Throughout the first period, the attractive Basque team took the lead…
Menées tout au long de la première période par une séduisante équipe basque, les Angoumoisines ont même accusé un retard de sept buts (13). La réaction a tout de même eu lieu. Elles ont commencé à réagir à partir de la vingtième minute pour terminer fort cette mi-temps et arriver à la pause avec un retard d’un but (17-18).
They can give a big thank you to Axelle Iziquel, undoubtedly the best player of this match, who kept her team afloat. Scoring nine goals in the first period, twelve in total, excuse the expression, it is under her leadership that Édouard Vandermesse’s players saved the day during these first thirty minutes. But this first half was difficult. However, the Charentaises still had thirty minutes left to make a difference and win.
Probably reprimanded by Édouard Vandermesse during halftime, Axelle Iziquel’s teammates regained their composure. They initially equalized before taking the lead for the first time in the match, 21-19 (35). They even managed to create a small gap, leading by four goals, 25-21 (45). However, as has become customary since the resumption of the championship, they allowed their opponents to equalize at 26-26 (50) and then 28-28 (55). Nothing was decided with five minutes remaining, and anything was still possible. Except that, due to a double exclusion, including a red card against Louise Thibaut, it was the Basques who made the decisive move and ultimately won by two goals, 31-33.
On pourra toujours regretter deux décisions arbitrales contestables en fin de rencontre qui valurent elles aussi deux exclusions temporaires mais non sanctionnées par deux tirs à sept mètres. Cependant la victoire des visiteuses ne souffre d’aucune discussion. Elles ont montré samedi soir qu’elles méritaient bien mieux que leur place et leur première victoire est loin d’être usurpée.
Edouard Vandermesse, coach of ACH, commented on the game, saying « It’s a great victory for Côte basque. But we shouldn’t expect anything else with such a scenario at the beginning of the match. We can regret our high number of numerical disadvantages, but the problem is that when we finally took the lead, we forgot the essential, which is to defend. And without making excuses, the absence of our two pivots destabilized us. »