Wins for Unst and Supernova in netball’s second league
Unst and Supernova both had victories in the netball division two at the weekend, while in the third division Da McEwans defeated Team Tingwall.
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Unst 35, Mishaps 24
This fixture is always a good battle and as expected the match got under way at a fast pace. Mishaps quickly settled into their play and moved the ball well up the court, using the high ball to Lara Thomason by the circle to great effect. As the quarter progressed Unst started to connect better and pulled ahead slightly. The quarter ended 8-6.
The Mishaps came out strong and some great shooting from Gayle Henry and Leanne Tait meant they took the lead early in the quarter. Unst fought hard and some great rebounds and interceptions from Janet Abernethy allowed Unst to get the ball to their own shooters and again they took a small lead. The half time score was 16-13.
The third was another fast-paced quarter with neither team giving much away. Mishaps had some fine fluid play with Gayle and Suzanne Manson connecting well. Unst’s Julie Munro moved higher up the court which helped the attack feed the circle and allowed Unst to extend their lead to 25-20.
The last quarter saw Unst capitalise on a few loose balls from the Mishaps. Unst’s Karis Burns showed great ball handling when feeding the circle and some good shooting from Chelsea Jamieson meant Unst won by 11 goals.
Players of the match were Karis Burns and Janet Abernethy for Unst and Gayle Henry for Mishaps.
Wastside 34, Supernova 40
The first quarter started strong despite Wastside only fielding six players. They were determined to give a good game.
Supernova’s Helen Mathewson and Sharon Moore played good, accurate passes, linking well with their shooters Liz Haining and Marianne Williamson to win the quarter 11-9.
There wasn’t much changes in the second quarter with both teams playing at a good pace. Wastside’s Erica Mikolajczak and Lindsey Morrison made some superior passes up the mid-court and into the circle, but Supernova’s interceptions were strong from Alice Unsworth, Emma Rose and Laura Mathewson. Supernova increased the lead to 24-17.
Wastside put up a fight to close the gap in the third quarter with some nice shots from shooters Mhari Moncrieff and Julie Odie, but with tight marking in the circle from Jenny Whiley and Emma Rose Supernova led 29-24.
The last quarter saw Wastside’s Pauline Walterson and Catherine Henry defending (and shouting), but it still wasn’t enough to catch Supernova, with Liz and Marianne on form and very rarely missing a shot to win the game 40-34.
Players of the match were Emma Rose for Supernova and Linsdey Morrison for Wastside.
Da McEwans 39, Team Tingwall 24
This was a closely-fought match with fast flowing netball from both teams. Tingwall’s shooters made it clear from the outset that they were on good form, and put immediate pressure on the McEwans defenders, with Zoey Symington in particular looking energetic in both build up play and in the circle.
McEwans’ Dianne Irvine rose well to the challenge and made some excellent interceptions to halt Tingwall’s progress, and switched intelligently to block the shooters, forcing them to shoot from further out.
Despite this Tingwall’s attacking players linked very well together and Jennifer Wadley did well getting the ball in to the shooters. McEwans worked the ball well from the back with some excellent link up play from Sonia Shearer ensuring the ball was distibuted to centre court players Maggie Irvine, Gemma Manson and Eileen Robertson who rotated throughout the match.
At the halfway point the game was tied at 16-16 with all to play for. Tingwall made various changes throughout the game with Paula Sinclair moving into a shooting role and Wilma Poleson and Donna Murray injecting new pace into attack and defence, but the change of players did not interupt the flow of the game.
Despite Tingwall’s efforts in defence, Joanne Stewart was in great shooting form for McEwans, and rarely missed a shot, resulting in McEwans edging away in the final quarter to take the game with a five-goal lead when the final whistle sounded.
Players of the match were Jennifer Wadley for Tingwall and Joanne Stewart for McEwans.