1st Netball v Belhaven 

Wednesday 29th January
Belhaven 13, St. Mary’s 8

The squad: Kiki (C), Willa, Emma, Freyja, Emma, Tiggy & Iona
On the back of two super games with Cargilfield and Mowden, we travelled to Dunbar today with confidence levels riding high and with spirits considerably cheerier than the weather! It was cold, wet and miserable!
The game itself was eagerly contested and extremely close. During the first quarter we undoubtedly had the majority of possession, although the slippery conditions were taking their toll at the business end. The quarter finished 2 - 2, but we should have established a commanding lead. The second quarter saw much of the same. Although scrappy at times, both teams played some great netball but neither could gain the upper hand. At half time we were locked at 5 - 5.


As the game went on, the girls became slightly careless with possession and although we continued to match our hosts goal for goal, the girls were having to dig deep to find space and keep some fluidity to their game. Kiki and Willa as GD and GK respectively, were busy and did a superb job at marking, blocking and intercepting the Belhaven attacks. Emma, Freya and Daisy were finding it increasingly tricky to mark effectively, but continued to raise their game and keep us in the running. Iona and Tiggy ran some great lines and worked themselves into many good areas but evidently were finding it tricky to gauge their range. They managed to keep in touch with the Belhaven girls throughout the third quarter too, which finished 8 - 9, so with the game very much in the balance.
It was again the final quarter that proved our stumbling block! Although work rates were still good and I really could not fault the effort levels, we were careless with the ball and our movement became less effective. As a result we ended up chasing the game when we should have been the one’s being chased! Anyway, as far as netball goes, it was a super contest and played in excellent spirit.
Next week we travel back to Belhaven for the Thistle trials, for which I wish the girls’ the best of luck.

Mr P

Marnie Harvey, 31/01/2020

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