Woodley Greenflash 56 – Aztecs Falcons 47
(12-21; 25-31; 38-41; 56-47)
Mike Cairncross 14; Becky Wellington 12; Iain Rogers 7; Drew Miller 6
Going into the game with confidence high the Falcons, frustratingly, found another way to lose a game after they took a big lead against the Woodley Greenflash at the weekend. In fact the Aztec team were still winning at the start of the final stanza but a combination of losing the influential Ben Roberts in the second half (to the illustrated finger injury), Woodley switching to an aggressive press and the introduction to the effective Williams saw the home team take the final period 18-6, and the game by just 9 points. This super performance was actually achieved without the injured pair of Dan Warren (ankle) and Chris Giles (finger – partially amputated in the blender – don’t ask!).
Mike Cairncross netted his best total of the season, Becky Wellington equalled her best and Drew Miller got his best of the year so far: all very positive stats. Also this was the narrowest defeat the Falcons have suffered this season, and the team recorded their highest total of the season – 47 points.
After a real focus on foul shooting at training it was disappointing that the team recorded just 25% (3 of 12 attempts); also, in the final period when the pressure was on and Woodley were taking control, the Falcons only gave up three fouls.
It was, however, another very promising performance and continued the improvement the team has made since the start of last season.
Assistant Coach Giles’s assessment:
We had an advantage in terms of height and player numbers over the Woodley team and looked to use this to our advantage. We started the game quickly – looking like vintage Celtics or Bulls, moving the ball down the court quickly and finishing inside. The pairing of players to work on each side of the court together allowed them to be super-efficient, and the half-time interval saw us still up by 6. We only managed to score 14 points in the second half however, and we fell away in the closing minutes of the game. We missed lots of inside shots in the second half; that is what lost us the game ultimately. The first half performance was very positive, and we will look to compete and beat this Woodley team back at home in the new year!
Monday 7th January 2019 at 8:20pm away to Yateley Silverbacks 3 in Division 3.