Division One – SLNA
TEAM Rowley achieved the double by winning the post Christmas netball league after a nail bitingly close match against second placed Loungers, having already taken the pre Christmas league.
Unst finished the season one point ahead of Hotfooters at the top of the second division after beating Wastside, while the third division was won by McEwans.
Loungers 35 v Team Rowley 36
The game would decide whether Team Rowley were to win the post-Christmas league and they set off at a quick pace with five goals.
Loungers, who could have forced a play-off for the title by winning, settled into the game after a shaky start and clawed their way back into the game to end the first quarter 10-10.
Loungers dominated the second quarter even though Team Rowley were shooting well, finishing with a two goal lead at 20-18.
The scoreline was neck and neck at 29 all by the end of the third quarter after both teams battled hard for every loose ball and worked both defences hard
With everything to go for in the final stretch, the nerves started to show, chanes were missed and opportunities given away. Team Rowley forged a slight lead, which Loungers pulled back, but by the final whistle they were still one goal short despite the tremendous play from Hazel Uren, Loungers’ player of the match.
The match between Challengers and AHS was postponed as AHS were away winning the Open Gold Scottish Schools Netball Cup last week.
Division Two – Ocean Kinetics
Wastside 14 v Unst 38
It was top of the league against the bottom in the second division when Unst took on a keen and determined Wastside, the north isles team roaring to a 10-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Strong decisive play from Wastside and shooting duo Mhari Moncrieff and Catherine Henry closed the gap, but then Unst upped their game to make it 19-7 by half time.
Impressive play from Wastside’s Julie Keith could not stop the Unst onslaught, leaving the third quarter score at 27-9.
Defender Lindsay Morrison did her best to put pressure on the Unst attack in the final quarter, and earned player of the match along with Unst’s Claire Priest, whose team travelled home at the top of the division, thanking their sponsors Lakeland.
Shetland Ladies Netball Association will meet on Wednesday 18 May from 7pm to 9pm at the Clickimin. At least one member from each team must attend.
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