Mishaps defeated Supernova in division two of the post-Christmas netball leagues while in the third division Scallywags and Ness both picked up victories.
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Mishaps 52, Supernova 48
This was the first match of the season for Supernova and the third for Mishaps. They both settled quickly with Supernova taking an early lead thanks to some fast mid-court play by Helen Mathewson and Sharon Moore into the goal third, where Lizzie Haining and Marianne Williamson were on fine shooting form.
Mishaps quickly fought back with fantastic teamwork to take a one-goal lead at the end of the first quarter with the score 12-11.
The second and third quarters were very closely matched with both teams working hard to take a lead against the other, but at the end of each quarter they stood goal for goal at 22-22 and then 37-37 respectively.
In the fourth and final quarter Supernova seemed to lose their focus with stray passes and missed chances. Mishaps seized every opportunity, with Gayle Henry and Leanne Tait rarely missing a shot and before long the team had secured a tremendous eight-goal lead.
Supernova fought back with some cracking goals from Williamson and Haining but unfortunately it was too little too late and Mishaps deservedly won by four goals.
Players of the match were Ann-Marie Goudie for Mishaps and Alice Unsworth for Supernova.
Scallywags 35, Tingwall 34
The first quarter got under way with Scallywags winning the first centre and both teams were quick to settle. In a very fast competitive game from start to finish Scallywags took the lead at 11-7.
With the second quarter under way, Tingwall saw Jennifer Wadley move to centre and Donna Murray to GD and the game continued as in the first quarter. Tingwall were linking up well with accurate passing between Wadley and Alexis Jamieson in to Karla Stewart and Zoey Symington who were shooting accurately, making Scallywags Laura Saunders and Nicola Smith work tirelessly to keep them from scoring. Scallywags were also playing well in their centre third with Gwen Malcolmson and Andrea Henderson feeding passes in to Cyndi Pottinger and Anne-Marie Robinson who was on form with her long-range shots finding the net despite being closely marked by Donna Murray.
As this quarter drew to a close it was Scallywags who went into the third quarter leading 18-14.
Both teams saw changes being made at half time and with the game under way, Scallywags were now determined to keep their lead and Tingwall to close the gap in the scoring.
This was another fast quarter with both teams working hard and producing great end-to-end play. Scallywags Gwen Malcolmson and Joy Duncan were working well in mid-court, feeding and supporting their shooters who were rarely missing the net, making Tingwall’s defence work hard to intercept the ball. It was Scallywags who went into the last quarter leading 28-22.
With everything to play for, both teams knew they had to work hard and this resulted in a very fast, competitive quarter. It was Tingwall who had the upper hand with great passing in centre court between Wadley and Jamieson in to Andrea Jeromson and Zoey Symington, whose shooting was on form.
Scallywags never gave up and were fighting back with Malcolmson and Robinson linking up well in their centre court. With the score tied and the last few minutes remaining, it was
Scallywags who went on to win with a great pass from Malcolmson in to Dana Stewart who found the net before the final whistle went in this closely-fought game.
Players of the match were Gwen Malcolmson of Scallywags and Alexis Jamieson of Tingwall for their all-round performances.
Scalloway Juniors 23, Ness 40
Scalloway Juniors started with the first centre pass and Rachel Young opened the scoring.
Ness soon fought back and ended the first quarter leading 9-4.
Moving into the second and third quarters Ness further increased their lead through great work by centre Megan Smith and accurate shooting from Caroline Wood.
In the fourth quarter the Juniors’ play improved, with tireless work from centre Kirsty Uttley. Both the shooters, Rowan Nicolson and Rachel Young, were also playing well, with some great movement in the circle, but the defence of Ailish Parham proved too strong.
Players of the match were Kirsty Uttley and Rowan Nicolson for Juniors and Ailish Parham for Ness.