By Jordan Witte and Claire Macuz
In a match affected by injury and missing players, the Metro Revellers under 17-1 squad suffered a defeat at the hands of St. Therese’s on Tuesday night.
A bright start by the beginning seven, had them within striking distance at quarter time. Excellent defensive pressure from goal defence Bela Hartman and wing defence Maddy Keeping stifled a creative Saints attacking brigade, while the height of Melissa Jones and Louisa Bongrain gave their defenders plenty to think about.
Unfortunately, on the stroke of quarter time, Bongrain landed awkwardly, twisting her knee. Playing up from the 17-2s, she showed plenty of heart in returning to goal shooter after quarter time, but called time midway through the quarter and played no further part in the game.
This forced a reshuffle from the Revellers, who played without a wing defence for the rest of the game. Coach Jordan Witte implored his players to slow play down, limit their turnovers and get creative in offense.
Far from being embarrassed, the Revellers – led by captain Zoe Usher, vice-captain Darja Bilyanska and diminutive centre Pauline Genreau – fought hard for the rest of the game, placing great pressure on the Saints in their defensive third.
The numbers advantage enjoyed by St Therese’s would eventually prove to be too much, with the Saints running out 34-10 winners.
3: Darja Bilyanska 2: Bela Hartman 1: Melissa Jones
Zoe Usher, Bela Hartman, Maddy Keeping, Darja Bilyanska, Pauline Genreau, Louisa Bongrain, Melissa Jones