The Dumfries Blues senior side moved one step closer to a promotion in the Carlisle Netball League last Tuesday night after defeating Brampton 46-22 in a competitive match. A fantastic success, the win also welcomed another debut for the senior Blues with Lorna Rideout making her first appearance at this level as wing attack.
An quick start to the match by the Blues meant this was unlikely to be the tightest contest of the season for the Dumfries team. The 10-3 score line after eight minutes was a fair reflection on the opening exchanges.
The play saw turnovers take to the fore as Blues managed to dominate possession and take the ball through to goal. As the quarter drew to an end, Megan Laverie (WA) returning from injury was able to force the ball back into Blues hands and Bethany Hutton (GA) was on hand to convert, to secure a comfortable lead at the end of the first quarter with the score 16-7.
Only one change at the start of the second quarter saw Kayleigh Proudfoot come onto court at Goal Shooter. The change in personnel still ensured Dumfries were able to maintain the upper hand as they registered three goals without reply, Karen Reed (WA) and Paula Craven (C) combining particularly well around the edge of the circle. At the other end of the court Nicola Parkinson (GK) and Emma Pool (GD) were linking excellently in defence to restrict the Brampton scoring opportunities. Proudfoot once again finished with aplomb to make it 25-12.
Another reshuffle took place and Lorna Rideout was introduced to the play. It was a frenetic opening to the second half with the athletic duo of Reed and Hutton continuing to make an impressive impact on the match in the shooting circle. Intercepts from Pool and Laverie happening at the centre pass and with twelve minutes remaining, Blues led 37-17.
The final quarter saw Georgia Marshall return to the court as Goal Keeper and Kayleigh Proudfoot as Goal Shooter ensuring a youthful look to the side as Brampton were left to fight for a bonus point as opposed to five points on offer for the victory. It was a fantastic final quarter from the Dumfries team who had done enough during the middle stages of the match to take the game away from their opponents and secure the victory. The team now has an extended break with no match next week and can focus on fitness and formations for the remaining fixtures.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach Andrew Reed praised his side's fighting spirit, "I'm relieved we still have nine players standing! Obviously delighted to maintain our promotion push, we always knew that this match was one to win, but the girls still needed to go out there and perform. I was really proud of them in terms as this was a team with a mixture of experience and youth; they did Dumfries proud".
Dumfries Blues sponsored by Armstrong Watson Accounts and Financial Advisors player of the match was Paula Craven who put in a superb display from centre.