The Anderson High School netball team is through to last four of the Scottish Schools Cup, after a late charge ended in a nine-point victory over Perth Grammar School in the quarter-finals.
AHS 28, Perth Grammar 19
The atmosphere was tense as the two teams made their way on court and the game took a couple of minutes to settle as the ball flew from one end of the court to the other before Perth kicked off the scoring.
The action continued at a fast pace with both teams’ defenders marking tightly and making it very difficult for players to get the ball into the circle.
The Perth Grammar girls worked tirelessly to prevent Debbie Smith (GA) and Chloe Miller (GS) getting the ball from Inga Woods (C) and Louise Jamieson (WA). However, the AHS girls were too strong for them and took a 7-5 lead after the first quarter.
As the second quarter began there was everything to play for. It started with the Perth girls dominating the court through their strong centre, wing attack and shooters. The AHS girls did not give up though and raised their game dramatically.
Sophie May Leyland (GK) and Emma Leask (GD) worked well together to keep the ball away from the Perth shooters who were not making it easy for them. By half time the AHS girls were still leading but only by 14-13.
The second half saw a dramatic change in the fortunes of the AHS team. After some changes to the line-up, the players found their form and started putting a lot of pressure on the Perth side.
Woods, Louise Birnie (WA) and Megan Keppie (WD) worked hard through the centre court to get the ball up to the shooters. Perth’s defenders put a lot of pressure on the AHS shooters but it was not enough to prevent the AHS team winning impressively by 28 points to 19.
The AHS now take on the Robert Gordon College A team in the semi-final, originally due to be played by the end of the month.