Simcocks Red Eagles 39-29 SMP Ballasalla A
The biggest game of the season for these 2 sides and both had nerves before the start of the game. Balla started the game with the first centre pass, but both sides showed nerves with a few off balls and missed passes the game started very slowly for both sides. As the first quarter went on both sides settled and the goals started coming with Chloe Gale and Sarah Cornish working well together and and sinking important shots, but this was matched at the other end by Kate Tebay and Kate Williams who also took their chances and sunk the goals, the first quarter saw Ellan Charmer and Becky Hempsall working hard together in the Simcocks defence and turning over some vital balls which helped the Simcocks girls finish the first half 10-5 in the lead. The second quarter saw much of the same with a new mid court strategy for the Simcocks girls, which seemed to work really well bringing the ball down the court and making the vital balls needed for the goals to be converted. Natalie Swales taking up a very strong central position for the Reds but was made to work very hard by Jane Ryder-Clauge who was on the end of every ball and made the mid court of the red team take an extra second to think about their movements. The second half of the game saw Balla make some changes, Ashley Hall went into shoot with Katie Williams and this seemed to work really well with Natalie Wilson-Spratt taking up the WA position, this gave Simcocks something to think about and with fresh legs on the court they had to work even harder, with viva Stawna having a great game at WD although out of position worked really hard with the defensive duo to get the ball out of their third and down the court. Ellan Charmer was at the end of all tips and interceptions working none stop though out the game. Simcocks took to the court in the last quarter being 15 goals ahead, but Balla had something else in store for them. Rianne Evans moving to C and Jane Ryder-Clague taking the GD bib with Ashley Cowin moving to WD, the Balla girls had one massive push in the last quarter and caught Simcocks asleep, with legs getting tired the Balla girls worked hard and managed to get some lovely clean play down the court into the attacking circle, with Kate Williams and Ashley Hall taking shots and not missing a goal. This worried the Simcocks girls, but they managed to keep calm and still Ellan Charmer and Becky Hempsell were on the ball and made vital tips, keeping the Reds in the game. This was such c great looking contested game and a mention must go to Pip Cross and Emma Williams who kept control of the game through out showing great knowledge of the game and control. Well done to all involved it was a great game to be spectated and Simcocks Reds came out with the win with 39-29 and a well deserved POTM to Ellan Charmer
Route 1 Turbos 35-22 Thompson 2
Route 1 Turbos got off to a great start and quickly took the lead in this match. Thompson’s WA, Voirrey Cashin worked well with Karen Duncan (C) in their attack despite pressure from Route 1 WD, Megan Hunter. Thompson's defenders, Rose Turner (GD) and Rochelle Boyd (GK), were also working hard and didn’t make it easy for Route 1. Their height and reaches made it difficult for the Turbos attackers to find a safe feed into shooters Elena Reid (GS) and Ella Webster (GA). Despite this, Route 1 finished the first quarter with a four goal lead.
Route 1 switched up their defence in Quarter 2, moving Eliana Kneen to GD and Cassidy Pizzey to WD. Ali Haddow was brought on at Centre and Alice Willoughby moved into WA and the pair linked well with each other to find ways to bring the ball into the shooting circle despite Thompson’s strong defensive duo. Webster (GA) and Reid (GS) continued to move well in the circle and worked hard to get themselves into position for the feed. At the other end, Pizzey (WD) and Kneen (GD) worked tirelessly to make interceptions and provided great support throughout the court. At the end of this quarter, Route 1 had extended their lead to 5 goals.
Quarter 3 saw changes for both teams. Route 1 Turbos introduced Holly Burgess to the game and Thompson brought Tegan Horrox (GD), Janet Sayle (WD) and Gwen Williams (C). The introduction of Williams at Centre for Thompson changed the dynamic of the game and put greater pressure on Route 1’s mid-court players. She linked well with Cashin (WA) to deliver the ball into shooters Kath Kermode (GS) and Emily Gaylor (GA). Horrox (GD) and Boyd (GK) continued to put pressure on Webster (GS) and Reid (GA), who were collecting the rebounds from missed shots. The score at the end of this quarter was 18-22 to Turbos.
With only a 4 goal lead, Route 1 knew that this was still anyone’s game. Willoughby returned to the court at Centre and worked hard with Burgess (WA) to work the ball around the circle edge for confident feeds into the circle where shooters Reid (GA) and Wesbter (GS) were now collecting their shots with ease. Thompson continued to work hard, but this quarter really clicked for Route 1 and they upped the ante on court. Turbos GK, Jemima Shepard, worked relentlessly throughout the game with Kneen (GD) to fetch the rebounds and made numerous under post interceptions. This coupled with Pizzey (WD) offering support and interceptions throughout the court ensured that Route 1 were capitalising on Thompson’s missed shots. Route 1 finished this quarter with 13 goals to Thompson’s 4 resulting in an overall final score of 22-35 to Route 1 Turbos.
POTM: Cassidy Pizzey (Route 1 Turbos)
PWC Manx Gems Sapphires 33-19 WDS Ltd Young Farmers B
PWC Sapphires started with a smaller squad than normal, requiring a switch to their normal players. This was noticeable in the first quarter with Farmers' Abby Jackson and Alex Lenny successfully bringing up the ball through mid-court. An evenly matched start saw Farmers taking the game into the 2nd quarter by one goal.
Sapphires play settled down during the second quarter and a great defence combination of Jess Hawkins and Sabrina Crowe prevented Young Farmers from adding much to their scoreline.
The third quarter saw a number of interceptions from GK Hannah Moore (Farmers) and C Dawn Quinn (Gems), but the strong attacking duo of Di Cregeen and Trudi Halsall increased the scoreline to 24-11 by the end of Q3.
Young Farmers came out strong in the last quarter and fought hard to gain the interceptions as PWC Sapphires started to tire. Anna King played well for Farmers in the circle to increase the scoreline and gain a well deserved point from the match. Final score 33-19 to Gems.
POTM - Di Cregeen, PWC Manx Gems Sapphires