Sunday 30th September 2012
SOUTH HANTS v BRISTOL 1
Result: South Hants won 3:2 (25 – 21, 25 – 15, 16 – 25, 12 – 25, 15 – 13)
With the support of a large home crowd, South Hants got off to a bold start to their season, in a challenging match against the new entrants to the division, Bristol 1.
The teams both appeared to get straight into the game and were closely matched for most of the first set. Building on their practice in the weeks before the match, the home team worked hard and strong serving from Michelle Rex helped the set to close at 25 – 21 to South Hants.
In the second set South Hants were ahead throughout, with good serving from the team and dominating attacking from Blanka Wood, the set went to South Hants 25 – 15.
In a total turnaround, Bristol had the edge in the third set, a very long run of serves from Nicola Breaks helped the side to win the set 25 – 16.
South Hants struggled to recover their form, losing the fourth set 25 – 12, but with encouragement from coach, Bev Cooper, they managed to revive their spirits, and show their experience, taking the fifth set 15 – 13 to narrowly win the match 3:2.
Overall a good win for South Hants. Fantastic hitting and blocking from Natalie Patrick in her first national league match, and a promising opening to the season from all the team. Well done to everyone and huge thanks to our supporters.
Bristol nominated Michelle Rex to receive player of the match.