Unst 12 v 27 AHS

AHS won the toss but Unst came out fighting and Chelsea Thomson quickly found the net, giving Unst an initial boost. AHS weren’t making it easy for Unst and the speed on court suited AHS with Lois Phillips making some vital interceptions near Unst’s shooting circle and linking up well on court with Ellie Bisset and Sonja Kurtz. Play was fast a furious throughout the first quarter and both teams took a while to settle, but did towards the end of the quarter and interceptions were turned into goals on both sides, Unst just taking a narrow lead with 4-3. 

Unst appeared to have just settled but AHS made some changes coming into the second quarter with Cara Montgomery coming in to WA and Rhea Isbister at GD. Despite their initial lead, Unst were having to work hard Linda Thomson and Martha Moar working tirelessly in the defensive circle and reading the game to make some great interceptions which, supported up the court by Karen Gray and Ashley Symington, Chelsea and Marie Leask turned into goals. AHS didn’t let this rattle them and Isbister and Montgomery showed their respective strengths and kept working to get the ball into their shooters. Niahm Paton and Shaina Douglas made the most of their chances and kept AHS score climbing but Unst just pulled ahead again, taking the second half 9-7. 

Unst made some changes going into the third quarter with Symington moving into defence where she proved effective working well with Moar, reading the game well and putting pressure on the AHS shooters but they kept cool heads and turned many chances into goals. Unst also took on Kerry Laurenson at GS who along with Thomson had their work cut out, as Natasha Tulloch and Isbister were not leaving anything to chance and fought for every ball, giving Unst’s shooters very few chances to turn shots into goals. AHS did not let up, pulled ahead and saw the third quarter end 11-18. 

Unst kept their heads up, made more changes and came out fighting in the last quarter, some great play by Symington and Laurenson in midcourt helped Unst get the ball up the court but AHS were showing their stamina and Isla Murphy who had been making things hard for Unst in the midcourt earlier in the game was now turning every chance she had into a goal and thanks to the support of Montgomery and Kurtz on the circle, she had many such chances and AHS won the match 12-27. Players of the match were Isla Murphy for AHS and Ailidh Risk for Unst.