Basingstoke Bluefins went to Grantham this weekend looking for an improved performance after loosing all 3 games the previous weekend in Basingstoke.

Their first game was against Jersey. Boosted by the return of top scorer Andreas Kottas Bluefins started well. Two quick goals right at the start from Kottas and Ben Naylor set the Bluefins in the right direction, before Jersey responded with a long range goal. But Kottas grabbed another 2 goals before the end of the quarter to finish 4-1 up. If the first quarter was good for Bluefins, the second was even better as a team performance with Kottas adding another along with Paul Adams and Trace Morgan getting a brace, with Jersey only managing a solitary goal to leave the half time score 9-2 to the Bluefins. At the start of the third quarter Jersey changed their tactics by putting 2 players on Kottas to stop his efforts. Bluefins didn’t adjust well to this change and Jersey fought back with 3 goals without response from the Bluefins to leave the end of third quarter score 9-5. At the start of the fourth quarter Jersey got another goal to make it 9-6. This prompted the Bluefins to go back up to the level of performance of the second quarter, and they responded with 8 goals without response. Kottas got another two but Jones, Ireland and Smith all got themselves on the score sheet, with Trace Morgan completing his hat-trick and Adams getting his second towards the end. Final Score: 15-6.

Boosted by this performance Bluefins then played Invicta Marlins, and played their best polo of the season, never giving the Kent team a chance to get into the match. Goals from Kottas (3), Ludford (3), Adams (2), Michael Seipp (2) and Trace Morgan (2) capped a fine team performance by the Bluefins to win 12-4.

The final game of the weekend was against Bedford. Bluefins had a set back to plans just before the game when Ben Naylor had to sit out due to injury. Bluefins started well going a goal up from Kottas but some slack defending let Bedford get a couple of goals before the end of quarter to leave Bluefins 1-2 down. Bluefins showed the character that was missing from the previous weekends and scored 3 goals without reply; Ireland grabbing 2 and Kottas getting one. But a couple of dubious refereeing decisions causing the exclusions of Michael Seipp and Paul Adams allowed Bedford back into the game to leave the half time score at 4-4. The second half of the game was a tight, scrappy affair with each team cancelling out each others plays. Kottas and Jones got a goal a piece but each time Bedford pulled back to leave the score at the end of the third quarter 6-6. Bedford started the final quarter with a quick goal but once again Kottas got Bluefins back into the game with his fourth of the match. Once again Bedford managed to get a goal through their top scorer Irvine to put them up with 3 minutes left to play. Bluefins throw everything into attack and caused the exclusion of a Bedford player, which gave Jones the opportunity of pulling Bluefins level with less than 2 minutes remaining. Both fought for the winning goal but both defences held firm to leave the final score 8-8.

Bluefins team:- C.Seipp, N.Ludford, B.Naylor, P.Adams, G.Bridger, T.Morgan, P.Hunt, M.Seipp, R.Smith, S.Fairhead, N.Ireland, A.Kottas, T.Jones

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