The Anderson High School netball team, keen to defend the Scottish championship won last year, have made it through to the semi-finals of this year’s competition.
The players travelled to the Kelvin Hall on Tuesday where they defeated Glasgow secondary school Hyndland 50-48 in the Open A section quarter-final.
The game started with AHS pulling ahead by six goals at the start and things began to look quite easy. However, Hyndland clawed back by gaining some good interceptions in the mid-court and proved it was going to be a bit of a battle. The first quarter finished 14-11 in AHS’s favour. AHS stayed the same going into the second quarter and the pace of play continued to be fast and end to end. AHS maintained their lead and at half time had increased it by four goals to 25-21. Going into the third quarter AHS made changes and put on some fresh legs. Margaret Johnston came on at GK and Sophie May Leyland moved from GD to WA. This changed the dynamic of the team a little with Margaret Johnston’s height making it harder for the Hyndland GS to gain high balls into the circle.
Inga Woods worked tirelessly up and down the court as centre and fed well into the AHS shooters Ava Sim and Christine Jamieson who were always spot on their target. The third quarter finished 36-33 to AHS. With a tight score going into the final quarter the AHS girls’ job was to keep calm and concentrate on maintaining their lead, which they did well. A spokeswoman said the girls did very well to keep things together and work so hard throughout the fast-paced and energetic game.
The semi-finals are scheduled to be played before 1st April.