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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thames, comprised of new players almost throughout the team with little match experience, started the match well managing to surprise the Great Dane players surging ahead.
But Great Dane soon regained their composure and got it back level midway through the first half.
Great Dane managed to bring their playmaker Anne Kandler more into play, and many of their goals came from their back court players. For Thames new signing Maria Kourdoulos managed time and again to threaten from the left wing and was on occasion only stoppable by fouls, resulting in seven-metre penalties.
The half time score of 16-15 in favour of Great Dane reflected very fairly much of the action on both sides of the court.
In the second half, both teams tried to gain the upper hand and several fast breaks from Great Dane lead to a four-goal advantage but tactical changes, including man marking the playmaker and most prolific scorer, helped contain the danger from the back court for a while.
However, Thames missed many chances by giving the ball away too soon or by individual action, trying shots without having created clear scoring opportunities.
Many of their shots were deflected by the Great Dane defence or parried by their in-form goalkeeper Daniela Coelho.
Kandler ended as top scorer with ten goals in the 29-25 victory, while Mariana Huisquara added six and Delphine Morel and Alesandra Garaloska four each. For Thames Maria Kourdoulos scored eight, Olimpia Lopes da Veira seven and Anine Hansen five.