Team Rowley kept in touch with Loungers at the top of the netball first division with a hard-fought win over Whalsay while AHS defeated Supernova and Kinetics got the points against Unst. In the second division match leaders Mishaps comfortably saw off bottom-placed Scalloway Juniors.
Whalsay 26, Team Rowley 36
Whalsay opened the scoring with a quick goal as TR were unfortunate to start with six players.
The arrival of the seventh player evened up the odds and the first quarter saw end to end play. With accurate shooting from TR’s Dawn Manson and Marie Clark they edged ahead to lead 8-5 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw both teams working hard for an interception. Sarah Kay stood out for Whalsay, making excellent interceptions in the defensive third. The first half ended with TR still leading by three goals.
Whalsay started strongly in the third quarter with June Williamson and Vaila Kay scoring goals from all areas of the circle. However, TR closed down Whalsay’s advance up the court with tight defending and good interceptions, particularly from Maisie Unsworth, Kylie Wood and Karen Mackay, while good passing and good shooting from TR heightened their lead to 27-22 going into the final quarter.
Whalsay were pushing for the lead during the last quarter with Catherine Williamson working the ball tirelessly up the court. TR’s tight defending in their defensive third made it difficult for Whalsay to get the ball into the circle. Quick passing by TR saw them play a excellent quarter to end the game with a 10-point lead.
Players of the match were June Williamson for Whalsay due to her outstanding shooting in her final match before retirement and Kylie Wood for TR.
AHS 53, Supernova 29
AHS began in determined mood, controlling the game from the start. Any mistakes from the Nova players were punished with Louise Jamieson feeding Inga Woods who surprised everyone with her stunning shots and movement in the circle. It was a lead of 19-5 for AHS at the end of the first quarter.
Changes to the AHS line-up saw Woods move to GK and Louise Birnie take over at GS. It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Nova after the first quarter but credit to them for their fighting spirit. Helen Mathewson and Sarah Groat began to make an impression in the mid-court and passes began to flow, enabling Liz Haining and Stephanie Keith to create scoring opportunities. A much more evenly-matched quarter ended at 29-11.
The third quarter saw Birnie move to C with Sophie May Leyland replacing her as GS for AHS. Nova’s defence of Karen Mathewson and Hannah Burgess found form and began to intercept and stop several of the AHS attacks. Sasha Wood also stepped up her game, supporting the AHS front players from the mid-court. This was the best period for Nova, with the score 40-21 going into the final quarter.
Karen Bannister switched from WA to C for AHS and put in a great shift, intercepting passes on several occasions and working well with Woods and Emma Leask. The versatility of the AHS players was a great advantage to them in this game.
Inga Woods picked up the player of the match, filling four different positions and displaying fabulous shooting skills in the first quarter. Nova’s player of the match was their GK Karen Mathewson.
Kinetics v Unst
Kinetics were awarded the points as Unst could not field a team.
Mishaps 51, Scalloway Juniors 25
The game started off looking like it would be a close encounter. While Mishaps had the majority of early possession, tight marking by Scalloway Juniors saw them make a number of interceptions from slack passes. However, the Juniors shooters struggled to convert against the very effective defence of Megan Keppie and Emma Inkster. At the other end of court the scoring duo of Marie Manson and Leanne Tait were confidently netting goals.
Both sides made a few positional changes for the second quarter and this proved effective for Scalloway Juniors with Julie Brown and Rowan Nicolson working well in attack together. Mishaps led 27-6 at half time.
The second half was much closer. Scrappy play at times allowed Scalloway Juniors back into the game. However, the Mishaps team game was too strong with good ball movement around the court in various combinations, strong shooting and excellent defending, and this saw them emerge victorious. All credit to the Scalloway youngsters who, despite trailing throughout, never gave up their fighting spirit.
For Scalloway Juniors Rowan Nicolson stood out, being an effective contributor both as centre and goal shooter. Marie Manson was player of the match for Mishaps for her good positioning and accurate shooting.
Mishaps were pleased to record a clean sheet of wins for all their division two fixtures.
Da McEwans v Scallywags
Da McEwans were awarded the points as Scallywags couldn’t field a team.