On Friday Causeway 1st’s took on of the premier league favourites, Graduates at Lisburn Racquets Club. Despite an excellent win last week, Causeway once again started the match as underdogs.
Causeway made an excellent start, and played a fantastic first quarter.
As a result the first fifteen ended with them just 3 goals down, with a score of 7:10. Belief in the team was strong, and they started the 2nd quarter as they had finished the first. Sadly though Graduates came out very strong and soon started to open up a bigger gap. Causeway, however kept their heads up and fought back once again.
The final 2 quarters continued in this pattern, the quality in Graduates, who can boast several international players shone through in the end, but Causeway never gave up. Their determination to fight for every ball, right to the 60th minute paid off, when they eventually lost just 59:28. The fact that they finished within half of Graduates’ score meant they got a well deserved bonus point and gave them a real confidence boost ahead of next week’s match against Belfast Ladies. 1st team players - Joanne Lennox, Oonagh Mullan, Anna Boyle, Karla Cooke, Brenda Boyle, Lindsey Patrick, Mary McCollum
On Thursday at 8pm Causeway Seconds played at home to Westside Seconds. In the first quarter Causeway started off strong attacking the ball and breaking down the Westside defence. With great play coming from Carla Dickie and Kelly Redmond who switched the ball brilliantly up the court. Causeway ended the first quarter winning 10-8.
In the second quarter Westside came out fighting putting our defence under pressure but that didn’t shake Alison Quinn and Lindsey Patrick who made spectacular interceptions who stopped the Westside attack from taking the lead. Causeway continued you play strong with great play coming from Caris Robinson who helped play the ball up the court. In the third quarter Causeway kept playing strong breaking down Westsides play more great play from the defence. Causeway continued to maintain their great lead with some excellent shooting and play in the attacking circle from Kellie-rose Clyde and Heather McCook. By the end of the third quarter Causeway was leading 41-18. In the final quarter Westside fought hard but the Causeway team were to strong.
The match finished with the score being 51-28.
This is their first win of the season, well done. Players were Alison Quinn, Lindsey Patrick, Caris Robinson, Carla Dickie, Kelly Redmond, Heather McCook, Kellie-Rose Clyde and Danielle Stewart.
On Sunday, Causeway 3rds had their first win of the season against Bangor 3rds. Causeway started fantastic against Bangor taking a lead of 10-6 at quarter time.
Carla Dickie played fantastic with Aimee McPolland, feeding the ball into the shooting circle for Chloe Craig to score. After a collision on the court against Bangor’s WA, this left Causeway down to 6 players with injury to Causeway’s WD. Causeway still came out top with 6 players at half time. Danielle Stewart (team captain) was back from injury, played a fantastic game in defence. Causeway won 39-25.
The team played a dynamic and energetic game. Causeway ended the game on a high and will take on Valley 3rds at home on Thursday 27th Oct at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.
This was a great week for Causeway Netball Club.