SHIPLAKE COLLEGE were missing captain Sophie Arnold for their derby clash with Henley College so Stacie Kozhemyakina deputised.
In the first quarter Shiplake fielded a new partnership in the attacking circle, with Meg Barron-Cutts playing GS for the first time and Alice White playing GA. Due to the lack of match practice, this combination took a little while to find their rhythm. Lucy Collings and Kozhemyakina fought tirelessly in the defence, limiting Henley’s goal count as they built a 6-1 lead.
In the second quarter, Shiplake made changes in the attack and defence, bringing on Chloe Goodman at GS and Emily Holloway at WD.
In midfield Libby Harman and Hannah Cartwright worked well together offering a strong and fluid movement up and down the court whilst making some outstanding interceptions.
Shiplake maintained good intensity to stay in the game, with the half-time score 10-4 to Henley College.
Henley extended their lead in the third quarter as Shiplake continued to rotate their squad and experiment with new combinations on court.
Playing at GS, Kate Kononenko fought for every ball in the circle and good passing helped to improve Shiplake’s goal difference.
The final quarter saw a change in momentum with the hosts beginning to dominate for the first time.
Annabel Seward, who played a fine game in defence, battled to gain possession and launched fluid attacks down the court.
Shiplake won the final quarter 5-3 but it was too late to influence the overall result.