Last Tuesday evening, CULNC set off from a cold and dark Queens’ Backs, heading off to a sports complex just outside of Ely for our second and final match of Michaelmas. With a squad that was slightly depleted due to injuries and isolation, we faced off against Rookies, a local club team.
For most of us, it was the first time in a long while that we’d played outdoors (we usually play in sports hall) so the cold was a bit of a shock to the system, as well as the surface of the court, which was significantly less grippy than the surface of an indoor sports hall and consequently required us to adapt our style of play slightly.
Despite this, CULNC started well, with several turnovers contributing to a quarter-time score of 12-8 to us. We had a big squad and so had a few changes in the mid-court, but this didn’t slow CULNC down as we went on to win the second quarter by 4 goals again, taking the score to 22-14. Our shooters Caitlin and Ciara really began to fire in the second quarter, missing very few goals despite shooting from quite far out.
Despite CULNC’s strong first half, Rookies stepped up their game and began to pull it back, winning the third quarter 9-6 as a result of upping the physicality on their defence and some slick shooting. However, we kept our cool and ended up winning the final quarter by 6 goals, the biggest margin of the match. A stellar defensive effort by Thea, Fenna, Tabbie and Millie meant that we held the Rookies to only 3 goals in 12 minutes.
CULNC won the match 37-26. After a little bit of urging from a certain member of the team, CULNC hopped back in the bus, desperate to get back to Cambridge in time to visit the Van of Life before the 10pm curfew. Fortunately we made it with about 15 minutes to spare and managed to live out one of CULNC’s favourite mottos: big wins = big dins. It was a great final match before lockdown and we can’t wait to get back out on court soon!