Simcocks Gold Eagles 16 v Thompson Travel 1 24
POTM Ella Clague for Thompson Travel 1
It was an exciting morning for both Thompson and Simcocks, as they took to the court as one of the first games to reintroduce Manx Netball back after the COVID break. In light of the current situation, both teams welcomed Uni returnees to their sides which boosted both teams and promised for a competitive match.
Thompson started the better of the two teams and had achieved a 6-goal lead at the 1/4 break with Anne-Marie Crompton and Alice Cross linking well in the circle to convert. As the game progressed and each team started to find their feet the defensive trio of Charlotte Christian, Molly Christian, and Ella Clague (Thompson) ensured the attacking duo of Poppy Bowman/Heather Parsons and Cristina Salinardi (Simcocks) were unable to penetrate the circle and convert goals as they knew they could, meaning that the girls in Purple went into the half time break with 14 goals to Simcocks 5.
Changes in positions and fresh legs in both teams for the second half saw a renewed energy in the game and the Simcock’s centre court players (Leanne Faragher & Jen Callister) make it much tougher for Nan Williams, Lexa Hattersley and Fern Christian to pass the ball round and feed the circle with the ease and success they had been previously.
However, the Thompson girls ensured they started this set of fixtures on a win with the final score Thompson Travel 24, Simcock’s Gold 16. With POTM going to Ella Clague from Thompson Travel.
Castletown Spaniards 31 v Route 1 Turbos 27
POTM Becky Lamb for Route 1
Both teams came out determined, showing some great movement from their centre passes, and securing goals for each team. At the end of the first quarter Spaniards led by 2 goals.
The second quarter was very much goal for goal as both teams worked hard. Castletown’s Spaniards (GA) Sara Collister and (GS) Zoe Ludford-Brooks along with Route 1 Turbos shooters, Ella Page and Elena Reid showing their excellent shooting skills.
In the third quarter Spaniards came out fighting. Their defence in the circle was fantastic with (GK) Bree McLaughlin and (GD) Ruth Kinnish working well together. They tried a more of an attacking game plan, which paid off, as Spaniards won this quarter by 5 goals.
In the final quarter Turbos played a strong game with fast balls flowing through mid- court, with their (WA)Becky Lamb really helping her team to come back against Spaniards and providing her shooters with plenty of opportunities to pull back the goal difference. With an unfortunate injury in the last few seconds, Turbos did take the last quarter last quarter by 3 goals, however, Spaniards held onto their lead and won the match 31-27 with a well deserved POTM going to Route 1 Turbos Becky Lamb.
WDS Ltd Young Farmers B 20 v Suntera Global Ballasalla Delta 12
POTM Nicci Cain for WDS Ltd Young Farmers B
On Sunday 8th February The WDS Young Farmers played Suntera Global Ballasalla Delta in the first game of the seasons, second half. After 6 weeks off both teams were eager to get back on the court! The first quarter ended 3-3 with both teams finding their feet and getting back into the game.
The second quarter saw more goals, with both teams playing equally as well. Deltas centre Freya Skillicorn and WA, Hollie McGowan worked hard to support their shooters around the circle helping them to bring their score to 7 whilst The Young Farmers managed to win the quarter with 8 goals to Deltas 7.
The third quarter was a good one for The Farmers. Balla defence Gemma Kermode and Victoria Watson worked tirelessly to try and get the interceptions into the circle but farmers strong feeds in and brilliant shooting from both GA, Nicci Cain and GS, Anna Higgins resulted in the third quarter finishing 15-8 to farmers.
Jo Hicks, GS for Deltas helped them bring their score up in the final quarter with her great shooting however Farmers defence fought for each rebound and Hannah Moore, GD, brought the ball back up to the attacking third helping farmers to win overall 20-12. The game was played well by both teams with Nicci Cain (GA achieving player of the match).