Thompson 2 20-42 Missfits A

Thompson 2 started the second half of their season with some promising netball, keeping in contact with the Missfits A scoreline throughout the first half and showcasing some excellent attacking play, most notably from Ella Clague and Izzy Hitchin; the latter an under-18 player playing up from Thompson 5. As the match progressed, however, Missfits became ever-more dominant, largely facilitated by the slick partnership of Rebecca Dunne and Lauren Ellison in the shooting circle.

Thompson struggled to maintain the intensity of play seen in the first half, and Tilly Davies proved very effective in picking off some key feeds into the shooters by the Thompson midcourt. Despite numerous gutsy interceptions by Hannah Clague and outstanding play by Izzy throughout the match, Thompson just could not close the gap, and it was a calm, collected Missfits who were able to control the final quarter and deny Thompson a half-score point. Nonetheless, play from both sides was very sporting and it was a very enjoyable fixture to kickstart 2019!

POTM Hannah Riley, Missfits A

Route 1 Connections 30-25 Brown Craine Toomraiders

It’s always a great game between Connections and Toomraiders and today was no different with only 5 goals between them at the final whistle. Connections were happy to be able to use the new rule introduced to Manx Netball that allows U18s to gain valuable experience throughout the clubs, by using Ruby Turner who proved a great asset in this game, working brilliantly with POTM Katrina Keeling who is sponsored by Viking Office Systems.

There were fantastic moments for both teams in this game, and both teams never gave up which shows in the score line. Nicola Spencer (Connections GA) put up some great shots and Becky Pate (C) and Ali Haddow (WD) worked tirelessly up and down the court. Sarah Jones had a great game for Toomraiders in defence adding a lot of pressure to the Route 1 shooters. This is the last time these teams will meet this season with Route 1 taking full points from both games.

POTM Kat Keeling, Route 1 Connections

DAM Plant Young Farmers 33-42 Route 1 Turbos

This was the first match for both teams of 2019. Both teams were eager to start the second half of the season with a win. Farmers knew they had to play some very good netball as they had previously lost heavily to the young, up and coming Turbos team.

The first quarter started a little franticly, Young Farmers were slow out of the starting blocks which let Turbos make some good interceptions, allowing them to gain lead in the first quarter. Turbos GA, Ella Webster, was shooting well, despite pressure from Farmers defence. The first quarter ended 6-4 to Turbos.

The second quarter continued to be closely contested, and at this point the win could have gone either way. The fitness and youth of Turbos brought some well worked play through the centre third and both the centres (Alice Willoughby, Turbos & Rachel Osbourne, Farmers) made for a fierce battle. Excellent shooting by Farmers GA, Alison King, kept the score line close. It ended 16-12 to Turbos, with everything to play for going into the 3rd quarter.

Farmers started the third quarter determined to try and narrow the scoreline. Great pressure from Turbos defence, Ruby and Rose Turner, made shooting very difficult for Farmers attack as they pressured every ball. Despite some great work off the ball by Farmers WA, Nicci Cain, they were unable to match the great work from Turbos. The girls worked tirelessly and created some lovely play throughout the court and with some excellent shooting in Turbos end, they extended their lead to 28-21.

Both teams continued to play well and the match was competitive right to the end, with Turbos taking a victory, 42-33.

Thank you to the umpires and scorers.

POTM Ella Webster, Route 1 Turbos

Absolute Scaffolding Black 28-22 PWC Manx Gems Emeralds

It was an early start for the Ramsey girls having celebrated their GD, Leanne Faragher’s 21st birthday the night before!!! Both teams started strongly, fast passes throughout the centre court and great play from Lauren Christian (WA-Gems) and good defence work on behalf of both Absolute & Gems. First quarter, Absolute took the lead 7-6.

Gems fought back in the second quarter after Absolute made changes to the team in both attack and defence in the break. It became clear that this combination hadn’t worked for Absolute and Gems were able to take the lead at half time 14-12.

Returning to their original positions, Absolute played strongly in all areas, particularly in the shooting circle, where despite having to fight off the challenging defenders of Gems, Sian Hignett (GA) and Gill Cunningham (GS) managed to bag an extra 9 goals bringing Absolute back into the lead for the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter, both teams upped their game desperate for the win. Absolute kept the pressure on in all areas of the court to take the match, 28 -22.

Brilliant game had by all. A massive thank you for all umpires and scorers for assisting, especially at 9am on a Sunday!!

POTM Sian Hignett, Absolute Scaffolding Black