Whalsay started the game with very determined play shown through their quick and accurate movement and passing. Ness defence was working well against strong attacking play from GA Debbie Smith and GS Lara Kay. The quick pace of the game began to show an effect on Ness though, with Whalsay maintaining their pressure to increase their lead while Ness began to slow. Both teams defensive play in the circle remained strong keeping the game more even. Ailish Parham, Ness GD, was making crucial interceptions and gaining rebounds but Whalsay’s strong defence made Ness shooters work for every goal ensuring that these interceptions did not allow Ness to close the gap. With some tight play the quarter ended 13-5 to Whalsay helped by the accurate long range shooting of their GA Debbie Smith.


Whalsay kept up great pressure in the second quarter which enabled them to pull further ahead. Ness shooter, GA Rhianne Johnston was moving very well with some great shots, however, Whalsay’s GA and GS were again matching this with some superb long-range shots maintaining their teams lead. Both sides were fighting for every ball in centre court play, with the ball sometimes being intercepted several times before being converted to a goal. However, Whalsay’s determination allowed them to maintain their lead, like the previous quarter, with the second quarter ending 24-11.


The third quarter saw Ness manage to claw back a few points, slowly closing the lead Whalsay had gained.  This was thanks to the tireless mid court play of Ness centre court players Rhea Baillie and Ashley Young. However, with Whalsay dictating the pace, causing some very quick play, Ness again began to show that they were tiring. Whalsay Centre Catherine Williamson capitalised on this

further, working the ball to her team’s shooters swiftly and with minimal error. Thus, again with Whalsay shooters performing exceptionally well, the quarter ended 33-17.


The final quarter again began very quickly with very precise fast play down the court. Whalsay’s Williamson made some brilliant interceptions which were converted straight away into goals, increasing Whalsay’s lead further. This strong play continued, and despite tight marking and effective communication from Ness’s Parham and GK Kaylee Mouat the game ended 44-20 to Whalsay.


Players of the Match were Rhianne Johnston for Ness and Catherine Williamson for Whalsay