Thompson 1 38-31 Simcocks Blue Eagles
Thompson 1 v Simcock’s Blue was always going to be a well contested match with both teams needing the 3 points to stay in contention with the top of the table. The game started well for Thompson with the attacking duo of Anne-Marie Crompton and Fern Christian linking well and putting the girls in purple ahead at quarter time. A well-timed break for Simcocks Blue allowed them to regroup and enter the second quarter with much more vigour than they had started the game with. Fiona Clark-Wilson and Jessica Clucas worked the defence of Charlotte and Molly Christian hard ensuring the game was all to play for going into the second half. As the second half played out it was clear to see that both teams wanted to take win but Thompson held onto the lead and came out eventual winners. POTM: Lexa Hattersley (Thompson).
Route 1 Turbos 48-28 Thompson 3
This season sees Thompson 3 bring a new team together combining experience with some talented younger players, many playing in the senior league for the first time. Route 1 Turbos also fielded a talented mixture of youth and experience for this game and showed their consistent strength both in attack and defense from the outset. Whilst Thompson demonstrated some excellent skill and passages of play, Turbos were leading 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Throughout the second quarter Alice Willoughby C maintained a consistent performance in mid court for Turbos and ensured her team stayed grounded whilst Cassidy Pizzey GD for Turbos, made it hard for Thompson to feed the ball into their shooters allowing them to continue to extend their lead to 25-12.
The third quarter saw some changes throughout the court for Thompson which really allowed them to demonstrate their skill and strength as a team. The mid court read the play well to make some timely intercepts, whilst at the defensive end Mika Chen GD and Lily Ellison GK worked well together, putting pressure on the Turbos shooters and minimising their goals. The excellent pressure and more consistent play by Thompson throughout the court minimised Turbos lead in this quarter. With 8 goals to Turbos and 7 to Thompson the third quarter ended 33-19.
Going into the final quarter both teams showcased the strength of their shooters. For Thompson, Georgie Harding GS and Izzy Hitchen GA were consistent in shooting, Izzy converting some excellent shots at long range. For Route 1 Ella Webster really earned her POTM with a strong display as GA/GS and the excellent conversion rate of both of their shooters ensured that they increased the lead further, giving a final score of 48-28.
PotM Ella Webster, Route 1 Turbos
Young Farmers B 24-47 Spaniards
In the first quarter both teams got of to a good start but it was Spaniards who took the lead during the first quarter by a 5 goal difference. It was attacking duo Sophie Betteridge and Sara Collister that really shone during this quarter with neither of them rarely missing an opportunity to get a goal.
The second quarter didn’t go so well for Young farmers B as Spaniards extended their lead with defensive pairing Ruth Kinnish and Alayna Cloop working extremely well together applying great pressure to limit Young Farmers to only 3 goals. Both centres Abby Jackson ( Young Farmers) and Bree Mclaughlin (Spaniards) were battling hard with each other all match and even despite the score line Abby never stopped fighting for that ball.
Farmers started the third quarter determined to try and narrow the score line after a team talk and some changes to positions. It was versatile player Lucy Corlett ( Farmers)who moved from Goal Keeper to Goal Shooter who made the difference in this quarter as Young Farmers doubled the number of goals they had scored in the first half, working effectively with tactical and experienced Goal Attack Anna Higgins.
The last quarter saw Young Farmers play their best quarter with some strong interceptions from Farmers defence who were determined to get half points which made Spaniards up their game.It was great to see players fighting hard for the ball and interceptions at both ends of the court.
Both teams continued to play well and the match was competitive right until the end, with Spaniards taking the victory, 47-24. Player of the match went to Sophie Betteridge, Spaniards ,playing GS/ GA.
Thank you to the umpires and scorers.
PotM Sophie Betteridge, Spaniards
SMP Ballasalla D 30-15 ROUTE 1 Volts
SMP Balla D made a strong start in the first quarter with plenty of intercepts coming from the defensive duo of Clair Crowe and Steph Haslett.
Centre, Gemma Collister was on form linking well down the centre third to the attacking side with some great balls into the shooting circle.
The first quarter ended 8-2 to SMP Balla D.
Quarter two saw a few changes from Route 1 with Hayley Williamson coming on as GD and Sarah Morgan as GS.
Route 1 came back fighting in Q2 to try and recover the goal difference but pressure was evident with the hard work from SMP Balla defensive side making it difficult for the Route 1 attack to get a clean pass into their shooters.
SMP Balla maintained their solid form in the attacking third with shooters Rebecca Hands (GA) and Jo Hicks (GS) making some great movement in the shooting circle giving them room to make clear shots and extend their lead by 9 goals.
Halftime score was 17-7 to SMP Balla D
The third quarter led to some key changes to Route 1’s attacking and defensive sides with Sarah Morgan and Lisa McMullin switching from GS and GK to GK and GD respectively, giving Sarah a height advantage over the SMP Balla shooters.
These key changes led to some great intercepts by Lisa McMullin interrupting the flow of the SMP Balla shooters and slowing the scoreline down.
Third quarter ended 22-11 to SMP Balla D
The final quarter saw SMP Balla continue their positive streak to the end with both attacking and defensive sides remaining focused and barely missing shots in the shooting.
Route 1 never gave up and kept the pressure on at all times with the final whistle blowing at full time with a score of 30-15 to SMP Balla D.
PotM Gemma Collister, SMP ballasalla D