Rowley netballers blunt AHS challenge

Team Rowley had a comfortable victory over AHS to cement their position in second place in division one of the netball leagues.

Division One

Team Rowley 36, AHS 20

With both teams having met the previous week, this second clash was expected to be nothing short of a nailbiting, end-to-end match.

AHS were ready and prepared from the first blow of the whistle. They started out fast and strong but it was clear that both teams were eager not to make the crucial first mistake. Fast and accurate passing between young AHS players Emma Leask, Sophie-May Leyland and Inga Woods saw them lead 6-5 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter TR stepped up to the mark and started to warm to the fast pace of the game. Crucial inter-ceptions in mid-court by Brenda Leask, Karen Mackay and Lauren Smith, combined with clever movement from shooters Dawn Manson and Marie Clark, allowed TR to comfortably storm in to lead 19-10.

AHS continued to play strong and fast in the third quarter and displayed some great skills. Shooters Andrea Strachan and Louise Jamieson continued to work their way around their attacking circle but struggled to find the back of the net.

TR’s Leask and Fiona Dally were quick to pounce on the rebounds and send the ball back up the court to the strong shooting duo of Clark and Manson. The AHS mid-court players continued to work tirelessly and make passing difficult for the TR players but TR were proving to be too powerful and increased their lead to 27-14.

Having had an important fourth quarter team talk, AHS came back on court determined to pull back the deficit. Their fast and accurate passing continued to grow stronger and they were finally starting to slot in the goals with ease while TR were making some unnecessary mistakes.

AHS tried their hardest to pull back the game with some late interceptions from Karen Banister but it was all but too late as TR won by 16 points.

Players of the match were Marie Clark of Team Rowley and Inga Woods of AHS.

Unst v Loungers

No report was submitted.

Division Two

Mishaps v Supernova

No report was submitted.

Division Three

Scallywags 23, Scalloway Juniors 21

Scalloway Juniors started the stronger with fast, accurate passing and shots on goal being converted first time. The same could not be said about Scallywags who struggled to pass and shoot accurately – leading to them being 9-4 behind after the first quarter.

Each quarter saw Scallywags make changes in a bid to cut the flow of passes going through Leah Henry and Rowan Nicholson in the mid-court and Julie Brown’s entry into the circle. New face Rachael Cleminson for Scallywags had a good first game, making some fine interceptions and helping her team mates get the opportunity to make up the goal difference. By the final quarter Scalloway Juniors led by only two goals so both teams took to the court knowing the game could go either way. A final tactical change saw Scallywags move Naomi Johnson into WA in the hope of getting more balls into their shooters. An ankle injury, however, was to lead to Scalloway Juniors goal-keeper Erin Sandison being replaced by Nicole Mouat. That disrupted their play and encouraged Scallywags to fight harder and they won by two points.

Player of the match for Scalloway Juniors was Rowan Nicholson while Ann-Marie Robinson got the honours for Scallywags.


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