SHORWELL were made to fight all the way for victory in the IW Netball League last weekend, against Solent 3.
The very tall Solent side were given a 12-goal headstart, in accordance with league rules, and with this were still ahead at the end of the first half, 22-18.
But the second half was Shorwell’s, as they won it 21-9, and the match 39-31.
Shorwell: Maddie Rayson, Jo Holt, Hannah Otty, Leanne Higginson, Abbie Howart, Jamie White, Beth Griffin.
Shorwell 2 22, Solent 2 18
In an exciting game, Shorwell 2 just about edged this contest against Solent 2.
At the end of the first quarter, Shorwell had a 7-5 lead, but Solent came back well, with some excellent defensive work, and with their shooters finding more space the game was tied at 12-12 at half time. Shorwell nudged ahead once more to take a two-goal lead going into the final quarter, which they extended to four by the finish.
Shorwell: Julie Cheek, Hannah Otty, Georgina Leovold, Steph Smith, Frances Crews, Sheillagh Grayson, Sally Lamb.
Gurnard 1 46, Shorwell 3 32
A week before, Shorwell’s third team were beaten in a high-scoring game against last season’s league winners, Gurnard.
Their shooters, Lizzie Westbrook and Becky Healey, were shooting superbly, despite some excellent work from Shorwell’s Danika Barber and Ashlyn Dickinson.
Shorwell had a 12-goal headstart but they still trailed 21-15 by the half time break. They changed things up in the second half and made life more difficult for Gurnard, with Dickinson moving to centre and effective in attack. Yvette Henry, Rachel Selby and Chelsea Purcell found more space and they were able to keep pace with Gurnard, although by the end, they were well clear.
Shorwell’s junior teams have been playing against one another at under-tens level.
The B side defeated the C team 10-8 with good scores from Poppy Gallerwood, Freya Henry and Amanda Dutton. Last weekend, the A team played the C team, giving them another match to gain more experience of playing Hi 5 netball.
Ailsa Nuttall, Chloe Graves and Dutton worked hard to keep the strong A team from scoring goals.