Whalsay took a big step in the quest for another first division netball title by defeating second-placed Kiwis at the weekend. Kinetics, meanwhile, began their campaign with a good win over Challengers.
Whalsay 28, Kiwis 23
Whalsay were first to settle with consistently accurate shooting from Vaila Kay and June Williamson, taking the lead 9-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Whalsay continued to build on their lead in the second quarter with excellent mid-court play and good interceptions from Victoria Duthie and good linking play by Catherine Irvine.
Kiwis narrowed the gap in the second half with their determined, spirited play, but strong defensive play from goalkeeper Natalie Polson thwarted many Kiwis attacks.
Whalsay began to flag in the last quarter and Kiwis began to rattle the Whalsay team. However, calm midcourt play from Catherine Williamson settled her team and ensured a well-deserved victory for the Bonnie Isle. Players of the match were Victoria Duthie for Whalsay and Brenda Leask for Kiwis.
Kinetics 48, Challengers 19
The first quarter saw good competitive netball, with end-to-end play and both teams scoring consistently. Goalkeeper Lynsey Pearson made crucial interceptions for Challengers, while Kristen Jarmson and Lesley Spence kept the Kinetics defence tight. The whistle blew with the score close at 12-9 in Kinetics favour.
In the second quarter Kinetics made some changes and began to take control. Their mid-court picked up on Challengers’ sloppy passing, which Louise Kelly and Kirsti Leask easily converted, ensuring a strong lead of 23-11 at half time.
Challengers battled on with Linda Irvine playing a good supportive role in the centre court. However, they were unable to capitilise due to great defending from the Jeromson sisters Kayti and Kristen.
By the final quarter Kinetics were working well up and down the court and Challengers were unable to catch up with them.
Players of the match were Lesley Spence for Kinetics and Linda Irvine for Challengers.
• For all second and third division scores and match reports plus league tables, see this Friday’s Shetland Times.