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Under 21 Championships/Open & Invitationals – Aberdeen 2017

DAY 1

Netball Europe Open Challenge

Gibraltar 61 vs Israel 20 

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Qtr 1

Israel with first Centre pass. Gibraltar break after Israel are penalised and open the scoring. The Gibraltar GS adds a second before Israel launch an attack and GA scores their first net. Gibraltar add another at the second attempt before a nice move from Israel doesnt get rewarded when the chance is missed. Gibraltar break well and score to lead 4-1. They quickly add another as they settle into the match well early on. The Gibraltar GK is penalised in the area and Israel score. Gibraltar are immediately on the attack and score. Israel come forward but are unable to keep the ball in play. Gibraltar build well from the base line and quick passing sees them add another to their tally. They score again. A good little pass from Israel’s WA is converted by GS before Gibraltar score. Good play around the area from Gibraltar sees a long shot hit the rim and bounce to safety but they quickly win possession back to score. Israel are penalised in attack for footwork but they regain possession and GA converts a good shot. Gibraltar are penalised and Israel attack, GS is unlucky with her shot after a neat pass from Centre. Gibraltar miss a chance and Israel look to break down court. GA just manages to keep the ball in play and when the ball comes back to her she finishes off with a good shot to score. Gibraltar reply immediately. Israel are penalised in attack and Gibraltar break well to score. From their centre pass GS scores with a lovely shot. Good into the area but Israel just cant finish and Gibraltar move effortlessly down court, a great long shot from GA is their reward for good build up play. A great claim in the are from the Israel GA ends with a goal at the second attempt but Gibraltar once again reply immediate. Israel are certainly growing into the game and GA pulls one back. Gibraltar fumble the ball mid court and Israel look to break forward. A nice pass into the are finds GA who makes no mistake. Israel attack again but Gibraltar regain possession and a speedy, flowing move results in another net. Gibraltar add another before the whistle goes for the end of the first quarter. Gibraltar lead 20-8.

Qtr 2

Gibraltar with centre pass and GS nets her first of the quarter. Israel are penalised for footwork and Gibraltar come forward through mid court, good play around the area sees GS add another. She quickly makes it three out of three in no time as Gibraltar start very much on the front foot. Israel work the ball well and net their first point of the period before fine play from C, WA and GA results in a Gibraltar goal. WA again feeds GA to add another to the rapidly growing Gibraltar score. Israel look to attack but Gibraltar win possession only for the Israel defence to come away with the ball. They cant get it however and Gibraltar work the ball around the area and score at the second attempt. More good build up from Gibraltar but this time no goal and Israel look to build but are penalised for offside. GA misses a long shot for Gibraltar and the rebound falls to Israel with GS finding the net after a free shot for contacting. Great close passing from Gibraltar results in a goal for GS. Israel attack but it comes to nothing and Gibraltar build from the defensive third. The ball is out however and when Gibraltar are penalised Israel look to build but they too are penalised. Gibraltar’s Centre is unable to keep the ball in play and Israel move forward. Gibraltar regain possession but are penalised in the attacking third. Gibraltar score through their GA and look to add another but a combination of good play from the Israel GK then a foul means Israel can clear the danger. Israel cant get the ball into areas where they can feed their shooters and Gibraltar are very quick to win the ball back at every chance. This time however they work it well but the shot is missed and Gibraltar look to build out of defence. WA feeds GA who nets once more. Here come Gibraltar again as they pass the ball around well in mid court before GA adds the finishing touch with a well taken goal. A lovely shot from Israel’s GA brings cheers from their supporters in the crowd. Gibraltar attack but both shooters miss and Israel come away with the rebounded ball. A promising move peters out when the ball goes out of play and Gibraltar move the ball quickly down court to score. Gibraltar are penalised for offside and Israel look to build. Centre looks for a ball into the area but its well defended by Gibraltar as the half time whistle blows. Half time Gibraltar 31 v Israel 11.

Qtr 3

Israel have centre pass but the ball is out for a Gibraltar throw. Israel win possession well in defence and a great little move sees GA score a well worked net. Gibraltar miss an opportunity to score and Israel win the rebound, break quickly and score. A good start by Israel as they attack again but WA;s pass is cut out by the Gibraltar defence. Israel attack but the ball is out of play. Gibraltar look to get their attack going again but Israel have the ball in defence and move forward well. Gibraltar win in defence and a rather loose passing attack somehow ends in a goal. Israel look more lively in attack this quarter and are unlucky when a pass is just out of reach of GS. They are restricting Gibraltar’s chances in attack and another move forward from Israel is this time halted mid court. Gibraltar move the ball well and score. They quickly add another after winning a turnover then score again from their centre pass. Israel are penalised in attack for footwork ad Gibraltar take full advantage with a nicely worked goal. Israel are penalised mid court and Gibraltar net with a superb long shot from GS. Gibraltar are penalised in the area and Israel score from a free shot. Gibraltar reply immediately. A good attacking move sees their GA this time chip in with a long shot. Good work from the Israel GA draws the fouls from Gibraltar and she scores with a free shot. Gibraltar are straight down the other end of the court to add to their tally. Its a much more even period of play with Israel now finding the net regularly, mainly through their GA. Gibraltar score from a turnover, they add another quickly form their centre pass before Israel launch an attack but they are unlucky and Gibraltar build from the base line. Good defence from Gibraltar’s GD holds up Israel but they have the throw in, they are penalised however and Gibraltar move forward. Another fine shot from GS is converted. Gibraltar again, this time GA scores. They win the ball back mid court from Israel and find the net. Centre pass but the whistle goes and Gibraltar lead at the break 47-16.

Qtr 4

Israel centre pass is immediately intercepted by Gibraltar but Israel win back in defence. Israel are penalised in the attacking area and Gibraltar look to build but Israel have possession back. Gibraltar win in defence and break, scoring with a well taken net from GS. Gibraltar are penalised in attack but Israel are sloppy in defence and gift the ball back to them with GA finding the net. A good move and fine pass from centre into GA sees Gibraltar score and they quickly add a second. Israel’s Centre does well and her ball reaches GA who scores at the second attempt. Gibraltar score, they win the ball mid court but this time Israel make the interception. A great build up from Gibraltar isn’t rewarded with a goal and Israel break down court but Gibraltar win it back and GS adds another net. A fantastic shot and goal follows from Gibraltar’s GA. Israel attack but Gibraltar have possession and move the ball up court quickly, this time however Israel manage to clear the danger briefly as Gibraltar win it back and score. There has been some great shooting from Gibraltar in this match and GS adds another well taken goal before Israel attack well and score. Israel are penalised mid court and Gibraltar make the most of it with a well taken goal. Gibraltar miss, Israel claim the rebound and look to attack. Its ends well for them with a free shot taken at the second attempt. More fine Gibraltar play results in another goal but Israel keep plugging away and GA is really unlucky with a long shot that hits the rim and bounces to waiting Gibraltar hands. Israel score, Gibraltar attack, they score. Israel move into the attacking third, play the ball out wide but try one too many times and the loose pass goes out of play for a Gibraltar throw in. The subsequent attack results in a Gibraltar net, quickly followed by another.

Full time and Gibraltar win 61-20

DAY 2

Invitational Section

Israel 28 vs Bermuda 70

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Israel – GK Changfoot, GD Segev, WD Ginsberg, C Sherman, WA Komar-Azizullahoff, GA Komar N, GS Kupchik

Bermuda – GK Smith K, GD Smith I, WD Chapman, C Richardson, WA Fubler, GA Trott, GS Raynor

1st Qtr

Bermuda centre pass and quick, crisp passing results in their first goal. Israel’s GA is all on her own in the area and converts to level. Lovely shot from the Bermuda GA to score and they win the ball back in defence to attack with purpose and net to lead 3-1. Israel are penalised in defence and Bermuda score. Bermuda attack, both shooters miss but its third time lucky as they add to their total. Nice work out wide and a good feed into the area results in another net. Israel look to build, Bermuda are penalised a are Israel allowing Bermuda to build and execute a lovely move with a goal. They add another almost immediately. Israel score. Bermuda are penalised for footwork in attack, Israel progress through mid court but Bermuda win back only to be penalised. Bermuda score. Israel build patiently but this time their GA cant supply the finishing touch. Bermuda’s pass into the area is easily intercepted by Israel but the Bermuda girls are straight back on the attack, they miss, miss agin but GS nets at the third attempt. A lovely shot from the Israel GA sails through the net. Bermuda attack breaks down, Israel lose possession and this time the Bermuda shooters take their chance. Israel miss, retain possession and score at the second attempt, Bermuda work the ball around quickly but this shooting lacks the earlier accuracy and Israel come away with the ball after Bermuda are penalised. Bermuda’s GS scores from the centre of the area, Israel attack and move the ball around well, taking the chance to score. Israel have settled into this game much quicker than their previous match and they are unlucky with a well worked attack when the ball is intercepted before getting to the GA under the net. Bermuda attack and find the net, Israel respond but Bermuda come away with the ball after Israel have a throw in attack which is given away. Israel do well to win it back however and this time their attack bears fruit with a well taken goal. End of the first quarter and Bermuda lead 16-6.

2nd Qtr

Israel centre pass and they move the ball around well in attack. Bermuda are penalised and Israel score from their free shot. Bermuda reply then quickly add another. Lovely build up from Bermuda but GS cant quite convert the chance. Bermuda on the attack agin and this time they do find the target. Israel look to reply immediately and find the net. Bermuda work the ball around the area and their tall GS makes no mistake with the finish. Israel react well and find the net from their next attack. Bermuda score. Israel attack and when Bermuda are penalised the score from a free shot. Bermuda are quick to get the ball into the area, the chance is converted. Bermuda win the ball in defence, a good slick move down the right ends with a well taken shot. Bermuda are penalised in attack, Israel don’t get far though and a lovely ball into the area finds GS who adds another for Bermuda. Its becoming one way traffic now as Bermuda launch wave after wave of attack scoring three in quick succession before Israel pull one back at the third time of asking. Israel steal the ball in defence and break but Bermuda are strong in defence but the ball is long and Israel look to build from the base line. Bermuda win back, a great ball into the area, goal. Israel move the ball around well in the attacking third, Bermuda are penalised for obstruction and Israel score. Bermuda reply immediately. They add another and attack once more but this time are penalised. Israel build patiently, a good move results in a goal at the second attempt. They have possession again and look to work space in the area but Bermuda win it back and their break is halted for footwork. Israel in mid court, a great little pass into the area and GA scores. A lovely nonchalant shot from the Bermuda GS follows and they look to build again after Israel lose the ball in attack. GS adds to her tally and they attack from their centre pass, this time WA’s ball is just too long for G to reach and Israel break down court, a lovely shot from GA to score. Lovely long pass into the area sees Bermuda score as the half time whistle blows and Bermuda lead 32-15.

3rd Qtr

Bermuda centre pass and they convert a move down the left of the court. Israel respond immediately before a lovely pass from the Bermuda C is finished off by GS. Bermuda do well to win the ball back in defence but Israel attack again, this time the opportunity is missed and Bermuda break down court but the attack comes to nothing as Israel look to build. They do well and the ass into the area results in a net. Bermuda quickly get the ball into the area to score. Israel respond well with another well worked and well taken goal. Bermuda score in an even start to the third quarter. Great play from Israel and a lovely finish from GS Komar who has switched from GA. Bermuda are penalised for footwork and Israel look to capitalise but Bermuda win it back, break and score. Israel attack and score. Bermuda reply with a lovely ball into the area which is well taken by GS. Bermuda score, a fine build up from Israel and GS adds to her tally. Its back and forth at present with both teams converting their chances. Israel’s turn now and GA scores a great net from distance. Israel intercept a Bermuda attack but they lose the ball and Bermuda score. They add another after turning over possession then score from their own centre pass. Israel look to steady things down but they lose the ball in attack and Bermuda net once more. Bermuda like the high ball into GS and once more she claims the ball well to score. Israel do well mid court and a lovely pass into GS sees her score. Bermuda reply, they look to add a another but Israel win the ball back after a missed shot. Its not for long though as Bermuda regain the advantage, GA misses but GS with the rebound makes no mistake. Bermuda intercept the ball in defence and move through mid court, a nice little pass from GS to GA results in a net. At the end of the quarter Bermuda 51-23.

4th Qtr

Bermuda centre pass, and score. Israel attack and patient build up is rewarded with a fantastic long ranged shot. Israel attack again and another lovely shot results in a goal. Bermuda’s GA cleverly makes space for herself in the area and when she gets the ball back she makes no mistake with her finishing. They quickly add another through GS before GA helps herself to another net. Bermuda turnover possession and score, from their own centre pass GS misses and Israel win the ball but its only brief respite as Bermuda win back possession and GA scores again. A great shot from GS sees Bermuda score again. Israel lose the ball too easily for their liking and Bermuda punish them with a goal. Its all Bermuda at present and another well worked goal follows before they attack again but GS is penalised for replayed ball. Lovely build up again from Bermuda and they score. A time out for injury is called and upon resumption Israel score. Great interception fro the Israel GD holds up Bermuda but they regain the ball and score. Bermuda are forced into a change through injury as Israel build well and are unlucky when the shot just catches the rim of the net. They are unlucky again when exactly the same thing happens. Bermuda build from the back, Israel hold them up and intercept the ball, work it around the area, but cant get a shot in before Bermuda break up court and GS scores after being fouled against. Lovely finish from GS sees Bermuda add another. Israel have a spell of pressure but Bermuda limit their attacking options. They get a free shot and score at the second attempt. Bermuda move the ball well around the attacking third and a lovely pass results in a goal from under the net. Bermuda add another. They win possession and score again. Israel get the ball into the area and score. Bermuda reply with GA finishing off a good move. A strong finish to the game as Bermuda add another. The final score is Bermuda 70 v Israel 28.

Open Challenge

Republic of Ireland 61 vs Gibraltar 18

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Rep of Ireland – GK Walton, GD Genevieve, WD Owens, C Murphy, WA Rosser, GA Tuataga, GS Hynes

Gibraltar – GK Rouegno, GD Ocana , WD Cross , C Moreno J, WA Moreno Janice, GA Pozo, GS Ferrer

1st Qtr

First centre pass goes to Ireland but the pass is loose and Gibraltar build from defence. Good, neat passing doesn’t result in a goal and Ireland break quickly and with purpose to score. Good attacking play from Ireland they score score at the second attempt. Quickly, the Irish girls add another to lead 3-0. Ireland aren’t allowing Gibraltar a moment on the ball and they brea again quickly with the move finished off by GS. Ireland miss, Gibraltar come away with the ball and get their first point on the board through GS. They are unlucky not to add a second when the ball circles the rim without dropping through the net. More good, paces attacking play from the Irish gives them a goal and they quickly add another. A great ball into the area bypasses GS and GA scores in what is a lightning quick start by the Republic. Good play by Gibraltar and they find the net. Gibraltar on the attack, C feeds GS but the shot is missed and Ireland claim the rebound, break but this time miss. The Irish GD makes a flying interception, GA feeds GS who scores. Ireland are penalised in attack and Gibraltar look to move the ball through mid court but the pass is long and out of play. The Irish GK Walton sets her side onto the front foot and the result is a well taken goal. Gibraltar’s GA scores after Ireland are penalised in the area. Ireland score, they attack again but are penalised and Gibraltar move into attack but the Irish defence once again limits their options and win the ball. Ireland are penalised, GA shoots for goal but misses and the Irish claim the rebound. Quickly the ball moves up court and an Irish goal results. The Irish GS Haynes adds another before Gibraltar look to make inroads into this big Irish lead. The final ball is lacking however and Ireland once more employ good pace to get the ball forward, scoring with a free shot. Ireland add another, Gibraltar are plugging away well but miss an opportunity, Ireland break again and score. GS quickly adds another in a very impressive performance by the Republic of Ireland. Gibraltar pull one back. At the end of the quarter the Irish lead 16-4.

2nd Qtr

Ireland centre pass, GS neat little pass to GA and goal. Gibraltar penalised in attack, the Irish move the ball incredibly well down court again and score. Gibraltar look to attack but Ireland come away with the ball and add another to their tally. Great long shot from Gibraltar’s GA sails through the net but Ireland are on the attack again, this time they score at the second attempt after Gibraltar are penalised in defence. Gibraltar attack but cant get a clean shot in and Ireland win possession, break and score. Gibraltar come at them again, a free shot hits the rim and Ireland with their height advantage win the rebound, break and score. Lovely Irish attacking play results in a net, they are straight on the attack again and GS makes no mistake. Gibraltar work the ball around the area, this time they create space in the area and score. Gibraltar attack again and quickly add another. Good spell this for Gibraltar but this time they are penalised in attack and Ireland work the ball down the court quickly, this time there is no shot as the ball goes out for a Gibraltar throw. Ireland score, GS quickly adds a second, Gibraltar attack but the ball quickly changes direction as Ireland win possession and attack, a neat pass into GS who once more makes no mistake with her finish. Lovely goal by the Irish GS Hynes as her side continue to wrack up the goals. More Irish pressure, another goal, and again. Gibraltar do well to intercept the ball in defence and this time they break well, good movement around the area and GA scores. Gibraltar intercept the ball in defence and break up court, a long shot is superbly taken and scored from. Gibraltar again, more good passing and a net results. Good passing from this Gibraltar team as they move the ball around in the attacking third with another goal their reward. Good spell for Gibraltar but they are penalised for held ball in the shot and Ireland move forward quickly. Gibraltar are giving a good display but their attack is broken up. At half time the Irish lead however by 31-11.

3rd Qtr

Gibraltar centre pass but the attack breaks down and Ireland build from the base line. Its worked well and they net the first point of the second half. Ireland score again through GS, changes in attack for the Irish at half time. Ireland score and are straight back on the attack, scoring another. Gibraltar score a lovely goal courtesy of their GA. Gibraltar are penalised for footwork in the defensive third and Ireland capitalise. More Irish pressure but they are penalised mid court. Ireland win back but are a little sloppy in attack, they do however create a chance which is taken and quickly add another with a good, long shot. Ireland add another as they continue to test the Gibraltar defence. A lovely pass into the area sees the Irish GS score. Gibraltar are penalised for footwork on the attack and Ireland move the ball around the area, the feed in is good as is the shot to score. Ireland from their centre pass add another net to their total. Gibraltar are unlucky when their shot hits the rim and bounces out of play. Ireland score, Gibraltar GA misses a free shot but her shooting partner makes no mistake and scores. Ireland fumble the ball in attack and Gibraltar break down court, GA penalised for held ball much to a supporters annoyance at the Umpire. Ireland feed the ball into the area and a goal is scored. Ireland press forward once more but the Irish WD takes a hefty fall. She’s straight back on her feet however as her side continue to press. Gibraltar win the ball in defence and move into attack, lovely between GA and centre but GS misses and Ireland come away with the ball. They score. Gibraltar are penalised for footwork in the area and Ireland break up court with a well taken goal at the end of the move. Ireland add another. Gibraltar miss and Ireland break, the ball is back with Gibraltar as the whistle goes. Republic of Ireland lead 49-13.

4th Qtr

Ireland centre pass and they net the first point of the final period. Ireland attack and GS scores a second to take them past the 50 point mark. Gibraltar attack is intercepted and Ireland move into attack seamlessly, GS finishing off the move in fine style. Great shot from Gibraltar is met with applause from their supporters. Ireland reply immediately, Gibraltar work the ball into the area but the chance is missed. Ireland build from defence, Gibraltar come away with the ball and move down court well and with purpose. Ireland intercept and work the ball into attack, Centre feeds GA but she misses before they score at the second attempt. Ireland from their centre pass, GS with a lovely shot to score. Gibraltar are once again unfortunate with a shot hitting the rim, Ireland bring it down court but the ball is long and Gibraltar have possession. WA plays a lovely ball into GA and Gibraltar score. Ireland attack but the ball is long and out of court. Ireland win a throw in defence but cant launch a meaningful attack and Gibraltar move up court well to score. Gibraltar add another net to their total and are unlucky when yet again a shot hits the rim and bounces into Irish hands. A great shot from Gibraltar as they are making a really positive showing in this last quarter. Ireland on the front foot now and a net results in good build up play. Nice play from the Irish in attack and GS scores. They attack again but the ball is long and Gibraltar move through mid court into attack. Good play from Centre & WA before a foul and Gibraltar get a free shot but its missed. Ireland attack but. Great interception from Gibraltar sets them on the attack. Ireland regain possession, WA feeds GS who scores. Gibraltar are penalised in attack, Ireland move forward and a goal is loudly cheered by the many school children in the crowd. As the final whistle goes Ireland take the match 61-18.

U21 Championships

England 78 vs Northern Ireland 23

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England – GK Airey, GD Everitt, WD Pavelin, C Robson, WA O’Dwyer, GA Dixon, GS Reed

Northern Ireland – GK Copeland, GD Lewis, WD Crosbie, C Magee, WA McCammon, GA Smith, GS Coleman

1st Qtr

England centre pass and a lovely shot from GA brings about their first point. Ireland’s GS tries a pass to her shooting partner but its just out of reach, England build from the back and score. GS nets another lovely goal for the English as they race into a 3-0 lead. Ireland are penalised in attack as are england so Ireland look to build but the ball is out for an English throw. GS Reed scores for England. They quickly add another. Ireland notch their first point of the match but england are straight back on the attack and add to their total. Ireland’s GA Smith is unlucky with a shot and england build but Ireland come away with the ball in defence. Northern Ireland attack but a good intercept from English GD Everitt stops them. They come again, GA with a good claim but they cant capitalise. Good passing from Ireland earns them a throw from the base line but English centre Robson and GD tidy things up for the English who break and score through GS Reed. England quickly add another. Good pass into the area sees England add another. Ireland look to build an attack from their base line but england are quick to win possession and score. England’s GD Everitt makes another fine interception and sets her team on the front foot, the result another well taken net. Excellent play by the Irish in attack, GS makes space for herself, receives the ball and scores. England miss, are awarded a free shot or pass and score. The English girls add another, Ireland attack, GA is held up by GD, they have the throw and score. England score. Ireland lose possession mid court, england break quickly and net once more. England’s attack comes to nothing as the ball is long and Ireland build from the back but are penalised mid court, england however fail to keep the ball in play and Ireland have it, this time Centre is penalised. England move the ball into attack quickly and score. Ireland are penalised again in mid court, once more england punish them fully with a goal. Good build up from england, Centre feeds GS Reed who scores the final net of the quarter. England lead 18-3.

2nd Qtr

England centre pass as they make changes. Ireland win the ball and a good, patient attack results in a goal. Ireland score again in a bright opening for them. England are penalised for footwork in attack and Ireland look to build, good positive passing around the area and they have a throw in. They re unlucky with a shot, england claim the rebound but Ireland win the ball back and score with a neat finish. England haven’t got going at all yet but good play between GA, WA and GS sees her score. GA Dixon quickly adds another before the Irish girls respond with a well taken goal. England score, a lovely looping shot sails through the net but Ireland look to respond immediately and they do through their GA. England’s GS misses but they have the throw but GA is penalised for contacting. Ireland don’t get far as England have a throw in, Ireland are penalised, England score. Ireland reply immediately and this is a much more even quarter with the Irish applying themselves very well. England score through Reed, Ireland attack but the shot is missed and england break quickly to score. England miss a chance, Ireland are penalised and England score from a free shot. They add another. England’s Centre O’Dwyer and GS work the ball well for GA to score. Ireland are penalised in attack, England’s WA does well around the area. England retain possession, work it again and when the space presents itself they score. England win possession in defence, move the ball well down court and score, GA quickly adds another. England have ridden out the Irish pressure very well and are putting their attacking play to the fore with some fine shooting, passing and movement. They score another before Ireland find the net with a well taken shot. England score. A rare loose pass in attack gives Ireland possession but the English are quick to win it back and score. Ireland have a free shot after england are penalised and score to complete the first half. England lead 35-11.

3rd Qtr

Ireland have centre pass but england win the ball and score the opening point. They quickly add a second. Good attacking play by Ireland and they score. England reply immediately. A nice little dunked pass from GA to GS sees Ireland score but england are lightning in attack and add another well taken goal. Ireland attack but the English GD intercepts, they break quickly and net. Another English goal follows as Ireland need a couple of goals to settle things down. They aren’t forthcoming as England attack but the goal is disallowed. Back in possession though this time they do score. Northern Ireland have to make a change and upon resumption England add to their total. They score another, its one way traffic at present but Ireland look to build only to be penalised mid court. Good play around the area gives the English girls another net, Ireland attack, GA makes space for herself, feeds GS who scores. England respond with a net, england are penalised, the Irish GS misses, England claim the rebound and England score. Ireland win the ball in defence but it’s short lived as England reclaim the possession and score. Good build up play from the Irish but GS has no luck under the net, England win the rebound, break and score. Ireland are closed down every time they attack and the English WD this time makes the interception. The following attack sees GA net for the English. England’s GS adds another. More England pressure and another goal ensues. Ireland attack well and find the net before the England GA is replaced. They don’t let the change affect them as they score immediately upon resumption. Good play by England, a lovely ball into the area and GS scores. Ireland reply with a well taken net. Lovely play through mid court sees the England girls add another goal and the Irish attack that follows is snuffed out after a loose pass in attack is presented to the England GK who sets her side away down court to score, they add another. Ireland look to respond and score with a good shot. At the end of the quarter England lead 63-18.

4th Qtr

England centre pass and GS is immediately back on the score sheet. Good ball into the area but England cant capitalise and Ireland come away with the ball. They are penalised in attack and England break forward but the pass is long and out. Ireland build but england are there with an interception, they break and score. Ireland win the ball in defence and look to build but the English are back in possession. Lovely ball from Centre to GS who scores at the second attempt. A loose Irish pass across court stops an attack and england regain possession, build well and score. They quickly add another. Northern Ireland need to replace their WD and upon the restart its england who are once more on the front foot but the ball is just out of reach of GS. Ireland miss a chance to score and england build from the base line. Ireland win possession in defence and break up court. England’s GK is called for contacting and Ireland score. England miss, Ireland break, the ball is out. England through mid court, Centre Robson feeds GS who nets. Ireland have some bright moments but England continue to pile on the points. Ireland score through GS after GA misses her chance under the net. England reply, they attack again and a fantastic shot from GA sails through the net. England make a change at Centre, O’Dwyer back on. Ireland attack but its a great intercept from the English GK, they attack quickly and score. Ireland have the ball in defence, they move it patiently mid court into the attacking third, England defend well but Ireland create a chance and its taken. Ireland again look to build from the back, they cant keep the ball mid court and England have the throw in. A great claim by GS who misses with her first attempt but scores with her second. England’s GA is unlucky with a long looping shot but although Ireland claim the rebound the English are back on the ball quickly and score. Ireland reply with a well taken shot. England add another with only seconds remaining. England’s Centre O’Dwyer looks for GS but she cant keep the ball in play. They win possession back however and GS nets the final point for England to win 78-23.

Open Challenge

Republic of Ireland 83 vs Israel 11

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ROI – GK Bermingham, GD Slater, WD Owens, C Rosser, WA Fanning, GA Duffy, GS Ingram

Israel – GK Changfoot, GD Segev, WD Ginsberg, C Sherman, WA Komar-Aziz, GA Komar N, GS Kupchik

1st Qtr

First centre pass goes to ROI but the ball is out for an Israel throw. ROI win back but are penalised for footwork against GA. She isn’t having much luck as on the next attack is penalised for replayed ball. Israel have the firs chance of the game but miss, and its third time lucky for ROI GA Duffy as she nets the first point. GS adds a second for the Irish side and they attack again with GA adding a third to lead 3-0. Another net for ROI’s GA and they have centre pass but are penalised in attack. Israel look to build but are penalised and the Irish GS sinks a lovely shot. Israel attack but the ball is out and ROI break quickly down court and score. GA scores from a free shot for ROI before Israel look to get the ball into the area, they work it well but are unlucky with the shot. ROI build from the base line and a good move ends with a goal. GS adds another for ROI. GA gets back on the score sheet this time before ROI are penalised for replayed ball. Israel make space in the area and their first point is greeted with cheers. A good intercept by the Israel GK unluckily falls to ROI and they capitalise with a goal, quickly adding another. Israel are penalised mid court, ROI attack and GS scores. They add another. ROI score, its wave after wave of Irish attack but Israel hang in there and manage to intercept the final pass, break well but miss and the ball is out for an Irish throw. ROI score, Israel attack but are penalised. ROI score, they attack once more with the same result. Israel look to create space around the area but it comes to nothing and ROI build from defence, GA feeds GS form a free shot or pass and she scores. Lovely play between WA and GS for ROI to score and they immediately add another. Israel score after moving the ball around well in attack. ROI come forward and GS adds another to her total. A rare fumble in attack gives Israel the ball but ROI regain possession and score. At the end of the first quarter ROI 23-2.

2nd Qtr

ROI centre pass and Israel get a free pass awarded to them. The Irish GK makes a good interception in the area and ROI attack. They net their first point of the quarter. Good build u from Israel but the shot is disappointing and ROI bring the ball away down court to score. They quickly add another. Israel create space and get the ball into the area but ROI’s GK intercepts again. Good play between Israel’s Centre and GA ends with a goal, superbly taken. ROI net, they attack again but are penalised for footwork. Israel get to the edge of the area but ROI’s GK intercepts the final pass. Israel score after a neat pass from GS to GA. ROI are quickly back on the attack and add two nets in quick order. Israel’s GA finds the net with another lovely shot before ROI add another. Israel are penalised in the attacking third allowing ROI to break down court quickly and convert the chance. Plenty of effort from Israel but ROI are shooting well. Israel look to attack but are penalised mid court. ROI score. Great passing around the area results in an ROI net. They score again, more attacking play from ROI but this time they are penalised and Israel look to build but lose possession mid court. ROI score, Israel are forced into a change with their excellent GA making way. ROI score, good by Israel mid court, GS gets a chance but cant convert it and ROI move down court and score. Israel attack, ROI are penalised, GA misses, ROI claim the rebound, attack but Israel’s Centre makes the intercept. ROI from the throw score. A lovely pass from Centre finds the shooter and Israel score. ROI reply. At half time ROI lead 44-6.

3rd Qtr

ROI have centre pass. GA loses her shoe so we have a timeout. Upon resumption GS scores. Israel attack but ROI intercept and score. They are penalised mid court and Israel look to make progress through mid court. They have a throw, but the ball is quickly back in Irish hands and they are on the attack, GS netting with a fine shot. A quick Irish attack down the right side of the court results in another net for GS. Good incisive passing form ROI results in a free shot and its converted. Israel are on the attack, ROI are penalised but the shot hits the rim and bounces to safety. For once the Irish attack peters out and Israel have a throw from the base line. ROI win back mid court but miss and Israel claim the interception. ROI score. Israel put together a fine move and it results in a goal much to the pleasure of their supporters. ROI score. The Irish win in defence and attack, GA under the net scores. Israel are penalised in attack. ROI score, a second goal follows quickly and from centre pass they score their third in ten seconds. Great play mid court from ROI but the chance is missed, no matter as ROI come forward again, this time converting the chance. GA scores at the second time of asking for ROI, Israel get the ball into the area but the shot is missed and ROI break forward, moving the ball well in mid court but it comes to nothing and Israel have the throw in. Israel are penalised in the area and the Irish GA scores. ROI win in defence, break and score. Israel attack but it comes to nothing and ROI move through mid court into attack, GS misses, GA doesn’t. This time GS finds the net before Israel are penalised in attack. ROI GA scores with a lovely shot. ROI score. A fine moment for Israel, a lovely attack results in a fantastic shot, much appreciated the the supporters. At the end of the quarter its 66-8 to ROI.

4th Qtr

Israel have centre pass, ROI are penalised, the Irish GD blocks a shot from GA and ROI break but Israel win back in defence. Israel miss a long shot, ROI attack and GS scores. She adds another. Israel attack but the ball is long and out of play. ROI build but Israel reclaim the ball, GA misses her shot and ROI have the throw in. Good work between WA and centre for ROI results in a well taken goal, another quickly follows as there is no let up from ROI. They are forced into a change in attack and upon the resumption GS Hynes who has just returned to the action scores. ROI attack, GS does well to keep the ball in but Israel win possession and attack but the final pass is long and out. ROI on the front foot again but Israel get the ball away from danger and feed GA who scores. GS scores for ROI, GA takes her chance as well before Israel build through mid court. They are penalised for offside however and ROI break but the chance isn’t taken this time. Another change for ROI in attack but its Israel on the attack but the ball is out ad ROI have the throw. Lovely work around the area from Israel and a superb shot by GA Komar who really is the stand out player for Israel. ROI attack and score, they are then penalised for offside ad Israel attack but are penalised for held ball. ROI add another to their tally and quickly get the chance for another which is taken. ROI score, Israel have a throw in in attack but ROI clear any danger, lovely play around the area and GA scores, immediately adding another. With time ticking down Israel build an attack and GA scores again following a free pass. ROI launch another foray forward and GS scores a well taken net, quickly adding a second. ROI attack once more, GA netting before GS also finds the target. As the match ends ROI win 83-11.

U21 Championship

Scotland 60 vs Wales 40

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Scotland – GK MacPhail, GD Sutherland, WD Eynon, C Metcalfe, WA Boyle, GA MacDonald, GS Goodwin

Wales – GK Thomas, GD Powell, WD Davies, C Dyke, WA Johnson, GA Llewelyn, GS James

1st Qtr

First centre pass goes to Wales who pass it crisply in attack and score the first point. Wales come forward again, Scotland penalised but then Wales match them so the Scots build an attack but Goodwin at GS misses. Wales come away with the ball, GA misses a long free shot and Scotland have the rebound, they work it well up court and score their first point. Wales GA misses but she gets another free shot, passes to GS James who scores. Scotland swarm around the area but its wales who come away with the ball but its out and Scotland build from the base line. This time Goodwin makes no mistake. A long ball into attack for Wales but Scotland win possession and attack. GA MacDonald sinks a lovely shot before the Scots attack again, a great long shot from GS this time as the Scots build up a head of steams but they are penalised in the area. Wales build, the ball finds GA who scores with a lovely finish. Scotland attack but Wales get the throw in, great ball from Centre Dyke to GA and goal, they quickly add another in this real end to end thriller already. Scotland score, Wales come forward, this time Centre’s long pass finds Scottish hands but Wales score before Scotland reply almost immediately. Scotland are penalised in the area and Wales GS scores. Good play by the Scottish Centre Metcalfe into GS who nets. They break up a Wales attack and work the ball up court to score again. Wales build through mid court, GS to GA and goal. Wales centre pass, GA receives the pass in the circle and scores. Great goal from Goodwin following a lovely pass from WA Boyle. Goodwin is on target again, quickly adding a third in a few seconds. wales look to respond but the ball is long and Scotland build from the base line, its worked well and they score. Lovely ball into the area and another Scottish net. Wales GS looks to reply but her shot hits the rim and Scotland win the rebound, break and score. Scotland add another and they are playing well, testing wales at every opportunity. Wales pull a goal back before Scotland fire in a long shot, it misses but the follow up doesn’t. Wales score, Scotland reply and its met with huge cheers. The whistle goes and at the end of the first quarter Scotland lead 17-11

2nd Qtr

Centre pass is with Wales and GS immediately puts them on the score sheet. They win the ball mid court and move into attack, Scotland hold them up but the ball is out and Scotland build from the back. Wales are penalised and Scotland net. Wales are penalised and Scotland build, GS Goodwin adds to her personal tally. Its the Scots on the front foot again and this time GA finds the target. Wales GS claims the ball well under the net and scores. Goodwin scores again for the home side before wales attack but its Scotland who come away with the ball, and they score another. Scotland are putting Wales to the sword here and another net means the Welsh need something pretty quickly. They make a good start with a well worked goal, Scotland attack, Goodwin does well to keep it in but it falls to Wales who attack, GS misses and Scotland come away with the ball which they convert into a goal. Lovely shot from the Welsh GA and good defence from their GK keeps Scotland at bay. Wales break and score, its their centre, great play from Centre but the shot is missed and its a Scotland ball. Lovely movement from Scotland and a cool finish is greeted warmly by their supporters. Wales have possession but Scotland and limit their attacking options. The final ball is poor and Scotland and once more have possession before the welsh are forced into a change. Scotland score, Wales are penalised, Scotland attack but its well defended by the Welsh GK. Wales build out of defence, Scotland win back and attack, the Welsh GK is penalised, Scotland score. Scotland have centre pass, they score. Wales attack, Scotland are superb in defence and win the ball back but Wales do well to regain the ball and this time they score. Another Welsh change, Scotland attack, a lovely ball into the area and a goal. Good in attack by Wales and a lovely shot to score. Scotland penalised, Wales build, Scotland penalised, Wales miss and Scotland win the rebound. Good work by Scotland and they score on the whistle to lead at half time 30-18.

3rd Qtr

Wales centre pass, GS fumbles the pass and Scotland set off on an attack which results in the first goal of the quarter. Goodwin finds the net with another lovely shot, Scotland now build from their base line and their third goal of the period goes in. Scotland add another in a flying start to the second half for them. Wales GS pulls one back but its going to be a big effort for Wales to turn this around. The Welsh GA misses, Scotland have the rebound but they are penalised in attack. Wales build and score. Scotland lose possession , Wales attack and GA scores. Wales on the attack again, WA does superbly to keep the ball in and they score, this is just what they need but Scotland attack and score. Wales on the front foot again but Scotland win the ball in defence, break up court but the ball is out and Wales have the throw. Scotland are penalised in the area and Wales score. Scotland attack now and find the net. End to end, the Welsh GS scores following a free pass. Lovely play by Scotland in attack and a great shot to score. Wales ball into the area is well defended by Scotland but they score from the throw in. Lovely claim in the area by GS Goodwin and great finish again before Wales score. Scotland make a change in attack but its Wales defence with the ball, a fine move ends with a goal. Wales come again, they win a thro on the base line, a free shot and GS scores. Lovely finish again from Scotland’s GS but its been a better quarter for the Welsh and they are unlucky when penalised in the area. Scotland break and score. They have centre pass but wales win possession and a good attack ends with a well taken net. Scotland now from their base line, nice passing through mid court but a flying interception from Wales GK who ends up on the floor but she has done her job and Wales come away with the ball but Scotland defend well. Another fabulous shot from GS and captain Beth Goodwin sees Scotland score. wales have the ball in defence, good passing into attack, GS sets herself and scores. Wales again, nice movement in attack, Scotland are penalised and Wales score the final point of the quarter. Scotland lead 42-31.

4th Qtr

Centre pass is with Scotland, Wales are penalised and GS scores. Wales first attack ends without a goal and Scotland build from the back, Centre feeds GA who converts a lovely shot. Wales score. Scotland back on the front foot and Goodwin sinks a free shot. They quickly add another. Wales move the ball around in attack and convert the chance they create before Scotland miss a free shot. Wales build from the base line, they are unlucky as the ball circles the rim and falls to Scottish hands. The break comes to nothing and Wales attack but Scotland regain possession and score. Any chance of a Wales comeback has been very well dealt with by Scotland. Wales score, Scotland are penalised in attack, as are the Welsh. Scotland on the attack, Centre feeds GA who misses ad Wales have the rebound but Scotland intercept a free pass in the area. Wales make a change, attack and score. They add another before being penalised mid court. Scotland attack and the ever reliable captain sinks another goal. Wales reply with a goal. Scotland score, the ball thinks about it but finally drops through the net. Wales reply with a well taken goal. Scotland score. Wales GD is penalised, Scotland score, Goodwin again. Scotland make a change at GA, Wales attack but the ball is long and out. Scotland work it through mid court, GA to WA to GA who scores, lovely stuff from the Scots. They add another and are on the attack once more, a free shot, a goal. Scotland are bossing this quarter and another fine shot sails through the net. They add another, Wales look to respond and a fine shot from GA brigs them a much needed net. Scotland are in no mood to take their foot off the pedal as they score again before Wales reply with a nice goal. Its Goodwin again for Scotland, leading from the front. Wales miss, Scotland have possession, Goodwin has the ball, its a goal, naturally. Another net as the Scots finish the match off in style. they win by 60-40.

DAY 3

Invitational Section

Bermuda 24 vs Republic of Ireland 44

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Bermuda – GK Smith K, GD Smith I, WD Chapman, C Richardson, WA Amory, GA Lucas, GS Raynor

Republic Of Ireland – GK Bermingham, GD Slater, WD Owens, C Murphy, WA Fanning, GA Duffy, GS Ingram

1st Qtr

First centre pass is with ROI and good movement around the area results in a base line throw and they score from a free shot. Bermuda are quick to get the ball into their GS who levels. ROIs GA makes a little space fir herself in the area, the ball is fed to her and she scores. Good defence from ROI stop Bermuda levelling and they break up court but Bermuda steal the ball and launch an attack. Obstruction from GK gives GA the chance to score and she does. ROI reply immediately before good play around the area and a great shot from GS gives Bermuda a net. Its a good, fast paced tart to this game as ROI find the net, Bermuda score when WA feeds GS who makes no mistake. ROI miss and Bermuda claim the rebound and look to break quickly. ROI hold them up and win the ball in defence, they get forward quickly and GA Duffy scores. Good work in attack including a flying save from Centre gives Bermuda another goal and the next Irish attack sees the ball go long. Bermuda build but GD sells her C short with the pass. They have a throw in however and when ROI are penalised in defence they score. A gorgeous long pass picks out the Bermuda GS and she is missing very little today. ROI miss, Bermuda on the move again but a loose pass is collected by ROI’s GD who sets her side away to score. Another long Bermuda ball draws a foul from ROI but Bermuda cant capitalise and ROI break. Bermuda regain possession, GD thinks she has intercepted for ROI but is penalised for footwork, Centre finds GS but she misses this time and the ball is out for ROI from the base line. ROI score. A long ball from Bermuda misses everyone and sails out of court. ROI build through mid court, GS to GA and score. Good work from ROI down the left, a good feed into the area and well finished. Bermuda have got a little ragged in attack and the ball is out of play again. ROI make the most of it and score. Great pass from Bermuda’s WA to GS and she sinks the net with ease. ROI are penalised in attack but Bermuda cant keep the ball in and ROI have a throw in attack from which they score. Nice pass from Centre and ROI score to lead 12-8.

2nd Qtr

Bermuda have centre pass but the ball is out and ROI build from the base line. GS notches the first point of the quarter for ROI but when Centre looks for a shooter in the area the ball evades them and is out for a Bermuda throw. Bermuda’s GS nets their first point with a lovely shot. ROI win possession in defence but Bermuda do likewise. ROI have a free pass on the edge of the area but again its long. Bermuda move forward, a pass fired in low for GS has too much on it for her to control and ROI break down court, Bermuda Centre fouls but ROI cant make the most of it and Bermuda break. Its all very bitty at the moment as both teams look to regain the flowing play of the first quarter. ROI build from the base line, GS fails to collect but Bermuda have been penalised and from the free shot ROI score. Bermuda are cautioned for delaying in getting the ball back for centre pass. ROI attack and GA Duffy scores. Bermuda’s GA has space in the area,,, feeds GS who misses but scores at the second attempt. ROI on the attack, GA is unlucky with her shot though and Bermuda get the ball forward quickly but it comes to nothing. They get to bring the ball forward again however and this time GA gets a chance under the net and scores. Bermuda have to make a change at Centre. Upon resumption ROI keep possession mid court but when the ball is fed into the area the Bermuda GD intercepts well and they break up court. ROI regain the ball, Centre hooks the ball back into play but only to a satiating Bermuda defender. ROI are defending resolutely and limiting Bermuda’s options. ROI score. Bermuda have to make a change to GA. Upon the restart ROI look to press home the advantage they have built up but GA contacts the Bermuda GK allowing them to build through mid court. ROI have limited the service Bermuda are getting to their GS with GK Walton matching her height. ROI score. This time Bermuda get the ball into GS and she sinks the chance, ROI reply immediately before Bermuda loo for a goal before half time. The move breaks down but so does ROI’s when the final pass is long. ROI attack and GS scores, they have centre pass and move the ball around well, GA feeds GS under the net and she scores. Bermuda look to grab a quick net but the chance doesn’t quite come and at half time ROI lead 20-12.

3rd Qtr

ROI centre pass and new GS Hynes misses her first chance but not her second. Bermuda are penalised for footwork but they manage to win back in defence, break quickly and score a well worked net. Bermuda attack from defence when ROI lose it and GS scores with a well taken finish. Lovely long pass from Centre into GS and Bermuda score again. They have settled much better than in the second quarter but when they are penalised mid court ROI feed the ball into GS who fires in a great long shot to score. Bermuda are penalised in attack and ROI are unlucky when the attack doesn’t result in a goal. Bermuda are penalised, ROI move the ball around looking for space but Bermuda come away with the ball, Centre to GS and another net to add to her tally. ROI score. Bermuda score through GS, ROI reply, Bermuda attack but their GA crashes into the post and is replaced, thankfully she is ok. Bermuda defend an Irish attack well but the come back at them again and this time get the goal. GA misses for Bermuda, and they miss a couple of chances after a lovely long ball into the area. ROI are going about their work in an efficient manner and score, they add another. GS scores for Bermuda from a free shot. ROI respond with a goal of their own before Bermuda make a change at WA. She’s straight in the action delivering a long ball into the area but in vain as Bermuda are penalised. ROI build a nice move down the left of the court and GS completes it with an easy goal. Bermuda are getting a little ragged again and gifting ROI the ball too often. They make the most of it a GS scores again. They add another as they continue to pull clear of Bermuda. A very good spell of pressure for ROI comes to an end with the whistle as they lead 34-18.

4th Qtr

Bermuda centre pass but they are penalised, ROI score with their first attack through GS. ROI add another before Bermuda launch a good move and its completed with a wonderful long shot. ROI respond, GA does well to claim the ball under pressure and score. A great full court move by ROI is halted when GS is penalised much to her surprise. Bermuda cant make the most of the opportunity though as ROI build again from defence quickly. This time they cant make it count as Bermuda move the ball well up court to score. GS Hynes is penalised again, Bermuda build down the right, Centre to WA, into the area but GS misses and ROI bring away the rebounded ball. Bermuda have it back, briefly, ROI again, this time GS is contacted against and she scores from a free shot. Bermuda score. ROI penalised again in attack, Bermuda break, GS nets again. Bermuda’s GA is unlucky with her shot after a lovely little pass from WA, ROI win the rebound, break and score through GS. ROI are forced into a change at WD, they continue to attack on the restart, GS scoring from a free shot after GA missed. ROI score after good work around the area from Centre and WA. Bermuda look to make inroads but dont get anywhere and it’s ROI come away with the ball and find the net. ROI GS is penalised again, she’s not happy, and Bermuda break, a gorgeous shot from GA sails through the net before they are forced into another change. Lovely play in attack by ROI, GS misses twice and is penalised. Bermuda miss a chance and ROI break very well once more, some fine passing from the Irish at times. GS scores for ROI from a free shot and they attack again until Bermuda do well to intercept. GS plucks mother long Bermuda pass out of the air to score before GA watches her shot bobble around the net but not drop, ROI win 44-24.

U 21 Championships

Wales 26 vs England 65

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Wales – GK Walker-Jones, GD Powell, WD Emanuel, C Dyke, WA Johnson, GA Llewelyn, GS James

England – GK Airey, GD Everitt, WD Pavelin, C Robson, WA Hall, GA Dixon, GS Reed

1st Qtr

First centre pass goes to Wales who are immediately penalised for held ball. England pass the ball around before feeding GS Reed who scores. Wales win the ball well in defence and move through mid court into attack, GS makes a little space but misses her shot, England break quickly and GA Dixon scores. Wales are penalised, GA for England misses but they regain possession and GS scores to lead 3-0. Good work between WA and GS for England but the shot is missed and the Welsh GK sets her team on their way up court where GA Llewelyn scores their first point of the match. Good by Wales in attack and they add another before England get the ball quickly into the area and score. England’s Centre is penalised but wales fail to capitalise and England build from defence, Centre feeds GS Reed who scores. This time Reed turns provider for GA Dixon to score. Wales attack comes to nothing as the ball is fired out of play and the English build from the back. Fantastic ball retention by England in mid court and attack is finally finished off with a superbly work team goal, Centre, WA and GA prominent in the play. England add another in quick time before Wales look to get themselves a foothold but they are penalised and GS adds another for England. She soon scores again before Wales attack is intercepted by England Centre Robson. Centre is back in the action with a lovely pass into the area for Dixon to score. England miss with a free shot but get the throw in, Wales are penalised and GA Dixon has another net to her name. Wales make a change but it’s England very much on the front foot, GS adding another. England attack but the ball is fractionally long and wales attack from the base line, a good pass into the are and they net a much needed goal. Wales GK gives England possession from a throw but they soon have it back after England are penalised. the welsh attack peters out and England score another with GS Reed looking sharp under the net. To prove the point she adds another almost immediately. Wales string together a nice move and score but its brief respite as England swarm forward, Dixon with a rare miss but GS mops up when the next chance presents itself. England score. Quickly another follows, this has been quality by England who lead at the break 18-4.

2nd Qtr

England centre pass goes for a throw after Wales pressure. Wales come away from mid court with possession but the English get it back quickly with Centre to GA to GS and goal. Fantastic pass from GD into the area for the next England net. wales look to probe but once more England come away with the ball and score. It’s excellent from the English attacking players as they net again. Wales on the attack but they are penalised and England look for options up court, this time Wales beat them to it but its not long before England are on the front foot again and score. Wales GS nets a much needed goal and they pick up possession mid court, GS does well to keep the ball live along the base line but her knock back falls for England who despite Wales holding them up score. England have to make a change with O’Dwyer replacing Robson at Centre. The change doesnt disrupt England however and fine ply from WA brings about another chance which is eaten up by the English shooters. England score, its pretty brutal stuff for Wales but they continue to look for attacking options but they are limited superbly by the alert English defence. More England goals flow as they continue to carve out chance upon chance. Wales aren’t playing badly, they just aren’t getting a look in. GA Dixon nets again before Wales make a change from the bench. The Welsh Centre cant quite keep the ball under control and England break into the attacking third, the end result, a goal. Wales put together a good move and GS scores but its business as usual at the opposite end of the court from the England shooters. Wales attack is well defended by the English WD and they break but the chance is missed. England come again, this time both GS and GA miss allowing wales to move into mid court then into attack where the chance is converted for a good Welsh goal. Seconds left as England attack but the ball runs loose into Welsh hands and they break quickly and convert a lovely goal. At half time England lead 32-9.

3rd Qtr

England have centre and score through newly introduced GS Wells. England pass is long and Wales look to build, W to GA and GS scores at the second attempt. England add another through GS. Lovely shot from Reed at GA to add to the English total. Wales are good in possession and create a chance which is well taken, they are on the front foot again and get a free shot which is taken much to the pleasure of the Welsh support. England score, a great long ball into the area isn’t finished this time by GS but she gets another chance after good work from Centre and GA which is taken. Centre O’Dwyer does very well to keep the ball in play and GS Wells says thank you as she buries another net. Wales Centre takes a tumble mid court but she’s fine and England build well to score. England are penalised in attack and wales break quickly and well to score. Wales make a change in attack before the English score. Wales score, England reply. Good work down the left and the ball into GS gives England another net. England makes changes from the bench, Reed scores before Wales look for options in the area, they get a free pass which GS takes. The Welsh GD makes a great interception before the ball can reach the English shooter from Centre’s pass. They cant keep it for long though and England regain possession and score after a good ball into the area. Wales score. England reply. Lovely shot sees Wales add another and it looks promising for the Welsh when England are penalised in defence but they cant make it count, England break and score. Wales are penalised in attack. At the end of the quarter England lead 47-18.

4th Qtr

Wales centre pass but they are penalised in attack. England score through GS Wells. WA O’Dwyer is knocked off her feet in collision with the Welsh GD but it doesn’t stop her or her team progressing into attack to score. Good build up play from the English who add another before wales win the ball in defence and attack but its back in English hands and back through the net just as quickly. England score, quickly adding another. A long ball into the area almost catches Wales GS by surprise but they retain possession and score. Wales look to move the ball around mid court but are penalised for held ball. A gorgeous net from Reed gives the English another goal but Wales are doing well in this final period and are unlucky to lose the ball in attack. they have it back in defence and look to build again. Wales make a change before launching an attack, a lovely pass from Centre to GS results in a goal. Great play down the right hand side of the court for England to score. Wells at GS is getting a lot of chances and is sinking the vast majority with ease. Wales GS misses but GA scores before England make a change in attack. The Welsh will be delighted to see Dixon back on for England. Before she gets a chance however the Welsh build nicely and score. England score. A long ball across court from Wales is nowhere near their Centre and England have the throw, their movement from first to last is excellent but the goal is disallowed. England build again however, this time it is a legal goal. The English are finishing strongly, Dixon scores, quickly adding a second. England add another before a rare miss falls into Welsh hands but they only get as far as mid court before good work from O’Dwyer results in an English net. A lovely goal from Wales and when England are penalised they look to attack once more and convert on the final whistle. England win 65-26.

U21 Championships

Northern Ireland 34 vs Scotland 60

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Northern Ireland – GK McCulloch, GD Lewis, WD Crosbie, C Magee M, WA McCammon, GA Magee E, GS Moore

Scotland – GK MacPhail, GD Sutherland, WD Eynon, C Boyle, WA Mitchell, GA MacDonald, GS Goodwin

1st Qtr

First centre pass goes to Scotland and WA finds GS Goodwin who opens her account. NI GS Moore levels from a free shot before the Scots are quickly into attack and GA MacDonald sinks a lovely shot. Immediate response from NI who score before Goodwin puts the Scots back in front. End to end start with NI pushing forward and Moore claims the ball well under the net to score, 3-3. Lovely little pass from Centre Magee but the chance is missed, NI are unable to make the most of it and Scotland break back down court to score. Another Scottish goal follows and they are on the front foot again, GS does well to keep the ball in and knock it back for MacDonald to score. NI lose out in attack but Scotland are penalised in attack so NI get another chance, this time the ball is fed to GS and she scores a well taken shot. Scotland are lightning quick in attack and add another, NI move breaks down and the home side break well and score to warm applause from their supporters. NI GK does well to stop Goodwin getting in a shot but from the resulting throw Scotland score. A lovely pass from Centre Magee to GS and another Scottish net which they are quick to add to. Moore is looking sharp at GS for NI as she puts another goal in but the Scots are on top of their game as they quickly add another. Very impressive by Scotland. They score again. More attacking play as they don’t allow NI to settle, another net. NI in attack but the final pass is lacking and Scotland can build from defence. They are penalised for offside but NI don’t get far before they too are called up. Goodwin sinks another, some fine shooting from both Scottish girls. Mitchell at WA is supplying the shooters at will and she does so again but this time Scotland are penalised and NI break but the ball is back with Scotland, GA shapes to shoot but offloads to GS who does shoot and score. Gorgeous shot from MacDonald follows as Scotland continue to dominate play. NI need a foothold in the game and GS Moore gives them a goal. Scotland score, they knock the ball around in attack but the Irish GD holds them up briefly before they find another chance to score which is very much taken. Sublime from Scotland in attack, a superbly well worked goal. At the end of the quarter Scotland lead 20-6.

2nd Qtr

NI centre pass. They keep the ball well and look for space which GS Moore finds for herself, she converts the chance when it comes to her. Scotland reply. NI build an attack but Scotland intercept in defence and score at the other end of the court, seamless move. Good, patient NI passing mid court, they have a throw in, Scotland are penalised, GS scores. She bags another almost immediately in a bright start to the quarter for NI. Scotland haven’t quite settled into the rhythm of the first quarter as NI score again, they have centre pass, GS misses a long shot and the rebound falls to Scotland. Both teams give up possession before the Scottish side score again, now its their turn to add a quick second. NI attack, GA is all alone in the area and has time to sink it which she does. Scotland respond immediately. NI GS unlucky not to keep the ball in play as her foot slips just off court. Scotland break quickly and with purpose, a free shot, GS misses but they aren’t giving it up as they regain possession quickly and score. Goodwin nets again. NI are penalised in attack, Scotland break, Scotland score, they have centre pass, Centre with another lovely ball into the area and a goal results. NI attack, they have a base line throw but Scotland win the ball, off down court with speed and another very well taken shot from their captain Beth Goodwin. They add another. Scotland defend an Irish attack well, GD Sutherland sets her side off down court and they score. Scotland score. NI attack breaks down, Scotland in possession, Scotland make a change at WA, upon resumption the ball is in the area and they score. GS adds another. This is impressive from the Scottish girls. NI score before the Scots are on the move again, they cant keep the ball in this time and NI build through mid court but the final pass is just out of reach of GS. NI are penalised in the attacking third and Scotland build quickly, GS scores, business as usual. Scotland on the front foot again, Scotland score. A rare miss from the Scots and at half time they lead 37-12.

3rd Qtr

NI centre pass and a lovely shot to secure the first point of the second half. Scotland reply immediately. NI are penalised in attack, Scotland move forward and score from a free shot. NI defenders working overtime to try and contain Scotland and they do well this time but the subsequent attack breaks down. Scotland back in possession and score through their GA Goodwin who has changed shooting position. NI with a good move find the net and they have the ball again to net their second in short time. NI do well in defence and move into attack, this is a good spell for NI who add another. Fine attacking play by Scotland and GS scores. No win the ball in defence but Scottish pressure forces the error and the ball is out for a throw. Patient attack by Scotland but again NI get in the intercept and break well to score. NI add another, this is much better from NI. NI again and a superb shot from GA. Scotland have become a little ragged this quarter and NI are taking full advantage as they add another. Scotland make a change at GA but its still NI on the front foot and they score. Scotland put together a good attack but the chance is missed and NI win the rebound to break down court. They are unlucky with a long shot. Scotland break but NI are back on the ball but fine defending by Scotland stops them. Scotland attack but its good from the Irish GK. A lovely goal from Scotland follows and when centre picks out GS with a fine pass they add another. WA is penalised for Scotland and Ni break quickly and find the net. Scotland building from the base line, good sharp passes mid court, WA looks for a shooter but NI GD intercepts well again. More fine Irish play and a goal. Scotland lose possession mid court, NI quickly into attack and score. The Scottish support has gone a little quiet. Scotland win the ball in defence and fron a free shot GA scores a beauty. t the end of the third quarter Scotland lead 45-25.

4th Qtr

NI start on the attack but Scotland build from the base line. NI now get their chance to build out of defence but the pass forward is loose and sails out of play. Lovely shot from Scotland to score the first point of the quarter. They score the second too with another neat finish. Scotland pick up the ball mid court, the ball into GS is a fraction too high for her to bring under control. They come again however, this time the chance is made perfectly and Scotland score. They add another, before a great ball from NI Centre is plucked out the air by GS who scores. NI win in defence, WA to GS to GA and goal. Scotland from the base line, good movement in mid court and a well taken net. A lovely pass from WA to GS and the Scottish girls score again. NI attack, Scotland have the ball back, its in the attacking area within an instant and they score. More Scottish pressure and a goal as they put that quiet third quarter well behind them. Good in attack by NI as they find the net, GS quickly adds a second. NI build patiently through mid court, a good pass into the area is rewarded with a goal. Scotland reply immediately before making a couple of changes from the bench. Lovely in the attacking third from NI and a well deserved net. Scotland on the front foot and a fabulous long shot sails through the net. NI cant keep the ball in play in attack and Scotland have the throw, good movement again just let down by the final pass which is long. Scotland score. NI reply from a free shot. Lovely into the area by Scotland and a good, clean goal from GS. Another follows straight away. Scotland are penalised and NI build, GS is unlucky but they have the throw on the base line. At the second attempt GS nails it with a lovely finish. Scotland score, not long left now. NI have possession mid court, Scotland pressure them but they keep they ball. GS scores for NI. Scotland get the final goal right on the whistle as Scotland win 60-34.

Invitational Section

Gibraltar 50 vs Bermuda 44

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Gibraltar – GK Rouegno, GD Ocana, WD Cross, C Moreno J, WA Moreno Janice, GA Pozo, GS Ferrer

Bermuda – GK Smith K, GD Smith I, WD Chapman, C Richardson, WA Amory, GA Lucas, GS Raynor

1st Qtr

Bermuda with first centre pass and they are penalised. They win the ball back and move into attack but Gibraltar come out of defence with it. Centre fires a pass into GA and its a fantastic long shot to put Gibraltar in the lead. Bermuda are level after WA finds GS who nets. Great ball into the area and the Bermuda GS Raynor scores again. Gibraltar reply. A good start by both teams as Bermuda’s GS just fails to keep the ball in play. Gibraltar score with an excellent shot, they attack again and GS finds the net. Bermuda pull one back almost immediately and when Gibraltar miss Bermuda are quick to launch the ball forward and score. Good play by Bermuda and GS finds the net once more. This is a good game, the teams evenly matched so far. Bermuda are on the score sheet again and they come forward once more but this time they are penalised and Gibraltar look to build, the ball comes to GA who scores. Another great net from GA Pozo for Gibraltar. Bermuda reply, Gibraltar miss but they get a free shot and score this time around. Gibraltar have an injury and GD Ocana hobbles off court. Upon the restart Gibraltar score. More attacking from Gibraltar, GS scores after Bermuda are penalised. Gibraltar do well in defence before Bermuda are penalised for contacting. Gibraltar cant make the most of it and Bermuda break well to score. Gibraltar score. Its nip and tuck in this opening quarter. Gibraltar on the front foot once more, Bermuda penalised but Gibraltar miss. They regain possession mid court and this time make no mistake under the net. Another attack but the ball is long, Bermuda are rushed into an error and Gibraltar are on the attack but another miss and the rebound falls to Bermuda. Gibraltar miss, Bermuda look to build, Gibraltar regain possession and this time score from a free shot. Good defence from Gibraltar then Bermuda are penalised, Gibraltar break quickly to score. Bermuda’s GS is penalised in the area and the advantage again swings to Gibraltar but they cant capitalise and Bermuda attack, the ball sails through the net. At quarter time its Gibraltar who lead 13-9.

2nd Qtr

Bermuda centre pass and a long pass cant be claimed by GS Raynor. Gibraltar’s GS claims the pass to her however and scores the opening point, quickly adding the second. Bermuda a little ragged in attack giving Gibraltar the chance to attack and they capitalise with a well taken net. Gibraltar again but this time GA misses and GS can’t keep the ball in play. Bermuda pull one back through their GS, they score a second soon after as the long high balls into GS appear their best tactic at present. Bermuda are awarded a free shot and score once more. They attack but this time Gibraltar come away with the ball, Centre to WA then a free shot which GA accepts. Great long Gibraltar pass out to WA but Bermuda defend well. Bermuda are penalised in attack but they regain the ball and GS scores. GA sends a long ball into the. Area, GS claims and scores. Bermuda using the height advantage well now. Gibraltar build well and score, they attack again and a lovely shot from GA flies through the net. Gibraltar’s GS scores after a good ball into her from Centre. Bermuda score a great long range effort from GA. Gibraltar attack but the ball is out, Bermuda build and score. They add another, this is some game. Now it’s Gibraltar and they find the net. Bermuda reply. Bermuda penalised mid court, GA scores another lovely goal for Gibraltar. Bermuda launch another track and a great shot goes in. End to end, Gibraltar miss, Bermuda build, GA ball to GS is too ambitious and its out. Gibraltar have possession mid court, into the area and GS misses, Bermuda bat it away. Bermuda from defence, GA to WA to GA and goal. Gibraltar attack, GA misses, Bermuda have the rebound, lovely attack and equally lovely shot to score. Gibraltar to attack, GA scores another great shot. Bermuda miss and Gibraltar from defence through mid court. Bermuda penalised, GS scores for Gibraltar. Centre to GS and another Gibraltar goal. Breathless play from both teams. Gibraltar’s WA cant quite keep it in but they win back and score. At half time Gibraltar lead 26-21 in an excellent match.

3rd Qtr

Bermuda centre pass but Gibraltar gain possession and move through mid court but the ball is long and Bermuda look to build but Gibraltar don’t give them time and they break to score. Gibraltar on the attack again and net a second. Bermuda are penalised in attack and Gibraltar build but Bermuda regain the ball only to lose out again. Its a scrappy start before Bermuda’s GA, WA and GS combine to score. A great shot sees Gibraltar back on the score sheet and when Bermuda are penalised mid court they get another chance to attack. Bermuda have a player down and make the change, they score before Gibraltar attack again and the ball circles the rim before falling through the net. Good defence by Gibraltar stops Bermuda. Gibraltar are working well in defence to limit their opponents whilst looking to be positive in attack. GS scores for them at the second attempt. Bermuda build through mid court and GA firs in a lovely shot to put her side back on the score sheet. Bermuda have the base line throw, then free shot and GS scores. Good work in attack by Gibraltar is finished off with another fine net from GA. Gibraltar attack again, GS misses no Bermuda look to progress into attack which they do but the final ball is long and out. Lovely play in attack by Bermuda and GA scores. Gibraltar reply immediately. Bermuda feed GS who scores whilst Gibraltar’s GS misses and Bermuda look to shepherd the ball away down court. A long pass just evades their GS and Gibraltar have the chance to build, GA misses a long shot but GS converts a much shorter one. A loose pass goes straight to Gibraltar and GA is back finding the net from distance. This time she does it from the other side of the court, a lovely shot. Bermuda in the attacking third, GA scores. Gibraltar score. Bermuda are penalised, Gibraltar miss a long hot, twice, but Bermuda cant get out of defence and Gibraltar score. Bermuda are penalised mid court, Gibraltar get a free shot or pass and GS scores. Gibraltar are penalised mid court, GS claims the ball in the area for Bermuda and scores on the whistle. Gibraltar lead 39-28.

4th Qtr

Gibraltar have centre but are penalised for footwork. Bermuda find their GS under the net and she scores. GA gets in on the act for the second Bermuda goal. A great little pass from Centre to GS brings the first Gibraltar goal of the quarter before Bermuda add another. Gibraltar score after GA misses, GS mops up. Bermuda score, Gibraltar attack patiently and are rewarded with another lovely effort from GA. Bermuda score. Good movement and passing around the area from Gibraltar and its again rewarded with a lovely goal. Bermuda score, Gibraltar are penalised mid court but Bermuda don’t make them pay with a miss from GS. Gibraltar score through GS at the second attempt. Lovely shot from Bermuda’s GA follows and its end to end once more as Gibraltar’s WA Feds the ball into the area for a goal. Bermuda score, GA again with a good shot. Gibraltar are firing in some lovely goals and another follows from GA again. Bermuda reply but they need to eat into the Gibraltar lead. Gibraltar however add another goal which Bermuda respond to with a long bomb form GS. Lovely play from Gibraltar’s WA but this time her shooter team mate cant finish. Gibraltar add another before injury time is called for Bermuda’s Centre. Upon resumption they attack and GS nets another to add to her very impressive tally. Gibraltar with a good attack but the final pass goes straight to Bermuda who break quickly and score. Bermuda attack again, this time Gibraltar snuff out the danger but Bermuda do well to win it back and score. Bermuda are penalised mid court, Gibraltar attack and a lovely finish again from GA. Bermuda score. Gibraltar penalised in attack, Bermuda through mid court, Gibraltar penalised but the ball is out and Gibraltar have possession back in their hands. WA just cant reach the cross court ball and Bermuda get the ball forward quickly, GS scores. Gibraltar score, GS with a great shot, GA misses on the buzzer and Gibraltar win 50-44, a good fightback in the last quarter from Bermuda.

DAY 4

Invitational Section

Bermuda 50 vs Israel 36

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Israel – GK Changfoot, GD Segev, WD Ginsberg, C Sterman, WA Komar-Aziz, GA Komar N, GS Kupchik

Bermuda – GK Smith K, GD Smith I, WD Pond, C Amory, WA Trott, GA Lucas, GS Raynor

1st Qtr

First centre pass is with Israel who are penalised. Bermuda’s GA does well to keep the ball in and its a lovely shot from GS to score the first point. She doubles her score soon after and a great ball into the area results in a third for Bermuda from a free shot. Israel look to mount an attack from the base line and their excellent GA Komar nets their first point. Lovely little pass from centre Sterman to GA brings Israel’s second before Bermuda reply. Bermuda miss after fine build up play but they get a throw in but that comes to nothing and Israel clear the danger through mid court and into attack. They are penalised however no Bermuda move the ball well, GA misses but follows up with a nice finish. Good between GS, WA and GA for Bermuda resulting in a goal for GS after she picks up the rebound from GA’s shot. Bermuda’s W is feeding her shooters superbly well and another good pass finds GS who scores, quickly adding another as Bermuda assume control over the match even at this early stage. Great claim by GS in the circle but she throws it back to the Israel Centre as she tries to keep balance. Israel attack but are penalised and Bermuda come again. GS misses and this time GA mops up at the second attempt. A fantastic long shot from Israel’s GA is met with a loud cheer and they score again. Bermuda are back on the attack, Centre picks out GA to GS and goal. Neat play around the area from Israel with C Sterman pulling the strings and a good delivery into the D results in a goal. Israel’s GD does well to intercept a Bermuda pass and she sets her side on the attack, the chance is missed but C retrieves the ball and they score at the second attempt. Bermuda score. Israel do well again in attack and GA completes the move with a good finish. Bermuda respond. Nice passing through mid court from Bermuda leads to another net for GS and she adds another from their centre pass. Israel pull one back, but more neat work in mid court gives Bermuda a goal just on time. Bermuda lead 16-8

2nd Qtr

Israel centre and Bermuda are penalised for contacting. Good ball into the area for Israel but the ball doesn’t go through the net and bounces back to Bermuda who break down court. Israel win possession back and good play between WA and GA results in a goal. Bermuda respond immediately then intercept a forward pass from Israel from their centre. Bermuda move the ball quickly down the court and GS scores. She adds another before Israel build, Bermuda’s GK is penalised for obstruction and Israel core from the free shot. Israel from their base line, C finds GA with a neat pass and she makes no mistake with her finish. Bermuda score. Good play in the attacking third and GS sinks another for Bermuda. Israel have learnt from their previous encounter with Bermuda and they move the ball well, GS finishes this time with a good shot at the second attempt. They win the ball mid court, break and score another before GS misses from their centre pass and Bermuda’s GK collects the rebound. Israel win in defence but are careless and give it straight back to Bermuda but they cant capitalise and Israel make their way into attack where the chance is finished confidently. Bermuda score, Israel attack, GA scores. Excellent passing and an equally good shot put Bermuda on the score board and they score another, they look to add a third but miss and Israel come away with the ball. C’s pass to GA is well intercepted but Israel have the throw but GS misses a long effort and Bermuda break quickly. they miss as well but get a second go which is converted. Lovely shot from Bermuda’s GS before a long pass sails out and Israel have the throw. Israel get lucky when the ball bounces off the post back to GA but it takes her by surprise and she misses the shot. They regain possession mid court and score a free shot and warning for Bermuda’s GD for intimidation. Israel add another, they are on the front foot here and get another option after GD once again contacts GA but this time the chance goes begging. Israel again in mid court, GA to GS, a foul and GA is unlucky with a long free shot. Bermuda break and score before Israel come at them again, this time they score. Its half time and Bermuda lead 26-18.

3rd Qtr

Israel centre pass and a beautiful shot from GA to score. Raynor, GS for Bermuda misses her effort and Israel break well down court to score. Good start from Israel who are on the attack again, they get the base line throw but GA is unlucky with another long shot. They retain the ball and she gets the pass again, this time. There is no miss. Bermuda score their first point. Israel back on the front foot after Bermuda are penalised. Great movement around the area and from a free shot they score another, really eating into this Bermuda lead. Raynor scores for Bermuda, they lead 28-22 but Israel pull another back and this is top stuff from them. Bermuda are just doing enough to keep their opponents at arms length but Israel pull back another and when GS hooks a ball back into play for Bermuda it goes to Israel but they cant retain the ball, Bermuda win back and score. Great long pass from C, a slight fumble from GS and GA scores for Bermuda. They quickly add another before an Israel pass is long and Bermuda build from the base line. GA, C and GS combine nicely before GA fires in a lovely shot for Bermuda. They add another as they look to have ridden out the Israel storm. But Israel are still battling away here and they add another. Great shot from Bermuda who look to add to it but are penalised mid court. They are back on the ball and another great long pass goes into the area and is converted. Bermuda’s GA is sinking some decent shots and she nags herself another one. Bermuda are penalised for replayed ball, Israel look to get things back on track but Bermuda get a throw in, C to GS and goal. Bermuda are very much on the front foot now and GA misses a opulent of efforts from distance before Israel get another sniff of goal, they take the chance when it comes and attack again but Bermuda win possession back but miss the shot. Tremendous long shot from Israel GA flies through the net, Bermuda score, Israel attack and GS scores. Bermuda miss then GA is penalised but Israel cant keep the ball, GA misses a long shot for Bermuda but they still have the ball. At the end of the quarter Bermuda lead 39-28.

4th Qtr

Israel centre pass, some lovely play in the attacking third and its finished off in style by the excellent GA Komar. Bermuda reply immediately. They attack again but Israel come away with the ball, GS misses but gets a second go and finds the net this time. Bermuda score. Israel with a loose pass put the ball out of play mid court and Bermuda move into the attacking third but it comes to nothing. Israel are penalised in attack, both teams making unforced errors in a scrappy spell. Bermuda miss and Israel win the rebound but the ball is back with Bermuda and this time they find the target. They add another, Israel look to attack and they get a base line throw from which they score. Bermuda’s long ball into the area is long and Israel build from the base line. Good pressure from Bermuda forces them to put the ball out. That pressure pays off when Bermuda score from the resulting throw. Great long, powerful throw from GD results in anet for Bermuda before Israel make a change from the bench. Upon resumption Bermuda score. Its been a rather downbeat quarter compared with the last two but Israel keep going and GA adds another to their total. Israel concede possession needlessly in defence and Bermuda score. Israel are penalised mid court and a beautiful shot from the often impressive GS Raynor finds the target. They score again. Israel are looking tired and another unforced error gifts Bermuda the ball and they score. Israel make another change from the bench before Bermuda miss and Israel look to move into the attacking third. Its another lovely shot to score and they come again getting a free pass which GS converts. Bermuda’s GA is just unable to reach the ball into the area and Israel break but Bermuda regain the ball. Israel have it back and a nice little pass finds GA, she scores and she sinks another lovely shot moments later. Israel are finishing with a flourish here but this time the ball is out and Bermuda build, Israel intercept the whistle goes and Bermuda win 50-36.

Open Challenge

Republic of Ireland 53 vs Gibraltar 27

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Republic of Ireland – GK Walton, GD Slater, WD Bermingham, C Murphy, WA Fanning, GA Duffy, GS Tuataga

Gibraltar – GK Rouegno, GD Sampere, WD Gomez-Netto, C Moreno Janice, WA Moreno K, GA Moreno J, GS Ferrer

1st Qtr

First centre pass is with ROI and good defence from Gibraltar gives them an early throw. ROI back in possession sees GA score after a free shot. ROI intercept mid court and work the ball around this circle and score. From centre pass ROI attack but Gibraltar win the ball, GS misses her first attempt and ROI pick up the rebound. Lovely shot from GS as ROI score another. Gibraltar GA is unlucky with a long shot but they get another opportunity and score. ROI respond immediately but when Gibraltar attack the y are penalised and ROI work the ball up court. It comes to nothing initially but Gibraltar are penalised and GS scores for ROI in a good start for them. Lovely ball from Gibraltar C Moreno and GA notches up a net. Gibraltar attack but ROI regain the ball and look to move quickly into attack themselves but it comes to nothing and Gibraltar are topped in their tracks when GA is penalised. ROI score, they lead 6-2. Good play and another Irish goal before Gibraltar respond with a fine shot. ROI’s GS has got her eye in as she finds the target again but Gibraltar come right back at them as they settle into the match after a slow start. ROI score. Good combination between C and GA gives GS a chance and its a great finish for Gibraltar. ROI score. GA sinks a lovely shot for Gibraltar after more good work from Moreno at Centre. They attack again but this time the ball is just out of reach of GA and ROI build quickly but the ball is out and Gibraltar have a chance to attack. WA and G combine well but the shot from GA is just off and ROI get the base line throw. Gibraltar’s WA sinks to her knees as she realises she has over cooked a pass to GA. ROI build but Gibraltar come away with it, GS misses and ROI break, GA scores. Good play in attack from Gibraltar and the are rewarded with a goal. ROI score, lovely shot, ROI penalised mid court and good between GA and GS who scores for Gibraltar. ROI score and they lead 13-8.

2nd Qtr

Centre pass to Gibraltar but they cant keep the ball in and ROI launch it forward, GS does well to keep the ball in and from a knock back they work an opening and GA scores. They add a second. Gibraltar move forward, good claim in the area from GS and she nets their first point of the period. ROI score. Gibraltar try a long shot but it misses and ROI break quickly. They score. ROI have an effort on the net but are penalised and Gibraltar build but ROI regain possession. ROI score through their GS Hynes, introduced at the break. A long Irish pass is just out of reach of GA and Gibraltar move into attack. Another excellent shot from GS then a flying interception from C but ROI get the throw and subsequently score. ROI score. They are taking control of this and Gibraltar need a big few minutes but ROI add to their total. They defend a Gibraltar attack well and the ball is quickly transferred to the other end of the court for a goal. They score again. Gibraltar do well in attack and score but ROI are straight back at them, this time the ball is out for a Gibraltar base line throw. Fabulous long shot from Gibraltar’s GS. ROI are quick in attack and they score a well worked goal. GA adds another. A long shot is missed by Gibraltar’s GA bit GS does very well to convert the rebound. More Irish pressure but C’s attempt to keep the ball live gifts it to Gibraltar who break quickly to score with another fine shot. Gibraltar win in defence, WA and C combine to create a chance and its taken, better for Gibraltar. GS misses, ROI have the rebound and break quickly with GA supplying the finishing touch. ROI add another. Gibraltar reply before GS misses for ROI and Gibraltar move the ball into mid court then attack but the ball is in Irish hands and GA finishes off another quick, slick move with a goal. Gibraltar reply, ROI penalised mid court, Gibraltar move the ball well, a great shot but disallowed. Gibraltar look to probe again, the whistle beats them and at half time ROI lead 29-17

3rd Qtr

Gibraltar centre pass and they draw a foul from ROI, get the ball into the area and score. Gibraltar from their base line lose possession too easily for their liking and ROI feed GS who scores. Good ball into the area and GS scores for Gibraltar, ROI reply immediately as the opening of this quarter swings from end to end. Now it’s Gibraltar but the ball is out of court and ROI cant control the ball in attack and Gibraltar search for options up court. GA misses and ROI claim the rebound but Gibraltar regain the ball but cant finish the move with a goal. ROI have no such issue and score, they attack again but its a good intercept from Gibraltar, twice in quick order, they break well, a flurry of players land on the floor in the area but GA misses for Gibraltar and is then penalised. ROI score, Gibraltar’s C and WA combine well mid court but there’s a footwork infringement and ROI benefit with a quick break and goal. ROI add another to their increasingly big lead. Gibraltar are penalised, ROI move the ball well in attack, GA feeds GS who scores. ROI again but Gibraltar intercept. ROI have possession handed back to them in defence as Gibraltar make an unenforced error. More good work in attack and ROI score. ROI are penalised on the edge of the area but GS misses and then is penalised. ROI with a quick break up court score. They add another and a great intercept from GD sets them up for another attack from which they score. Gibraltar miss a chance, ROI break and score. Lovely work between Gibraltar’s C and GA leads to GS scoring a fine net, they need more of that, but once again ROI are on the front foot and they notch up another goal. GA is unlucky for Gibraltar but GS gets the rebound. Lovely shot to put ROI back on the score sheet, Gibraltar build through mid court but GS misses. ROI lead 43-21.

4th Qtr

ROI centre pass, good pressure from Gibraltar but they concede a penalty and ROI score. ROI have a base line throw and they move the ball through mid court and into attack with GA supplying an excellent finish. Excellent in attack from Gibraltar but they cant find a finish and ROI are quick down court and score. More good work from Gibraltar but again there is no end product and ROI are into the attacking third but this time they cant get a shot in. Gibraltar having trouble keeping hold of the ball but ROI not punishing them fully under the net. Gibraltar break well and a good shot puts them back on the score sheet. Another Gibraltar attack ad they have a throw but ROI clear the danger and GS from under the net scores. ROI are penalised and Gibraltar look to capitalise but the shot is missed and ROI win the rebound. Gibraltar’s GD gets an accidental knock in the face and is replaced. Upon the restart ROI score ad Gibraltar reply straight away. Good work by the Irish GA who finds her shooting partner under the net and she adds to her tally. Nice move from Gibraltar and they score. ROI score. They miss with their next chance before an injury forces ROI into a change at Centre. Gibraltar with the base line pass, good into attack but ROI come away with the ball. Good work from Gibraltar’s GK holds the Irish up but they get another chance and score. ROI’s GS is penalised for contacting after Gibraltar G does very well to intercept, they break quickly but once again thee is no end product as ROI Coe well in defence and clear the danger. Good ball retention in attack from Gibraltar but it comes to nothing thanks to an infringement and ROI break quickly, GS supplying the finishing touch. ROI score, seconds remain but ROI attack again, GA sinking a lovely shot. Lovely quick passing in attack and Gibraltar score, great net that. ROI are penalised mid court and Gibraltar end strongly with another goal. ROI penalised, Gibraltar again but good defence from ROI. At the whistle ROI win 53-27.

U21 Championships

Northern Ireland 37 vs Wales 39

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  1. Ireland – GK Lewis, GD McCulloch, WD Crosbie, C Magee M, WA McCammon, GA Magee E, GS Smith

Wales – GK Walker-Jones, GD Davies, WD Powell, C Dyke, WA Llewelyn, GA James, GS Hitchings

1st Qtr

Centre pass goes to NI and a lovely shot to start things off rom GA. NI build out of defence but they are penalised and Wales have a throw on the base line, good claim by GA and Wales are level. Good play by C no GA for NI to score, Wales attack, GS collects a pass from C, misses but scores from the rebound. NI are penalised in attack and wales move the ball well into attack where GS Hitchings scores. Hitchings nets again before NI get a free shot from which they score. Lovely ball into the area and the Welsh GS adds another. Wales on the front foot now but the ball is fired at GS and she cant claim it. NI build but Wales come away with possession only for NI to reclaim in defence. Welsh C Dyke feed G James and she nets. Its a fast paced start from both sides, Wales again into the attacking third but this time NI get the base line throw and look to build. Lovely passing around the circle, Wales are penalised and NI miss a free shot, Wales have the rebound and break. Great play between C and GS but she misses and its down to James to put the ball through the net. NI pull a goal back, Wales are flowing nicely and they add another in an impressive start. NI are instructed to focus by their bench and it works as they score following good build up play. Welsh C Dyke is at the heart of most of Wales good play and she sets up another goal for her country. NI reply. Wales attack is snuffed out by NI defence and they move up court, a free shot and they score. Better from NI. They are at it again with a well taken goal before Wales have C, GA and GS combine for a net. NI penalised, Wales penalised, NI advance play but the long shot is missed by GA and Wales carry the ball out of defence but NI win back only for Wales to intercept in the area. Lovely shot from NI, they have clawed themselves back well. NI C Magee intercepts Welsh C pass and they build quickly but Wales intercept and move into attack quickly to score. Wales score, they have centre pass but are penalised. Wales lead a close encounter 12-10.

2nd Qtr

NI centre, Welsh GD pushes the NI GS into the post and the free shot is scored. Wales score. NI attack swiftly and score, the ball is out for a N throw and they keep it well mid court but Wales intercept and break, GS missed the free shot and NI look to clear through mid court and into attack where GA cooly puts the ball through the net. NI again, great ball from C, GA claims it at the second attempt and NI score. Wales reply immediately. NI are penalised in attack, good movement from Wales and a goal, they add another. NI build, fantastic in and around the area by C, GA and GS for a NI goal. NI score again, lovely measured shot from GA. Now its Wales with some lovely passing around the circle and a good finish. NI build, the Welsh GD is called for obstruction and NI score. Wales make a change in attack, they are penalised and NI on the edge of the area but GA just put her foot out of court, unlucky. Wales now in attack but miss, they get another chance, free shot and a goal. Its an excellent match and Wales again look to attack but NI come away with the ball but there is an infringement mid court and Wales attack but it comes to nothing. GS under the net scores for NI. Lovely Irish play, free shot, GS scores again. NI win the ball back, its their turn to put pressure on Wales as they score another, great battling from NI. Here they are again, GA this time with a simple finish. Wales are penalised, they get possession back and look to find a much needed net, NI force them wide, they keep it, GA misses but GS scores. NI centre, a long wasted ball sails out and Wales look to capitalise, they do from a turnover then Wales add another. NI again but wales come away with it but are penalised in attack. Breathless stuff at the moment from both teams. Wales win in defence, break and get a free shot or pass, WA to GS but a miss and penalised. NI run out of time and at the end of the first half its 21-21.

3rd Qtr

Wales are penalised and NI get the ball into GA, her little dunked pass finds GS who outs NI into the lead. NI have a throw in and build gradually, GA scores. Wales attack but GA misses and NI get the umpire’s decision. They break well, earn a free shot and score, Ni again, GA is all alone in the area and has time to place her shot which she does. Great start from NI. They have a throw in defence but wales regain the ball and GA scores. NI C pushes the three second rule but gets away with it, feeds a shooter and NI score. Wales GA with a lovely shot to pull one back. Great claim by NI GA but she misses and just cant keep the ball in for a second go. Wales move down court but its long, wales have the throw, now free shot and score. Lovely play by the Welsh and a goal. NI on the attack and GA under the net scores. Wales are penalised, NI mid court, Wales regain the ball, they have a throw in, GS to WA to GA. Free pass and GS scores. NI miss and Wales claim the rebound, good move but GA misses, NI are penalised but the pass goes one way as GA goes the other but Wales retain possession and GA scores. Wales again, great shot from GA to score. NI reply. Forward pass from Wales hits the post, NI pick it up, they get the throw, a lovely move and they score at the second time of asking. This game is swinging like a pendulum. Now its NI on the attack and a free shot is converted. Wales come back at them and score. NI centre, the ball hangs on the rim and drops to safety from Wales point of view. Wales are penalised for footwork, they regain possession and score. Wales again,NI intercept, great passing in attack around the area and a beautiful shot from GS. NI penalised, Wales in the area and GA on the whistle scores. Its still level, 31-31

4th Qtr

Which way will this match swing in the final quarter? Centre pass with Wales but they are penalised and NI come forward but penalised. Wales build, WA gets a hefty tumble but she’s fine, tough girls in Wales, and her side score to make her feel better. NI come forward, GS cant control the ball and it spins away to grateful Welsh hands. The welsh GD flies through the air to intercept but is penalised. It works out ok for the Welsh as they come away its the ball and score to lead by two. NI attack, GA under the net scores. NI again, GS spins and shoots, lovely finish, all square. Long ball into the area evades Welsh shooter by an inch and NI look to attack. GS has it for NI but she misses by some distance unusually. Wales in attack, NI penalised, Wales score. NI look for options, they are penalised in attack and the Welsh break forward, GA with a superb net. Wales centre, good passing, GA misses, Wales throw, free shot is missed and NI from the base line. Wales think they have the ball id court but they are called and NI get the ball into the area, GA misses for the Irish. Wales from defence, into attack but miss. NI from defence now, Wales try to keep them in the defensive third, they break clear, under the net GA scores for NI. NI penalised mid court, Wales score at the second attempt. Wales again and another lovely shot. NI come forward, GA is fouled, she scores. Wales with the centre, ball out, NI throw. great intercept by Wales mid court and they break to score. Here come the Welsh again but they are penalised. NI GS cant keep the ball in and Wales GK casually sends it up court. Wales are penalised, NI attack but the ball is long, NI have lost some composure here under the Welsh pressure. NI again, GA looks for options, the ball comes back into the circle and NI score. Wales attack, lovely goal, it hung on the rim but it dropped the right way for Wales. NI GS is fouled in the area, GS scores. Wales miss a long one, NI win a mid court tussle, Wales have the decision, the whistle goes, what a game. Wales 39-37.

U21 Championships

Scotland 31 vs England 68

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Scotland – GK MacPhail, GD Sutherland, WD Eynon, C Metcalfe, WA Boyle, GA MacDonald, GS Goodwin

England – GK Airey, GD Everitt, WD Pavelin, C Robson, WA Hall, GA Dixon, GS Reed

1st Qtr

So final game of the tournament and the decider between the old rivals, Scotland and England for the U21s Championship title.

First centre pass with Scotland and immediately GS Goodwin is on the mark with a lovely shot. England GS Reed levels before the Scots spring into attack but its cleared by the English, GA Dixon getting her first net. England again and a lovely goal from GS Reed. Scotland move the ball around well but once again England come away with it and GS scores. England WA hall finds Dixon who scores and its a strong positive start by England. England’s WD does well in defence and she starts her team off on an attack but Scotland win possession, C Robson is penalised and Scotland score. England reply immediately. Goodwin sinks another for Scotland to please the large partisan crowd. England are cool moving into attack and another goal from GA sails through the net. England again, Scotland penalised and GA Dixon nets again. Scotland look to get the ball into attack, England defend stubbornly but the chance is created and Scotland take it. Scotland again, GA MacDonald with a nice finish this time. England score, Scotland centre pass but the attack peters out and England break down the left and score. GA, C and GS combine well for England but the shot is missed and Scotland claim the rebound, they score. England are penalised, Scotland work the ball out wide into Goodwin under pressure but she scores, great finish. England quick into attack reply. Scotland are penalised in attack and England swarm forward, GS Reed with another excellent shot. Moments later and from the same position its an even sweeter shot to score. England are penalised in attack and Scotland look to break but the English win it back, this time GA sinks the shot. Scotland need a good few minutes of pressure as england are penalised in attack. GA misses, England claim the rebound, GA to GS and goal. Scotland probe, WD plays the ball in, its out wide before into the circle and lovely shot to score. England can feed these two shooters all day long and another ball into the circle results in a goal. Scotland are unlucky as a shot hits the rim and England clear, into attack and score through Reed. She’s at it again for another good finish. Goodwin misses for Scotland but England cant capitalise this time. At the end of the first quarter England lead 18-8

2nd Qtr

England centre pass, C Robson picks out GS Reed and thats the first for England. Scotland reply at the second time of asking before a long shot from the English is missed, they keep the ball however and score second time around. Goodwin nets for the Scottish side. Scotland are penalised and England score. Fine interception from the England GD and they are into the attack but Scotland win the ball but no goal this time. England continue to pile on the goals and two more follow very quickly indeed. Scotland need to stem this tide but its tough as England are sharp in defence and an interception leads to a quick move up court and goal. England make a change at Centre as Scotland attack and GS sinks a lovely shot. England score, Scotland in mid court, into attack and goal. England get this ball into the are so quickly to score and they intercept Scotland in attack again to score. Another English goal, the crowd are a little quieter now but Scotland have a throw on the base line and Goodwin brings the supporters to life with a neat finish. Scotland win possession mid court but England tidy up in defence before any damage is done, a quick break, a goal. Great play in attack by Scotland but the chance is missed and then they are penalised. English GA Dixon scores after doing well to claim the ball across the area. They add another from centre pass. Long Scottish ball into the area is easily taken by England’s GD, they break, they score. Scotland make a change at GA. England keep going and another goal follows. Scotland feed Goodwin and she scores. Here come Scotland again but England stop their progress and move the ball into attack, they score. Centre pass and England add another. Lovely feed into the area from England and lovely finish on the run. Good around the area from Scotland and GS scores a lovely goal from distance. England dominant again, another great delivery into the area but this time no goal and Scotland look to break. England have possession and score on the whistle. Half time – Scotland 15, England 36.

3rd Qtr

Scotland centre , quick around the area but the shot is missed and England break. New GS Wells scores with her second effort and quickly another follows. England are penalised in attack and Scotland get the ball forward, GS Goodwin finding the net. England are penalised again in the area, another chance for Scotland to mount some pressure but a poor pass is intercepted. Scotland get lucky however when England are penalised but the chance is missed first time and scored the second. Scotland centre but the ball is out after England pressure. WA feeds GS and she nets. GS adds another quickly for the English before a nice move results in a Scottish goal. England attack but GS is unable to get a hand to the ball into her, they regain possession though and GS scores. Scotland steal, work the ball round well and GA scores from a free shot/pass. England centre O’Dwyer makes herself available across the width of the court, giving and receiving the ball but the move breaks down for held ball and Scotland build, GS scores at the second attempt. England score. Two changes from the bench for England, a forward pass misses but they win back and score, Scotland reply, great claim by England’s GS and she scores. Weeks claims another on the line and puts the shot away with ease. Another soon follows as England aren’t resting up at all, another goal as they just keep piling on the points. England are penalised in attack and Scotland look to build, C does well to keep the ball in and when it’s fed into the area they score. Lovely little pass from england’s GA to GS and goal. Scotland make a change this time but its business as usual for England with a net. Scotland are penalised in attack, England break and score, from centre pass they score. Scotland win the ball in attack but not for long as England regain possession, C and GS combining for another goal. Scotland are struggling to get out and England score. End of the third and England lead 53-22.

4th Qtr

England centre and into attack, GA with a lovely shot. Scotland lose mid court and England stream forward, Wells at GS again with the finish. Lovely finish by the Scottish captain for their first point of the quarter. Scotland are penalised mid court England work down the right and a fine interception from GK stops England in their tracks. England have the ball but concede a foul and Scotland work the ball well to score. Loose pass into the area sails out from Scotland and England are in possession albeit briefly as Scotland win back and score. Superb long bomb from England GA, Scotland probe, keeping the ball well mid court, they get a throw but a foot strays off court and England build. England score. From their centre they get another, yet more England pressure doesn’t come off this time as they have a rare miss. Scotland build, great block by England, Goodwin looks to the umpire but nothing doing, England break and score. Lovely ball to Scotland’s GS but she misses and nobody is there to claim the rebound for Scotland, England break and score. England make two changes, Robson and Wells off, O’Dwyer and Dixon on. England score. Goodwin is left on her own in the area, the ball finds her and she finds the net. England score, Scotland attack, they score. England have centre pass, Dixon is penalised, superb claim by Scotland’s captain under the net and she scores. Scotland look for options, while they look the England GK steals the ball, they break, they score. Scotland work the ball well, they get a free shot and its accepted. Scotland again but the ball is out under England pressure. England penalised for footwork in defence but Scotland cant make the most of it, they win it back however and score. Reed with a lovely long shot for England, good play from Scotland in attack and its rewarded with a goal. England lose out in attack, Scotland look to move through mid court but England are still sharp and win back, great take by Dixon and a goal. Scotland have a throw on base line, they have a free pass now but England intercept, Dixon at GS scores. Time and England complete the win 68-31.

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Under 17 Championships – Belfast 2017

DAY 1

Match 1 – Gibraltar 25 v Dubai 55

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Gibraltar – GS Isola, GA Garro, WA Pilcher, C Hernandez A, WD Costa, GD Smart, GK Felipes

Dubai – GS Baker, GA McMurray, WA Hardman, C Wright, WD Lowndes, GD Dunlop, GK Flisher

1 st Qtr

Gibraltar Centre pass and score. Good ball into area and Dubai level. Gibraltar WA feeds GA who scores. Dubai hold ball well around D but GA misses her shot on goal. Dubai attack again, GA feeds her shooting partner who nets. Great ball into area from Dubai and GS scores. Dubai WA into GS and she adds another. Loose pass from Gibraltar gives Dubai possession and they break well to score and lead 5-2. Dubai add another. Good possession from Gibraltar and a lovely shot to score from GS. Dubai score. Gibraltar lose the ball in the attacking third and Dubai break but Gibraltar stand firm in defence and come away with the ball. The shot is missed however and they are called for contact allowing Dubai to break well down court and GS finds the net once more. Dubai score and lead 9-3. Lovely pass from Gibraltar WA to GA who scores. Dubai WA plays a great ball into the area for her GS to score with a fine shot. Nice move from Gibraltar brings them a well deserved goal but Dubai respond immediately. Good work from Gibraltar is rewarded with a goal. A Dubai long shot misses the target but GS accepts the ball and scores. Gibraltar GA does extremely well to keep the ball in court but the effort is missed and Dubai break well and finish off the move with a well taken goal. They quickly add another. Gibraltar attack but the pass is loose and goes out of court. Dubai build and when Gibraltar’s GK contacts the GS from Dubai scores. Nice work from Gibraltar sees GA score and when they build from Centre pass she scores a lovely goal to trail 15-8. Dubai score and at the end of the first quarter they lead 16-8.

2nd Qtr

Webb at C and Wright to WA are the Dubai changes. For Gibraltar its Costa at GD, Hemandez C at WD and Kassam to GK.  Dubai Centre pass but after holding the ball well the first shot is missed, they win possession back however and GA feeds GS who scores the first point of the quarter. Gibraltar build well and find the net with a good shot. Good ball into area and Dubai score. Gibraltar lose possession mid court and good combination between Dubai WA and GS produces a goal. Dubai GS picks up a loose ball but when the ball comes back to her she misses and Gibraltar gain possession. They build well and GS claims a great ball before dispatching it through the net. Dubai reply immediately. Gibraltar attack breaks down but after a foul mid court they build again. Dubai win the ball back, break quickly and score. Good work from Gibraltar GK holds Dubai at bay but the ball is fed in again and they score. Gibraltar score with a lovely shot. Good play between GA, WA and GS sees Dubai add another to lead 23-12. Dubai GA scores, then from Centre pass and following a lovely pass from GS she scores another. Another fine shot from GA sees Dubai extend their lead. Dubai GA is on fire this period as she adds another to her tally. They score again but respite for Gibraltar as from Centre pass the ball goes out. Gibraltar are penalised and Dubai build, this time GA feeds GS who scores. Gibraltar find the net with a well taken shot. At half time Dubai lead 29-13.

3rd Qtr

Multiple changes for Dubai – Dunlop GK, Flisher GD, Shand WD and Stapley GS. Gibraltar Centre pass and GA is unlucky with a long shot, Dubai break and score the first point. Dubai are penalised in the attacking third and Gibraltar attack but are penalised and Dubai build again. A lovely shot from GS flies through the net. Gibraltar’s Centre feeds GA who scores a great goal. Gibraltar’s long ball forward goes behind and Dubai build from the base line to score. A fantastic shot from the Dubai GS goes in as they lead 33-14. Gibraltar miss and Dubai take the rebound, break and score. Gibraltar make a change at GD and upon the resumption they attack and GA finds the net. Dubai score. GA feeds GS who pulls one back for Gibraltar. Dubai GA scores with a simple chance. Gibraltar are unfortunate with a long shot, even more so when it falls to Dubai who break and score. Dubai look sharp all over the court and they add another. Gibraltar are penalised in attack and Dubai build well to find the net again. Beautiful shot from Dubai GS to extend the lead to 40-16. Well worked move sees Gibraltar score and when Dubai miss on their next attack Gibraltar win the rebound but Dubai are quick to regain possession and score. A lovely claim and shot from Gibraltar’s GA adds to her personal tally but Dubai aren’t taking their foot off the peddle as they score again. A Gibraltar attack breaks down and a lovely quick, flowing move up court sees Dubai score. A great long shot and they add another. Gibraltar’s GA has really got her eye in here as she fires in another lovely goal. Dubai reply immediately but from Centre pass Gibraltar win the ball in defence and build well, a good little ball into the area is finished off by GA again. Lovely shot from Dubai is responded to with a superb shot from Gibraltar’s excellent GA. At the end of the quarter Dubai lead 46-21.

4th Qtr

Dubai Centre pass and Gibraltar win possession but are unlucky with a fumble that gives the ball to Dubai who break and score at the third attempt. Dubai GS adds another with a fine net. Dubai miss and Gibraltar break to score a fine goal. Dubai break, GS misses and is penalised allowing Gibraltar to break. Good possession in the attacking area is rewarded with a fine shot and goal. Dubai miss and Gibraltar win the rebound, they build well and score through GA. Dubai lead 47-25. Gibraltar miss a long shot and Dubai build, GA scoring. Dubai miss but win the ball back in mid court and a lovely shot sails through the net. Lovely play between WA and GS results in a Dubai goal and they add another almost immediately. Dubai win the ball mid court but the resulting shot is missed and Gibraltar break. Dubai win back but fumble in the area and Gibraltar break but the long shot is missed and the ball falls into the hands of the Dubai GD. From the break down court Dubai score. Gibraltar lose the ball in attack and Dubai move through mid court but Gibraltar win back and break but are penalised in attack. Lovely shot from the Dubai GA, not for the first time, is sunk and Dubai get the ball back when Gibraltar’s subsequent attack breaks down. Dubai score. They add another following fine build up play. Gibraltar attack but the ball is out and Dubai build as the final whistle goes. Dubai win 55-25.

Match 2 – Republic of Ireland 9 v Switzerland 83

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Republic – GS Maguire, GA Simon, WA Lennon, C McCrory, WD Fahy, GD Conway, GK Johnson

Switzerland – GS Learwood, GA Dickinson, WA Coburn, C Gribben, WD Grand d’Hauteville, GD Maier, GK Beesley

1st Qtr

Switzerland Centre pass sees GS score on the rebound from GA’s effort. Incisive Swiss passing in attack leads to GA adding a second and she soon makes it three in a lightning start for Switzerland. They score again and a lovely long ball into the area finds GA to add to her already impressive figures. It’s time for GS to get involved as Switzerland make it 5-0 and she quickly adds another. Republic of Ireland launch an attack but it’s easily dealt with by the Swiss defence who break quickly to score. A lovely ball from Centre into the area and Switzerland add another. This is mightily impressive from Switzerland as the Irish team struggle to contain the pace and power of the Swiss. Even a rare loose pass is rescued as the Swiss mount attack after attack, some brilliant work around the D is producing goals galore as they lead 13-0. The Switzerland GS misses but GA follows up to net. GA adds another. The Irish fumble the ball mid court and Switzerland break quickly and accurately to score. They add another before cutting out a good looking Irish attack. Switzerland score through their GS and her shooting partner is again in on the act with a well taken goal. Good play in attack from the Republic but the Swiss intercept, break and score. A good claim in the area by GA for Switzerland results in a goal before the Irish girls look for a way through but their route is blocked as Switzerland intercept, break and score. At last Ireland find a way through and what a superb shot it is to notch their first point of the match. The Swiss reply immediately before the Irish attack fizzles out as the ball is given away cheaply. The Swiss break, as ever, is quick and clinical. They add another before the ROI are unlucky with a long shot. The rebound falls to Switzerland who break and score. The end of the first half, brilliant from Switzerland to lead 27-1.

2nd Qtr

Republic of Ireland with Centre pass but Switzerland win the ball and score. They add another and score once more as they begin the second period in the same manner they began the first. The Irish look to attack but Switzerland cut out the ball in defence before being penalised in attack. A lovely shot sets the Swiss cow bells in the crowd ringing out once more before a lovely passing move results in a well worked goal. The Swiss add another to lead 33-1. The Irish get into the area but the shot hasn’t got enough on it and Switzerland win the rebound, break and score. More fantastic attacking play from the Swiss results in a net before a lovely little shot from the Irish GA is met with great cheers from then partisan crowd. Switzerland score, the Irish attack and this time GS finds the net with a lovely shot. Switzerland are penalised giving the Irish a chance to attack but the ball is lost and Switzerland are clinical around the circle. The Republic of Ireland have another chance but the opportunity is missed although they win back and GA is very unfortunate with a long ranged effort. More Irish pressure and GA scores, the crowd really getting behind the Irish girls who are growing in confidence. Switzerland score then are penalised mid court, what have the Irish got to offer here ? The chance is well defended by the Swiss but the Irish get the ball back in defence and look to build. GS is fouled and from the free shot the Irish score again, 38-5. A fantastic shot finds the net for Switzerland before the Irish are unlucky with a long ranged effort which hits the rim and bounces to safety. Switzerland break and score before missing. The Irish build from the base line but the Swiss easily win possession back and score. The Irish miss a chance, the Swiss break is once again fast and incisive as they score. At half time they lead 44-5.

3rd Qtr

Irish Centre pass but Switzerland soon win possession. The Swiss GS misses and the Irish clear with the rebound but Switzerland close them down mid court, win it back and score. Lovely passing in mid court and attack leads to a Swiss goal before the Irish attack. Switzerland win possession once again and the end result is a well taken net, 47-5. Lovely passing from the Irish finds them in the circle but they can’t get a shot in and Switzerland break once more with devastating pace to score. A great ball on the run by the Swiss WA finds GS and the shot is dispatched. They add another soon after before attacking agin from their Centre pass. The result is another net as the Swiss lead 52-5. A fantastic long shot for the Irish GS pulls one back and Switzerland miss the chance to respond immediately but they win back in attack and this time score. Switzerland add another after fine build up play down the left hand side of the court. There are some bright Irish moments however and this is one of them as good play around the circle results in a well taken goal. Good down the left again as Switzerland score and immediately add a second. A fine ball into the Swiss GS results in a goal before the Irish attack but the final ball is cut out by the Swiss GK. The Republic miss a chance and Switzerland break, a lovely shot from GS ensues. More good Swiss work down the left for once isn’t rewarded when the effort on goal is missed but when they break up an Irish attack the miss is rectified with a well taken goal, immediately they add another. A lovely ball into the Swiss GA is dispatched in clinical fashion but their next attack peters out as the final pass is long and out of court. At the end of the quarter Switzerland lead 61-7.

4th Qtr

Irish Centre pass but it’s a foul and the Swiss are back on the attack, they score. A superb long shot adds a second immediately. Switzerland win the ball mid court and another fine shot sails through the net. The Swiss add another before a great little ball into the area is missed by the Irish GA but GS scores with the rebound. Switzerland reply immediately. The Swiss are called for footwork in attack but they regain the ball mid court. The Swiss Centre plays a lovely pass into the area and the chance is converted by GS. The Swiss continue to dominate and full credit to them for not taking things easier with the game well won. They continue to look for openings and add to their tally despite the Irish doing their utmost in defence to stop them. A fine move sees a well taken goal and from Centre pass another net is scored. The Irish attack but it’s broken up by the Swiss whose incisive attacks have been outstanding during the whole of this match. They sail past the 75 point mark as the Republic of Ireland make changes in personnel. Upon the resumption it’s another Swiss attack and a simple finish by GS. They score another before the Irish launch an attack but once again the Swiss defence are too good for the battling Irish attack. Switzerland add a couple more nets before the Irish intercept well but the Swiss are all over this and win possession back mid court. The Irish have the last word with a huge cheer, GS sends the ball sailing through the net as Switzerland win by a hugely impressive 83-9.

Match 3 – Wales 59 vs Scotland 59

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Wales – GS Evans, GA Lane, WA Haywood, C Watts, WD Davies G, GD Gareh, GK Morgan

Scotland – GS Barrie, GA McCall, WA Morrison, C Fleming, WD Hinchcliffe, GD Antione, GK Scott

1st Qtr

Scotland Centre pass and the ball is out for a Wales throw in. Scotland are penalised and the Welsh GS scores the first point of the match. Scotland level following good build up play. Scotland are penalised in attack and Wales break down court, a good ball into GS but it’s the Welsh GA who scores. They quickly add another from Centre pass. Good in attack for the Scottish girls and they pull a goal back before a well taken shot from the Welsh GS. The ball breaks kindly for Wales in the area and they score to lead the early exchanges 5-2. Wales score again before a good ball into the area sees the Scots back on the score sheet. Scotland’s GA sets up her shooting partner following a foul by Wales. They add another to pull back to within a point and good work in attack gives them a chance to level which they take. The impetus is with Scotland as they take the lead before the Welsh GA levels things up. Scotland’s tall GS score under the net and a lovely move from Wales is rewarded when GS keeps the ball in play and scores. It’s end to end stuff at the moment as the Scottish shooters link up well to score. Wales attack, GA misses but GS doesn’t and it’s 9-9. Not for long though as the Scots regain the lead. Wales attack but there is contact in the area and Scotland break up court but Wales win possession back and attack, GS initially unlucky but she gets her chance again and scores. A Wales foul and Scotland score to lead, Wales attack but the ball is fumbled twice, they get away with it first time but not the second and Scotland move up court to score. Wales win the ball in defence and are fouled mid court. They build an attack well and are rewarded with a good goal. Wales come again and level up at 12-12 before the Scots regain the lead. A lovely ball into the Welsh GS is sunk at the second time of asking but parity is short lived as Scotland score again. The Scots win possession mid court and score to lead at the first break 15-13.

2nd Qtr

Scotland bring on Dorricott at WD and Hinchcliffe at GK. Wales have Centre pass and score with their first attack. Scotland are penalised and Wales attack but GS misses and Scotland win the rebound. Wales attack once more and good work around the circle brings them level at 15-15. Scotland’s shooters are linking up well and GS feeds GA who scores and they immediately add another to regain their two point advantage. It’s soon three points after nice build up play and accurate shooting yet again. Wales keep the ball well in attack and a lovely pass into GS sees her score at the second attempt. They attack again and once more GS sinks the shot at the second attempt. Wales have responded well but are penalised in attack and Scotland build well, GS finishing off the move in fine style. It’s back to three points after good work between the Scottish WA, GA and GS. A superb take on the run by the Scottish GA and a great pass to her shooting partner see Scotland score a fantastic goal before the Welsh score. It’s Scotland on the attack once more and a superb shot from GA sails through the net, they lead 22-18. Wales move the ball well and score, the Welsh defence then break up a Scottish move but the Scots win the ball back and score. A great long pass finds GS, she scores and Scotland extend their lead. Wales win in defence, attack well and score. They have Centre pass and make the most of it with another net. Another fine pass into the tall Scottish GS is rewarded with a goal, her ability in receiving high balls is a real bonus for Scotland as she scores again. Wales continue to probe and a lovely goal from GA is followed up with another soon after. Scotland lead by three points. It’s back to four after good build up play and reliable shooting from GS. Lovely play from Wales and they score, Scotland attack, Centre plays a good ball into GS, end result a Scottish net. Wales reply immediately and they win the ball mid court and the chance is taken when the ball arrives in the area. Wales score but just on the stroke of half time Scotland reply to lead 29-27.

3rd Qtr

Begley comes on at WD and Harris GK for Wales. Wales GA with a good claim under the net and she scores the first point of the quarter but Scotland reply immediately. Good Welsh build up play is rewarded with a net and the Welsh do well in defence to win possession back. Scotland reclaim the ball however and score their first point of the period. Wales score, it’s back to one point. Scotland move the ball well down court and score. A nice pass from Wales Centre into the area sees her side score before the Scots reply. Scotland add another and only good defence by Wales GD holds them up. But it’s not for long as they score to lead by four before Wales grab one back. A good ball into the area and that excellent Scottish GS scores another but Wales have fine shooters themselves and they pull one back. Scotland build well and the move is finished with a goal, Wales reply immediately. End to end play by two well matched sides. It’s Scotland’s turn to attack and they find the net. Wales take their chance as the goals are going with Centre pass, Scotland scoring from theirs. Wales are penalised and Scotland Attack, they score to lead by five points. It’s soon six, 41-35. Wales do well when GA misses but somehow GS not only keeps the ball in but scores. Scotland reply. Wales cone forward, they are penalised, Scotland build, GA with a good pass to GS and goal. Wales win in defence, they build well, GS just claiming the ball over the Scottish GK to score. Great play on the edge of the area between WA and GA sees Wales score and they quickly add another. Scotland are penalised, Wales attack, GA scores again. Wales are coming back strongly, it’s a one point game again before the Scottish GS calms her side down with a well taken net. Scotland win mid court, they attack and score, GS quickly adds another, the lead is four. Wales respond, Scotland on the attack, the ball goes through the net right on time and Scotland lead 47-43.

4th Qtr

A lovely attack from Wales sees them score the first point but Scotland reply quickly. Wales GA scores before the Scottish Centre loses the ball and Wales attack, it comes to nothing as Scotland win it but Wales regain the possession and score. Two point game, soon becomes one point with another quality finish. Scotland’s GA finds GS in the area and she scores before Wales attack and score. A needed net for the Scots restores their lead to two but the Welsh reply straight away. Wales win in defence and are lucky to get away with trying to be too quick with their passing. Scotland win in defence and look to build. Once again GS is their outlet and she doesn’t let them down with a well taken net. Wales reply, Scotland attack but are penalised, it’s much appreciated by the Welsh bench. Wales attack, they score, its level, they attack again, same result but now the Welsh lead by one point. Scotland’s excellent GS nets a leveller before they make a change in defence. Wales regain the lead, Scotland strike back to level. The Scots come again and once more they find the net to retake the lead. Wales desperately unlucky with a long shot but they keep the ball and score. Both sides are fighting for every ball, Scotland’s WA just fails to keep the ball on court. Wales attack but Scotland win back, GS scores and Scotland lead by two. Wales reply, what a tremendous last five minutes we have here as Scotland score, their supporters getting louder with every point. Wales attack and a lovely goal is scored by GA. Scotland score, GS once more, she has been fantastic in this game. Wales look for gaps, they get the ball into the area and score, one point game. Scotland feed their GS, no mistake made and she scores. Wales are penalised, Scotland build, Wales win back, great take in the area from GS and score. Scotland have the ball around the area, they are penalised for held ball, Wales build, a good move, a lovely shot, it’s level, 90 seconds left. Wales again, they score, they lead. Scotland attack and they score, it’s Wales again, level pegging, 20 seconds left on the clock, Scotland have it, GS fouled, GA misses right on the whistle, oh my what a finish to this incredible game, it’s a tie 59-59. You will be hard pressed to see a better match this weekend than that.

Match 4 – Northern Ireland 19 v England 60

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Northern Ireland – GS McElhinney, GA Coleman, WA McCambridge, C Mills, WD Blaney, GD Magee, GK Walshe

England – GS Tchine, GA Rothwell, WA Pexton, C Williams, WD Odeogberin, GD Roddy, GK Munro-Hall

1st Qtr

England’s Centre pass sees the ball go out for an Irish throw but Ireland are penalised in attack. Good ball by England’s WA to GS who scores. Northern Ireland level following good build up play. A lovely claim in the area followed by turn and shot sees England’s GS score her second and she soon has a third after being fed by GA following an Irish foul. Northern Ireland attack and GA scores a great goal after good approach play. England win in defence, GA feeds GS to score and lead 4-2. It’s soon five as England’s GS nets once more. A lovely flowing Irish move is rewarded with a goal after England are called for contact. England move the ball quickly and score, they look to attack again and they soon add to their lead. England score, Ireland attack, moving the ball well, and the chance is well finished, England lead 8-4. England build from defence, GA once again supplies GS who scores. Northern Ireland attack but it comes to nothing, they win possession back but England soon take charge of the ball, break and score. Good defence from the Irish, England get the last touch so the Irish build from the base line. Another fine shot from Ireland’s GA finds the net and the Irish attack again. England are called for contacting and Northern Ireland score. England aren’t having this all their own way by a long stretch as Ireland look to press but England regain possession and once again their excellent GS finishes off the move. England build from the back but are penalised, Ireland score, they trail by just four. An England attack comes to nothing and the Irish who are confident build well. England pick up a loose ball, they fashion a chance and take it well. England build again, once more it’s GS putting the finishing touch to the move. England’s GA misses but GS scores with the rebound. It’s 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

2nd Qtr

Nimah is on at Centre for the Irish whilst England introduce Odeogberin mat GD and Roddy at WD. England Centre pass and an immediate goal. Northern Ireland attack but the ball is long, England build and score. The English sniff out an Irish attack, break quickly and accurately to score. The Irish are penalised for replayed ball in attack. Once again the Irish are penalised but England can’t convert at their attacking end. England have possession mid court, the teams exchange a goal each before Ireland are once again penalised in attack. England move the ball well and score. A good take by England’s GS but this time she misses a long shot. England still have possession however and score for a free shot. The Irish GA scores from a free shot. England reply and lead 21-9. Northern Ireland carelessly give the ball away mid court and England punish them, they quickly add another. England reclaim the ball in their defensive third and build well, Ireland are penalised and from a free pass the English add to their tally. Chances have been limited for Northern Ireland in this quarter but they get a chance and GA scores a lovely goal. England attack well and GS adds to her total with another well taken net. They add another before the Irish look to build. GS supplies GA but this time she misses and England break only to be well defended by the Irish who launch their own attack and score. Northern Ireland are penalised mid court, England attack and once again GS completes the move. Nice play from Ireland and another fantastic finish from GA has the home crowd cheering. England are penalised, the Irish are as well. England move the ball well and GS again completes the job with a cool finish. At half time England lead 30-12.

3rd Qtr

England attack and GA makes an immediate impact with a well taken goal. Northern Ireland are unlucky with a long shot but they regain possession in defence when they break up an England move. They have more bad luck with a missed chance and England break after winning the rebound. They score to lead 32-12. England score again, their new look attack for the second half carrying on from the previous pairing. A lovely shot from GA finds the net for England before the Irish build but its intercepted by the English defence, they break quickly and score. England build from the base line but the ball goes out and Ireland have the throw. Northern Ireland register their first point of the second half and it’s a lovely shot too. England’s GS scores from under the net and her shooting partner adds another after England’s defence break up an Irish move. England miss and Ireland look to build from the base line. England score, its 38-13. An English miss gives Northern Ireland a chance to attack but England regain possession and from a free pass they score. England add another as the match is turning into a procession of England chances but the Irish fashion a good chance and it’s well taken for their second point of the quarter. Great defending by the Irish girls stops England in their tracks and it’s a lively, quick Irish break but the oven breaks down and England attack well with a goal as their reward. They immediately add another. The Irish are penalised in attack, England build, WA feeds GA who scores. Northern Ireland claim the ball in defence and it’s a good attacking move which is well finished with an enthusiastically received net for the home side. A lovely pass into the area sees England add another and GS is on the score sheet again moments later before the Irish lunch the ball in to the England area but nothing comes of it. England lead 46-15.

4th Qtr

Multiple Irish changes for the final quarter. England Centre pass sees good work by GS for GA to score. A lovely move is well finished by England after they win the ball on the edge of their defensive third. They add another. The Irish look to attack but the English defence holds firm. Ireland win possession mid court but it’s not for long as England reclaim the ball, break and score. A lovely full court move is well finished off by England and they attack again, adding another to their tally. A fine Irish move is greeted with more cheers as they score but a lovely English move is well finished to see them lead 53-16. England score, Ireland attack, a fantastic long pass from WA picks out GA who scores a lovely Irish goal. England miss, Ireland look to build but the English win the ball back and score. A fine Irish move is completed when GA takes a shot from under the net but the angle is tight and she misses. England clear the ball but miss their next opportunity. Northern Ireland look to build, GA is unlucky after good work from Centre and GS who does a lot of good work outside the circle. Ireland’s GA shapes to shoot but she dinks a little pass to GS who finds the net. England score, they attack again but are penalised this time. Ireland attack well but an optimistic pass from WA flies out of play and England build from the back. The ball goes out for an Irish throw but mid court the English win a throw, attack and score. Good play form the Irish WA and GA produces a goal and with a minute left on the clock they attack again but England win it back, break quickly and score. They notch their 60th point with seconds remaining to win the match 60-19.

Match 5 – Northern Ireland Development 44 v Gibraltar 45

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Northern Ireland – GS Quinn, GA Thomson, WA McConnell, C Boyle, WD Slater, GD McFarland, GK Ashcroft

Gibraltar- GS Isola, GA Garro, WA Pilcher, C Hernandez A, WD Hernandez C, GD Costa, GK Felipes

1st Qtr

Gibraltar are penalised and Ireland move forward, a great ball into GS puts them in front. Another great shot from GS gives the Irish a good start. Gibraltar’s attack comes to nothing and Ireland build again. A good ball from Centre into GS sees Ireland take a 3-0 lead. Northern Ireland are penalised in attack and Gibraltar build from the back but the Irish win the ball back, GS shapes to shoot but passes to GA who scores. A nice move from Gibraltar brings them their first point but the Irish are soon back on the attack but it comes to nothing. Lovely play from Gibraltar and their GS finds the net, this time Centre finds GA but she misses and Ireland build from the base line. They complete the move with a well taken shot. Ireland score again to lead 6-2. Gibraltar’s Centre feeds GA who scores before Ireland go on the attack and find the net. Gibraltar are settling down more and GS is unlucky with a shot but they make amends soon after to cut the deficit to three points. Ireland add another and launch another attack but Gibraltar win it back. Gibraltar’s GS finds the net before a lovely ball into the area results in an Irish goal. Gibraltar’s GA scores. They attack again, this time GA misses but GS scores on the rebound. More fine play from the visitors results in a goal before the hosts add another to lead by two points. Ireland almost overplay it on the edge of the area but their GS converts when the ball comes through to her. Gibraltar respond with a well taken goal. They score again, Ireland score with a well taken shot. Good build up from Gibraltar sees them score and the Irish attack that follows comes to nothing. Gibraltar have the ball in the net but it’s too late to count. At the end of the quarter it’s 12-11 to Ireland.

2nd Qtr

Gibraltar with the Centre pass but the attack comes to nothing. They attack again and level before the Irish respond with a well taken goal. A good Irish move is ended when they are penalised. Gibraltar attack but Ireland win it back and build through mid court. A lovely shot from GS results in a goal as the Irish open up a two point lead. Ireland’s GA scores, a good ball into the area ends with a goal for Gibraltar before Ireland regain their three point lead. Ireland score after Gibraltar are penalised for contacting. The Irish GA finds her shooting partner but she misses, only to make amends when the ball comes back into the area soon after. Gibraltar record a much needed goal, the Irish lead is four points and GS makes it five. A good move for Gibraltar results in a goal before Ireland build up nicely tom add to their tally. A good ball into the area and lovely finish sees Gibraltar on the score sheet but Ireland attack immediately and score. Gibraltar miss and are penalised, Ireland break well but Gibraltar win possession and break. Ireland regain possession but are penalised in attack. Fine play in attack sees Gibraltar score and when Ireland attack they are penalised allowing Gibraltar to build again. They score a lovely goal, the lead cut to three, Gibraltar are on the attack and net again. The Gibraltar girls have their tails up now and attack but the ball across the area is poor and Ireland clear only for Gibraltar to win it back and score, they trail by just one point, but not any more as GA levels the match 21-21. Ireland have lost a bit of composure in attack but GA scores after a miss by GS. Gibraltar miss a great chance to level then are penalised allowing Ireland to move the ball down court. They win possession back in defence however but when Ireland steal the ball back they make Gibraltar pay with a goal, quickly adding a second to extend the lead back to three points. Gibraltar score. At half time Ireland lead 24-22.

3rd Qtr

Gibraltar Centre pass and lovely movement by GA isn’t rewarded when she misses with her shot. Ireland break down court and score to lead by three points. Ireland miss a chance and Gibraltar clear the ball out of defence. Gibraltar miss a chance but GS follows up with a rebound to score. They miss the chance to add another as Ireland break and GS finds the target. She quickly adds a second as Ireland lead by four points. Ireland build from their own base line but Gibraltar win it back and score. Ireland score, Gibraltar look to build through mid court and get the ball into the area but the chance is missed. Gibraltar’s GA scores and they win the ball back in defence, break and score. Gibraltar net again, the deficit down to one. Ireland attack, the ball is long and out. Gibraltar are penalised, Ireland score at the fourth attempt. A lovely shot sees Gibraltar add to their tally but Ireland respond immediately. Gibraltar’s GA finds the net, it’s back to one point, Ireland miss but their GS does extremely well to get the rebound and score. A loose ball mid court is picked up by Gibraltar who break well and score. Gibraltar miss a chance after a good ball into the area from their Centre but they win it back well and score to level at 31-31. Gibraltar are penalised in the area as Ireland look to build from the back but Gibraltar win it back. Ireland’s GD is cautioned by the umpire and upon resumption Gibraltar score to lead. They win the ball in defence, break but miss and are penalised. Ireland build a good attack down the right and score to level. A good ball into the area sees Ireland score, they lead by one. Gibraltar attack, the ball strikes the rim of the net and bounces to safety. They come forward again, WA feeds GA who score with a lovely goal. Ireland play a long pass hoping to score before the whistle but they don’t and the scores are level at 33-33.

4th Qtr

Ireland’s Centre pass and GS puts them in the lead. Gibraltar build, GA finds space and scores with a tidy shot. Ireland reply through their towering GS. Ireland win in defence, Gibraltar get it back and play the ball around well in the final third, they find the finishing touch too with a good goal to level. Ireland are penalised in attack, Gibraltar look to build, Centre finds GA who scores, level once more. Gibraltar miss following a great ball into the area, Ireland look to break but Gibraltar hold them up. Ireland score, they come forward again, Gibraltar are penalised and the Irish GS scores. Lovely play in attack by Gibraltar is rewarded with a goal but Ireland respond right away to maintain their slender one point lead. Ireland win the ball in defence, break and score to lead by two points. A gorgeous shot from Ireland’s GS sails through the net but Gibraltar respond straight away. It’s still anyone’s match but Ireland are penalised in the area and Gibraltar break. GA misses a long shot and Ireland look to shepherd the ball away, they succeed too and launch an attack down the left which is finished off once more by the GS, a three point lead. Gibraltar score from a rebound, Ireland attack, the Gibraltar GD wins the ball but they give it away mid court. They win it back, attack and score to trail by one, 41-40. Gibraltar again, this time they level, every decision is met with screams, Ireland attack, they miss, Gibraltar look to break up court, they try a long shot but it’s missed, they get another go and don’t miss this time. Gibraltar lead by one, make that two as a fine shot goes in. Ireland score through their GA, just over two injures left, Gibraltar score, they lead by two again. Ireland attack, Gibraltar have the ball, Ireland win back but GS misses. GA doesn’t though and it’s a one point game again. Gibraltar attack, the shot is measured but is missed. They still have it, GS composes herself, shoots and scores. Ireland run out of time, they get one back but there isn’t long enough, the final whistle and Gibraltar take the game 45-44

DAY 2

Match 6 – Dubai 87 v Republic of Ireland 17

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Republic of Ireland – GS Smyth, GA Simon, WA Fahy, C Lennon, WD Zaiter, GD Conway, GK Johnson

Dubai – GS Baker, GA Stapley, WA Hardman, C Wright, WD Lowndes, GD Dunlop, GK Flisher

1st Qtr

Dubai with the first Centre pass and good movement sees GA net their first point. The Irish miss with their first attempt and the rebound falls to Dubai who break well for GA to score. She soon adds her third goal in a bright start from Dubai. The Irish score their first point after Dubai are penalised in the area. Good work down the right by Dubai ends with GS netting her first point of the match, GA adds another as Dubai lead 5-1. It’s soon six then seven thanks to GS as Dubai’s pace and movement in attack is posing real problems for the Irish girls. A rare fumble in attack gives Ireland the chance to break and some good passing gives them a chance but the shot is missed. The Republic of Ireland attack again, this time they find the net. Dubai are penalised in attack and Ireland build down the left, they transfer the play to mid court but the final ball is long and out. Dubai build from the base line but are penalised. They regain possession and GS scores with a rebound, they lead 9-2. A good shot from GS gives Dubai another goal before the Irish girls look to build an attack but they are penalised and Dubai break well to score. Ireland attack but Dubai intercept in defence. The Irish are coming to terms with their opponent as they limit the passing options but a good ball into the area results in a Dubai net, soon followed by a second. Good pressure in attack from the Irish who are unlucky not to score from a free pass. They come forward again however but Dubai win in defence before being penalised in attack. Dubai’s WA feeds GS and she nets, following up with a second almost immediately. Dubai net to lead 16-2 and they soon add another. Dubai have started to find the space they enjoyed at the start of the quarter and are scoring freely. Ireland attack but Dubai are quick to close them down. At the end of the first quarter Dubai lead 19-2.

2nd Qtr

Dubai Centre pass sees them attack and score the first point. The Irish GA is unfortunate not to keep a loose ball in play and Dubai can build from their base line, they attack well but Ireland come away with possession but a loose pass in attack gifts Dubai the ball. They can’t capitalise however but they do win the ball back mid court and this time they score. GS adds another with a rebound from her own first shot. Good play by GA in the area gives the Irish GS a goal but Dubai reply with a net of their own immediately. Excellent play between WA, C and GS gives the Irish a very well worked goal. The Irish attack again but are penalised, Dubai break quickly and score. GS adds another to lead 25-4. Dubai find the net at the second time of asking and they are quick to break up an Irish attack but are penalised in attack. Ireland build and a lovely ball into the area is finished off by the Irish GS. Dubai score, Ireland attack but are penalised for footwork. Dubai score, a lovely ball into the area sees GS add to her tally and she is quick to find the net again, Dubai lead 30-5. Good play in and around the area is completed with a fine shot by the Irish GS but as is often the case Dubai reply immediately to prevent Ireland building up any pressure. Ireland are penalised in defence and Dubai score. They add another from their Centre pass. Good in attack once more from Dubai results in two quick nets before Ireland attack with more good work around the area. They score a well worked goal before Dubai add another to their total. Republic of Ireland score, Dubai are straight back on the attack and reply, they come forward again but the half time whistle beats them. Dubai lead 38-8.

3rd Qtr

Dubai Centre pass puts them immediately on the front foot but GA is unable to keep the ball in play. The Irish look to build an attack and they do well with a finely taken shot to complete the move. A lovely full court move sees Dubai net their first point of the quarter before Ireland look to attack but this time they are penalised, Dubai break well and GS scores. She quickly adds a second before Ireland are penalised in attack leaving Dubai to move the ball quickly down court and score. An injury time out is called for Ireland’s Centre who is helped from the court and replaced. Upon resumption Ireland score. They attack once more but Dubai come away with the ball, a customary quick break and goal follow, quickly added to with a second. Ireland are penalised for footwork in attack, Dubai attack and GA puts the chance away, she adds a lovely second and Dubai lead 47-10. Lovely play around the circle results in another well taken goal by GA for Dubai before GS adds another. Ireland look to build an attack, their options quickly closed down and Dubai win possession, break, and GA brings up the 50 point mark for her side. They quickly add another, 51-10, a great ball into the area and GS nets once more. Dubai on the attack again, this time GA scores before Ireland score a well deserved goal. Dubai score. Dubai are penalised in defence and Ireland make the most of it with a well taken net. A lovely shot from Dubai’s GA follows but she misses her next effort only for her shooting partner to score with the rebound. Dubai intercept an Ireland move mid court and the finish is clinical as ever. GS follows it up with another quick Dubai net. Good play from Ireland sees them score before the excellent Dubai GA adds another. She then competes a lovely move down the right side of the court and they quickly find the net again with seconds remaining of the quarter. There is still time however for Ireland to grab a well taken goal. Dubai lead 62-14.

4th Qtr

Republic of Ireland have Centre pass but Dubai win possession and score. They add another before a superb full court move nets Dubai their third point of the quarter. They add another and again after a great long pass picks out GA who scores. Dubai GS adds another in a lightning start to the period for her side. Ireland put together a nice move and score with a well taken shot, Dubai respond before Ireland build again. A fine intercept mid court by Dubai’s Centre sets her team onto the attack and once more it’s finished off with a neat net. Dubai add another. A lovely pass into the area from Ireland’s WA gives GA a goal before their opponents score again. Dubai’s WA picks up a loose pass from her side and she delivers a lovely ball into the area for GA to score. Ireland win the ball mid court and look to attack down the left but Dubai intercept, attack, and score. Dubai win possession, break and score and they intercept a promising Irish move to launch another attack, despite good Irish defence it ends with a goal, quickly adding a second, Dubai lead 78-16. A good move down the right ends with a well taken Dubai goal, again another net quickly follows. Good movement from Ireland but GS is penalised for footwork. Dubai score, they win possession back in attack and add another. Ireland attack but Dubai win possession. Dubai lead 85-16 with just over a couple minutes remaining. Ireland are still plugging away and GS scores when Dubai are penalised. They respond immediately. Final score Dubai 87-17

Match 7 – Switzerland 49 v Northern Ireland Development Squad 20

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Northern Ireland – GS Quinn, GA Thomson, WA Drayne, C Boyle, WD Ashcroft, GD McFarland, GK McCloskey

Switzerland – GS Learwood, GA Dickinson, WA Coburn, C Gribben, WD Grand d’Hautville, GD Maier, GK Beesley

1st Qtr

Switzerland Centre pass but Ireland have possession straight away, Switzerland win back and score. The Swiss attack but are penalised and Ireland look to break but the Swiss win in defence. A good ball into the area sees Switzerland score, they are back on the attack and add a third. Ireland attack but are penalised, they do well to win the ball back and a neat attack brings their first net of the match. Ireland lose the ball deep in defence then the Swiss score from a free pass then shot. Ireland have a free pass or shot in the area but Switzerland get a hand to the ball to deflect it out for a throw, the Irish attack breaks down as Switzerland break well and score to lead 5-1. Ireland look to build from the base line, good passing mid court, the Irish GA is contacted against and she scores from a free shot. Good round the circle for the Irish attack but Switzerland intercept and lovely passing isn’t rewarded when the ball goes out. They win it back mid court but Ireland do well in defence and break but the Swiss intercept this time. Switzerland can’t claim the ball in the area and Ireland break but the defences of both teams are doing well and preventing many scoring chances. Once again a defence wins the ball, this time it’s the Swiss and they go forward, this time they find the net and lead 6-2. Switzerland quickly add another. The Irish GS does well to claim Centre’s pass but she misses her effort, Ireland win it back however and they score. Switzerland are penalised in defence for a replayed ball, the Irish GS finds the net as the lead is cut to three points. A lovely pass from Centre is claimed in the area and Ireland score but a great long shot sees the Swiss back on the scoresheet. Both Irish shooters have efforts which miss but they convert at the third time of asking. A good Swiss attack ends with a missed chance and Ireland claim the rebound. Switzerland win in defence and attack, a lovely finish ensues. Switzerland win in defence and build up court but the Irish defence make a great interception. The Swiss GK does likewise to stop Ireland in their tracks and at the end of the first Switzerland lead 9-6

2nd Qtr

Swiss Centre pass and Ireland win the ball. A good move but no goal results from it. No such miss from Switzerland as GS sinks a lovely shot for the first point of the quarter. The Irish GS puts the ball in but its disallowed and Switzerland build from defence, this time GS misses. Ireland build but nothing comes of it and Switzerland produce a fine move which ends with a goal. Switzerland are penalised and Ireland attack, this time they lose the ball and the Swiss have a thro win, Ireland win back but are penalised. A fine pass from the Swiss WA is out in the net by GS and they lead 12-6 before Ireland pull one back. Switzerland score through their GS before the Irish GS scores with a rebounded shot from GA. The Swiss reply is instant, and when they regain possession in defence a lovely move is well finished off by GS. The Swiss Centre overhits her pass to GA and the ball is out. Ireland build from the base line but they only get to mid court, Switzerland have a throw in and some nice passing results in a goal, 16-8 they lead. Northern Ireland score with a lovely shot from GS. Switzerland’s GS hits the rim of the net twice but they keep the ball and GA buries her effort. A great ball into the area by the Irish Centre results in a lovely goal for GS. Switzerland attack but Ireland claim in defence and build, the Swiss have the ball back but they are penalised in the circle. Ireland get the ball forward quickly and GS scores with another well taken shot. Switzerland score, the cow bells get louder, they attack again but Ireland win the ball and move forward. They are penalised for held ball and Switzerland look to build but Ireland are tenacious mid court and win it back. The Swiss defence regain the ball, the attack is fast and accurate and ends with a well taken goal. GA soon adds another. As the quarter comes to an end the Swiss score again, Ireland attack and notch the last net of the period but Switzerland lead 21-12.

3rd Qtr

Ireland Centre pass but possession is won by Switzerland who are penalised in attack. The Swiss win the ball back mid court and create a chance which is taken for the first point of the period. Lovely play on the edge of the circle sees the ball go into the Swiss GS who scores. Ireland string together some nice passing and are rewarded with a net. More good shooting from the Swiss who lead 24-13. Switzerland win possession in defence and build, another fine shot as they score. Lovely build up and link ups isn’t rewarded when the Swiss fail to find the net. The Irish attack is brief as the Swiss regain the ball and they score with the second attempt. Good work around the circle from Northern Ireland and GS scores, the Swiss reply immediately. A change is made by the Irish and upon resumption they are penalised mid court. Switzerland score, its 28-14, Ireland look to break down court but Switzerland win in mid court and attack, a great ball hit at pace into GS is put away calmly. The Swiss press forward again but Ireland do well in defence until they are penalised mid court. Switzerland score at the second attempt. Good passing and movement sees them add to their tally before Ireland feed the ball into the area and GS scores. Switzerland score, a lovely pass from the Irish Centre isn’t capitalised on by GS and the Swiss win the rebound. Good in attack and another Swiss goal. They add another. Ireland look for space in attack, GA’s high ball into GS draws a foul and they score from the resulting free shot. Switzerland reply with a well taken net. At the whistle Switzerland lead 35-16.

4th Qtr

Simple but effective Swiss passing ends with a goal as the final period gets underway. Ireland’s GS misses and is penalised as Switzerland break and score. Great shot from GS as Switzerland add another, they lead 38-16. A great ball into the area results in an Irish net before a great claim under the net from the Swiss GA is converted by her. The Swiss attack, GS finds the net, she misses her next effort following a nice little pass from Centre. They keep possession and score. Ireland attack but the Swiss GK makes a flying interception and she starts her team off on an attack which is finished off by GA. Northern Ireland build from the back but Switzerland win the ball in defence, break well and score. Another Irish change is made and upon the restart a searching ball into the area is just too high for the Irish GS. They win it back however and score before the Swiss attack is halted when they are penalised. Ireland win the ball in defence but the Swiss win it back and GS scores when the ball finds her in the area. Ireland respond with a well taken goal. Ireland look to build from their base line but they don’t get far as Switzerland win possession and GA scores. She adds another soon after before GS is left with far too much space but thankfully for the Irish she misses. Switzerland come again, no mistake with the shot this time however. The Swiss are penalised in attack, Ireland pass the ball around mid court, the ball into the area is good but the Swiss come away with it and a lightning quick attack is converted. GS adds another straight away. A searching ball into the area gives Ireland a chance to score which they take. The Irish are penalised in defence, a chance for the Swiss to reach 50 points but they run out of time following a miss right at the end. Switzerland win 49-20.

Match 8 – England 68 v Wales 36

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England – GS Harris, GA Ruston, WA Williams, C Rattu, WD Standring, GD Odeogberin, GK Harvey

Wales – GS Evans, GA Lane, WA Haywood, C Watts, WD Davies, GD Fisher, GK Morgan

1st Qtr

Wales have first Centre pass but England quickly have possession. A long ball from Centre bounces out of play and Wales build from the base line. England attack and GA scores the first point. She quickly adds a second. England win the ball mid court and GS sinks a lovely long shot. Wales are penalised mid court, WA to GA to GS and goal for England. England again to lead 5-0 and they soon add another. England are dominating the early exchanges and they find the net once more. Wales look to build and a fantastic pass from WA into the area brings them their first point. England attack but a great intercept from Wales WD starts her team on an attack which ends with a goal. England reply immediately. The English GA adds another and they are back in possession mid court but this time Wales are reprieved as they attack well to score. England lead 10-3. Great play by the England attacking foursome ends with GS converting a lovely goal. Wales look to attack, England are penalised but the attack comes to nothing. England build and score, they move the ball around the area well and yet again a shooter finds the target. England score. Wales have a chance and a lovely finish from GA gives the a goal. England continue to fire quick passes into each other and create another chance which is taken. Wales win the ball in defence but the attack peters out and England are on the front foot once more. A lovely shot from GS falls through the net. Wales pull one back. A great ball into the area is well taken by the English GS who scores. Wales are enjoying some good moments and score following nice build up play. But England are in control and GA finds the net once more. Wales miss with a free shot before the England GK is contacted and her team break up court. Another fine finish from GA, seconds later GS gets in on the act as England hit the 20 point mark. England score. England score and the umpire has words with the Welsh GK. On the stroke of time the English GS puts a lovely shot through the net and they lead 23-6.

2nd Qtr

England attack from the first whistle and score with a lovely long shot. England are penalised for footwork and Wales look to build, GA comes deep, feeds Centre who finds GS for a lovely goal. England are penalised mid court after they add another goal but their defence intercept the Welsh attack and look to build. A nice ball into the area and these English shooters don’t miss very much. They add another, 27-7, the Welsh GA misses but GS doesn’t. Wales build from defence but the decision goes England’s way mid court and GS scores. A lovely shot from the Welsh GA follows before England produce another lovely finish. Wales attack is snuffed out by England but the Welsh defence hold firm and come away with the ball, Centre and GA link up well before the Welsh GS scores. Another great shot from England’s GS before Wales respond with a well taken net. England score, Wales reply. England add another following a nice pass from Centre. Wales produce a lovely shot themselves to pull one back but England once again probe and find a way through to score, they lead 33-13. A good even spell with the teams exchanging goals, England add another then are penalised mid court but they win back possession before the Welsh can do any damage. England score. A free shot sees England’s GS score another and following a lovely pass from GA she nets again. England with a rare miss, Wales build, England get the throw in but Wales nick possession, break well and GA finds the net. England score, Wales have the ball mid court, WA then GA are fouled and the Welsh score from a free shot. England reply immediately. England defend a Wales attack well and break up court but are penalised. Wales come forward and a lovely goal is greeted by a huge cheer. At half time England lead 39-16.

3rd Qtr

Wales attack but England win the ball straight away and look to attack. A long pass is too long and quick for the England GS but they get the ball back and score the first point of the quarter, quickly adding a second. Wales score their first point before the English GS finds the net again. Wales attack but England win in defence, break and score. Wales are penalised in attack, England build and another confident, assured finish completes the move. They add another. Wales win mid court, England defend well. Wales still have possession but England win it back and break quickly, ending with a goal. Lovely shot from GA as England lead 48-17. A well taken Welsh net follows, England miss, win the ball back and score. Wales score, England reply. A beautiful move down the right ends with a fine goal from England’s GA. Good passing by Wales leads to a well taken Welsh goal but there is no respite with this England team as they add two goals in a matter of seconds. Wales are having their moments too and score with a fine shot. England miss, Wales build but are penalised for footwork. England score. The Welsh Centre takes a fall but she bounces up and continues, she’s rewarded when her team score a fine goal. England’s GA finds the net, Wales attack, a lovely ball into GS and she puts the chance away. England back on the scoresheet, Wales back in attack, it’s end to end at the moment. Wales miss but score with a free shot. England are penalised in attack, Wales build but they can’t take the chance presented to them. They are penalised, England break quickly and score. Wales pull one back. England win the ball mid court, the ball is fed to GA who finds the net. Wales pick up a rare loose English pass and attack but England win In defence, GS misses on the attack then is penalised. At the whistle it’s 58-25 to England.

4th Qtr

England attack is well defended by Wales who launch their own attack and score. A loose Welsh pass flies out of court and England have it, but Wales win back and GS scores. A good start for the Welsh but England find the net for their first point. Wales score again and quickly add another. This is very good from the Welsh girls and they are unlucky when penalised in the area. England build an attack and GS scores on the rebound. Wales build from the base line, a lovely ball to GS who is left all on her own in the area and scores. Wales are penalised in attack, England break and net with a long shot after good Welsh pressure in defence. Wales attack again, good round the circle but the shot is missed. Wales still have it and score. England’s GS scores, Wales attack, GA with a fine shot, it’s 63-32. England build well and score, they attack again but are penalised and Wales look to build. A loose Welsh pass and England have possession but a strange pass gifts the ball tom Wales who score. England are penalised mid court, a fantastic take on the line by GA who feeds GS to score, lovely play from the Welsh. They get another, this has been superb from Wales in this quarter. England keep possession around the area and score. Wales attack, some lovely play from GA, a free pass on the edge of the area but England defend it well. It’s a good break and England score. Wales score for a free shot, they come forward again but lose the ball. England score, they score again following a warning for the Welsh GK. Wales looking good again in attack but England come away with the ball. England are penalised, Wales attack, Centre’s ball is just too long but they win possession back but GA just misses. It’s time and England win 68-36, Wales deservedly take the final quarter by one point.

Match 9 – Northern Ireland 37 v Scotland 42

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Scotland – GS Barrie, GA McCall, WA Morrison, C Fleming, WD Dorricott, GD Antione, GK Scott

Northern Ireland – GS McElhinney, GA Coleman, WA McCambridge, C Mills, WD Blakey, GD Magee, GK Walshe

1st Qtr

Scotland have first Centre pass and the ball into the area is cut out by the Irish GK. Ireland attack but miss the first shot of the match, Scotland break and GS scores from a free shot. Northern Ireland attack, good defence from Scotland but it’s a free shot and its level. Ireland attack, good around the area and a fantastic shot from GA sends the crowd into loud cheers. Ireland attack again but it’s behind and Scotland have chance to build. The Irish GK is penalised and the Scots are level. Ireland from the base line, Scotland regain possession and GS nets to lead. Good work by Scotland’s GD stops the Irish and they attack but even their tall GS can’t reach the pass. Scotland’s WA and GA do well to create a chance and GS takes it. It’s Scotland again, this time GA misses a longish shot but Scotland win it back and the attack comes to nothing. Ireland press forward and a good ball into the area is finished off, its 4-3 to Scotland. Good passing from the Scottish girls who get a free shot which GA gladly accepts. Northern Ireland win the ball mid court and another fine shot is taken and scored from. Ireland are penalised mid court, Scotland attack, GS can only just stay on court and her knock back falls into grateful Irish hands, they break and score, 5-5. Scotland’s GA with a free shot is missed but they retain the ball and score. Ireland attack, the Scottish GD nearly makes the interception, Ireland still in attack but Scotland manage to clear the immediate danger. A lovely pass into GS who scores on the second attempt. They add another, Scotland lead 8-5. The Irish attack comes to nothing and Scotland look to build. Good work between Centre and WA, another free shot for GS and Scotland score. They add another, the lead is five. Ireland looking for a goal and they find it, that’s timely. Scotland find their tall GS again and she makes no mistake. Ireland miss, Scotland clear the ball, Ireland win back and attack but the shot is missed. More composure in attack needed by the Irish. At the interval the Scottish girls lead 11-6.

2nd Qtr

Scotland attack, Ireland intercept but are penalised. Scotland score through their GS. Ireland attack and GA puts the ball away at the second time of asking. Ireland on the front foot, good by GS and Centre for GA to score. More Irish pressure and another Irish goal, lead cut to three. Scotland in the attacking third, GS under the net, scores. Good by Ireland in attack but the ball is out and Scotland build. GS again for the Scots. Ireland pull one back through their GA and they attack again, Centre finds GA with a great pass and she scores. Ireland need to cut out the supply to Scotland’s GS as she scores again, quickly adding another. She gets a third in the matter of seconds and the lead is up to six points. A lovely pass from the Irish GA to GS who scores after a foul by Scotland. Northern Ireland come at Scotland again, Centre feeds GA, there’s an obstruction and Ireland score. More Irish pressure, GS almost wrestles for the ball but she’s called for contact and Scotland break. The Scottish GA misses a long shot and Ireland get the throw from the base line. A great pass into GS who scores, the deficit now three. Scotland’s GS misses but she gets another chance and takes it. Ireland build, another great ball into GA who sinks the shot. The Irish defence hold up Scotland but GS has a free shot and scores. Ireland attack, good work by Scotland’s GD holds up Ireland and she wins the ball again to set her side up court until they are penalised. Penalty to Ireland, GA a lovely shot to score, its end to end as Scotland build and score, Ireland are penalised mid court and the Scottish GA scores. It’s Scotland again and GS nets once more, we are back to six points in it but Ireland immediately knock one of those off with a well taken goal. Scotland score, Ireland have Centre pass, GS feeds GA and another great shot is buried. End to end as Scotland score. It’s half time and Scotland lead 24-18

3rd Qtr

Scotland start things off but the ball is out and Ireland build from the base line. Ireland’s GA misses her first effort of the quarter and Scotland break quickly with GS supplying the finishing touch with a goal. Ireland are unlucky when their GD makes a great interception but is called for footwork and Scotland score. They add a third in an excellent start to the quarter from them. Ireland miss and are penalised, they need something pretty quickly but it’s Scotland on the attack and GS scores from a free shot. Ireland’s GD this time makes a clean interception and her side attack, GA shaping to shoot but she lays it off for GS to score. Scotland’s GA tries a long shot but it misses and Ireland build, a long pass goes out but Ireland win it back and score at the second attempt. Scotland score, a lovely ball from the Scottish Centre and GS with another net, the lead is eleven but Ireland respond immediately with a goal. Scotland score, GS getting the space and time once more to cause real damage to the Irish. Ireland win possession mid court and score. They have Centre pass, but Scotland get the foul and break up court, GS naturally finding the net. Good in attack for Scotland and they are rewarded with another goal. They defend well but the attack breaks down and Ireland look to build. A lovely ball into GA who takes her time and scores. Ireland build from defence, this time GS finds the net, Ireland Centre pass, GA scores, three in a minute, just what they needed. Scotland’s GS just keeps the ball live but it falls for Ireland, GA beats GD in the air but misses and Scotland clear. GA to GS and Scotland net again. Scotland win the ball in defence, GS claims the ball on the line and scores from under the net. She adds another, Ireland cannot combat her height advantage. Ireland look to score before the whistle blows but it’s a miss and they win it back to score tight on time. Scotland lead 36-26.

4th Qtr

Scotland attack, Ireland clear the ball but not very far and Scotland regain possession, get the ball into the area and score. Scotland win in defence, Ireland regain possession and GA scores. Great shot by Scotland’s GA to score. Ireland attack, another fine finish by their excellent GA. She scores again, more Irish pressure and another goal. Scotland can’t keep the ball in so Ireland can build, GS misses, GA doesn’t. Ireland on the march now but Scotland clear the ball only for Ireland to win it back. A long ball sails over everyone and out of play. Not what Ireland need as Scotland build patiently and score. Ireland are penalised in defence but they gain possession and look to attack. Scotland’s GK cuts out the danger with a timely interception and starts her team on the attack from which they score. Good play down the left side of the court from Scotland, but Ireland win the ball and attack, GA scores with a lovely shot. Ireland get the decision in defence and build, GA feeds GS, goal, the deficit is seven points. It’s good by Scotland in attack and a great pass into GS to score. Ireland come forward, a free shot, GA scores, she’s some player. Scotland attack, they move the ball well but Ireland get the decision from the umpire but they lose the ball mid court. Ireland regain in defence, the ball falls to GA, only one outcome, goal to Northern Ireland. Ireland win in defence, the ball is with Ireland but the Scottish GD has had an excellent game and intercepts again. Ireland score, you know who, they attack again, this time GS scores, four points in it but the Scots have possession. Scotland miss, that could have calmed any nerves. The Irish crowd are right behind their girls but Scotland have the ball in defence, now in attack but they are penalised. Time is running out, Ireland attack, Scotland’s GD intercepts again, they attack and GS settles the match with just seconds left. A long Irish ball sails out. It’s all over, Scotland win a terrific encounter 42-37.

Match 10 – Gibraltar 54 v Republic of Ireland 21

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Gibraltar – GS Isola, GA Garro, WA Pilcher, C Hernandez A, WD Felipes, GD Costa P GK Kassam

Republic of Ireland – GS Smyth, GA Simon, WA Fahy, C Lennon, WD Zaiter, GD Conway, GK Johnson

1st Qtr

Gibraltar attack, miss the first shot but GS keeps the ball live and they score. Gibraltar are penalised in the attacking circle and Ireland break forward. Ireland are penalised mid court, Gibraltar’s GS misses but its put in by GA. Gibraltar add a third in a great start for them. Ireland attack but Gibraltar win back and a lovely pass from C to GA results in another goal. Ireland are unlucky with a shot that hits the rim but it falls to Gibraltar who break well and is finished off by GS, they lead 5-0. Republic of Ireland get their first goal of the game. Good play around the circle sees Ireland score a second and a lovely shit brings about another net. Good comeback by the Irish. Gibraltar score. They attack again, once again GS finds the net, it’s 7-3. Gibraltar miss a good chance and Ireland build from the base line. Good around the circle from Ireland and they are rewarded with a well taken goal. Gibraltar score. More good work by the Irish and they score. Gibraltar score again and find the nets once more. Gibraltar’s WA fires Ina pass that hits the rim of the goal and it bounces to the GS who scores. Ireland pull one back, 10-6. Ireland get the chance to build from defence but Gibraltar regain possession and GA scores. She adds another soon after following good build up play. Gibraltar score. Gibraltar’s GA is penalised for footwork and Ireland attack, a good ball into the area and a nice shot means at the end of the quarter Gibraltar lead 13-7.

2nd Qtr

Ireland with the Centre pass and they draw a foul which results in GS scoring a fine goal. Gibraltar are penalised in attack and Ireland break but Gibraltar regain possession in defence. Gibraltar score. Ireland move the ball around the circle but nothing comes of it, Gibraltar break and score. They add another quickly, it’s 16-8. Good attacking play from Gibraltar results in another net and GS adds another before Ireland attack well and pull one back. The Gibraltar GA adds to her tally before the Irish GS converts a well taken goal. Gibraltar score. Ireland hit the rim of the net, they have another attempt but they ball is out. Gibraltar score at the third attempt before Ireland launch a promising attack. They win a throw but Gibraltar pick up the loose ball mid court. They score from the subsequent attack. A fine shot from Gibraltar’s excellent GA follows. Ireland look to move the ball around mid court and patience is rewarded with a well taken goal. Gibraltar score, 25-11 the lead. A gorgeous shot from Gibraltar’s GS brings whoops from the bench in appreciation. Gibraltar score. They look to add to their total but Ireland defend the situation and break with the ball. Gibraltar get the throw near their defensive area. A smart move up court ends with them being penalised and Ireland build through mid court but Gibraltar intercept. The final ball is out of court. Ireland look to build, they play a dangerous ball across their own circle but get away with it. The promising move ends without a goal, Gibraltar attack, Ireland win and its all a bit messy in mid court. Ireland are penalised in attack, Gibraltar build and score. At half time they lead 28-11.

3rd Qtr

Gibraltar attack and GS notches their first point of the quarter. She soon adds a second. GA scores their third with a rebounded shot before Ireland look to get on the front foot but Gibraltar win the ball although their attack comes to nothing. They win it back and GS scores with a lovely shot. Gibraltar score again. A good attacking move from Gibraltar sees them score another goal and they lead 34-11 before the Irish Centre has to be helped from the court with an injury. She isn’t fit to continue and upon the resumption Gibraltar add another goal to their increasing tally. Ireland net their first point of the quarter. They look to attack again but Gibraltar win possession and GA finishes with great accuracy. Ireland conceded a throw in a dangerous area and Gibraltar make them pay with a goal. Gibraltar are penalised mid court and Ireland attack, they convert the chance well. Good around the circle from Gibraltar and they score. A nice ball into the area sees Ireland respond but Gibraltar lead 39-14. A great pass into the area sees Gibraltar’s GS net with a fine shot. Gibraltar are penalised for footwork in defence and Ireland make the most of it with a well taken goal. Gibraltar’s GA is penalised for footwork just as she is about to shoot but they get another chance a few seconds later and take it. Ireland score, Gibraltar add another, GA with a lovely shot. Nice play in attack, Centre feeds GS and Gibraltar score. GA adds another, they lead 44-16. Gibraltar score. They add another. Ireland are penalised for footwork and Gibraltar launch another attack but Ireland defend it well. Gibraltar keep coming and GA adds to her total before Ireland defend the next attack well and break up court, GS misses but gets another chance which she puts away well. At the end of the third quarter Gibraltar lead 47-17.

4th Qtr

Gibraltar score the first point of the quarter, a well taken shot. Gibraltar win the ball in defence and push forward, this time they miss and are penalised. Some great play around the circle and a lovely finish is soon followed by another effort but they are penalised and Ireland push forward. A lovely goal is met with a loud cheer from the Irish contingent. Gibraltar score and bring up the 50 point mark. Ireland are penalised and Gibraltar score. They win the ball in defence when Ireland attack then miss a shot and the follow up rebound before winning possession back and scoring. The Irish GS finds the net and her side attack again, she nets a second in quick succession but Gibraltar break up court quickly and respond with another net. Gibraltar are penalised in attack, they win it back mid court but the attack breaks down. Lovely play between Ireland’s Centre and GS results in a goal. They break up an attack in defence and move forward again but the ball is out and Gibraltar build from the base line. They are penalised in attack and make a change in their line up before missing a chance. Ireland break out of defence and GS is unlucky when her shot hits the rim and bounces out. Gibraltar move the ball well up court and score. An Irish attack is well defended and Gibraltar break again, it comes to nothing before the whistle goes, they win 54-21.

Match 11 – Dubai 65 v Northern Ireland Development 28

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Dubai – GS Quinn, GA Thomson, WA Slater, C Boyle, WD Nich, GD McFarland, GK McCloskey

Northern Ireland Development – GS Baker, GA Stanley, WA McMurray, C Webb, WD Lowndes, GD Shand, GK Flisher

1st Qtr

Ireland take first pass but are penalised for footwork in attack. Good play by Dubai down the right and a smart finish, they soon add a second. Ireland intercept the Dubai pass into the area but Ireland are penalised and Dubai get another chance. Ireland’s GK is down injured and has to be replaced. Upon resumption Dubai are penalised and Ireland look to push forward. A good ball into the area and GA is unlucky with a missed effort. Ireland have possession back in defence but the ball is out for a Dubai throw in. They score to lead 3-0. Good play by Ireland as they score their first point of the match which they quickly add to. Dubai are penalised in attack, good work by Ireland mid court but Dubai win in defence. Ireland attack again, GS misses her effort on goal but they come again, this time she turns and shoots but its ruled out. Dubai attack and score. Lovely build up by Ireland and GS scores, Dubai are quick to respond however and they lead 5-3. It’s a lively game and a great flowing Irish move is finished off well by GS. Dubai look sharp in attack and score, the Irish attack but Dubai defend well and break up court, finished off by a lovely shot from GA. She adds another before a loose Irish pass in mid court gives the advantage back to Dubai but they can’t capitalise. Ireland build well and score. A lovely pass finds the Dubai GS who scores and they quickly add another to lead 11-5. Dubai’s GD does superbly with an interception and she starts an attack which leads to a goal, quickly adding a second. Ireland respond with a net of their own but Dubai are full of energy, break and score. Ireland are giving as good as they get and the match is end to end with plenty of chances for both sides. Dubai score and that’s the first quarter, they lead 16-7

2nd Qtr

Northern Ireland attack but GS misses her opportunity but she scores the first point of the match at her next attempt. Dubai reply immediately and as the ball flashes up the other end of court Ireland grab another. Dubai win mid court and the ball comes through to GA who scores. Dubai’s GK claims the ball well in the circle, they break quickly and GA scores again. They lead 19-9. Dubai clear an Irish attack and some neat passing around the circle is rewarded with a goal. A good ball by WA finds GA and Dubai score. This time GS finds the net as Dubai take control of the quarter. A good reply from the Irish is only temporary respite as Dubai notch up another goal. A nice pass into the area and a good finish by Ireland’s GS follows but Dubai’s GA has her eye in as she sinks another shot. Dubai score again, 25-11. Dubai score through GS, Ireland attack but Dubai bring the ball down court and another lovely, clean finish from GA ensues. Dubai score, they launch another attack but a combination of GK and GD clear the danger for Ireland who break to score, quickly adding a second. Dubai’s GA just fails to claim the ball and when Ireland break a superb shot sees them score. GA acts as provider this time for Dubai but she nets the next one herself before the Irish GS scores. A fine claim from GS and equally fine shot puts another on the board for Dubai. Ireland respond but Dubai are never far away from a devastating fast attack and finish. Ireland are plugging away well as both teams make and take chances in an even spell of the quarter. A lovely shot from Dubai’s GS, Ireland build an attack but Dubai win mid court and score. At half time they lead 36-17.

3rd Qtr

Dubai’s Centre and they attack with purpose, GA finding the net. A good pass from the Irish Centre to GS is converted but Dubai are quickly on the attack and score. Good shot from Ireland’s GS as the quarter opens pretty much even. Ireland are penalised for held ball, Dubai score with a free shot. Ireland are penalised in attack so Dubai are back on the front foot and they score. Dubai add another then win in defence but the attack is cut out by Ireland. Dubai attack, Ireland clear the danger but it’s only temporary as they score with their next attack. GA loops another ball into the net and Dubai lead 43-19. Good attack but the Irish but Dubai intercept and break down court to score. Dubai score, Ireland come forward, Dubai’s GK with the intercept but Ireland win back. Dubai are called for offside but Ireland’s attack comes to nothing and Dubai clear from the base line. Dubai are penalised when GA is adjudged to have replayed the ball. Ireland come forward, GA is fouled and they score with a free shot. Northern Ireland build from their base line, a lovely claim, turn and shot from GS is met with a round of applause. GA adds another for Ireland and they win the ball in defence but are penalised for replayed ball. Dubai score, they add another, a lovely finish. More good Dubai pressure and another net for GA before Ireland attack and score. Seconds remain but Dubai continue to press and find the net once more. The Irish GS scores with a lovely finish to end the quarter. Dubai lead 49-24.

4th Qtr

Northern Ireland get underway but are penalised. They win possession back but Dubai’s defence cut out the danger. GS nets for Dubai, she quickly adds another. Great interception for the Dubai GK and they attack quickly and with accuracy to score. Ireland’s GA is unlucky when the ball hits the rim, even more so as Dubai break and GS scores a lovely goal. She adds another on their next attack. And it’s three in a row, the last being the best finish. Dubai attack again but the Irish GK intercepts well. Ireland attack and score, Dubai lead 55-25. They add another before Ireland lose out in attack. Ireland win in defence and build down the left, GS scores after GA misses a free shot. The Irish GS just fails to reach a high ball from WA and Dubai break and score. Dubai score with a free shot following a great move down the right. They add another then intercept a dangerous looking Ireland attack. Great shot from Dubai’s GS brings up the 60 point mark but they aren’t taking it easy as they quickly add another. Ireland lose out in attack, Dubai break but the Irish WD does well to halt their progress. Great quick passing down the left results in another goal. Ireland look to build from defence but Dubai win possession back and the move ends with a net. Ireland score just their third net of the quarter such has been Dubai’s dominance and they add another to their large total of points. Great goal for Ireland gives the home crowd something to cheer and when Dubai miss the Irish girls can build from the base line. A sublime long Dubai pass picks out the GS who sinks the final net as they win 65-28.

DAY 3

Match 12 – Scotland 22 v England 78

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Scotland – GS Barrie, GA McCall, WA Fleming, C Morrison, WD Dorricott, GD Antione, GK Scott

England – GS Harris, GA Ruston, WA Williams, C Rattu, WD Standring, GD Roddy, GK Harvey

1st Qtr

England take Centre pass but a loose ball into the area is intercepted by Scotland. England win back and score. Scotland’s WA finds GA well and she scores. England regain the lead through GA and Scotland attack, they move the ball around well but are penalised and England build. A good claim on the line by England’s GS who scores and they quickly add another. England’s shooters combine well for another goal as they take a commanding early lead, adding another after nice build up play. It’s 6-1 before the ball comes to the Scottish GS who nets. England reply immediately. Scotland score with a free shot under the net. England score, Scotland are penalised, good by the English WD, Centre and GA to score. Free shot to England and they put it away. A good pass by the Scottish C picks out GS who nets, 10-4. England’s GK makes a good interception in the area and they build through mid court. Another fine pass into the area results in a goal. Scotland are penalised on the edge of the area. England through mid court but penalised in attack. They regain possession but Scotland pressure earns them a throw in. Scotland score from a free shot. Lovely quick passing around the circle results in another England net before a nice build up from Scotland earns them a penalty shot and they score. England score. England penalised mid court, Scotland get a base line throw but GA is unlucky with her shot which goes out. England build, a lovely ball from the left into GS and she scores. England add another. Scotland attack but England pick up the loose ball. Great ball from WA into GA at the far side of the circle is dispatched superbly. Scotland’s WA finds GA with an equally great pass and she scores. Lovely movement from the English girls ends with Scotland being called for obstruction and England score, they add another to lead 18-7. A Scottish ball into the circle is well claimed by the English GK. Her side break up court and score they attack again but the ball is out but Scotland lose possession and England score. Scotland look to make space but England close them down, at the end of the first it’s 20-7 to England.

2nd Qtr

England Centre pass, GS misses but GA scores with the rebound. England come again but Scotland regain possession and look to build. GS scores for the Scots with a free shot but England immediately are in the attacking circle and score. Scotland look for space around the circle but England pressure them. They win a throw in, England are penalised and Scotland’s GA sinks a lovely shot. The English GS adds to her tally and then the English defence win the ball back. The attack comes to nothing and Scotland look to build again. The pass is long and England have the throw, Scotland win mid court a good ball in by WA but GA has no space, the chance goes begging. England build, a loose pass and Scotland have it. England regain the ball and feed GS, she doesn’t miss many and this one is no exception, neither is the next a few seconds later. England’s GA misses after good interplay between her and WA. Scotland break well and score. A loose pass looking for the English GS goes out but England win back in attack and score. Scotland’s GS scores from the middle of the circle and there is good defence by the Scots but England get the throw and GS adds another. England win in defence, break up court, WA to GS and goal. Good intercept by Scotland’s GK, England throw but they miss the shot. England attack again, lovely finish by GS. Scotland look to build but England give them no time or space. England score. Scotland win mid court and get a free shot which GS puts away. Good move by England and GA scores at the second attempt. England miss but GS scores for her own rebounded shot. England win mid court but are penalised. England call time and GS is replaced. Scotland attack but the ball is long. England build, GS first attempt misses but the Scottish clearance is poor and England attack. They work the ball well and score. GS scores. Half time and England lead 34-12.

3rd Qtr

England attack from the off, C feeds GS to score. Scotland attack but England win in defence and break, lovely between C, WA and GS to score. She quickly adds another before the Scottish girls look to break through the English defence, they lose possession and England stream forward to net again. Lovely shot from the English GS, the ball sits on the rim, thinks about it, then drops through the net. Another for the Roses, Scotland think they have won the ball in defence but are penalised and England score. More fine attacking play from the English to score, GS then misses one but the Scots can’t keep the ball, England win it and score. 43-12. Great ball into England’s GS to score. Scotland can’t get a foothold in this quarter so far. Scotland’s GK is having a torrid time against the English GS who towers above her. She keeps battling away and looks to start off a Scottish attack but it’s loose mid court, England win, break, score. GS with another one. England score. Scotland call time for injury and make a change. Upon the resumption they are penalised and England attack. GA who has been quiet in terms of shooting for a while gets in on the act now. Scotland build, it’s kept in court but they are penalised. Scotland win back, a free shot for GS and she scores. England have really stopped all the service to her. England score, Scotland come forward, the English GK just beats GS in the air but from the throw England regain the ball, break and score. Good English work around the circle and GS takes her chance. She nets again, another lovely clean shot. England score, 54-13. Superb play mid court by England, a killer ball into the area and GS obliged with a goal. England score, Scotland are really on the ropes here, there is very little respite for them but they keep working supremely hard. A rare attack, GS gets the ball and nets just the Scots second point of the quarter. England score. Scotland attack, England’s GK cleans up, they break, GS scores right on time. England lead 58-14.

4th Qtr

Scotland on the attack but penalised. England with the throw in attack, GS claims under the net and scores. England’s shooters link up well for GS to score. Scotland come forward, GS sinks a lovely net. England’s GS back on the scoresheet before the Scots attack, they are having more joy so far this quarter, but England win in defence and break, they are penalised for WA being offside and Scotland build but its short lived as the English win possession mid court, break and score through GS after a miss by GA. England score. Scotland penalised for footwork in attack. Lovely quick English move is completed by a lovely little shot from GA. Scotland get the ball to GS, she wins a free shot and scores. Scotland again, GS again, this is spirited from the Scottish girls. Gorgeous shot adds to England’s tally but Scotland are right back on the attack but it’s win by the English. Lovely work by WA, good ball into GS and England score. They quickly add another, 67-17. Scotland score, they attack again, England don’t clear and GS scores. She is seeing a lot more of the ball in this quarter and it’s paying dividends. They add another before England move the ball about quickly and score. Scotland are penalised for contacting in the circle, England break and GS completes the move. She adds another. Scotland attack but a good interception by the England GK. England score. Good work in the right hand corner of the court and a nice ball into GS for another English net. England miss a chance and Scotland look to build, they get to mid court but England are swarming all over them, they break and score. Another net soon follows. Scotland are working their socks off to contain the English but it’s just wave after wave of quick attacking play. Respite for the Scots as they score but before the applause has stopped England score another. A lovey looping shot from the Scottish GS finds the net, she really is an excellent shooter. England reply immediately, their GS is pretty decent too. Full time and England win 78-22.

A genuinely lovely moment at the end of the match when both teams formed a group huddle in mid court. The heat of battle over, Netballers one and all.

Match 13 – Republic of Ireland 17 v Northern Ireland Development 61

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Republic of Ireland – GS Smyth, GA Simon, WA Fahy, C Lennon, WD Zaiter, GD Conway, GK Johnson

Northern Ireland Development – GS Quinn, GA Thomson, WA Boyle, C McConnell, WD Slater, GD McFarland, GK McCloskey

1st Qtr

NI have Centre pass and the ball into the circle sees GA score after GS misses. ROI attack, WA can’t keep the ball in play but they have the throw but GS can’t take the ball in the area. They get it back though and score. ROI attack again but are penalised and NI look to build. GS nets with her second attempt. NI intercept the ball mid court, good between C and WA for GS to score and lead 3-1. They add another and attack again after ROI concede possession. GS scores. She quickly adds another. ROI attack but the ball is too long for GS. ROI are penalised for footwork and NI break. GA scores with a free shot after ROI are penalised. NI are applying constant pressure onto the ROI defence but their shooting accuracy isn’t up to par early in the match. A lovely pass from WA into GA gives NI another goal and they lead 8-1. It’s soon nine as they break well to add another. ROI GS takes a nice pass and it’s a good shot to score before NI’s attack sees the ball out of court. NI score. Good pass by NI GA to GS and goal. NI GS misses but her shooting partner scores on the rebound. ROI look to come forward, NI penalised mid court, they win a throw, the ball is fed through to GS who scores. NI respond with a good move and fine shot to finish. ROI miss with a free shot and NI break, the ball is easily fed into GS who scores. Good play by NI in attack and a pass from WA finds GS to score. ROI attack is halted for a replayed ball decision. NI take full advantage as they break and score. NI GA feeds GS whose eye is well and truly in now and she scores. NI lead 18-3.

2nd Qtr

NI Centre pass but they are penalised and ROI attack, they score after a fine ball into the area. Great shot from ROI GS to add another before NI respond with a net. Good play between NI C and GA giving GS a chance to score which she takes. ROI look to build from their base line, NI intercept and move up court, GS netting with a good clean shot. NI can’t keep the ball live and it’s out for a ROI throw, they can’t retain possession however and NI steal and score. NI GA misses and is then penalised, ROI move forward, a great pass into GS but she is penalised for footwork. NI attack and GA scores. ROI miss a chance and concede a foul, NI break quickly up court and score, they attack again, a free shot and goal. It’s 25-5. ROI do well in attack and pull a goal back but a lovely shot from NI GS cancels it out almost immediately. NI are penalised mid court, ROI GS has time and space and her shot is a good one as she scores. NI score. GS adds another. A lovely move full court from NI has no end result and ROI look to build, they play it well around the circle and the end shot is good and in. ROI again but the shot is missed and NI win the rebound and break. ROI have possession, some good passing again in attack but the attack breaks down and NI come away with the ball. ROI back in possession, the chance is missed. Half time, NI lead 26-8

3rd Qtr

NI attack and GA scores the first point of the quarter. NI pick up a loose pass mid court but the chance is lost and ROI have possession. NI win back and a good ball is claimed by GS who scores, quickly adding another. Good around the circle by ROI and GS finds the net. NI are immediately back on the attack and score. ROI have the ball on the base line but a poor pass goes out of play and NI feed GS who scores a fine long shot. NI are penalised in attack but the regain the ball mid court. NI are penalised mid court and ROI look to attack. It’s very scrappy at the moment with neither team in total control with their passing. ROI score, NI reply instantly. Good movement down the right from NI brings about a well taken goal before ROI look to attack but the ball is out and NI build. ROI are back in possession but GK does well for NI. ROI try again, a nice little pass by WA to GS and she scores. A good claim by NI GS but she can’t convert and ROI win the rebound. Possession is short lived, NI win back and score. ROI GA scores with a nice shot, NI respond immediately, ROI put together their move of the match and score a lovely goal, it’s 35-13 to NI who quickly add another. NI score. They add another following good approach play. ROI are on the edge of the circle but the final ball is poor and goes out for a NI throw from the base line. A good move down court follows and NI score, GS again. She adds another, her height advantage telling in the area. She claims a high ball agin, misses her shot but GA scores. NI lead 42-13

4th Qtr

NI attack and GS is immediately on the scoresheet. NI’s GK makes a great interception on the edge of the area, they break quickly down the left of court and score. They add another soon after. NI GS scores and her side attack once more, this time GA nets. A great take in the area from ROI GA but she is unlucky with the shot. NI break, free shot and GA scores. NI are penalised mid court. ROI attack comes to nothing and NI bring the ball up court. GS misses but they get another chance and score. A nice move sees NI add another, they have upped their game again this quarter and are attacking with more purpose and accuracy. ROI have an opportunity but the chance is missed, they win it back well however and this time find the net. ROI again and another goal. NI score and pass the 50 point mark. NI win possession mid court and a good ball into the area is dispatched through the net by GS. NI are penalised in attack for replayed ball. They regain possession and score. NI add another, they have dominated the play in this final quarter. ROI have a chance to get back on the scoresheet but it’s missed and NI work the ball through mid court, once more it’s in the GS and she scores. Quickly GS adds another to her and NI’s tally. ROI keep plugging away but they are having little luck in attack, often loose passes costing them possession. NI score, from Centre pass they come again and GS scores. ROI pull one back but NI are back on the attack and score. ROI respond but as with most of the second half of the match NI are on the front foot and score the final net of the match to win 61-17

Match 14 – Switzerland 43 v Gibraltar 27

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Switzerland – GS Learwood, GA Dickinson, WA Coburn, C Gribben, WD Grand d’Hauteville, GD Maier, GK Beesley

Gibraltar – GS Isola, GA Garro, WA Pilcher, C Hemandez A, WD Hemandez C, GD Costa, GK Felipes

1st Qtr

Switzerland take first Centre pass but Gibraltar quickly win possession. Lovely attack by Gibraltar but the first effort on goal is missed. Switzerland attack but the ball is batted away by a Gibraltar defender and they go on the attack and net the first point of the game. Gibraltar attack again, nice work between C and GA but her eye isn’t in yet and the shot is missed. They get another chance and take it. The Swiss attack but Gibraltar win in defence, Switzerland get the ball back but are a little sloppy mid court and Gibraltar have possession. Switzerland are penalised mid court and Gibraltar look to build again. WA and C create a chance for GS and she takes it, Gibraltar lead 3-0. It’s soon four before the Swiss GA records their first point. Gibraltar’s GA finds the net with a customary good shot before the Swiss are penalised in attack. Gibraltar look to build but they too are penalised. Switzerland score as they begin to settle into the game. Gibraltar have started really well and look to continue it with some nice passing around the circle which results in another net. Switzerland are penalised mid court, Gibraltar attack but it comes to nothing and the Swiss build through mid court, C feeds GS who nets, 6-3 to Gibraltar. Lovely passing flowing down court from the Swiss but it grinds to a halt with a penalty to Gibraltar. Their break is concise and they score. Switzerland score. Gibraltar reply, good passing and movement from the Swiss but the shot is missed. The Swiss attack again, this time the ball is just out of GS reach and goes behind for Gibraltar to build. A great shot to score and Gibraltar are on the attack again but are penalised for held ball. The Swiss GA picks out GS with a good pass and she scores. They add another, this has been a good comeback from Switzerland. Gibraltar score, Switzerland attack and the ball flies through the net, lovely shot from GS. Switzerland are penalised for footwork in defence. At the end of the first Gibraltar lead 10-7

2nd Qtr

Switzerland Centre pass and they move the ball about well but Gibraltar intercept, break and GS scores. Gibraltar come forward again and a great shot from GS gives her side another solid start to a quarter. Switzerland lose out in attack and Gibraltar attack, passing the ball well they create a chance and take it, 13-7. Switzerland score their first point and an immediate attack results in a lovely shot flying through the net. Gibraltar miss but Switzerland are penalised but they end up coming away with the ball. Great work by Gibraltar’s GA to keep the ball in play and her shot is accurate. The Swiss go forward now they find the net, its end to end and very entertaining. Gibraltar’s lead, 14-10. Gibraltar are unlucky with a shot that hits the rim, the Swiss get the rebound and good play by WA, GA and GS results in a net. Switzerland miss, the ball is just out so Gibraltar break. This is almost a carbon copy of the first quarter as Switzerland ease their way back into the contest. GS scores and they are within two points. A good Swiss move brings another goal, Gibraltar are penalised in defence and the Swiss are level, 14-14. Good attack by Gibraltar but GA is penalised and the Swiss break quickly to score and lead for the first time. Switzerland draw the foul, get the ball into the area and score at the third attempt. Nice play by Gibraltar and GA scores. Switzerland on the front foot again, GA to GS and goal, 17-15 to the Swiss. Gibraltar get a chance but hit the rim, they get another chance, this time they take it. Switzerland are looking good in attack and GS nets, Gibraltar now and they score. End to end stuff, the Swiss attack and GS sinks another one. Gibraltar penalised for replayed ball, they don’t want to give the Swiss too many free opportunities and they do well to win possession back and score. Switzerland look for a goal before half time but Gibraltar have the ball. Switzerland with a throw, a free shot or pass and they score on the whistle. Half time Switzerland lead 20-18.

3rd Qtr

Switzerland are straight on the front foot and a gorgeous shot starts proceedings. Gibraltar’s GA fires in an equally lovely goal before the Swiss GS scores with a free shot. Switzerland attack again but good defence from GK holds them up, they get the throw in and make the most of it with a goal. GS nets another as the Swiss extend their lead to five points before Gibraltar pull one back. Switzerland score. They win possession in defence and look to attack but they miss the chance. They have a goal line throw and GS scores when the ball comes to her. Gibraltar are sloppy mid court, Switzerland steal the ball and score to lead by seven. Gibraltar’s attack comes to nothing as does Switzerland’s when they are penalised. Gibraltar move forward through mid court but the Swiss win back, GA feeds GS to score, 28-20. Switzerland are penalised for replayed ball but Gibraltar can’t capitalise and the Swiss are back in control, GS misses but GA doesn’t from a free shot. Switzerland’s GK makes a fine interception, they break well and score, quickly adding another, they lead 31-20. Gibraltar need a big few minutes but it’s not looking likely as the Swiss score again. Switzerland miss after their GS takes a heavy tumble. She’s fine though and moments later puts the ball through the net, her side lead by 13. A great shot that will hopefully give Gibraltar a lift but the Swiss attack only to be stopped by the Gibraltar defence. Switzerland come again, Gibraltar claim the ball but the attack comes to nothing. They try once more, this time they miss and Switzerland build from the base line. Gibraltar win in defence and they break to score with a free shot. They grab another just on the whistle but at the end of the third Switzerland lead 33-23.

4th Qtr

Switzerland attack from Centre pass and net the first goal of the quarter. They quickly add a second and with their Centre pass look to open up an unassailable gap. Gibraltar regain possession though and break well but there is no end result. Lovely passing from Switzerland and a great finish see them lead by 13. Gibraltar are penalised for footwork, now the Swiss are penalised. Gibraltar attack but the Swiss regain possession, a good ball into the area and they score on the rebound. Gibraltar attack, the final ball is lacking and Switzerland clear the danger. Switzerland score. Another Swiss chance, another Swiss goal. Gibraltar look tired, they haven’t started in this quarter as the Swiss pile on the goals to lead 40-23. The Swiss come again and net with a neat finish. They add another. Gibraltar attack but it’s too easy an interception for the Swiss defence. The play is slightly scrappy mid court but Gibraltar get a look at goal but the ball hits the rim. They have a throw, neat around the circle but the Swiss come away with possession. Gibraltar win in defence and attack through mid court, they pass it well and WA finds GS to score their first of the quarter. Gibraltar are penalised mid court, they win it back and a lovely shot sees them score, that’s better from them. Switzerland attack, they score. Switzerland are penalised for footwork, Gibraltar get a free shot and GA scores. Gibraltar again, looking to finish with a flourish but the Swiss win in defence, break but miss and Gibraltar win the rebound. GS does very well to keep the ball live and Gibraltar score. Switzerland win 43-27.

Match 15 – Northern Ireland 37 v Wales 46

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Northern Ireland – GS Coleman, GA Fitzpatrick, WA Mills, C Reel, WD Blakey, GD Magee, GK Walshe

Wales – GS Evans, GA Lane, WA Watts, C Begley, WD Davies, GD Gareh, GK Morgan

1st Qtr

Northern Ireland get the match underway, GA with the first shot and she scores. Wales reply, it’s not greeted by quite as much noise in the arena. Good round the circle by Ireland, WA drops a little pass for GS and GA scores. Wales response is quick and they are level, Wales attack, C supplies GS and it’s a confident finish to score. Ireland attack but Wales get the throw deep in the Irish defensive third. A good move and even better shot sees the Welsh lead by 4-2. Ireland are busy in attack and another lovely shot from GA before the Welsh respond with a net of their own. Fantastic long pass by Ireland’s Centre to GA and she scores. Wales score, Ireland are on their game and look good coming forward, they score. Welsh GS gets a free shot and she makes it look easy. Ireland on the attack, its breathless stuff, WA to GA and a miss but they score on the rebound. Wales miss, Ireland have the ball in defence, they move forward steadily, GS has a sight of the net but her shot misses. Wales through mid court, great ball by GA to GS and she scores. The Welsh lead is two, Ireland cut that to one, all four shooters looking sharp. Wales score, Ireland get the ball into GS and she makes no mistake. Ireland on the attack again, GS to level but it’s not given, held ball. Wales attack and score, fine margins in this game. Wales attack, that’s excellent into the circle and they score. Ireland push forward, it’s all very frenetic, the chance isn’t forthcoming. Wales build, they are a bit steadier in their approach, Ireland think they have intercepted but it’s a penalty and Wales score to lead by four. Ireland attack but Centre is offside, fractionally. Ireland are penalised mid court, Wales probe, they draw the foul and score. Wales lead 13-8. A good take by the Welsh GS and even better shot to score. Ireland attack, GA misses but they get another chance and score. Good work by the Welsh Centre and GA brings another goal. Ireland attack and grab a net just before the whistle. At the interval Wales lead 15-10.

2nd Qtr

Northern Ireland with the first attack, but GA is unlucky and Wales break but GS misses. Ireland from the base line, Wales have possession back. Ireland are penalised mid court, the ball is fed into the circle and Wales score. Ireland attack, lovely play in and around the area and they score a lovely goal. Can Ireland get up a head of steam. They attack but Wales have the ball. The Welsh C’s ball is just too long. Ireland build, its in the area, its through the net, lovely goal. Wales GA responds with a cool finish. Ireland’s GA finds the net once more, the Welsh GS misses and Ireland break. Wales back in possession, GS with a long shot hits the rim but they score with a follow up. Ireland have a free shot and the chance is taken. Wales come again, GA misses then is penalised. Ireland build, just four in it, Wales get the shot, the deficit cut to three. Ireland have possession, the shot is missed and Wales break but great work from the Irish GD to intercept. Great take in the area for Ireland, free shot, and goal. Ireland win in defence, through mid court they move, penalty to Ireland, ball in the area and they score. Ireland attack again, this is superb for the Irish, they are level, 18-18. Wales attack, they regain the lead. Ireland on their way up court, ball into the area, free shot and lovely finish to level. Wales calm things down, GS misses but scores on the follow up. Ireland miss, they don’t with the free shot, wonderful finish under pressure. Wales attack but Ireland get the decision and build from the back, it comes to nothing. Wales come forward and score, back in the lead. Ireland have a free shot and they score. Good work by both Irish shooters. Wales are penalised in attack, the Irish attack, a minute left, Ireland are penalised and Wales look to build but Ireland regain possession. It’s with the Welsh again, GA so unlucky, the ball looked to be in but didn’t drop. They get another go, it drops this time. Half time and Wales lead by 22-21.

3rd Qtr

Wales have Centre pass and GA fires in a tremendous shot. Ireland attack, free shot and GA scores. Lovely goal for Wales before Ireland launch an attack. It’s good by the Welsh defence and they have the throw. Ireland come again but the ball by GA is long. Wales build quickly, they score from a free shot, more Welsh pressure, the first shot is missed but the follow up isn’t and they are back to a four point lead. Ireland’s GS misses but GA gets the next effort in. Ireland attack but they are penalised and Wales build. A loose pass sees Ireland back on the front foot but they are penalised. Lovely are oh dear the area from the Welsh and they take the chance well. Good in attack by Ireland and a goal. Wales have upped their game and are looking bright in attack, they score another. Ireland are penalised for contacting and Wales move through mid court initially they miss but don’t at the second time of asking. Ireland look to build from defence, a great ball to pick out GA and she scores. Ireland get a penalty mid court, the shot is missed and Wales win the rebound, break and score. Superb play from Wales, only the finish was lacking there but they win possession back, score, and lead by six points. The Welsh C is penalised mid court, can Ireland make the most of this? No they can’t, Wales build and score. They add another quickly. Ireland need something big now and they start with a good move but GA puts her hands to her head as she misses. Wales score, they move it around well and score to lead 35-25. Another good Welsh move and goal. Ireland attack and a good goal from GS. Ireland again, good around the area, but the shot is missed. Ireland are tenacious in winning the ball back and they score. Wales attack, they miss and Ireland have the rebound. The Irish GA feeds GS who scores, Ireland again and another goal, deficit cut to seven points. Wales lead 36-29.

4th Qtr

Northern Ireland attack, good ball out wide, free shot awarded and they score. Wales lose the ball mid court, Ireland with the throw, lovely ball into the area and a goal, good start for Ireland. They score a third without reply, lead down to four. Wales GA with a lovely calm finish. Wales have the throw, they move it well in attack and GA scores, they quickly add another. Good response from Wales. Ireland are in the area and the shot is a good one. Wales attack, they have a throw, the Irish C is penalised and Wales make it count. Ireland miss a chance and are then penalised. They get possession back though but it comes to nothing and Wales have the ball in defence. Ireland are fighting for everything but Wales keep the ball well until GK makes a timely interception. Ireland score, it’s still seven points in it though. Wales come forward, pass it well around the area and draw the foul. Lovely take by the Welsh GA and just as good a finish. Wales attack, they score to lead by nine, that soon becomes ten, 43-33. Wales miss and are penalised. They win the ball back but a loose pass means it back with the Irish girls. A good move up the left hand side then a free shot and goal. Ireland attack again, the ball is just kept in but falls into Welsh hands. Ireland do well in defence. Wales make a change in GA and come forward, GS scores. Ireland score. The Welsh continue to attack but Ireland come away with the ball and score. Ireland are penalised for footwork in defence. Ireland attack, they work the ball around well but it’s fumbled. They attack again and grab a goal. Wales attack, can they get one more before time – they do thorough their GS. It’s all over, Wales win 46-37.

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World Youth Cup Qualifiers – Cardiff 2016

 

 

WALES 41 vs SCOTLAND 61

7 October 2016

Wales – Hitchings, James, Llewelyn, Dyke, Powell, Davies and Thomas.

Scotland – Goodwin, McCall, Boyle, Sutherland, Eynon, Edgar & Tait

Hosts Wales opened the Netball Europe World Youth Cup Qualifiers in front of a large crowd of home supporters against a Scottish side who were not short of support themselves. With England clear favourites to finish first over the weekend this was always going to be an important match for both sides.

A great take by Welsh Goal Shooter Hitchings in the D resulted in the first point of the game but a lovely shot from the Scottish Goal Attack Niamh McCall soon levels things up. Some crisp and accurate Welsh passing and good link up between Goal Shooter and Goal Attack James sees Wales regain the lead. Both sides have started well and lovely build up play sees Scotland score. It’s end to end as Wales attack next and a fine pass from Wing Attack into Goal Shooter results in another net. It gets better for the hosts when they turnover possession and open up a 4-2 advantage. Wales look to press but the Scottish girls work well to intercept mid court and the subsequent attack leads to a well taken goal. Wales launch a long pass towards the D but it goes out of play giving Scotland the chance to build from the base line. Goal Shooter Beth Goodwin misses her first effort but is first to the rebound and makes no mistake with the second shot to level the game up. Wales attack but once again the pass is too long giving the Scots the opportunity to build an attack. They don’t waste it either as they take the lead for the first time in the match. Goodwin is on the spot again to add another. Superb Welsh play around the D isn’t rewarded when Hitchings misses and is then penalised. They quickly win the ball back and this time James finds the net with a good finish. The Scots reply and when their Goal Defence makes a great interception in the D they attack with purpose again and find the net. Another Goodwin goal as Scotland look to take the upper hand, they lead by four points but Wales backed superbly by their supporters come back strongly with three quick goals, the third of which follows a fantastic long pass from Wing Attack into Chloe James. Scotland are in no mood to relinquish their lead and lovely play is finished off by Goal Shooter Goodwin before they turnover possession again to score, quickly adding a third without reply. Wales pull one back but a great long shot from Scotland sails through the net. As the quarter comes towards its conclusion both sides miss opportunities before Hitchings scores for the Welsh. The last significant action however is from the Scottish side who add another just before the whistle to lead by four goals, 14-10

Scotland are quick to add to their lead as the second quarter begins but a good break sees the Welsh hit back immediately and they add a second soon after. A fast start by the home nation sees them add a third goal to reduce the lead to just two but a quick double strike from Scotland puts pay to any hopes the Welsh have of wiping out the deficit. Scotland add another before the Welsh Wing Attack Sarah Llewelyn puts in another great long pass and they score. Scotland lose the ball mid court but frustratingly for Wales they give it straight back and the Scots break through mid court to score. Wales are unlucky not to cut out a forward pass from Scotland in mid court which results in a goal. The Scots are playing superbly well and showing a determination and positive approach which is paying dividends as great play by Wing Attack and Goal Shooter sees them extend their lead to seven points. The teams exchange two goals each before Wales turnover possession and score. Scotland are penalised mid court but Wales can’t make it count as the long ball tactic doesn’t quite come off and the ball flies out of play. The Welsh cone forward again but are penalised in attack this time, Scotland make the most of their chance and a gorgeous shot from McCall finds the target. Another turnover and Scotland score, they add another. Wales are caught offside, Scotland Attack and a lovely little dunked pass from Centre into Goal Shooter sees Goodwin make no mistake. Scotland come again, Wales intercept but the Scottish girls are chasing every ball, they win it back, break well and score. Some magnificent play from Scotland sees the Welsh looking to be in trouble as the Thistle Army cheer their side on to a 13 point advantage. Wales pull a much needed goal back but the Scots have dominated this quarter and they end it with a three goal flurry, the last of which is a great shot from Goodwin. At half time Scotland lead their Welsh hosts 33-18 having taken the second quarter 19-8.

Wales make changes as the third quarter begins in an effort to get back into the game with Walker-Jones on as GK, Leila Thomas as GD, Fern Davies to WD, Lowri Jenkins to C, Beth Johnson as WA, Sarah Llewelyn to GA. It’s Scotland who make the first in roads however before good Welsh work in attack leads to a goal. After exchanging a net each great work by Walker-Jones stops Scotland in their tracks but the tenacious Scots win possession back mid court and create a chance which is taken. Wales continue to view the long ball into the D as their best option but once again it’s a little too heavy and goes out of play. This gives the Scottish girls chance to build but this time they miss and Wales break, some lovely work around the D and Llewelyn scores her first point. Two quick goals and a turnover see Scotland increase their advantage once more. Wales look more settled this period and some great passing and moving in the build up leads to a loudly cheered Welsh goal. They attack again, another direct pass into the D sees two Scottish defenders and Goal Shooter Hitchings make heavy contact with the post. No injuries incurred thankfully and from the resulting penalty Hitchings scores. An even spell of play continues with two goals exchanged by each side in this highly entertaining encounter. Scotland try a long pass into the area but it’s easily cut out by Walker-Jones who sets her team on a counter attack which results in a well taken net. This time the Welsh long pass is excellent as it finds Goal Shooter stood on her own but agonisingly for the home support she misses. Scotland build well from the base line but the attack comes to nothing as Wales win it back but the long pass is easy for the Scottish Goal Keeper Tait. A goal apiece before the Scots win possession in defence, break quickly and score. This time the Welsh long pass is executed brilliantly and when they turnover the ball and the Scottish Goal Defence is penalised they net again. Another Welsh goal as they look desperately to get themselves back into this contest but Scotland have a steely determination not to let this go and they continue to pass the ball around well in mid court which creates chances that shooters Goodwin and McCall are happy to accept. The Welsh are giving their all to cut that deficit and as the quarter comes to an end there hasn’t been much to chose between them in this fifteen minutes as Wales edge it 14-13 but Scotland still lead by 14 points, 46-32.

Great play by Scotland in the build up results in a miss but the goal is scored on the rebound as the Scots begin the final quarter on the front foot. They attack again but the chance is missed and they are penalised in attack. A lovely shot from Llewelyn finds the Welsh net before another good interception from their Goal Keeper sets them on a break up court which ends with a goal. Good stuff from Wales but Scotland respond when a lovely pass from Centre into Goal Shooter Goodwin results in a goal. A net each follows before a Scottish interception gives them chance to break well and the opportunity is finished with a good shot. Wales attack, the ball is long, Scotland capitalise again with a goal. Lovely play by the Scottish attack in and around the D results in another net as the Scots are on a roll and soon add another. Wales score but a lovely pass from Wing Attack into Goal Shooter gives Scotland another point. Wales are passing the ball well and still creating chances, some good finishing from fourth quarter substitute Eve Wright keeps their efforts at picking away at the Scottish lead going but the side from north of the border are in no mood to surrender the advantage they have worked so hard to build and maintain. Scotland aren’t having it all their own way in attack as good Welsh defensive pressure forces them to put the ball out of play but the attack by Wales is broken up mid court as Scotland win possession and move into attack well to score. Wales score, they look to add another but once again the superb Scottish mid court play stops them and they break to score. Wales cone back, the crowd still with them, and the goal is met with loud applause. As the seconds tick down to full time the Scots end with a flourish as they score twice and take the match by a very impressive twenty point margin. They take the final quarter 15-9 to win the match 61-41.

Fantastic performance by Scotland to get their tournament off to the perfect start before facing the old enemy England next. For Wales a definite set back which makes their second match against Northern Ireland huge for them. The final stats show how well Scotland defended their area, Wales scored 83.7% of their shots, 41 out of 49 whilst Scotland had 72 attempts on goal with the unchanged Goodwin and McCall netting 84.7%

ENGLAND 101 vs NORTHERN IRELAND 26

7 October 2016

England – Clinton, Semple, Darroch, Marshall, Hollingworth, Williams (C), Artman

Northern Ireland – Moore, Magee E, McCammon, Gibson, Magee M, Lewis (C), McCulloch

England launch their first attack and as the final pass arrives with Goal Shooter Clinton she puts it away quickly followed by a second, this time from shooting partner Semple. Ireland lose possession mid court and the English make them pay, quickly adding another to lead 4-0 with barely 90 seconds gone. Clinton adds another before England are penalised mid court giving Northern Ireland the chance to launch their first meaningful attack which is well finished by Moore at Goal Shooter. Englands Goal Keeper Artman has to be on her toes to make a good interception as Ireland press forward again, her pass forward leads to a quick, crisp passing move which is finished off by Clinton. A lovely long shot from Semple sees England extend their lead before the Irish enjoy a good little spell scoring twice. A good English attack is finished well and as happens so often with England they get onto a roll, scoring ten nets without reply. Some tremendous passing and moving from the English girls make the game look so easy. Lovely interplay between Wing Attack, Goal Shooter and Goal Attack is finished superbly by Semple. The shooters are both in fine form and their extra height, particularly Clinton’s over the Irish defence makes life tough for the Northern Ireland back line but as is always the Irish way they battle away superbly. Some great long shooting from Semple is the highlight of England’s ten goal flurry before the Irish build well from the base line following an over hit England pass and score a good goal. England respond with a quick fire double before a loose pass from the Irish gifts England possession. They are sloppy on this occasion however allowing Northern Ireland to win it back. A lovely long ball into the D finds its target and Ireland score. It’s the last scoring chance for the Irish girls as England finish the quarter how they began with a quick fire four goals. At the interval they lead 26-5.

Amy Carter (WD) and George Fisher (GS) cone on for England but it’s Northern Ireland with the first attack but the ball is out of play. England attack and Fisher gets her first goal of the match before a lovely pass into the D isn’t rewarded as Ireland miss the shot. England build from the base line, more crisp and incisive passing, to score. Ireland have started well but patient build up lacks an end reward when England steal possession and the speedy move down court is completed by the Goal Shooter. A long ball from the wing is well claimed by Fisher to score before nice play from Ireland results in their first net of the quarter. England Goal Attack Semple fires in another fantastic long shot but Ireland respond immediately. More fine Irish build up play follows but the final pass is long and out of court. It’s a pretty even period of play as the sides exchange goals, Northern Ireland looking much more confident, and a great pass into the D ends with a well taken goal. Semple produces another great shot to score and Ireland press forward adding to their tally. More nice Irish play in attack follows but this time the chance is missed and England break well to score. They quickly add two more nets before the Irish reply. England score but Ireland give away a sloppy pass, something you cannot afford to do against England, and its punished. England are penalised in attack, Ireland build through mid court but the move is intercepted and a brisk attack sees Semple add to her already impressive stats. Great interplay between Goal Attack and Goal Shooter gives the English another goal and they add three more before an audacious flick back pass over her own head by Semple, a wonderful bit of skill, gives Fisher the chance to score. She doesn’t miss. Northern Ireland build well and score but it’s England who close out the first half of the match with another run of 4 goals without reply sees them take the second quarter 25-9 and lead the match 51-14.

England introduce Oyesola and Quashie in defence, Carter moves to Wing Attack and Reed replaces Semple at Goal Attack. For Northern Ireland Cartmill, Copeland and Crosbie cone in with McCambridge in Wing Attack. The third starts well for the English with three nets scored without reply before Ireland are stopped in attack by the strong England defence. Another four goals follow as England look to dominate the quarter from the start. Some great build up play and lovely shot sees Ireland notch their first point of the quarter but a quick English attack results in an immediate response. Northern Ireland’s Goal Attack is penalised for contacting allowing England to build from the back and score. Great passing in and around the D gives Fisher another simply completed chance before Goal Shooter Moore responds for the Irish. England go on another fabulous run of scoring with 12 chances converted without reply. The passing, movement, speed and finishing are a pleasure to watch but brutal if you are playing against it. Ireland have no answer, interceptions are met by an England hand, the English attack find the spaces and final passes to the shooters that they need and the defence hold firm from any Irish attacking play. The momentum is finally broken by a great Irish interception, the subsequent break results in a good goal from Moore before they add a second soon after. With an exchange of nets to end the period England take the quarter 26-5 to lead 77-19.

Positional changes and the re-introduction again of Clinton and Darroch for England as the supporters look on to see if they can crack that landmark 100 point tally. Clinton is back on the mark immediately with a goal before Northern Ireland are unlucky when a shot hits the rim from distance. A lovely England move down the left sees the ball fed in and is finished by Goal Attack. The sides exchange two nets each before the English defence intercepts the Irish Wing Attack’s pass into the area. They break and score through Clinton who next fires in a lovely goal. Northern Ireland are forced into a change through injury at Wing Attack whilst England continue about their business with two more quick fire goals. Sublime play from Darroch at Wing Attack as she offloads the ball before running on to take the return and fire the ball into Clinton at great speed to score. England are edging ever closer to the 100 goal mark but Ireland enjoy some neat possession to hold England up. They pass the ball around well before finding the net. Three more English goals, into the 90’s now. Ireland score, England respond with five goals as the clock ticks down. Northern Ireland do well to win the ball mid court, England get it back but only briefly and good Irish passing results in a well taken goal. A goal each, England are penalised but they win it back and a lovely Clinton goal marks point 98. She scores again before having to come off with a minor foot injury. George Fisher is the replacement and she takes the honour of scoring England’s 100th goal of the game, the score board can’t cope as it sticks on 99!! Ireland notch their final point of the match but last word to England as they score on the whistle. They take the final quarter 24-7 and win the match by a magnificent 101-26.

A fine start by the pre tournament favourites. Northern Ireland always knew that their main focus would be on the Wales and Scotland matches to follow. Day Two’s match against the Welsh would be massive for both sides……

WALES 56 vs NORTHERN IRELAND 33

8 October 2016

Wales – GK Walker-Jones GD Davies WD Powell C Jenkins WA Johnson GA Llewelyn GS Hitchings

Northern Ireland – GK McCullough GD Lewis WD M. Magee C McCambridge WA McCammon GA E.Magee GS Moore

The two defeated teams from Day 1 met in a crucial match, the winners would still be in with a shot at 2nd place. Wales came flying out the traps backed as usual by a large and vocal crowd. Good work around the D created a chance for Goal Shooter Hitchings to score and when Northern Ireland launch their first attack of the game the Welsh girls defend well with Goal Keeper Walker-Jones intercepting the final pass. A quick Welsh break up court is wasted when the shot is missed but once again the Welsh Goal Keeper is first to the final pass to make an interception. A lovely move involving Jenkins, Llewelyn and Johnson results in a ball into Hitchings to give the Welsh a 2-0 lead. She soon adds a third as Wales look to stamp their early authority on the match. The Welsh are sharp in defence and cut out another Irish attack, this time it’s Goal Defence Davies who gets to the ball first. A lovely pass into Goal Attack Llewelyn gives the home support another goal to cheer before some nice combination play between GA and GS results in the latter giving Wales a 5-0 lead. Northern Ireland need to battle back quickly and they secure their first point with a well taken goal. They attack again but the Welsh Goal Keeper is having a tremendous start to the match as she intercepts again. Only a fumble in attack gifts the ball back to the Irish girls who break well and score. The Irish have begun to settle and a nice passing move ends with Moore scoring. She adds another after a tremendous claim in the D and with their tails up Ireland is level at 5-5 with a deft shot. A Welsh long ball goes out of court but they do well to win possession back mid court and create a chance which Goal Attack snaps up. Wales are penalised in attack and the Irish build but frustratingly are penalised for footwork giving Wales the chance to break up court but the chance is missed and the ball is back in Irish hands. A lovely move results in Northern Ireland levelling the score before the teams exchange another goal each. Wales look to get back in front but a great interception by the Irish Goal Keeper McCullough stops them and gives her side a chance to attack but they are penalised. Wales push forward and score with the Irish GK on the ground injured. She can’t continue and leaves the court in some distress. Upon the resumption the Irish attack but Welsh GK Walker-Jones is again first to the final ball into the D. From the subsequent break Hitchings nets another. When Ireland lose possession in attack a lovely flowing full court move from Wales ends with a well taken goal to which Northern Ireland are quick to reply. The sides score another goal each and with seconds left some lovely play from the Welsh GS and WA Johnson give GS Hitchings the final point of the quarter. It’s an important one too as it gives Wales a three point lead, 12-9.

Northern Ireland make changes as the second quarter begins Copeland at WD, Lewis at GK, M Magee to GD and Smith GA. Wales are fist on the attack but are penalised and Northern Ireland build. Wales win the ball back and break quickly to score. A nice passing sequence through mid court sees Ireland score but Wales respond immediately. A lovely pass into the D is finished well by Smith at Goal Attack before a good take in the area from the Welsh Goal Shooter sees her add to her personal tally. It’s an even start to this period as the sides exchange another two nets each before Wales break the sequence and score after turning over possession mid court. They lead by five. A Welsh attack comes to nothing when the ball goes out of play and Northern Ireland build patiently and are rewarded with a goal. They are in search of another net but the pass from WA is just a little over hit and the ball is out of court. A Welsh throw from the sideline sees a lovely ball into the area and GS Hitchings again makes no mistake. Some nice link up play between Irish GA Smith and GS Moore results in the latter scoring before the Welsh intercept an Irish pass mid court and break very smartly to score. They add another before a lovely flowing Irish move the length of the court is rightly rewarded with a goal. Now it’s Ireland’s turn to add another quickly. A great long pass from Wales GD Davies into the area results in a goal but Northern Ireland are enjoying a fine spell and two quick goals see them cut the deficit back to three points. The Welsh attack are looking for space but the Irish are doing well to deny them any but a lovely ball into the D results in a goal. Ireland look to push forward again but are penalised mid court and Wales take full advantage when a good take from Hitchings under the net is finished off at the second attempt. Seconds remaining, the ball with Wales, and a gorgeous long shot flies through the net to signal the end of the first half. Wales take the quarter 13-10 to lead the match 25-19.

Wales make two changes for the start of the third quarter, Dyke on at Centre and Wright on at Goal Shooter. For the Irish it’s Gibson at WA, Crosbie WD. The Welsh are first to score and quickly get a second following an excellent pass into the area. Northern Ireland are penalised in attack and great play around the D gives Wright the chance to score for Wales. They add another, not the start that Northern Ireland were looking for at the start of the crucial third quarter. The Irish girls are not short of effort and resilience and they attack with purpose but the ball is out of play giving Wales chance to build an attack which they duly dispatch. Some lovely link up play between the Welsh WA, C and GA give Llewelyn a finely crafted goal before Northern Ireland put their first point of the quarter on the score board. As Ireland settle the sides exchange two nets apiece, a spell that includes some sloppy passing from both. Wales add another before a lovely ball into the area sees Ireland find the net. It’s Wales who then enjoy a dominant spell as the quarter ticks down to its conclusion. Northern Ireland miss a couple of chances but the Welsh finishing, that of GS Wright in particular, is sharp and accurate although they do miss with their last effort of the quarter. It’s been a good one for Wales though; they take it 13-4 to lead the match 38-23.

Northern Ireland bring on Copeland at GK, Lewis at GD, McCammon WA and Magee back at GA. For Wales Thomas replaces Walker-Jones at GK. Northern Ireland are penalised for held ball which gives Wales the chance to get the quarter off to a good start. Great work by Welsh GA Llewelyn to keep the ball in play is rewarded when Eve Wright, whose extra height has been a constant source of trouble for the Irish, scores. They add another before a lovely pass from the Irish Centre into Goal Shooter ends with a well taken net. The sides exchange a goal apiece before concentrated Welsh pressure pays dividends with a run of eight goals without reply. Wright is having a field day at GS as nothing runs for Northern Ireland in attack, penalised when in good positions or missing the target when they get a shot away. When they do break the Welsh dominating sequence it’s a more even spell as they score two nets each before Wales add a quick double, the second following a good claim in the area from GS Wright. Northern Ireland continue to probe but the Welsh defence have looked pretty solid for much of the game and a timely interception from Powell at WD sets her side on their way once more, only to be penalised in attack this time. A lovely move through mid court results in an Irish goal before Wales make a change at Wing Defence. A perfectly weighted ball into the area gives the Irish GS Moore a goal and she has another chance soon after but misses and is then penalised. Wales break well up court to score before adding another, a run that sees a further two nets for each side. Northern Ireland score again but the last action of the match sees a Welsh goal. As the whistle brings the match to a close the host nation take the quarter 18-10 to win the match 56-33. Some very good moments from Northern Ireland but overall the Welsh were very good value for their victory and will give them heart going into the England match on Day 3.

ENGLAND 81 vs SCOTLAND 24

8 October 2016

England – GS Fisher, GA Semple, WA Darroch, C Marshall, WD Hollingworth, GD Williams, GK Artman

Scotland – GS Goodwin, GA McCall, WA Boyle, C Eynon, WD Edgar, GD Sutherland (c), GK Tait

After their excellent first match win over Wales the Scottish girls would have gone into this game with a sense of confidence and safe in the knowledge that a win in this game or the Northern Ireland match to follow would probably secure second spot in the tournament. England meanwhile would be looking to carry in from where they left off against the Irish. For England George Fisher replaced Amy Clinton who was receiving treatment for a minor injury just before the start.

England Goal Attack Semple was first to score before some nice crisp passing around the D saw Scotland level through Beth Goodwin. Fisher claimed her first net for England and when the English girls win possession mid court it takes some fine defending to stop them creating a chance. The Scots build well from the base line and Goodwin nets again to leave the early exchanges locked at 2-2. A great pass from Wing Attack Darroch into Fisher regains the lead for the Roses and when Scotland put the ball out if play England build again with Semple missing her first shot but accepting the rebound gratefully. England begin to get into their stride as Fisher scores again before nice approach work from the Scottish girls results in a well taken net. England win possession mid court through good work from Centre Marshall and the attack is rounded off with a well worked goal. A great ball into the D and Fisher adds to her tally before some fine combination play between Centre, Goal Attack and Goal Shooter results in an English goal. Scotland aren’t helped when their Goal Defence and Captain Sutherland is penalised and England take full advantage. More excellent combination work in attack, this time from Scotland gives them a goal but the English soon strike back and with the aid of a couple of turnovers net four times without reply. They lead 17-4 and already the Scottish girls are facing an uphill climb. England become a little ragged when a long pass has too much on it for Fisher to reach and then they are penalised in attack. They quickly win the ball back but miss the chance and the Scots claim the rebound. England win it back in defence, break quickly and score before adding two more. With seconds remaining a net from Scotland is very welcome but at the end of the quarter England are ominously poised with a lead 20-6.

Grant and McDonald come on for Scotland at Wing Defence and Wing Attack respectively. England introduce Oyesola at Wing Defence. England’s Semple is unlucky with a long shot and Scotland break but great pressing by England forces the Scottish centre into a held ball penalty. England break quickly and score before a lovely shot from Goodwin finds the net for Scotland. That’s about as good as it would get for the Scottish girls in this quarter as England set about closing them down and shutting out any attacking play the Scots try to muster. Goodwin is continually forced out of the D by the English defence thereby reducing her effectiveness considerably. In attack England continue to play fluent, incisive Netball. Three quick goals start proceedings off for England before a loose Scottish pass mid court presents Goal Attack Semple with an easy chance. Another English goal before a lovely Scottish move that sees Goodwin do well to keep the ball in but when the chance is presented to her shooting partner she can’t find the target and England claim the rebound, break quickly and score. A loose pass sees Scotland with possession but such is the pressure from the English defence that they make an error and the ball goes out of court. England add three goals before Scotland look to build, this time Wing Defence Oyesola stops them in their tracks. Her pass forward sets England on their way and another point is added to the score sheet. Six more goals follow with Fisher and Semple being given far too much space and time in the D. The final goal being the best as a long pass is superbly kept in play by Fisher who somehow hooks the ball back for Semple to finish, a fantastic goal. Scotland continue to work hard and are finally rewarded with a goal from Goodwin, greeted enthusiastically by the Scottish support. The quarter finishes with three more goals for England and Scotland needing to address their defence. England take the quarter 23-3 and lead at half time 43-9.

England introduce Clinton and Reed as their new look attack with Oyesola moving to Goal Defence and Hollingworth to Wing Defence. For Scotland Boyle and McDonald come on. It doesn’t take long for Clinton at Goal Shooter to find the net before a nice move from Scotland brings them a goal. Good play from Wing Attack and Goal Shooter see England add another as the pattern from the last quarter continues. Reed nets her first goal and is soon followed by a second. Great play in attack sees Scotland back on the score sheet before a slick England move ends with the inevitable goal. Scotland are producing much better quality in attack and they are rewarded with two fine goals. They threaten a third but England’s defence intercepts. A long pass evades Goodwin who is still being forced out of the D by England as often as they can. Scotland are trying to put pressure on Clinton, Reed and Darroch with some physical play but the England girls hold firm and continue to create chances and find the net. A loose pass runs across the front of the D and it’s grabbed by Clinton who turns and scores before Scotland find the net. Lovely play by England finds Clinton who shapes to shoot but lays the ball off instead, it doesn’t work as the pass lands in Scottish hands, they break well and score. Two goals for England before a fantastic Scottish Goal after great work in and around the D. Darroch and Reed combine well again for another goal before the English add two more. Scotland to their full credit continue to probe when they get the chance and a great long pass into the area results in another goal. The sides exchange a goal each before a lovely move involving England’s Centre and Wing Attack create a chance that Clinton doesn’t miss. As the quarter comes to an end the Scotland Wing Defence is cautioned for persistent infringement. The final significant action sees England score to take the period 18-9 and lead the match 61-18.

England make many changes including Fisher back on at Goal Shooter while for Scotland Sutherland moves to Centre. It’s a tight start and Scotland are first with a good attack but the chance is missed. England build well and Reed finds the net before a great pass from Centre into Goal Shooter adds another. Goodwin nets for Scotland before England add three without reply. The sides then exchange two goals each before lovely slick, quick passing ends with a Reed finish. Scotland do well to win possession mid court and score as the game flows from end to end, Scotland often meeting the wall of English defenders but when they manage to create space for themselves they finish well. England go off on another run of goals without reply to end the match. They score five to see the game out, both Reed and Fisher benefiting from fine build up play from England in mid court. They take the last period 20-6 and win the match by a very impressive 81-24.

The win means something incredible would need to happen in their last match for the English girls to not take top spot, a defeat would be one thing but the goal difference swing would be virtually impossible to achieve. For Scotland a strong performance against Northern Ireland should be enough to take second spot and complete a more than satisfactory weekend.

WALES 18 vs ENGLAND 88

9 October 2016

Wales – GS Hitchings, GA James, WA Llewelyn, C Jenkins, WD Powell, GD Davies, GK Walker-Jones

England – GS Fisher, GA Reed, WA Darroch, C Marshall, WD Oyesola, GD Williams, GK Artman

England took to the court looking for a clean sweep in a competition they had so far dominated. Host nation Wales, as usual backed by a large, noisy crowd knew that only a victory would give them a chance to take second place off of Scotland in the final rankings.

England took the first Centre pass and Fisher duly found the net. Wales’s first attack is penalised but England waste possession when the pass flies out of court. Good work around the area and a nice little pass in sees GS Hitchings score for Wales before lovely link up play between Marshall, Darroch and Fisher result in an English net. A lovely shot sees Wales level again, much to the delight of the home support. England are penalised mid court, Wales attack but the English defence stands firm. A great interception from Davies at GD stops England but it’s a scrappy start as England, yet to get fully into their stride, give the ball away again. When they win it back they score to lead. Both defences need to be sharp in a very competitive start to the match. The Welsh are fighting for every ball and the supporters are appreciating their efforts with plenty of encouragement. Good work mid court from Centre Gabby Marshall results in Reed at GA scoring for England and her shooting partner Fisher adds to the total soon after. A long Welsh pass looking for a shooter in the area goes out and England build, Fisher finishing off the move. Two more nets for the English girls, again good mid court work with the ever industrious Marshall and the tenacious Darroch never far from the good work England produce. England add another but there isn’t as much flow to England as usual, the Welsh are pressuring England physically and there is plenty of Umpire’s whistle to halt proceedings. A lovely shot from Reed sets England on their way again and after adding another its Wales turn to shine after England are penalised mid court. A good pass into the D results in a net before they claim the ball in defence, break quickly ad see the move finished off in style by GS Hitichings. More good work around the D sees another Welsh goal and when Walker-Jones at GK intercepts an English attack her side break well to score and drag England back to within five points. A good flowing Welsh attack sees a shot missed and England win the rebound. More good interplay between Reed and Fisher sees the latter score. A great claim in the D by England’s GS gives her a routine finish before the Welsh GA James also takes a catch superbly well in the D to score. Lovely combination work again from England with Marshall at Centre and Reed at GA combining for her to score. Wales look to bounce back but are penalised mid court. It gives England the chance to score, quickly adding another. A turnover by the English leads to another goal and they finish the quarter strongly, the final net of the period giving them a 18-7 lead. Wales asking question of the English but they coped well and pulled away in the later stages.

England introduce Semple at Goal Attack for the second quarter. For Wales Jenkins replaces Powell at WD with Johnson on at Centre. Wales have Centre pass but England turnover possession straight away. Semple misses but from the resulting base line throw she scores. She adds another before a good ball from Welsh WA Llewelyn finds GA James who scores. That turns out to be Wales last point of the second quarter as England not only come to terms with the Welsh fire from the first quarter but they extinguish it with some wonderful Netball that has been the hallmark of their competition. A Welsh miss sees England break quickly for Fisher to net. Lovely play around the area from Darroch and when the ball is fed into the area Semple makes no mistake. Two more goals following both sides being slightly careless mid court, the second a great full length of the court move with Fisher again adding the finishing touch with a goal. Some good linkup between the Welsh GS, WA and GA isn’t rewarded when the effort is missed. With England limiting the Welsh in attack misses are costly and England net a further three goals in quick time. Some excellent play from the England front four of Marshall at Centre, Darroch at Wing Attack, Semple at Goal Attack and Fisher at Goal Shooter enables the English team to collect point after point, Wales forays into attack are comfortable defended by captain Fran Williams and her fellow defenders. It’s a joy to watch sometimes as England move the ball effortlessly from defence through mid court and into attack. The half time whistle signals an England taken quarter by 27-1 to lead the match 45-8.

England change things in attack as Amy Clinton replaces George Fisher at Goal Shooter. In defence Quashie comes on at GK. For Wales Llewelyn is at Goal Attack. From their Centre pass Clinton doesn’t take long to net her first goal. Wales attack and GS Hitchings scores. For England great play between Marshall, Darroch, Semple creates a chance which is taken before a fantastic long shot from Welsh GA Llewelyn flies through the net much to the appreciation of the Welsh support. Wales try gamely to defend the England attacks that are coming at them thick and fast. They win a ball in defence and look to break but great work from WA Darroch as she wins the ball back and feeds GS Clinton who makes no mistake. A great interception in defence from the English captain Williams sets her side on the attack and once again Clinton, who has been nursing a minor injury and was used sparingly in the previous match against Scotland, shows no signs of missing the chance when it comes her way. Wales attack but the ball is long, England respond but Walker-Jones intercepts at GK well. Wales move forward but are penalised in attack, England not prone to wasting opportunities like this when they arise feed the ball forward quickly and GS Clinton again finds the net. A fantastic Semple shot gives England another before a combination of Williams and Quashie at the heart of the English defence stops Wales getting in a shot. Once more it leads to a fast and flowing attack ably finished off by Clinton. A rare mistake from GA Semple as she gifts the ball to Wales who break with purpose but Quashie at GK clears any danger for England. From the resulting throw however Wales score and they add another soon after with a lovely pass into the area for their GA to find the net. A great shot from Semple follows before England are unusually sloppy mid court and present a chance for Wales to attack. Llewelyn does superbly well to keep the ball in play but it’s all in vain as England claim possession back. The shot on the break is missed by Semple but cleaned up by her shooting partner. A great shot and goal by Clinton at GS follows before Darroch and Semple combine well again for Clinton to add another. Such quality into the area from these England girls must make playing at GS for Clinton and Fisher a delight. England are penalised mid court for held ball and Wales take their chance to attack and their GS scores. Another superb run of scoring follows for England as they net seven before Wales score near the end of the period. But it’s England who have the final say, following a Clinton goal she scores the last point of the quarter as well following a delightful long pass into her under the net from WA Darroch. England take the quarter 23-5 and lead the match 68-13.

Reed comes back on at Goal Attack whilst Amy Carter takes over at Centre for England. From England’s Centre pass they attack but GK Walker-Jones goes down injured. She gets on her feet and hobbles off forcing Wales into defensive changes right at the start of the period. Upon the restart England are penalised and Wales attack. Great work from WA to GS and she scores.  A lovely finish by Reed at GA for England follows before she misses a long shot. Wales build from the base line and it’s a lovely crisp passing move involving WD, GA, WA and GS but the ball is won back by England in defence. Reed scores again before the Welsh GS adds another. England score, Wales attack but the ball is out and a gorgeous full length of the court move is finished off by Clinton, albeit at the third attempt, much to her amusement. They add another before some lovely work around the D from Welsh Centre Dyke ends in a Welsh goal after England are penalised. Wales attack but English GK Quashie defends superbly, they break and GS Clinton finishes the move off.  It sets England off on a run of five goals without reply as they look to finish the competition as strongly as they started it. More superb build up and classy finishing before a lovely claim in the area sees the Welsh GS score a lovely goal. More fine English play, this time C Carter is instrumental in a lovely build up which allows Clinton to finish the move.  A further three English goals follow before the Welsh Centre, Dyke links well with Wing Attack for Wright at GS to score.  England yet again finish with a flourish as a goal from Reed then two from Amy Clinton wrap up a quarter that England take 20-5 and win the match 88-18.

NORTHERN IRELAND 31 vs SCOTLAND 47

9 October 2016

Northern Ireland – GS Smith, GA E Magee, WA McCammon, C McCambridge, WD Crosbie, GD M Magee GK Lewis

Scotland – GS Goodwin, GA McCall, WA Boyle, C Eynon, WD Edgar, GD Sutherland, GK Tait

Scotland v Northern Ireland matches, in recent years anyway, have always produced a fantastic game in any age group. The Irish have on more than one occasion come away with a victory that has de-railed the Scots ambition in a competition and this was another chance for them to do so. If Northern Ireland were to win, and with Wales having to face the power of England in the last game, three nations could be locked on equal points with goal difference deciding 2, 3 and 4th places. The Scots knew that a win would virtually guarantee them 2nd place which would mean so much when they get to the World Cup Finals next July

Northern Ireland have the Centre pass and from their first attack GA Magee misses but GS Smith scores on the rebound. A lovely flowing move down the right side of the court sees the ball fed in for Scottish GS Goodwin to level. A great take in the D from Magee, who is fouled, sees Ireland regain the lead and it gets better for them following a loose Scottish pass which gives the Irish girls the chance to build a lovely passing move which is finished well by Magee. They add another to lead 4-1 in what’s been a great start for Northern Ireland. They come forward again but this time the final pass is too long and goes out allowing the Scots to build from the base line, a move that results in a goal. The Irish are penalised for held ball mid court but this time Scotland miss the chance to add to the score sheet. A fantastic full court passing move gives Scotland another net and they are soon level at 4-4. Some great Irish work in the attacking third and a lovely shot from GA Magee restores the Irish lead before a fine take by GS Goodwin gives her the chance to put the Scots back on level terms. It’s a fast and frenetic game with both teams looking to stamp their authority on the match early on. Missed chances and sloppy passes by both teams follows before Ireland score. The Scots are penalised in attack, Northern Ireland build but they too are penalised. Scotland break well and score, its 6-6. A great feed into the area gives Ireland their lead back but the Scots are level again after both teams are once again guilty of silly errors. The Scottish WD Edgar makes a good interception but she is fouled and from the resulting play McCall nets for Scotland. They score again but the Irish are straight back at them with some nice interplay in attack which results in GA Magee scoring again. Good work by Scots WA Boyle and GA McCall sees them find the net whilst at the other end of the court the Scottish defence is beginning to get to grips with the Irish attack and are quick to close down their passing options. They win the ball in defence and a lovely break down court results in a goal that sees them lead 10-9. A lovely goal follows from Scotland before Ireland attack but the Scottish GK gets lucky when the ball into the D hits the post and bounces into her hands. This leads to a break down court and a goal, so unlucky for Northern Ireland. Another Scottish goal and they lead by four points before good link up play between GA Magee and GS Smith results in an Irish goal. A superb long shot sees Scotland reclaim the four point lead but the final action of the quarter, a fantastic fifteen minutes, sees Northern Ireland score. The Scottish girls lead 14-11.

Scotland have Centre pass and they score from it. Northern Ireland respond immediately. A good Scottish move into the D sees a miss but from the resulting throw GS Goodwin scores. Ireland reply and it looks good for them when they turnover the ball mid court but then are penalised for offside. Another Goodwin goal before it’s the Scots turn to win possession back mid court and some great play between GD Sutherland, GA McCall and GS Goodwin isn’t rewarded as the shot is missed. It’s worse than just that for the Scots though as Goodwin goes down with an injured knee and is obviously in some distress. She is unable to continue and hobbles, gingerly, off court to be replaced by MacDonald. Upon resumption the Irish build but Scotland win it back. Good work around the D by Centre Eynon and GA McCall puts the Scots five points up and they look to add to it immediately but the ball is just too long and out. A good Irish move isn’t rewarded when a chance is missed and Scotland win the rebound, break quickly, and finish off the move with a lovely shot from GS MacDonald. Another Irish attack fizzles out with a loose pass but the subsequent Scottish attack results in a miss allowing Northern Ireland to try again when they win the rebound. This time they score and when Scotland are penalised some lovely work between GA and GS gives the Irish girls another goal. Ireland attack again but this time the Scottish defence win the ball and a quick move results in a great shot again from substitute MacDonald at GS. More good Scottish attacking play finds McCall in space in the D and she has time to dispatch the ball through the net with ease. A great shot sees Ireland pull one back and when they win possession in defence they look to get another but are unlucky with the shot before being penalised. Scotland score, the lead back to six points. A great shot from Northern Ireland and they build once more but again arte guilty of a loose pass to concede possession. They win it back well though as Scotland look to attack and a perfectly weighted ball into the area is capitalised on by Magee. The Irish score again, just seconds left until half time but the last action of the period sees MacDonald score again for Scotland. Another exciting quarter of Netball from these two teams. Scotland win the quarter marginally, 9-8 to lead at half time 23-19.

Scotland remain unchanged for the third quarter whilst Northern Ireland bring on Moore at Goal Shooter. From the Irish Centre Pass she is quickly in the action but is penalised giving Scotland the chance to build but they miss and Ireland have the ball on the base line. A great ball into the D gives Moore her first point before the Scottish GA and GS combine well to score. A sloppy period of play as Ireland are penalised mid court  and both teams again look to build up a head of steam. Scotland score and attack again but the Irish win in defence, a lovely take in the D from Moore at GS and she scores. They add another quickly before a good Scottish move sees a chance missed and Ireland build from the back. It’s wasted when Moore misses and the Scots claim the rebound, break down court and score. Scotland win possession mid court and add another, their lead now five points. Lovely play from Irish WA McCammon, GS Moore and GA Magee results in a good goal and on their next attack beautiful linkup between WA, Centre and Goal Shooter brings another net. Northern Ireland are on a roll right now and when Scotland miss a shot the Irish come again, this time the chance isn’t taken though. No matter as the Irish defence win the ball and a superb attack, quick and incisive, sees Moore add another to her tally, more importantly she cuts the Scottish lead to just two points. Once again this is turning into an epic struggle between the Irish and Scottish. Ireland attack, Scotland win in defence, they miss a long shot, Northern Ireland with the rebound but Scotland reclaim the ball in defence. Scotland break and score, three points the lead. They score another before Moore replies for the Irish. Scotland make a change, Beth Goodwin is thankfully ok and back on at Goal Shooter. Good defence and a lovely break from Northern Ireland but that final pass is just too long for the shooters in the area. Will these unforced errors prove Northern Ireland’s undoing in this tight affair? They do well to win back possession and this time there is no mistake as they score. Another Irish attack, a miss. Scotland attack but the Irish defence is on their toes and they win the ball again but a fantastic interception from Scottish GK Tait sniffs out the danger. The Irish score the final point of the period to take another fantastic quarter 8-7 and trail going into the last quarter by just three, 30-27.

The final quarter and the game is set up for a grandstand finish. Northern Ireland need a good start to put the pressure on Scotland but they don’t get it. A lovely pass from Boyle into Goodwin and Scotland score first. Ireland attack but the ball is given away on the edge of the D, the Scots break and score. More Scotland pressure and another net. Northern Ireland attack and are so unlucky when the shot runs around the rim of the net before falling into waiting Scottish hands. Scotland build, another fine Boyle pass but this time GS Goodwin misses. The Irish attack, Scotland’s GD and captain Sutherland with the intercept. The Scots miss again, Ireland claim the rebound but are penalised mid court. From the resulting free pass Scotland find the net. A great long pass into the area from Sutherland before good work from GA and GS for Goodwin to score again for Scotland. This isn’t going Northern Ireland’s way at all but Scotland are on fire here and another two nets sees them lead by ten points, 37-27. A wonderful flying interception by Scottish Goal Keeper Tait stops Ireland again but mid court there is a penalty for footwork and a lovely Irish shot results in their first point of the quarter. Can they mount a comeback? They look to build once more but Scotland’s defence holds firm. They break and Goodwin with a lovely goal is quickly followed when more excellent work from Scottish WA Boyle is rewarded as GA McCall sinks the ball through the net. There is some fantastic play from the Scottish girls now as they are in full flow, wonderful stuff mid court, a solid determined looking defence and both shooters finding space and taking their chances. They add another three goals as they have totally dominated the battling Irish in this quarter. They add two more before WD Edgar goes off and both teams make changes in the thirty seconds allotted time. Antoine comes on at WD for Scotland as Goodwin comes off with McCall to GS and MacDonald back on at GA. Upon resumption Scotland attack and McCall adds another before GA MacDonald gets into the act with a cool finish. A great long shot from Northern Ireland’s GS pulls one back but the Irish have been left shell shocked by Scotland’s intensity. They battle on as is the Irish way and add another. A good, clean shot from MacDonald seals Scotland’s final point of the match but the last word goes to Ireland who score just before the final whistle. Scotland take the final quarter 17-4, fantastic play, as they win the match 47-31.

Another great Scotland v Northern Ireland encounter. For three quarters it looked like it would be one of their classic edge of the seat tight finishes but Scotland were unstoppable in that final quarter. A great weekend for the Scots who seal second spot barring a Welsh win by a big margin in the final game of the competition.