NETBALL first division leaders Kinetics had an impressive victory in last week’s matches, as did second-placed Loungers. In the second division Mishaps edged out McEwans while in division three there were wins for Burra and Lerwick Juniors.
Loungers 27, Whalsay 19
The fast and furious pace was set from the start and did not let up throughout.
Loungers took the lead first with some smooth attacking play and great finishing work from shooters Stella Oldbury and Lynne Strachan.
Whalsay weren’t going to sit back and take this, quickly regaining possession and evening the scores. The first quarter was a low-scoring affair with great defending from both teams, finishing at 5-5.
The second quarter saw the determination from both teams coming forward, but as one team took the lead the opposing team would fight back to even the scores.
Great work in the Loungers defensive circle from Lesley Mouat and Jennifer Thomson kept the formidable shooting duo of June Williamson and Vaila Kay under wraps. The end of the second quarter saw Loungers take the leadat 12-11.
As the teams moved into the second half of the game both teams kept the pressure on their opponents. Whalsay’s Catherine Irvine (WA) and Catherine Williamson (C) linked well with their shooters who were making some great long distance shots.
Loungers were solid in mid-court, moving the ball out of defence and up court to the shooters. Again not much could separate these two teams as the score at the end of the third quarter stood at 16-15 in Loungers’ favour.
The final quarter saw Loungers take control with great movement and accurate shooting in the attacking circle. Any mistakes made by Whalsay were quickly snatched up and converted to goals.
Loungers really pulled together and showed a great team effort in the last quarter to win 27-19.
Player of the match for Loungers was Lynne Strachan while for Whalsay Catherine Irvine stood out.
Kinetics 53, Supernova 20
Kinetics settled quickly with their shooters on fine form and quickly built a significant lead.
Supernova were just finding their form when Jeanna Inkster, who had been working tirelessly at centre, was injured and had to leave the court. Jenny Wylie came on in her place. The quarter ended 15-3 to Kinetics.
Coming in to the second quarter, Supernova reorganised and again took a few minutes to settle. Kinetics were linking well up and down the court and this made it difficult for Nova to get the ball in their attacking circle. However, when Supernova GA Stephanie Keith did gain possession she never missed a shot. Nova worked hard to try to catch Kinetics’ early lead but the first half ended 27-9.
Kinetics made a few changes at half time and Nova continued to work hard. However, Sarah Grogan played a stormer throughout, ably supported by GS Emma Gray, netting goal after goal.
Players of the match went deservedly to both teams’ goal attacks, Sarah Grogan and Stephanie Keith.
McEwans 33, Mishaps 36
With the McEwans down to six players Mishaps took an early lead through fast and accurate passing. McEwans defended well but confident shooting from Marie Manson and Alicia Hunter meant the first quarter ended 10-6 to Mishaps.
In the second quarter McEwans motivated themselves and began to fight back with good play by GD Eileen Robertson and WA Maggie Kay who made some excellent passes through the mid-court. The quarter was fairly even and at half time the score stood at 18-16.
Throughout the second half Da McEwans continued to play with great determination but as they began to tire Mishaps made great use of their extra player and worked well as a team. This resulted in great attacking play and gave them a well-deserved win. The player of the match awards went to Eileen Robertson (GD) and Alicia Hunter (GA/GS).
Burra 32, Mavericks 24
The first quarter saw Mavericks take an early lead as Burra were slow to settle, but accurate shooting by GS Ingrid Divine pulled the scoring even.
Going into the second half the Mavericks made a few changes with WD Susan Lindsay and WA Freda Leask, but Burra maintained control with brilliant play by GA Alexis Jamieson and WD Louise Mellor which saw them take a good lead.
The third quarter saw Mavericks make more changes and more passes reached GS Chloe Miller who rarely missed which brought the score to just one point in it.
The last quarter was all to play for and everyone showed great determination but Burra defended well and kept the lead.
Players of the match were Heather Henry for Burra and Chloe Miller for Mavericks.
Lerwick Juniors 28, Ness 12
Both sides were determined to get off to a good start but it was Lerwick Juniors who started strongly with centre Sarah Groat making some crucial passes that helped her side take a 7-2 lead.
After a short break the second quarter started with Lerwick Juniors gaining more confidence as GK Katie McMillan and GD Alice Unsworth defended their players well to keep the score down. After the end of the second quarter the score was 17-4.
Ness did not give up and they brought on shooter Rachel Adamson who helped boost the team as they kept the Lerwick Juniors score down in the third quarter, which finished 21-9.
In the last quarter Ness never gave up but Lerwick Juniors pulled away by even more with GA Caitlin Watt making some influential moves inside the circle.
The player of the match for her accurate shooting and skilful movement was Sadie Tait for Lerwick Juniors while the determined shooting partnership of Caroline Wood and Rachel Adamson won them the title for Ness.