Accies D’s perfect campaign
JERSEY squads claimed two out of three Upton titles in Guernsey on Sunday, with Accies D finishing the season as the only unbeaten Caesarean team.
Following a perfect ‘20 from 20’, 100-point campaign in Dominion Winter League Division III, Accies – effectively an under-15 squad – claimed the Channel Islands title for third-tier sides at Guernsey Grammar School thanks to a 49-35 triumph over Sarnian champions Artemis 2.
Convent A, who were beaten by St Lawrence earlier in the season, clinched the Division I title for the sixth time in seven years, but Convent D lost their Division II clash to Resolution Black.
The Division III champions from the two islands were first on court, and it was the hosts who took an early 10-8 lead. Growing defensive pressure from Alyshia Whitworth and Abbie Taylor at centre and wing-defence helped the Purples bounce back though, and five goals in a row handed the Jersey side a 22-16 lead at half-time.
Gabrielle Scott’s movement and passing at goal-attack helped push the advantage up to 38-26 with 15 minutes to go, and Abbie Thompson kept the healthy margin intact with a 100 per cent shooting record in the fourth quarter.
Resolution Black – featuring a number of Open B inter-insular players – stamped their authority early in the second-tier clash, with their 23-8 first-quarter lead over Convent D’s unbeaten juniors being extended to 39-17 by half-time. Convent did continue to plug away, though, and won the final quarter 13-12. They ended 67-38 behind.
The club’s A team made amends with a 66-59 triumph, but they were made to work for their latest CI title.
Resolution A held their Convent counterparts in a first-quarter tie, but the visitors soon edged ahead with the help of Tallula Norman and Sophie Holmes in attack and a defensive trio of Molly Carre, Gabriella Martin and Lisa Luce.
The home team were eight behind at the end of the third, but were unable to force a quick-fire comeback.
Convent A: Tallula Norman, Sophie Holmes, Rosie Tonner, Libby Rothwell, Lisa Luce, Molly Carré, Gabriella Martin, Abbie Le Marquand.
Convent D: Lily Jones, Evie James, Brody Morris, Cessie James, Kirsty Ludlam, Nicole Hamilton, Milly Le Chevalier, Lily Brewster, Jessica Troy (captain), Millie Rolland-Kelly (vc), Matilda Le Boutillier.
Accies D: Natacha Searson (captain), Abbie Thompson (vc), Gabrielle Scott, Honor Daniels, Cait Brennan, Lena Holden, Alyshia Whitworth, Abbie Taylor, Paige O’Leary.