Tatyoon’s unbeaten streak has ended, after losing to Penshurst by nine goals in the Hawks’ first loss of the season at Penshurst on Saturday.
The loss means the Hawks drop to second spot on the ladder while the Bombers are now the only team to remain undefeated at the conclusion of round nine.
It was Tatyoon that had the fast start to the match, scoring 15 goals and holding the Bombers to just eight goals.
Jacqueline McDougall was accurate in the first term but her influence was felt further down the court.
Quick on her feet, McDougall applied pressure on the Bombers defenders, turning over the ball in her team’s attacking third and scoring.
Bombers defenders Michayla McRae and Natalie McGregor tightened up after the quarter-time break and the team was rewarded on the scoreboard.
Hawks goalie Maggie Astbury shot 11 goals in the first quarter but could only manage to add one goal in the second term as a result of an increase in the Bombers’ pressure across the court.
Penshurst ran with the change in momentum and were able to take a one-goal lead into the long break, 21-20.
The third quarter was an even battle with Jane Astbury dominating through the midcourt for the visitors.
Astbury is a determined player and provided a strong set of hands down the court and helped guide the ball into the ring.
Penshurst led 29 goals to 27 at the final break to make for an enthralling final quarter with the winner set to take outright top spot on the ladder.
Anastasia Walsh was having a fantastic game at wing defence for the Bombers, playing her role well for her team.
She read the ball extremely well, deflecting the ball and creating turnovers for her teammates.
The game broke open in the final quarter with the Hawks unable to match the Bombers’ efforts, as the home team went on to record a 41-32 goal win.
The win was made all the more impressive after the Bombers were without key player Leah Rentsch in their defence.
Maggie Astbury was well held after quarter time and finished the match with 18 goals from 30 attempts while fellow goalie McDougall finished with 14 from 21.
McDougall and Jane Astbury were named the Hawks’ best on court for the round nine game.
Tatyoon now sit in second spot, ahead of Woorndoo-Mortlake by percentage.
The Hawks will return to their home court for their next game.
They will be out to get back on the winners’ list when they host SMW Rovers in Tatyoon’s round 10 match.