1st VII Netball v Cargilfield and Loretto
Wednesday 27th February
The squad: Lara (captain), Hannah C, Amelie, Eliza, Mhairi, Rosie and Emma SW
Cargilfield 12, St. Mary’s 9
Ironically, given the blazing sunshine and temperatures nearing the high teens, today’s game was played inside. That said, the grip and ability to change direction without any threat of slipping, made for a quick, dynamic and exciting game. Eliza, Mhairi and Amelie were fresh from their scholarship days at Fettes and with Molly away attempting a similar award at Ampleforth, we took to the court slightly depleted and fairly exhausted! I think the Fettes sports scholarship process had been fairly rigorous!
However, the first half, before fatigue started to take too much of a grip, was good. The girls played some good netball. Passes were slick, movement was excellent, particularly off the ball and we deservedly went into the break slightly ahead.
However, the second half asked a lot of the girls. They had to be at the top of their game to get the better of the Carguilfield girls and tired legs started to take their toll. Credit though to the Cargilfield girls, they were quick to capitalise, shot well and edged ahead. We started to come back towards the end of the half but too little too late.
Having beaten the Cargilfield 1sts earlier in the season, the girls were disappointed to have lost this one. However, they had to pick themselves up during a short break between games and face their next challenge of the afternoon, Loretto.
St. Mary’s 13, Loretto 7
With some cool air and refreshment on board, the girls took to the court once again against a feisty Loretto side; our first encounter with them this season. This game was played at a slightly slower pace, and I was pleased to see the girls playing tactically rather than at full throttle.
We took a commanding lead in the first half. The girls were digging deep but still managing to play some lovely netball. Passes weren’t as strong and perhaps not as accurate either but they put together some great passages of play.
During the second 10 minutes, it took all their resolve to keep going! Such is the determination and tenacity of these girls, they were always going to fight to the end and that they did. So, a good end to an exhausting day.
Next week, the Dandylions girls travel to Kilgraston for a 2pm start against the WOSPS.
Marnie Harvey, 01/03/2019