The second set of games in Spain’s women’s first division goalball league that got underway early Sunday morning on the right court Sunday at Centros de Recursos Educativos ONCE in Madrid saw Aragon take on Montesinos Murcia. This session, Aragon was wearing yellow jerseys instead of the light blue they wore yesterday. One of the players from Murcia was also not wearing a team jersey at the start of the game, which resulted in a penalty against her side. Number 3 for Murcia flew across the floor to block Aragon’s penalty shot that went out above the front touchline. The Aragon side has two members of the current 10 strong national side. Number 3 for Aragon could get spin on the ball.
At 8:28 left in the first, Aragon’s center number 4 found a gap and scored the game’s first goal. Aragon number 3 had a moment of bad court sense, and was floundering out-of-bounds in the net for a few seconds during a Murcia shot that luckily went to the other side and was blocked by her teammates.
Number 4 for Aragon scored her team’s second goal at 6:47 remaining off a bounce shot. Number 3 for Murcia also tried the bounce shot a few times but was unsuccessful in converting it. Number 4 for Murcia, the player with the jersey foul, had a nice block at 3:32. The ball thrown by Aragon number 3 had such force you could hear the oof from the Murcia player as the ball made impact.
2:53 and one of the teams called a timeout. Aragon got a penalty for taking too long coming out of their timeout. Number 3 for Murcia shot but went so far to one side that the shot was out before it was ever in. There was a period following that where it seemed like every shot by Aragon and Murcia was out, not blocked out. This changed, with a nice volley back and forth before number 3 scored for Aragon off a ball that bounced off and over Murcia number 4. The goal brought the game to 3 – 0. Aragon scored a fourth goal off a shot that bounced off the hands of number 3 of Murcia and into the goal. The half would end there at 4 – 0 in favor of Aragon.
Number 1 for Aragon scored at 9:16 left in the second half. There was a goggle check at 8:46 for Aragon center number 4. She was the team’s leading shooter at times, using power shots that almost forced the ball up and over Murcia’s prone players and into the goal. A few times, Murcia was busy feeling behind themselves, searching for a ball that had gone over. Aragon number 1 got a nice shot across the court and into the Canarias goal, bring the score to 6 – 0. Following the goal, Murcia made two substitutions, brining in player number 5 Carolina and player number 7. Number 1 for Aragon did a number of shots for her side, always going across the court, aiming for the far corner.
A powershot by number 4 for Aragon saw the ball connect with a gap and go in at 4:28 left. The score was then 7 – 0. Number 3 Lydia for Murcia was clearly the best player for side in the second half but her on court leadership skills did not always seem there to give her team a better chance. At 3:19 left in the second half Aragon made a change, with number 1 coming out and number 5 coming on.
Aragon scored again after number 7 Jesica dropped way too early and out of position, allowing a gap as number 3 was also out of position. The Murcia player had a lot of pain in her hand as a result of the one block, and changed sides as a result. She shook her hand as if to get feeling back into it for a few minutes. Number 7 eventually made another nice stop after an out of position number 3 missed it. She then shot the ball straight into the heaters on the scorers table. Following that and an earlier ball shot in the same location, Jesica went back to her original position on the left. Leading 8 – 0, Aragon mostly stopped shooting, and instead did a number of pass outs. The game ended there.
Unlike in some countries where sighted and non-sighted players play in the national league, the Spanish league does not permit sighted players to compete. All players need to have a vision impairment to be eligible for a team.