A three-goal winning margin sounds comfortable enough - except for the fact that, at the start of the second period, MSM were racing clear with a 7-0 lead! Then Bristol stirred, quickly cutting the deficit to 9-7 and eventually taking the lead for the first time at 10-9 in the third. After that, it was comparatively straightforward, both Heather Tomlinson and Diana Teggi finishing with five goals.
There were dramatic last minute finishes in two Super 5s matches.
Liverpool Lizards beat Coventry 10-9, levelling at 9-9 3.48 from the end with a Katie Hesketh goal, followed by Lauren Tasker's winner with just 48 seconds remaining.
In the men's competition, Solihull lost goalkeeper James Alton early on to a hand injury against Lancaster and switched Krishan Kaushal to the no 1 cap. His contribution included saving a penalty - subsequently to prove invaluable as his team snatched an 11-10 victory. Twenty-six seconds remained when Ryan Padbury took advantage of the new corner rule to put the ball in play, cut infield and set up the winner for Matt Madden.
Photos (Trevor Hyde): Above - Anna Motley, of Sheffield Stingrays, tries a backhander under pressure from Caledonia's Alison Tate at Ponds Forge today. The Scots won the Championship 1 game 12-6. Below - Joel Abbott attempts a shot for Sheffield against Invicta in the final Super 5s game of day one. Sheffield won 13-11.