Banchory Ravens once again gave an excellent account of themselves in the Grampian Women’s League and with a bit of luck may well have won their first league match at this level.
Despite creating many scoring chances it was the more accurate shooting of Mearns that won the day and the Ravens had to once again reflect on what might have been.
The girls have their Scottish Schools’ quarter-final this week against Mary Erskine School from Edinburgh and this match seemed to be the ideal preparation for it.
Unfortunately, key players Shannon Holt and Georgia Wisely were side-lined through injury and a speedy recovery may be needed for the Ravens to progress to the semi.
Zoe Grant deputised at point guard and did an excellent job not only in moving the ball but scoring 10 points in the process.
Rachel Henderson was excellent on defence, as always, and with a bit of luck may have scored the points to see her side to victory but she just never got the roll of the ball.
Player of the match for Ravens was Evie Clephan who showed once again that she has the skills to upset any defence and joined Zoe with 10 points in the game.
There were also excellent contributions from Jenny Lusby, Anna Brown, Rosa Hare and in particular Lucy Grimble who had an outstanding game.
Defeats are always disappointing but for this team of U18 girls playing against the best players in Grampian it is a great experience and will of great value as they hope to progress to the latter stages of the U18 Scottish Cup.
The Stags and fierce rivals , Grampian Police ,faced each other in the Grampian Cup semi-final and there was nothing to choose between the sides if their last league match was anything to go by!
Stags had dramatically beaten the Police by one point in with a buzzer beater from Scott Williams with one second left on the clock to go to the top of Division One1 and their confidence was high going into this match.
Grizzlies have since won their game in hand and now sit top of the league and awaited the winner in the final.
In a game with more ups and downs than a roller coaster, it is difficult to focus on any one play or individual as first the game swung one way and then the next.
Rival coaches, Pete and Mike Reilly, tried everything in the book to gain the upper hand but nothing could separate the teams.
Old timers; Colin Menzies (Police) and Scott Williams (Stags), both playing centre were hugely influential at both ends and on reflection an honourable draw would be the fairest decision.
Stags point guard Karim Nassar, as always showed why in many peoples opinion he is the best in this position in Grampian and he was well supported by Erik Babcock, Dave Rendall and Will Wright.
Stags also had very good contributions from Hubert Janel, Tom Primavesi, Glen Fotherinhame, Nathan Edwardson and if top scorer Richard Thorpe’s final shot hadn’t rimmed out the Stags would have earned the period of overtime they deserved.