Liverpool ladies welcomed Manchester Hawks for their third game of the season. This was a home match for Liverpool, but due to court availability, had to change from their regular venue of Greenbank to I.M Marsh.
Liverpool started the day buoyed by a pulse raising Scandinavian warm up which was lead by our very own Great Dane Katrina Mortenson.
The game started with a minute’s silence to mark the tragic events in Paris this weekend.
Upon the game starting, Liverpool were not in such a somber mood. With a solid defence, strong back play and attacking fast breaks, Liverpool stormed into a 9-3 lead. A strong team performance put Liverpool ahead at half time with a score of 19-6.
Although Manchester Hawks only had the bare seven players, they continued to show an enthusiasm and commitment to their play. However, the experience and talent amongst the Liverpool team demonstrated that they were in no mood to be beaten.
Liverpool were resolute in defence disrupting the Hawks passing game. This forced the Hawks to take shots from outside of 9 metres. This proved a formality for a strong and reliable Liverpool goalkeeper Kajka Wojtowicz, and was backed up by a strong Liverpool attack, with some quick passing, fancy footwork and fast breaks Liverpool extended their lead.
Ania Wojtowicz was again tenacious in both attack and defence, deservedly scoring 11 goals, Carolyn Walsh & Malgorzata Janus were both outstanding and deservedly scored seven goals each. This was backed up by strong performances by Tracy Belfield, Angie Williams and Allison Woods, who all bagged four goals each.
There were also notable goals from Judith Radnoti, Yuliya Sklyakhova, Louise Robinson and a slimline Alicia Clark, who in the final seconds of the game, fired in a jump shot into the top right corner. No goalkeeper in the league was stopping that bullet!!!!
Special mention to Tracy Belfield, who despite her not so young years, gave everyone a master class in scoring and tactical rolling from the left wing.
Liverpool ran out eventual winners at 40-15.
Thank you to Andy Clark who refereed the game, also thanks to Liverpool Mens handball in assisting with the table. This was a fantastic endorsement for the club.
The next game is Saturday 21st November, away to Penninsula HC, 1pm – 3pm. Spectators, family and friends are all welcome to come and watch the game.
We wish Manchester Hawks all the very best for the rest of the season and a safe journey back home.