NETBALL league report from Sunday, September 23:
Absolute Scaffolding Aces 18
v Thompson Travel B 17
Absolute Aces got off to a flying start and looked dominant as the former Division One players went head-to-head with last year’s second division runners-up Thompson Travel B at the weekend.
Even with the wind, Aces’ movement flowed and feeds to the shooting duo, Shirley Ryzak (GS) and Penny Doran (GA) were converted to net them a quarter-time score of 9-2.
A reshuffle in the Thompson ranks proved successful as they began to take hold of the game in the second. The defence became stronger as GK Michelle O’Malley took charge and began to redress the balance by recapturing possession. Aces’ early advantage began to wane as Thompson steadily increased their goal count and, despite Absolute’s efforts, things just didn’t seem to be going their way.
A change around at half-time proved to be in vain as the northerners struggled to find form. Thompson’s confidence grew as they picked off some weak passes and timed their movement well but some repeated infringements returned the ball to the Aces hands.
Outdoor play definitely affected goal scoring ability on both sides, giving keepers O’Malley (Thompson) and Lindsey Plant (Absolute Aces), who had an excellent game, greater opportunities to defend the circle.
Plant was on form throughout, returning many a ball to her team-mates, but the Thompson girls kept a keen eye for potential interceptions.
Their GD and WD worked well to move the ball up the court to their shooters’ hands and were not disappointed as the Thompson shooters did their job.
It was all to play for in the dying moments as both teams fought for the final few goals. This game could have gone either way and, despite Absolute Aces’ confident start, they were lucky to hold on to the win as Thompson put in a very valiant effort, proving their strength in this division.
Players of the Match: Toria Newbolt (Absolute Scaffolding Aces); Michelle O’Malley (Thompson B).
Route 1 Connections 31, SMP Ballasalla B 26 Thompson A 40, Magic Carpets 27
Missfits 51, Toomraiders 18.
PwC Manx Gems Rubies 35,
PwC Manx Gems Emeralds 14
Manx Glass Saints 23, C&S Joinery C 32
Fencibles B 10, PokerStars 23
Fencibles A 40, Anglo Manx 13.
PwC Manx Gems Sapphires 15, Marbree Motors 21 Absolute Scaffolding Aces 18, Thompson B 17
SMP Ballasalla C 34, C&S Joinery D 18
Missfits B 35, Thompson C 9.
NSC1: 9am C&S B v Route 1; 10am C&S A v SMP Ballasalla A; 11am Team DQ v PwC MG Rubies.
NSC2: 9am PwC MG Emeralds v Manx Glass Saints; 10am SMP Balla B v Thompson A; 11am C&S C v PokerStars.
Bemahague1: 9am PwC MG Sapphires v SMP Ballasalla C; 10am Magic Carpets v Toomraiders; 11am Thompon D v Marbree Motors.
Bemahague 2: 9am Fencibles B v Anglo Manx; Absolute Scaffolding Aces v Route 1 Sparks; 11am Thompson C v Thompson B
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