NETBALL REPORTS – OCTOBER 2ND

Absolute Scaffolding 18, SMP Ballasalla C 16

The first meeting between Absolute Scaffolding and SMP Ballasalla C in the new division 2 was always going to be difficult to call, with Absolute Scaffolding hoping that their experience of playing in a higher division would give them the edge whilst knowing that SMP Ballasalla C would give them a run for their money – how right they were!

From start to finish, Sunday’s match was very closely contested with Absolute Scaffolding leading the match by just 2 or 3 goals until they managed to extend their lead to 14-9 at the end of the third quarter.

Both teams made changes before returning to court for the final period of play. Absolute Scaffolding brought on fresh legs in defence and SMP Ballasalla C changed their shooters which proved to be a good decision as their goal conversion rate improved and made the final quarter their highest scoring but they were unable to pull the game back and Absolute Scaffolding held onto their lead, eventually winning 18 – 16.

PotM: Ashleigh Cowin (SMP Ballasalla C).

Simcocks White Eagles 22, Route 1 Sparks 38

Route 1's defence of Susie Roelofse (GK) and Sue Webster (GD) started strongly, containing the Simcocks attack to 4 goals in the first quarter and then maintained their intensity throughout the match. Despite the best efforts of Becca Cubbon (GS) and Caroline Coole (GA), they were held to only 6 goals in each of the remaining quarters.

Route 1's attack capitalised on the defence work, matching scores in the second quarter but outscoring Whites in the other three. Simcocks worked hard, especially GD Phoebe Roosen but Sparks GS Gabi Pickering made great use of her height to secure the win.

A fast enjoyable game with great mid court play from both teams.

PotM: Susie Roelofse (Route 1 Sparks)

Marbree Motors 34, PWC Manx Gems Rubies 32

This game was set to be a fierce contest with PWC Rubies having just come into the newly formed Division 1 from the Premier Division, and Marbree having only lost out by 4 goals the previous week to Castletown.

The first quarter was a good start for both teams, although both showing some nerves and PWC Rubies finished the quarter with a slender lead of 10-8. The second quarter saw PWC Rubies nudge further ahead, with some great shooting from Trudi Halsall and Nat Mason. Rubies defence made it hard for on form Marbree shooters Christie Morgan and Amy Musson, though the efforts of POTM Sammy Bowden and WA Michelle Cannell around the circle did not go unnoticed, the quarter ending 19-13.

Third quarter and it was a change in the circle for Marbree, with Hannah Quinn coming from WD into the shooter role and returning player Sinead Keane coming into defence. The PWC Rubies GD and GK worked tirelessly to keep the shooters out of the circle, and any stray balls were quickly picked up by Rubies centre Dawn Quinn to pass back down the court to the Rubies circle.

Going into the final quarter, PWC Rubies were 4 goals up at 26-22. However Marbree were not letting this game end without a fight. With some excellent interceptions from the Marbree GK and GD Amy Kneale and Stacey Morgan, Marbree converted the first few centre passes to take the score all square. A combination of determination, great passing and composed shooting in this final quarter and Marbree won the game 34-32. A great game was had by every player on the court and this match shows this newly formed Division 1 will have some brilliant and fast paced games this season.

PotM: Sammy Bowden (Marbree Motors)

Route 1 Connections 36, Simcocks Red Eagles 32

This was always going to be a tough game for both teams. Again, with it only being second game of the season it took a few minutes for both teams to settle. Once they did it was goal for goal. With both teams fighting for a break it was Route 1 that manged to get the turnover and convert. This was certainly not enough to shake off the Simcocks girls and it continued goal for goal throughout most of the game. With Simcocks welcoming Rachel Johnstone into this Simcocks team she proved why she has her position there and made plenty of interceptions linking well with the ever reliable Claire Belcher-Smith. Route 1 GA Nicki Spencer worked hard to get the ball up to the attack using the defence well and allowing her fellow attackers to get some good balls into shooter Erin Keggen. All the girls on the court worked hard but it was Route 1 who just managed to edge the win.

Potm: Nikki Spencer (Route 1 Connections)