The London side eased to a 3-1 lead early on but found Maddy Tagg, the US goalkeeper in the last World University Games, in fine form. The margin was cut to 3-2 midway through the third quarter when Nicole Reynolds scored. After that, it was all Sheffield, as they added further goals by Nessie Cowton (2), Danielle Elliot (Photo: Trevor Hyde), Amelia Peters and Tara Smith.
Coventry opened with a comfortable 10-5 victory over Liverpool Lizards. The win followed Coventry's hat-trick of victories over Liverpool in the 2018/19 campaign. Sarah Kreiser led the scoring with four.
Steph Whittaker claimed eight as champions City of Manchester outgunned City of Birmingham 22-2. It was the Midland team's first experience of the top division after winning promotion last season. In the final game of the day, Caledonia hit back from 11-9 down two minutes from the end to draw 11-11 with Hucknall. The vital late goals were scored by Claire Moloney and Nicola Tate; Rachael Lewin notched five for Hucknall.
An excellent day for the Sheffield club ended with the Stingrays team defeating City of Bristol 11-9 in women's Division 2 at Grantham. Four of their goals were scored by 14-year-old Anna Motley.