This fixture marks a turning point for our Shoots I'm sure of it - and I have so much respect for our seven tonight - Tasha Beale; Bryony Marie; Sarah-Jane Cornwell; Hayley Williams; Jenna Whitehead; Niki Bellenger; Bronnie Berryman.
Thanks to Julie Emery for scoring and to our umpires Annie Etheridge and Sue Wearne. Big thanks to Falcons for giving us such a competitive game in good spirit.
And to our supporters travelling to Truro cheering in the gallery - it makes all the difference - thanks to Nina Chun and family; Steve Berryman and AC Cornwell.
The Shoots are out again at Ben Ainslie next Tuesday when they take on Steelers so watch this space.
Kathryn Pearn - Chair