Thompson 2 26-33 Route 1 Fuses
A great game between these two teams with great full court play but especially from both defence teams.
In the first half, Route 1 Fuses had the best of the play and opportunities with great work from their defence of Lisa McMullin, a very tenacious GK, with Megan Watterson, Ella Page and Emily Christian sharing the GD/WD positions. They were able to get a number of good interceptions which were converted to goals. Though Thompsons tall shooters of Georgia Harding and Charlie Callow-Moore, with wing Ella Malone kept the Route 1 defence honest. At the other end, Thompsons Maddie Butterworth (GD) and Rachel Craig (GK) were working hard as well but Bliss Murtagh (GA) and Amy Watterson (GS) barely missed a shot.
In the second half the Thompson changes started to pay off, particularly the move of Ella Crowe, adding her athleticism into the shooting circle. Whilst Flo Barber (C) kept Route 1 focussed, Thompson defence continued to make the Route 1 shooters work for their shots. The third quarter was pegged at 5 goals each through the hard defensive work from both teams. This contined into the last quarter but the Route 1 defence forced a number of held ball turnovers which their shooters capitalised on, maintaining their lead to the end.
POTM : Maddie Butterworth (Thompson 2); Bliss Murtagh (Route 1 Fuses)
SMP BALLASALLA 3 V SIMCOCKS WHITE
This game got off to a good start with both teams scoring early on. Ballasalla’s centre court of Nessa Farren, Lucy Radcliffe and Chloe Liu soon found their rhythm and were able to get the ball to Caitlin Henery who was able to slot it in. The first half ended 18-2.
The young Simcocks side came out well in the second half. Thanks to the work of Chloe Webster in defence, they managed to limit the Ballasalla side to six goals in the third quarter. Simcocks maintained their efforts in the fourth quarter and were able penetrate Ballasalla’s defence to have a number of shots at goal. However, Trinity Hebden and Annelise Mellor were relentless in their pursuit of the ball and enabled a 32-2 victory for SMP Partners Ballasalla.
POTM - Trinity Hebden (Ballasalla) and Chloe Webster (Simcocks).