At the start of the final period, Rotherham Metro moved into a seemingly unassailable 8-4 lead against Welsh Wanderers. But the Welsh girls were determined not to be beaten and, with Nia Sanders again in great form, gradually battled back into the match.
They still trailed 9-6 with just under two minutes left. Then Sanders scored her fifth goal, 15-year-old Lowri Skyrme added another and, finally, as Rotherham suffered an exclusion, Sanders equalised to make it 9-9 - with a mere two seconds remaining on the clock. Sanders finished with a haul of 14 in her three games.
Despite a determined recovery - from 8-4 down to trail only 9-8 - Penguin Emperors went down to Liverpool Water Beatles 11-8, leaving the London team with no points from the opening women's Championship 2 weekend.
The match was settled when Isabelle Robb put Liverpool 10-8 ahead with 2.38 remaining; Emily Ireland added another just five seconds from the end. Neve Annett was the dominant player for the Water Beatles, with seven goals; Claire Martin scored three for Penguin.
Andrea Norris was again in good form for English Roses, scoring four in a 9-7 victory over Sheffield Stingrays. Otter Lutra beat Southampton 7-3, adding four goals without reply in the third period through Imogen Smith (2), Sarah Rogers and Ciara Nicholson.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Welsh Wanderers' goalkeeper Anna Jenkins-Delf in action.