League Netball: St Ouen have to work hard for victory

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In Division I St Ouen A pipped St Lawrence B by just one goal while in Division II St Clement C beat Academicals A by just two goals.Division I – St Ouen A 28, St Lawrence B 27: Currently eighth in the division, but having had played just three games, St Ouen were out for a win on Monday evening.The teams were neck and neck after the first quarter, but St Ouen managed to pull ahead, by just one goal, by half time.St Lawrence then switched their centre and WD, but the game continued on an even note.St Ouen’s centre Zoe Burton cemented play, working for both attack and defence and provided her shooters with every opportunity to score.

By the end of the third quarter the powerful defending of St Ouen’s Catherine Murray was enough to unsettle the attack – and secure a three-goal lead.St Lawrence fought back, and with the opposition being pulled up for offside and footwork faults, they managed to gain a few vital goals.The adrenaline was pumping for both teams but although St Lawrence edged the last quarter the win went to St Ouen.Umpires: Linda Andrews and Carol McKeon.St Peter 19, Convent A 81: St Peter had only six players, having to do without their WD, and it was a huge disadvantage.Convent quickly got into their stride and wasted little time in scoring, shooter Sophie Holmes looking relaxed and netting some excellent shots.Although the Saints’ defence, Jackie Pannenbourg and Sam Smith, worked twice as hard and rose to the challenge, Convent sailed through the quarters, steadily increasing their lead.Division II – St Clement C 31, Academicals A 29: A tough game for Academicals who fielded a somewhat depleted side due to illness – and travel delays!The keen young Saints, however, soon settled into a rhythm.Goal-attack Stephanie Langford showed maturity in her court play, combining well with her WA Ashley Le Feuvre, and finishing off with some superb shooting.

Academicals matched their play, but Saints kept their cool and gained the advantage in the third quarter, and remained in the lead until the final whistle.St Ouen B 32, Academicals B 30: With the score close throughout, the game could have gone either way.

Tall St Ouen goalshooter Katie Wright, in her first season in the senior league, had an outstanding game and was well-supported by GA Emma Rayson.Accies GD Lee Falle showed her versatility by swapping to WA at half time, and produced some super feeds into the circle.The standard of play deteriorated and became scrappy, adding yet more pressure to the two novice umpires Caroline Avery and Kelly Le Bailly.Debbie Roskell, Saints’ WD, made some fantastic interceptions, working up-court to support the attack, and encouraging her team.

Not to be outdone, Academicals swapped Michelle Fox from WA to centre and the see-saw game continued.What had started as a rather slow game, with long, loopy passes, picked up to sharp interceptions with swift passes.

With time ticking on, and despite some valiant defending by Paula Boyle, ‘keeper for Accies, it wasn’t enough, and St Ouen went on to win by two goalsThis game was used to test the two new umpires for their C grade umpiring award, the testers were Ann Halliwell, president of the Jersey Netball Association and A grade umpire Jenny Le Cocq.Other results: Division I: St Brelade A 50, Convent B 37.

Division III: Convent E 44, St Clement D 14; Sylvans A 39, St Saviour A 36.

Division IV: St Saviour B 21, St Lawrence D 20.

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