May 7, 2010
The final weekend of the 2010 AK Pro Superleague kicked off on Friday with the Red team taking a 2-0 lead over team Pink for third place. From the opening whistle the Red team looked to take charge and generate a lot of attack. Most of the attack was credited to some good midfield possession by Erin Mason who was able to thread the ball to forwards Megan Scraper and Emily Neill on numerous occasions. Lucy Shaw and Laura Dowling were strong on defence for Red, with Dowling tossing some brilliant aerials up the field. With a good penalty corner conversion rate, Red was able to capitalize on two of their three first half corners. A pass was made from the top of the circle to Tyla Flexman whose shot was blocked by Sarah Saddler but Flexman was able pick up her own rebound and dish it to Megan Scraper for a deflection into the net. The second goal was a well executed give and go at the top of the circle, again, between Flexman and Dowling. Dowling made no mistake with a flick high past goal keeper Kaitlin Williams to put her team up 2-0.
A key position switch of Pink team member Diana Roemer to the backfield allowed for her to distribute some excellent balls up field using her aerials. Pink also had two corners in which Roemer’s high drag flick forced Lisa Dawn to make an outstanding save. The second corner was deflected out off the first runner Tyla Flexman’s stick. The Pink team was able to take on a bit more of the attacking role in the second half of the match most notably on a play when Sam Smith (on loan from the Navy team) was able to feed Kate Gillis up front but Gillis was denied on her one-on-one opportunity. Gillis along with Elise Milosevich were crucial up front for Pink but were were unfortunate not to put any past the Red team’s defense and keeper. The score remained 2-0 at the end of the match with Red taking home the bronze.