Gala Tempest storms to win over Earlston

Gala Tempest's netball team
Gala Tempest's netball team

Gala Tempest netted a win in their first Division Two game last weekend as they faced local rivals Earlston in the Border Netball League.

Travelling to Peebles High School, the two teams battled it out in the first of five fixtures which will decide who will be crowned Division Two winners.

Earlston had the upper hand at the beginning of the first quarter, netting the first goal and staying ahead for most of the quarter, until the Gala team, coached by Marion Romeril, rallied to lead 4-3 in an evenly-matched opening quarter.

The second quarter saw Tempest improve their passing, with centre Lauren Thomson (captain) and wing attack Gwen Bradley getting the ball to shooters Sophie Wilson and Sophie Birtwistle, scoring another four goals to Earlston’s two to end the second quarter 8-5.

Defenders Sandra Hendry, Caris Brus and Rosie McLeman worked well to keep Earlston from scoring, winning several rebounds and working well to get the ball out of the shooting circle, denying Earlston the opportunity to score.

Shooters Karen Gillie and Sophie W notched up the goals, taking Tempest to a 17-7 lead going into the final quarter.

Tempest kept up their solid defence in the last quarter, again capitalising by gaining the rebounds as the Earlston shooters struggled to find the net. The Gala team scored another three goals to finish the game with a 21-7 win.

Tempest’s Sandra Hendry, who defended brilliantly as goal defence, goal keep and wing defence, was awarded Fair Play by Earlston, while the Gala team named Earlston’s hard-working wing attack/wing defence and centre Hannah McGowan as Fair Play.

Gala Tempest were due this weekend to face the Pumas, while Earlston were set to take on Storm.