Simcocks Red Eagles 45-11 Thompson 2
Thompson started the game very strongly and with tight defensive marking from Roisin Ashley and Breeshey Harkin the Simcocks girls found it very hard to get a clean pass to their shooters. The Simcocks girls took a while to settle, with new players due to injury and unavailability, they saw Helen Mason and Hannah Drewett join Claire Belcher-Smith in the mid-court, this combination took a while to settle and Thompson capitalised on this keeping the goal line to only 1 going into the second quarter. However the Simcocks girls settled and play flowed much better in the second quarter with Helen Mason making some lovely passes into Sarah Corkish and Catherine Cassidy who both found their form and didn't seem to miss. Pip Cross and Lesley Patterson worked really well together, but the tight defensive work of Ellan Charmer and Viva Stawna, made it very difficult for the Thompson girls to get the pass into their shooters, Ellan Charmer seemed to be making vital interceptions every time the ball came down her defensive end, and when Pip Cross did receive the ball, she put some lovely shots up on goal. The third quarter was by far the Reds best quarter, the hard work of each player on the court prevented Thompson from scoring a goal. The Simcocks girls pulled together throughout the game, and Thompson just didn't have the answer. All girls worked really hard on both teams and the game was won by Simcocks Reds 45-11.
POTM Ellan Charmer (Simcocks Red)
Marbree Motors 41-37 Thompson 3
The rescheduled match between Marbree Motors and Thompson saw the return of Marbree Motors GK Amy Kneale, on her birthday, just 8 weeks after the birth of her daughter Aoife.
With the Division 1 table being extremely close, the Marbree girls took to the court very determined against a higher placed Thompson team and started very strong finishing the first quarter 14-9. There was some great play mid-court with both teams feeding their shooters with vital balls making it very competitive at times. Neither side let their teams down when converting goals.
The first quarter saw Marbree up by 4 goals but Thompson did show threats at times and therefore the half time score was 20 -19.
Marbrees Amy Kneale GK and Anna McChesney GD demonstrated some great defensive work and tight marking in the circle making it hard for Thompson to take any more goals from. As a result both teams scored another 9 goals in the third quarter.
At times a very close, well fought match which was competitive until the final whistle but Marbree were determined to finish the first half of the season with a win and with some fantastic shooting from Christie Morgan GA and Amy Musson GS, Marbree went on to win 41-37.
POTM Voirrey Cashen, Thompson 3
Simcocks Green Eagles 66-8 Manx Gems Emeralds
Simcocks started very strongly with Jess Hatton making tips and interceptions all over the court, Christina Salinardi working hard in her attacking area and providing the shots and passes needed for the goals to be converted. Manx Gems Emeralds were a young side, but this did not put them off, they fought for every ball and made the Simcocks girls work hard and defend the ball. The strong defence of Daisy Downs for the Gems girls was impressive, but despite this Jess Clucas seems to be on the end of each ball and with her shooting on form there didn't seem to be much the Gems girls could do. The link down the court for the Gems girls worked really well, Emily Sweetman and Lucy Rice playing really hard, the work rate was high. However it was the Simcocks girls who had the game from the off, Alice Danes and Greeba Taisia linking well, the Simcocks girls had plenty of options on and off the court with strength in each position. The hard work of Jess Hatton, Holly Saxon, and Eloisha Dunn in the defence though kept the score low for the Gems girls only allowing 2 goals in, in each quarter. Simcocks came away with the win 66-8.
POTM was Jess Hatton (Simcocks Green)