Leicester Toto vs. Nottingham Magic

After a couple of losses in a row, Toto were keen to get back to winning ways starting against their rivals Nottingham Magic. After a fast-paced warm up, Toto were raring to get to the court to get straight into the opposition.

This showed with a goal straight from the start from Ant. A couple of quick goals from Magic with an equaliser from Matt and another two long goals from Ant meant we went into halftime leading 4-3.

A couple of goals from Magic at the start of the second half were quickly replied to with goals from Greg and Spargo. Another goal from Greg with a couple from Magic meant it was 7-7 with 20 minutes to go. Unfortunately, a few long shots dropped for them resulting in Magic pulling away 11-7 with 10 to play. Another long goal from Matt brought us to within 3 and after a ref intervention, Magic scored a couple of goals late on with the game finishing 15-8 to them.

Overall a happy and together Toto team that will be sure to go again against Nottingham Magic 2.

Scorers were:

  • Ant (3)
  • Matt (2)
  • Greg (2)
  • Spargo (1)

Leicester Toto vs. University of Nottingham 2

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Just over a week after a bittersweet defeat by Nottingham Magic, Toto were primed and ready for a home game against a team they had not yet faced this season – Nottingham Uni 2. With strong support from the sidelines, including all 4 club coaches, and another rousing pre-match talk from Captain Spargo, the game kicked off with Ant, Joe, Emma H and Paula in attack and Matt, Greg, Elle and Spargo (c) in defence. Toto started strong, with a runner scored by Joe in the first few minutes which was then equalized by the opposition only a few seconds later. Notts scored a runner and a mid-shot bringing the score to 1-3. Emma H then popped in a mid-shot and we saw Joe win a penalty, which was nicely scored by Ant. Toto were finding their feet! Notts then took the lead with four quick consecutive goals, one of which was an unusual style of free pass which threw us off (we won’t let that happen again!), bringing the score to 3-7. Greg then stepped up to take a penalty, and the score became 4-7. Matt went in for a runner and scored a penalty having been shoved in the back and then a change of ends saw Joe score another runner bringing the score at halftime to LCKC 6, Notts Uni 7.

A halftime, talk from the coaches and some much-needed Haribo (other brands of jelly sweet are available), geared everyone up to go hard or go home for the last half. On 1, 2, 3…LEICESTER!!

The second half saw Luca come on for Matt and Toto tried to bring it back. Notts were first to score with a runner but then Elle successfully popped in a cheeky short. The score was 7-8, could Toto square this up? Notts then scored 2, edging away from us. A mid-range veer from Ant and a nice short shot from Joe could have pushed us ahead but unfortunately, Notts just had the edge with their shots dropping in the last quarter despite us fighting hard, bringing the final score to 9-15 on the whistle. Dan (head coach) said at the end of the game, it wasn’t physical effort and energy we were lacking it was mental strategy. We’re getting used to the divisions now, learning where our strengths lie and where we need to improve. Toto left the game a little morose, knowing that things could have gone differently but it wasn’t our match and knowing there are things to improve on means we can only get stronger which is what we will need…when our next match is at home against rivals Nottingham Magic. BRING. IT. ON.

Scorers;

Joe Douglass x3

Anthony Ryan x2 (x1 P)

Emma Hornett x1

Greg Gilmour x1 (P)

Elle Worthy x1

Matt Freeman x1 (P)

Leicester Tempest vs. De Montfort University 2

Following a formidable performance in their last game (with a full 3rd team squad no less!) Tempest were slated for another game yesterday. Even up until Saturday, the team was looking dangerously sparce. Thankfully, availability came through and Tempest were bolstered by only two other on-court LCKC players (save for Luca’s brief stint as injury sub).

Taking to the court were acting captain Sanjay, Amar (on debut), Paula (on loan from Toto) and Jenny (on loan from Tornadoes) in defence and Neil, Jordan, Claire & Hannah in attack. With Trevor, the club’s entire coaching staff, injured Tempestian and star-baker Chloe and subs Elle & Luca all shouting from the bench, the game was well supported to say the least!

The game started with a punch as DMU’s Miles sunk a long shot from the half-way line within a minute of play beginning. Sanjay, who had dropped off in support of Amar learnt his lesson quickly and tightened up, not giving Miles another easy shot for the rest of the game. In fact, DMU didn’t score another goal from open play for the remaining 59 minutes! DMU had lost their source of easy goals and, as LCKC found their feet, the game proceeded goalless-ly. That all changed when resident sharp-shooter Neil, fresh off an unbelievable game the week before, won and sunk a penalty 7 minutes later. Soon to follow was Jenny, who sank a trademark veer 2 minutes later, followed by Amar who won and sunk a penalty, his first goal, penalty and appearance for LCKC! Miles, taking a penalty won by a teammate scored, and then took the score back to a draw at 3-3  from another penalty, this time won by one of DMU’s girls.

Following a rolled ankle, Luca briefly stepped in for Sanjay. Goals followed from Jenny, Neil, Paula and Miles and, by half time, it was 6-4 to LCKC. The half time talk from coaches Tom & Dan was all positive and Leicester returned to court strong, with Elle replacing Paula and Sanjay back on for Luca. A penalty for Miles was shortly followed by a long shot from Elle and then a short too. Another goal from Miles before Claire, after several good shots finally found the korf to make the score 9-6. Moments later, at a DMU time out, coaches Dan, Craig & Tom rushed the court. At the final whistle it was 11-7 to Leicester and a great day at the office for Tempest.

Scorers were:

Elle: 3
Jenny: 3
Neil: 2, 1(p)
Paula: 1
Claire: 1
Amar: 1 (p)