Ruislip Eagles got their season off to a great start with a convincing 39-12 win over Thames on Sunday.
The Eagles are determined to make a significant push for the league and cup this year having lost both titles to rivals Great Dane last season, and have been boosted this season with the return from long-term injury of Lenka Kocisova as well as strengthening in the goalkeeper position.
Thames were fielding a new-look team and got off to a good start, with speed in their attack. But Ruislip’s new goalkeeper Elizabeth Solhaug was in fantastic form, with an 80 per cent save rate in the first half.
Ruislip soon settled and were dominating from fast breaks where Kocisova and Telek were unstoppable. The Eagles built a commanding half time lead of 21-5, largely due to the efficient fast breaking and Solhaug’s commanding performance and although Thames were more effective in the second half, the game was over as a contest and Ruislip ran out 39-12 winners.
Top scorers for Ruislip Eagles were Telek with 12, while Kocisova added 11 and Dani Sposi 6.
This Sunday, Great Dane open their defence of the National League title with a match against Chester side Deva at Leyton SCORE Centre in London.