Good wins for Kinetics and Team Rowley in netball’s division one
Team Rowley and Kinetics continue to lead the way in the netball first division, following good wins by both teams. Challengers and Mishaps were victorious in division two while Tingwall and Da Hooligans were winners in the third division.
Team Rowley 36, Unst 21
The match started evenly with team able to gain the upper hand and the first quarter finished 6-6.
The second quarter saw steady defending by TR’s Karen Mackay and Fiona Dally limit shooting opportunities for the youthful Unst attackers Chelsea Jamieson and Debbie Smith. Vital interceptions by the TR defence were swiftly converted into goals by the Rowley attack with accurate shooting from Dawn Manson.
A more composed Unst side emerged from the half-time talk, their defence of Kathleen Johnson, Linda Thomson and Martha Clark working hard as a unit to contain the Rowley attack. TR did, however, manage to hold on to their lead, the score going into the last quarter standing at 26-17.
The final quarter saw TR regain control, working hard together as a team to defend and forcing Unst into errors which they capitalised on, storming to a 36-21 win.
Player of the match for Rowley was Dawn Manson for her excellent circle play and accurate shooting while for Unst it was Debbie Smith for her determined play and reliable shooting.
Kinetics 46, AHS 32
The match started off with fast and furious, end-to-end play and accurate shooting from both sides. At the end of the first quarter Kinetics were just in the lead at 9-8.
The second quarter started with some changes in both teams. Louise Jamieson came on at GA for AHS and Kinetics defence now had Andrea Tait, Lesley Spence and Cheryl Simpson. The play continued to be fast but the Kinetics defence were able to make vital interceptions in the AHS circle, preventing them from shooting and quickly snatching any rebounds. The whistle blew at half time with Kinetics having gained a comfortable lead of 25-15.
The young, fit players from AHS ensured the game continued at its fast pace. The centre court players from each team, Inga Woods and Louise Birnie for AHS and Louise Fraser and Fiona Shearer for Kinetics, worked relentlessly up and down the court making accurate passes. Sophie May Leyland and Emma Leask were now defending together for AHS, making Kirsti Leask and Sarah Grogan work hard for every shot. However, they continued their fine form and upped the Kinetics lead.
The final quarter saw more changes from both teams. AHS’s Chloe Millar and Andrea Strachan worked well together despite excellent defending interceptions by Lesley Spence and narrowed the gap in the final score to 46-32.
Players of the match were Lesley Spence and Emma Leask for their superb defending for their respective teams.
Supernova 25, Challengers 40
Challengers had the first centre pass but Supernova were quick off the mark and intercepted it, converting it into a goal. Challengers, however, were quick to settle into their game and played some great netball, taking an early lead over the younger Supernova team, ending the first quarter with an eight-goal lead at 14-6.
Challengers continued to dominate in the second and third quarters with great mid-court play by Maree Simpson, Heather Williamson and Kathleen Jamieson, which Louise Anderson and Lynsey Pearson effortlessly converted into goals. However, Supernova were determined and never gave up, with both Alice Unsworth and Katie Farnworth defending brilliantly.
Supernova shooters Liz Haining and Lois Gray worked well inside the circle with strong support from Jeanna Inkster and Helen Mathewson, but the Challengers defence was too strong and at the end of the third quarter the score was 33-17 to Challengers.
The final quarter saw Supernova continue to keep the pressure on but it was too little too late and Challengers finished with a 15-goal lead.
Players of the match were Alice Unsworth for Supernova and Louise Anderson for Challengers.
Da McEwans 22, Mishaps 47
Mishaps settled first and began to play the better netball, capitalising on all Da McEwans mistakes and converting all their goals, ensuring a strong lead at half time.
Although Da McEwans pulled back a little in the third quarter and managed to at least be halving the score, Mishaps played their best netball in the last quarter and left Da McEwans with no chance of even gaining a point.
Players of the match were Shona Moncrieff for Da McEwans and Haley Tulloch and Megan Keppie for Mishaps.
Scalloway Juniors 23, Tingwall 26
Both teams settled quickly and Scalloway Juniors took the lead in the first quarter. Good linking skills from Leah Henry and Rowan Nicolson in centre court meant the quarter finished 8-4 in Scalloway’s favour.
The second and third quarters were evenly matched with strong play and accurate shooting from both teams. Tingwall’s strong defence of Anne Mouat, Elaine Kirk and Claire Saunders worked hard against Scalloway shooters Laura McIntyre and Julie Brown.
In the final quarter Tingwall fought back and shooters Andrea Jeromson and Zoey Symington were too strong for the juniors defence.
Player of the match for Tingwall was Zoey Symington while Rowan Nicolson stood out for Scalloway.
Da Hooligans 42, Burra 28
Both sides started strongly with end-to-end play but accurate passing from centre court players Holly Jamieson and Zoe Irvine resulted in Da Hooligans taking the lead at the end of the first quarter 11-10.
Burra fought back strongly in the second half, determined to break up Da Hooligans fast breaks, with Marie Sharp producing some great defending. However, Da Hooligans found their top form with immaculate shooting from Valerie Sales and Lara Kay and notable defending from Lisa Smith and Tammi Anderson to put them again in the lead at half time.
By the third quarter the game became more even as Burra picked up their pace with good linking play up the court, resulting in some impressive shooting by Burra shooters Heather Henry and Bethany Laurenson.
Da Hooligans made some changes in the last quarter, taking on youngsters Rhea Kay, Karis Irvine and Nicola Polson, and their contributions helped their team to victory.
Players of the match for Da Hooligans were Valerie Sales and Zoe Irvine while for Burra it was Heather Henry.