Browne Craine Toomraider v Thompson 1
It is always a tight match between Toomraiders and Thompson 1 and both teams came onto court on Sunday eager to win. It was Thompson who got off to a strong start, quickly taking the lead with some great play down the court and into their shooters Annemarie Crompton (GS) and Fern Christian (GA) who fired in some brilliant goals.
The pressure was on at the opposite end of the court with Thompson’s defence making it very difficult for Toomraiders shooters and the score at the end of the first quarter was 9-2 to Thompson.
Toomraiders did not let this knock their confidence and came out fighting during the second quarter and scored a number of goals in quick succession, however their rhythm was interrupted by some fantastic interceptions by Nan Williams (Centre) which enabled Thompson to maintain their lead. The score at the end of this quarter was 11-20
Toomraiders continued to put up a tough fight in the third and fourth quarter and with some super play by their mid court defence Zoe Shimmin (GD) and Sarah Jones (WD) carrying the ball down the court, Toomraiders were able to play the ball around the circle creating gaps in Thompson’s defence. Toomraiders gradually began closing the goal difference however it was not enough and Thompson won the game 39-29.
POTM: Nan Williams, Thompson 1
SMP Ballasalla C v Thompson 2
Thompson 2 started the first quarter strongly but SMP Balla C managed to claw back to draw the quarter with some strong defensive work and great rebounds from GK Jess Ward and GD Amelia Brockbanks.
In the second quarter SMP Balla C started to get in the swing of things with some great shooting from GS Annabelle Kneale and GA Sarah Long, two of the youngest members of the team. The score at the end of this quarter was 14-9.
With the gap starting to open up, Thompson 2 made some big changes with their attacking line up. Player of the match WD Rebecca King made some brilliant interceptions for SMP Balla C making it difficult for Thompson to bring the ball down the court. The quarter ended 26-15.
In the final quarter, Thompson came back fighting and although they managed to win the quarter by 2 goals, the final score ended 34-25 in SMP Balla C’s favour.
PotM Rebecca King, SMP Ballasalla C
PWC Manx Gems Sapphires v Simcocks Green Eagles
A win from Simcocks Green Eagles would have seen them go top of Divison Two ahead of their opponents, PWC Manx Gems Sapphires. The last meet for these two teams saw Eagles beat Sapphires by just one goal! On Sunday, Sapphires were the dominant team in the first quarter with some great set plays and shooting from Trudi Halsall and Jill Festorazzi. At the end of the first quarter, Sapphires had a comfortable lead of 14-5. The second quarter saw some more good play by both sides, but Sapphires maintained their lead, the score, 24-10 at half time.
With Eagles youthful squad, Sapphires were beginning to tire in the third quarter, Eagles pacing the ball down the court. The third quarter was drawn with 5 goals each, bringing the score to 29-15. Eagles continued their fast play, with some great passing into the circle and on form shooting. Jess Hawkins made some vital interceptions – which gained her Player of the Match. Eagles narrowly won the final quarter, however Sapphires early lead saw them come away with the 3 points, winning 37-24.
PotM Jess Hawkins, PWC Manx Gems Sapphires