As requested reports did not come in, some of these have been done from memory of watching!
SMP Ballasalla A 58-36 Marbree Missfits A
An on form Ballasalla stamped their mark on this match early, keeping Marbree’s shooters pinned down and unable to convert more than 14 goals in the first half. Ballasalla’s defence seemed all over every ball put into the circle.
Ballasalla’s shooters had a strong first quarter, putting on 11 more goals than Marbree and whilst this advantage wasn’t repeated in the second quarter, the work in the circle earned them a 15 point margin at half time.
Mid court was more evenly matched with some good battles throughout the match.
In the third quarter, Marbree had their best quarter yet with both attack and defence working well.
However, 17 points were too much to overcome in the final quarter and Ballasalla once again showed some class shooting to stretch their total to 58 goals.
Marbree kept going and did produce their best quarter but not enough to make a difference in the end.
PotM Jane Ryder-Clague, SMP ballasalla A
Browne Craine Toomraiders 42-42 Route 1 Connections
Sitting mid league, Toomraiders were probably favourites for win though the first quarter was fairly even, ending 11-8 to Toomraiders.
The second quarter saw Toomraiders stretch the lead but both sets of shooters had good quarters, despite strong pressure from the defence.
Both the second and third quarter saw lots of strong mid court and circle edge work to get balls into the shooters. By the end of the third quarter, Toomriaders had stretched out to 10 goal lead 38-28.
The fourth quarter saw a complete turnaround though. Connections defence pulled out the stops and certainly confused the space, forcing Toomraiders to make errors in their feed. Quick turnover back down court gave Connections shooters plenty of opportunities to claw back the difference.
The final score was a fair reflection of a great game well played.
PotM Sara watterson, Route 1 Connections
PWC Manx Gems Sapphires 22-33 Spaniards
With the other match in this division having been conceded earlier in the week, the title fight for Division Two came down to this match. If Sapphires won, they won the title but Spaniards had to win by either more than double Sapphires score or by more than 16 goals to get the league title.
Spaniards got the match of to a quick start, scoring the first 4 goals as shooters Sara Collister and Rachael Cubbon worked well together. Sapphires did get back in the game with their shooters Jill Festorazzi and Trudi Halsall pulling their team back to within two goals by the end of the quarter.
The second quarter started with both teams scoring of their centres for 7 centres as both defence teams worked hard. Spaniards had swapped their circle defenders around with Bree McLaughlin now at Keeper and Ruth Kinnish at Goal Defence. In the Sapphires defensive circle, Jess Hawkins was making best use of her long stretch alongside Keeper Sabrina Crowe. There was then an extend period of play, probably 5 minutes where neither team scored, as the mid courts battled out for possession. Spaniards finally broke the deadlock, scoring on a turnover. With the scoring similar to the first quarter, the teams went into half time with Spaniards leading 18:13.
The start of the third quarter saw a bad injury to Sapphires newly on court WA Lisa Fitzgerald which rattled the team slightly as Spaniards scored 5 goals with no reply. Eventually, Sapphires mid court attack of WA Lauren Christian and C Dawn Quinn put some nice feeds into the shooters. However, Spaniards Callister continued to secure points being fed some lovely passes from C Kerry Kelly and WA Laura Crocker, extending their lead in this quarter to 31:19.
The final quarter was set to be a tense affair with Spaniards chasing goal difference and Sapphires needing to defend hard. However, the match was stopped early to allow the ambulance crew to attend to Sapphires injured player and we wish her well.
Whilst Spaniards won the match 33:22 their goal difference was not enough to secure the league win. So congrats to both teams : Spaniards for the win and PotM for her rock steady shooting and to Sapphires for securing the league win.
PotM Sara Collister, Spaniards