OPA Vets suffer first Essex Met League loss
PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 November 2016
OPA Whites beat Woodford, but Greens are Eclipse-d by rivals
OPA vets suffered their first loss of the Essex Met League season against Essex Open C at Redbridge Sport Centre.
They knew they were up against fast-paced, younger opposition and the first two quarters saw both swaps goals.
The third quarter proved to be OPA’s best as many interceptions were made, allowing them to capitalise on their opponent’s errors and build a six-goal lead.
But the pressure started to mount and the team of Sharon Boyce, Amanda Newton, Stacy Collins, Sue Collins, Stephanie Miller, Brenda Blanc and Janet Campbell started to make errors, allowing Essex Open to turn things around and win 33-31, ending OPA’s winning streak.
OPA Whites secured their third win of the season against Woodford Warriors to move to the top of their division.
Whites maintained a strong lead in all four quarters with the second being their best as they outscored Woodford 17-4.
The team consisted of the usual players in Rashmi Bhopla, Verena Mitschelen, Delphina Thomas, Rabea Begum, Hannah Gillot and substitutes Raslin Freeman and Yasmin Browne as OPA won 47-21.
OPA Greens didn’t have their strongest starting line-up against Eclipse C, as Wendy Dorviis, Kayla Browne, Chesly Honeyghan, Laura Taylor-Burge and Louise Francis were joined by substitutes Hannah Gillot, Raslin Freeman and Dawn Hutchinson.
And their game was close from start to finish, with the last quarter proving to be the Greens worst of the day as Eclipse took advantage to claim a 39-36 victory.
OPA teams play their final match of the year on December 10, with Whites taking on Cumberland (10.30am), the vets facing Essex Open D (1.30pm) and the Greens doing battle with Marshalls White (3pm).