Battling display by Loungers fails to stop Kinetics’ first division charge
Kinetics saw off Loungers by the narrowest of margins to remain top of the netball league division one, while Whalsay comfortably defeated AHS to leapfrog their opponents into third place. Team Rowley remain second after Unst failed to field a team. In the second division Supernova got the points when Da McEwans were also unable to muster a team while in division three Tingwall came out on top against Scallywags.
Loungers 23, Kinetics 24
The game began with Loungers looking comfortable. They kept possession of the ball which enabled them to quickly rack up the goals, ending the first quarter 6-3 ahead.
Into the second quarter Kinetics started to play their own game. Their marking was tight and their passing was quick and accurate. Injury unfortunately struck Loungers which forced them to change four positions of the team. In the second half of the game Kinetics further increased their lead. Due to the Kinetics’ tight marking Loungers found it difficult to lose their opponents and find spaces for comfortable passes, which on occasion forced error. The Loungers defence did particularly well in taking advantage of each rebound, allowing the ball to be pushed down into their attacking end of the court.
The competitiveness going into the last quarter was evident between both teams. Loungers kept calm and quickly netted more goals to close the gap. Tension was high and each player was clearly determined to win. The end-to-end play resulted in an even score at one point but Kinetics then managed to get the crucial winning goal.
Players of the match were Jenni-fer Thomson for Loungers and Ann Marie Kennerley for Kinetics.
Whalsay 28, AHS 14
A fast-paced match started with Whalsay snatching an AHS centre with quick reactions in defence from Sarah Kay, which helped Whalsay gain a lead 6-3 in the first quarter.
Whalsay dominated the next two quarters with calmer play to have a good lead of 21-9 going into the final period. Good shooting and defence saw AHS close the gap to gain a well-deserved point.
Players of the match were Sarah Kay for Whalsay and Sophie Leyland for AHS.
Unst v Team Rowley
Team Rowley received the points as Unst failed to field a team.
Supernova v Da McEwans
Supernova got the points as Da McEwans failed to field a team.
Scallywags 21, Tingwall 30
Scallywags started with the first centre but a weak pass enabled Tingwall to intercept the ball and allowed them to open the scoring. Tingwall settled very quickly with good, strong, accurate passes from Joanne Anderson and Elaine Kirk in mid-court through to shooters Zoe Symington and Debbie Wiseman who found the net first time despite great defending from Scallywags’ Pauline Mouat and Dana Watt.
Scallywags never gave up and with accurate shooting from Anne-Marie Robinson and Cyndi Pottinger they were almost matching goal for goal but Tingwall proved to be the stronger side, ending the first quarter 10-7 ahead. Scallywags were determined to regain the lead and started the second quarter well, but they soon found that the changes Tingwall had made were producing good play with precise passing. Both teams continued to play some great netball which saw accurate shooting and defending at both ends of the court. The score at half time was 19-12 for Tingwall.
The third quarter started with a change to Scallywags line-up which saw Dana Watt moving to GA and Anne-Marie Robinson to GD. That paid off as it produced some accurate mid-court passing between Gwen Malcolmson and Robinson in to shooters Watt and Pottinger.
Tingwall continued to play some great netball with fast accurate passes between Karla Stewart, Jennifer Wadley and Anderson to Wiseman and Symington who found the net each time with ease, giving them a nine-point lead at the end of the quarter.
In the final quarter Scallywags were on form and were even more determined to close the gap. That resulted in both teams playing some great netball from one end to the other before the whistle went with the final score 30-21 to Tingwall. Players of the match were Anne-Marie Robinson for Scallywags and Joanne Anderson and Zoe Syming-ton for Tingwall.