It was a strong start to the season for a team containing a fine influx of new players. Debutants Wong, Lee and Robbins all made a good impact on the game with Brian Lee in particular being prominent for his passion and clear communication throughout.
The first half began promisingly, limiting the opposition to a few outside shots whilst creating reasonable opportunities ourselves. Unfortunately, our shot accuracy left some room for improvement whilst Jesus scored a few blessed shots through their talented number five, giving us only a six point advantage at half time.
The frustration continued into the second half, with overly ambitious passes often being picked off by the Jesus Mr Tickle at number 11. However, our defence remained solid, limiting the losses and allowing us to, narrowly, retain the lead. Particular mention should be given here to the guards who rotated well and smothered any offensive space Jesus might have created.
Just as things were beginning to look uncertain, a brilliant driving layup from Lee, immediately followed by a top of the key fade away from Wong gave us the six point breathing space we needed to thrive. The last period of the match saw almost unanswered Christ’s domination with Langevin, Burke, Robbins and Nelson covering the boards at both ends. Jesus became desperate, attempting rushed shots that Burke in particular enjoyed denying and finally resorting to underhand professional fouls in an attempt to gain some possession.
The final result probably reflected the average flow of the match but I feel the team is capable of far more if we improve on some small details.