Route 1 B 21 -30 Ramsey
What a match – end to end action from start to finish! With Route 1 B having won all their matches so far this season and Ramsey becoming more successful with each game, it was always going to be close.
Strong play by both teams, in all areas of the court, made it difficult for either to convert opportunities into goals. Some brilliant interceptions from Megan Watterson, Route 1 GD, combined with a tight defence by Lisa McMullin (GK) and Maisie Jamieson (WD), prevented the Ramsey attack feeding the ball into the circle. The score was 7 – 5 to Ramsey at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter continued to be close, with Ella Page (Route 1 C) limiting Ramsey options in the centre third, despite great work from Ramsey’s Erin Kelly (C), Sian Faragher (WA) and Gabby Sullivan (WD). The half time score was 13-11 to Ramsey.
Ramsey brought on Amber Pullen (WA) and Reese Daludugan (WD). Both got straight to work, with great passing between Amber and Erin Kelly (C) helping Ramsey to feed the ball to their shooting team of Sian Hignett (GA) and Bryony Callow- Thomas (GS). By the end of the third quarter, Ramsey had increased their lead to 20 – 17.
With everything to play for in the final quarter, both teams upped their game, but great marking by the Ramsey defensive pair, Emily Craig (GD) and Sarah Vondy (GK) prevented Route 1 shooters Bliss Murtagh (GA) and Amy Watterson (GS) making the most of their chances. Ramsey converted most of their turnovers so when the final whistle went, they had pulled away to take the match 30 -21.
Thank you to everyone who took part and to all those who came down to support the teams.
POTM – Sian Highnett (Ramsey) Bliss Murtagh (Route 1)
Thompson 2 35-10 SMP Ballasalla 3
SMP Ballasalla 3 won the toss, took the first centre pass which was turned over by Thompson 2, Amelia Roberts netting the first goal. Ballasalla turned over the Thompson centre pass their GS finding the net. Play was fairly even during the first quarter, both sides showing their skill with some great turn overs. Some good defending from Islay Shannon in the final minutes resulted in a few more goals from the Thompson shooters pushing them slightly ahead, finishing the quarter 7 – 3.
Thompson had plenty of fresh legs on the bench and the second quarter saw Maddie Butterworth coming on at WA for Thompson making some fine interceptions. Emily Rawlins came on at GD, linking well with Ella Malone at WD. Paulina Kurzydlowka shone in Ballasalla’s circle, creating space and finding the net to increase the Ballasalla tally. Despite Thompson taking the quarter 8-4, there was also some great play from the Ballasalla mid court and some great passing into the Ballasalla shooters from Kayleigh Denton.
In the third quarter Thompson dominated their defensive circle, Rachel Craig getting strong tips and rebounds, passing out to their mid court to bring the ball effectively to the Thompson Shooters, Ella Crowe and Charlie Callow-Moore. Again fresh legs meant movement of players who showed some lovely attacking play, Amy Quayle and Megan Jones holding space to receive the ball in the mid court really well. Mika Chen had a turn at GA, demonstrating her versatility. Unfortunately the Ballasalla girls didn’t increase their score in the 3rd quarter which ended 24-7 to Thompson.
Into the final quarter and the Ballasalla team had a complete turnaround with only one player remaining in their starting position. This gave new energy to the side. Alicia Kewley defended well and Freya Jones’s timing was excellent but the Thomson team remained strong. It was Thompson who ran out winners, the match finishing 35-10.
PotM: Charlie Callow-Moore, Thompson; Kayleigh Denton, Ballasalla