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.
Neil: 2, 1(p)
Amar: 1 (p)