Their day began well enough as Farida Elsayed’s hat-trick helped earn an 8-4 victory over Liverpool Water Beatles. It meant Watford had to win their second game of the day, against Rotherham Metro, to retain a chance of making the top five – meaning a step-up to Championship 2.
But Rotherham were just too strong, leading all the way and reaching 14-9 before a Watford rally occurred too late, making the final score 14-12. Emily Crossley (7), Vicky Bowen (4) and Lucy Hobman (3) scored the goals for Rotherham, while 16-year-old Catalina Granger contributed five for Watford, including four in the final period. In their first game, Rotherham beat Manchester Comets 16-9.
Cheltenham’s 100 per cent record was demolished by Exeter, whose 10-5 win put the Devon side – newcomers to BWPL this season – on top of the table. Both teams were already guaranteed progress to Championship 2. Exeter were in control after racing into a 5-0 first quarter lead, including three goals from Jai Powell.
Penguin Emperors made sure of their Championship 2 spot, Alice Woods scoring four in a 10-6 victory over Southampton. Watford will be joined by Liverpool Water Beatles and Manchester Comets in the qualification tournament.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Audrey Tata, of Penguin Emperors.