Route 1 Connections up to third after good win over PwC Rubies

Thompson D's Emma Nicholson attempts to by-pass  the C&S Yellow defence of Fabrina Benhamada-Lasborg (GK) and  Millie Clarke (GD) during Thompson's 22-18 victory in Division Two on Sunday. Also pictured are Nicholson's team-mates Charlotte Christian (right) and Bethany Callow

Thompson D's Emma Nicholson attempts to by-pass the C&S Yellow defence of Fabrina Benhamada-Lasborg (GK) and Millie Clarke (GD) during Thompson's 22-18 victory in Division Two on Sunday. Also pictured are Nicholson's team-mates Charlotte Christian (right) and Bethany Callow

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Route 1 Connections 34, PWC Manx Gems Rubies 13

Route 1 Connections were dominant from the start of their Premier Division encounter with Rubies on Sunday.

The latter’s shooters made a flustered start thanks to good pressure from Route 1 pair Tracey Dentith (GK) and Kat Keeling (GD).

Mid-court movement was broken down on several occasions by Route 1’s Paige Skillicorn (WD) who was reading the game well.

Some changes in the second quarter gathered Rubies momentum with Voirrey Cheesman (GD) picking up a few rebounds.

Connections were quick to pick up the pace and their fluid movement was too quick for Rubies.

During the final quarter Rubies’ Trudi Halsall (GA) found her confidence and netted a couple of clean shots.

However, it was the connection between Sara Watterson (GS) and Nikki Kane (GA) that started to blend better in the latter stages which was the final nail in Rubies’ coffin as they just fell short of achieving half points.

Fencibles A 39,

Absolute Scaffolding 18

An unusual scrappy start from Absolute created some chances for Division One leaders Fencibles.

Absolute’s Colette Gambell (WD) was having a great game making some key interceptions. However, Fencibles were ready for the attacking movement with their defensive team of Saskia Humphreys (GD) and Cath Wild (GK) applying good pressure to the Absolute shooters.

Fencibles’ Susie Cox (C) was having a superb game covering the mid-court area and linking well with her shooters. It was clear the young shooting duo of Becky Hempsall (GS) and Jess Smallwood (GA) have a good connection and they were reading and timing their runs immaculately.

Fencibles remained consistent throughout and created plenty of opportunities as Absolute showed signs of tiring in the third quarter. However, some late Absolute changes, including introducing Gaynor Hewings at WD, saw them claw back a few more points but not enough to give them the point they were looking for.

C&S Green 16,

Route 1 Turbos 40

Newly-formed Route 1 Turbos showed again they have the expertise to take them far this Division Two season in their match with C&S Green.

Well-timed interceptions from Turbos’ Sara Watterson (C) had C&S on the back foot from the start. C&S weren’t without their chances though, but they just couldn’t find the net.

Some changes to the C&S team saw things improve slightly in the second half, but the relentless attack of Elena Snidal (WA) was hard for C&S to break down. This coupled with the excellent shooting duo of Hannah Roberts (GA) and Hannah Snidal (GS) meant that Kinry Glassey (GK) had few chances to pick-up rebounds.

C&S’s Anna Munro (C) and Phoebe Roosen (WA) began to create opportunities with Caroline Coole (GA) and Dionne Wall (GS) starting to make the points count.

Route 1’s dominance was a surprise for the young C&S squad, but they will be determined to make amends next time the teams meet. POTM: Sara Watterson

Results

Sunday, October 6

Premier Division

C&S Red 42-18 Toomraiders; Balla B 31-13 C&S Blue; Balla A 58-21 Thompson A; Missfits A 40-25 Magic Carpets; Route 1 34-13 PwC Rubies.

Division One

C&S White 37-19 Manx Glass Saints; PokerStars 0-40 Team DQ (match conceded by PokerStars); PwC Emeralds 23-24 Thompson B; Anglo Manx 27-25 Fencibles B; Fencibles A 39-18 Absolute Scaffolding.

Division Two

Marbee Motors 31-12 B Sadler’s Young Farmers; Missfits B 10-33 Thompson C; C&S Green 16-40 Route 1 Turbos; Route 1 Sparks 26-21 PwC Sapphires; Thompson D 22-18 C&S Yellow.

Fixtures

Sunday, October 20

NSC

9am PwC Sapphires v C&S Yellow; PokerStars v Manx Glass Saints; 10am Route 1 Sparks v Thompson C; C&S Red v Thompson A; 11 am Missfits A v Route 1; Team DQ v Fencibles B

12pm Marbee Motors v C&S Green

Bemahague (SNLS)

9am C&S White v Thompson B; Anglo Manx v Absolute Scaffolding; 10am Balla A v PwC Rubies; Balla B v Magic Carpets; 11 am Fencibles A v PWC Emeralds; Toomraiders v C&S Blue; 12pm Thompson D v B Sadlers Young Farmers; Missfits B v Route 1 Turbos

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