Team Rowley see off Challengers and AHS in netball league

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Team Rowley had two more wins in division one of the netball leagues while Loungers convincingly defeated Challengers. Leaders Supernova were successful in the second division while division three saw victories for Ness and Team Tingwall.

Division One
(Sponsored by SLNA)

Loungers 33, Challengers 16

Both teams started competitively but Loungers settled first, going into a five-goal lead. Loungers shooters Stella Oldbury and Claire Young were on great form, with good movement in the circle and accurate linking passes while the defence of Kristen Johnston and Louise Moar put immediate pressure on the Challengers shooters, breaking down their play. The first quarter ended 10-5 to Loungers.

Challengers came out strong with great play up court from Catherine Williamson and in defence Vaila Kay worked tirelessly, but with Loungers’ steady team play the lead opened up and the score at the end of the quarter was 17-10.

Loungers continued making the most of loose passes and missed shots from Challengers, taking a 12-goal lead.

The last quarter saw Loungers with some impressive mid-court play. Working at fast pace Vicki Henderson and Hazel Uren’s accurate passing and support around their circle were important in the victory for Loungers.

Players of the match were Hazel Uren of Loungers and Vaila Kay of Challengers.

Challengers v Kinetics

No report was received.

Team Rowley 42, AHS 26

AHS started the game at their usual fast pace whereas TR took a while to get into the game. AHS took full advantage of this and with quick movement and passing from Allie Elphinstone and Sophie-May Leyland they raced ahead to a 4-0 lead. TR fought back and managed to make the score 9-5 in their favour at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter both teams seemed to be more evenly matched. AHS shooters Claire Morris and Debbie Smith put pressure on the TR defence of Fiona Dally and Maisie Unsworth with quick dodges and accurate shooting. The defending duo soon picked up on this and got some great interceptions for their team. The quarter ended with TR still leading by four goals.

Both teams had a few positional changes at half time. Morag Fox came on for TR and worked well with centre Karen Mackay as they slowed down the AHS attack with great defence. At the other end of the court, Emma Leask challenged Marie Clark for every ball but despite her efforts the quarter ended 30-17 to TR.

In the last quarter AHS showed their determination by snatching up any loose ball and converting it into a goal. Lisa Morrison was on top form and constantly found the net which helped TR to take a further lead.

Players of the match were Maisie Unsworth for TR and Debbie Smith for AHS.

Team Rowley 40, Challengers 32

The first quarter started at a speedy pace with both sides scoring evenly with end-to-end play and consistent shooting from both circles, bringing the first quarter score to 9-8 to Team Rowley.

Through determined mid-court play and passing in to their shooters by Heather Williamson and Catherine Williamson for Challengers, they squeezed the lead by half-time to 18-17.

In the third quarter, Suzanne Fox and Marie Clark for Team Rowley matched the excellent shooting efforts by Challengers shooters Vaila Kay and Louise Anderson and in this nail-biting quarter the score was 26-24 to Team Rowley.

With all to play for, Team Rowley made some final switches, introducing Morag Fox to GS. The mid-court duo of Karen Mackay and Kylie Wood for Team Rowley fed a series of quick accurate passes in to the shooters Fox and Clark which were coolly converted into goals, despite tight defending by Challengers’ Lynsey Irvine and Maree Simpson, and Team Rowley started to gain the lead.

With determined efforts from Challengers to close the gap, Team Rowley defenders Fiona Dally and Brenda Leask made some key interceptions to provide the vital shooting opportunities to seal the victory.

Players of the match were Kylie Wood for Team Rowley and Heather Williamson for Challengers.

AHS v Kinetics

AHS could not field a team so the points were awarded to Kinetics.

Division Two
(Ocean Kinetics)

Supernova 34, Hotfooters 26

Hotfooters started with the first centre pass, quickly taking control with a fast pace and excellent passing between Lauren Odie and Laura Cheyne into the shooting circle, where Liza Fullerton and Haley Tulloch were quick to convert them into goals.

However, due to speed of play both teams made a few mistakes enabling Supernova to maximise on this and get back some goals. The first quarter ended with Supernova just one goal ahead at 6-5.

The second quarter again started with some fast and furious play from both teams. However, thanks to the Hotfooters coach motivating her team from the sidelines they started to take a solid lead and by half time had a five-goal lead at 11-16.

Supernova made some changes to their line-up, giving Sharon Moore, Laura Mathewson and Marianne Williamson a well-deserved rest and bringing on Laura Guthrie, Jenny Wylie and Stephanie Keith in their place.

This seemed to settle the team down and thanks to some tight marking and strong, linking play from Alice Unsworth and Helen Mathewson, and excellent shooting from Stephanie Keith, Supernova made a comeback despite the determined and concerted efforts of the Hotfooters. At the end of the third quarter Supernova had taken the lead at 24-19.

The fourth quarter started with Hotfooters attacking well with fast, accurate passes. However, Supernova made some good interceptions, swiftly converting them into goals. Tight marking from Rozanne Georgeson and Iona Holmes made life very difficult for Supernova’s Liz Haining and Stephanie Keith.

Both teams played a strong final quarter, fighting for every ball, but Supernova continued to increase their lead and eventually won the match.

Players of the match were Emma Rose for Supernova and Iona Holmes for Hotfooters.

Supernova v Wastside

Wastside were unable to field a team so the points were awarded to Supernova.

Mishaps v Unst

No report was submitted.

Unst v Wastside

The game was postponed.

Division Three
(Evelyn Rae)

Scalloway Juniors 30, Ness 33

Ness took the first centre pass and the game started off at a fast pace. Some good interceptions by Ailish Parham helped Ness take a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ness made changes during the break, bringing on Megan Smith and moving Michaela Peterson to WA. Scalloway settled into the game and were feeding good passes into Julie Brown who was shooting accurately. The score at half time was 16-13 to Ness.

Both teams came back on the court very determined. Ness settled and Megan Smith and Michaela linked good passes down the court. The Ness shooters were on form with Caroline Wood netting some good long-range shots. Ruth Christie and Ailish were marking well in the other circle picking up any rebounds resulting in Ness increasing their lead to 30-20.

Scalloway made some changes, moving Rowan Nicolson to GA and Kirsty Uttley to centre. They started the final quarter strongly with some great interceptions and passing from Kirsty and accurate shooting from Rowan and Julie. This closed the gap but it was a little too late.

Players of the match were Ailish Parham for Ness and Julie Brown for Scalloway Juniors.

Team Tingwall 42, Da Hooligans 33

Da Hooligans won the toss and scored four goals through Lara Kay and Valerie Sales before Tingwall replied. The Tingwall defence of Donna Murray, Louise Arthur and Val Morrison had to work hard in reply to the Hooligans attack. Hooligans marked tightly, in particular the defence of Nicola Polson, Tammi Anderson and Abby Irvine which caused Tingwall to take longer to settle, but by the end of the first quarter Tingwall had taken a slim 9-7 lead.

The second quarter began at a past pace. The Hooligans rarely missed a shot but the Tingwall defence of Arthur, Morrison and Murray marked tight, keeping the shooters out of the circle and causing the Hooligans to make a couple of forced errors.

Tingwall capitalised on these errors and fast passing by Wilma Polson, Alexis Jamieson and accurate shooting from Zoey Symington and Karla Stewart ensured they kept their lead, albeit slim, at 21-18.

Both teams re-arranged positions at half time and the third quarter continued with fast flowing, end-to-end play. Great passing and movement from both teams kept the game entertaining but Tingwall were 29-24 ahead when the umpires called time.

The last quarter saw Hooligans determined to up their play and secure a win which was still within their reach. The fitness of the younger of the two teams began to show but Team Tingwall dug deep and maintained their lead.

Players of the match were Abby Irvine for Hooligans and Valerie Morrison for Tingwall.

Scalloway Juniors v Scallywags

Scalloway Juniors could not field a team so Scallywags received the points.

Team Tingwall 17, Ness 14

Good interceptions from Ness’ Ruth Christie and Ailish Parham and Tingwall defenders Donna Murray and Hazel Aitken kept the score at zero for quite a while in the first quarter.

Once the players started to settle, Ness opened the scoring with Tingwall replying with a couple of fast goals. Tingwall’s attackers Karla Stewart, Paula Sinclair and Valerie Morrison started to link better when attacking and by the end of the quarter they led 5-2.

The second quarter began at a fast pace and it was Tingwall’s turn to net the first goal. The centre court saw most of the action during the beginning of this quarter with Tingwall’s Murray, Morrison and Elaine Kirk battling hard with their Ness counterparts Gina Scanlon, Megan Smith and Alice Smith.

Ness shooters Elizabeth Williamson and Caroline Wood came more into the game and netted some lovely shots although the Tingwall defenders did not make this an easy job. Half time saw Ness close the gap to 7-6.

Again centre court players played a dominant role in the third quarter. Accurate passing from Stewart, Jennifer Wadley and Louise Arthur allowed Tingwall shooters Sinclair and Andrea Jeromson to net a good few goals but they had to work hard to get free from Ness defenders Christie and Parham who were marking tight and getting most of the rebounds. The score was 15-9 to Tingwall when the whistle blew.

The last quarter saw Ness open the scoring and claw things back with a good run of goals. Accurate passing and shooting reduced Tingwall’s lead but they battled on to try and keep ahead. The Tingwall defence of Arthur, Morrison and Aitken made a few crucial interceptions which resulted in a couple of important goals.

Scalloway Juniors v Da Hooligans

No report was received.

Ness 33, Scallywags 32

Ness took an early lead but then made some sloppy passes allowing Scallywags to take the upper hand. Despite close defending by Ness, Scallywags made some great passes into the circle and finished the first quarter 8-6 ahead.

Ness fought back in the second quarter with some excellent shooting by Caroline Wood and Elizabeth Williamson. For Scallywags Naomi Johnson made some excellent interceptions and Gwen Malcolmson and Andrea Henderson worked tirelessly to pass the ball into their circle. At the end of this quarter Scallywags had regained their lead at 16-14.

The fast pace was maintained in the third quarter with accurate passes and good interceptions from both teams. Ness’ Megan Smith displayed superb speed and agility but the Scallywags’ determination meant they increased the lead to 23-20.

With shooters from Ness and Scallywags all being on excellent form and a close score, both teams had to fight hard in the last quarter as they had everything to play for. The Ness shooters kept the pressure on and with good linking play finally took the lead to win.

Players of the match for their speed on court were Megan Smith of Ness and Naomi Johnson of Scallywags.

Team Tingwall 68, Da McEwans 28

Both teams started well with Deborah Mowat for Da McEwans playing very well and working hard to get the ball into the circle. There was good play in the Tingwall circle with accurate passing between Zoey Symington, Karla Stewart, Paula Sinclair and Wilma Poleson.

Tight marking by the Tingwall defence of Hazel and Kim Johnson was forcing Da McEwans to work hard to find a space in the circle. Both teams were producing excellent shooting with Da McEwans’ Joanne Stewart and Tingwall’s Zoey Symington rarely missing a shot. Play in the first quarter was very even and it finished with a score of 17-10 to Tingwall.

The second quarter saw fast accurate passing between Wilma Poleson, Louise Arthur, Zoey Symington and Karla Stewart. They had a fantastic run of play which led to plenty of goals being scored.

Da McEwans’ defence Gemma Manson, Diane Irvine and Shona Moncrieff worked hard but the second quarter ended with Tingwall gaining a wider lead at 35-16.

Tingwall dominated the third quarter with good team play between Elaine Kirk, Jennifer Wadley and Louise Arthur. Da McEwans shooter Joanne Stewart’s scoring was very accurate and she was scoring goals from anywhere in the circle. She was being well supported by Deborah Mowat and Alison Williamson who were feeding through good passes.

Tingwall were showing good team play and the third quarter finished 51-22.

In the final quarter the Da McEwans started to tire slightly but Tingwall kept up the pressure and were scoring well. This was a fantastic game with a total of 96 goals being scored in 48 minutes – one goal for every 30 seconds of play.

Players of the match were Kim Johnson for Tingwall and Deborah Mowat for Da McEwans.


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