SMP Ballasalla A 55-28 Simcocks Blue Eagles
In the first run out of the New Year for both teams, SMP Ballasalla A and Simcocks Blue blasted away the cobwebs in the first few minutes of the game to play some fast paced netball. Ballasalla stepped out with their new line up and with excellent rebounding from the defenders they were able to take the lead in the first quarter 13-8. Simcocks made a change in their shooting circle for the second quarter but Ballasalla were able to settle into the game, easily finding Kate Tebay at Goal Shooter. Ballasalla ran away with the quarter, winning it by 11 goals. In the third quarter, Simcocks welcomed Becky Hempsall back to the court at Goal Keeper after a period away from netball due to injury. She was able to disrupt the shooting circle, denying Ballasalla the high ball on a numerous occasions. However, Ballasalla’s centre court played with purpose and were able turn the ball and play Ashley Hall into the game more at Goal Attack, extending their lead to 42-20. The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting with Simcocks fighting for the half score point. Ella Carridge, Ballasalla’s newly promoted Wing Defence was tenacious on the Simcocks centre pass and her touches slowed their game down but Simcocks were persistent. Composed play from Aalish Bridson complemented the determination of Hannah Drewett in the Simcocks shooting circle and they managed to get the point with the game ending 55-28 to Ballasalla.
Player of the Match was awarded to Ballasalla’s Centre Jane Ryder-Clague.
Route 1 Sparks 32-41 Simcocks Green Eagles
A tightly fought match, with both sets of shooters having strong games.
Simcocks Green started with 6 players but were back up to full strength shortly into the quarter. Hollie Armstrong (GK) and Alex Johnston (GD) made the Sparks shooters worked hard for their goals and Laura Nicholson (C) for Simcocks controlled the game very effectively. Score at quarter end was 9 all.
In the second quarter the Simcocks shooting duo of Jess Clucas (GS) and Cristina Salinardi (GA) really put the pressure on Sparks defensive team of Freya Skillicorn (GD) and Sue Webster (GK), barely missing a shot and pulling out a 6 point advantage by the end of the first half, leading 21:15.
Sparks players dug deep and shooters Ella Webster and Meg Hunter, trading the shooting positions each quarter, kept the pressure up on Simcocks defence. Greeba Taisia (WD) for Simcocks is always effective, whether in mid court or the circle and made life difficult for the ailing Sparks WA, Lisa Fitzgerald. At the end of the the third quarter, Simcocks had eeked out a few more goals to lead 30:21.
Sparks were down to 6 players for most of the last quarter. Sparks centre Katy Shimmin was double marked in attack, but with some great mid court work from Caroline Marshall (WD) against Simcocks’ Holly Saxon (WA) and with Marshall and Skillicorn providing additional support to the reduced attack Sparks were able to continue to feed their shooters and kept the quarter score level. However, Simcocks had done the damage in the second quarter and with some great shooting all through the match, they took the win by 9 goals, 42:31.
PotM Jess Clucas, Simcocks Green Eagles
PWC MANX GEMS SAPPHIRES 28 v SIMCOCKS SILVER EAGLES 24
A match between the first and second place teams in division 3 was always going to be a close game. Sapphires dominated the first few minutes with great mid-court interceptions by C Emma Leith & WD Holly Hennessey and the first quarter ended 10-3 to Sapphires.
Amazing shooting from Sapphires GA Amaline Batty and Simcocks GA Helena Allen saw the second quarter end 19-9.
Simcocks then came out very strong, scoring the first 3 goals and going on to win the third quarter which ended 22-16.
With only 6 goals apart, both teams came out fighting in the last quarter with great interceptions from Sapphires WA Becca Cooke and Simcocks GD Cassie Pizzey & WD Lucy Faragher and the match ended with a Sapphires win 28-24,
POTM – Emma Leith (PWC Manx Gems Sapphires)