Edinburgh City 1 (21) – (8) Saint Andrews 1
After the 3s put on a great performance, it was up to the 1s to put on a show for the crowd gathered at Leith Academy. They didn’t disappoint!
Making their season debuts for the 1s were Michael Garbutt, Naobh O’Donaghue and Ella Paul (more from her later!). City got off to a flying start, with plenty of shots and a healthy advantage in rebounding it wasn’t long before the hosts had built themselves a comfortable lead.
The starting boys all got themselves double-figure rebounds with Jacky Mo having a monster game grabbing 20 of them! With the rebounds being handled, Ella Paul was free to fire away and she certainly did, scoring a personal record 8 goals in the match and earning the MVP award.
The display from the team was fantastic on both ends of the court, with a high-pressure defence forcing 32 turnovers, and the side would take great confidence into the match against Glasgow.
Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (5), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell, Heather Mackintosh (3), Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell, Ella Paul (8), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (2), Jacky Mo (1), Finlay Hannah, Ailith Ewing, Andrea Kinver
MVP: Ella Paul
Edinburgh City 1 (16) – (13) Glasgow 1
After a comfortable first match City were prepared for a much tighter contest against Glasgow 1, although maybe not quite prepared for the manner in which the match began.
Laura de Nooij managed to finally make her 1s debut, arriving after being treated for a wild cat attack but she regained her composure to help the team to victory.
Both teams were matched well, but with the key difference being City’s superior shooting stats. In the first half the citizens shot 4x better than their opponents and this lead to a 10-2 lead at half time.
Daniel Pratt was channeling his inner-Westbrook and stuffing the stat sheet with 3 goals (60% shooting), 3 assists, 4 steals and 13 rebounds in only 22 minutes of action.
The second half began well again with Laura de Nooij and Ella Paul getting 7 goals between them, but with the scores at 11-4, Glasgow really began to dominate the rebound battle eventually finishing incredibly lopsided at 48-73 in favour of Glasgow.
This gave them a bit of a foothold in the match, but City stayed calm and continued to score well pushing the score out to 15-7 with 10 minutes left. Daniel Pratt and Dave Ewing came off and the substitutions seemed to throw the balance of the team, with City then finishing off the match on a 1-6 run to leave the final scores far closer than they deserved to be at 16-13.
Nevertheless, it’s another win for the 1s and maintains their unbeaten start to the season with 4 wins from 4. Next up will be the true test of how far the team has come, with defending champions Mavericks 1 on the horizon!
Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (4), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell (1), Heather Mackintosh, Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell (1), Ella Paul (3), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (1), Jacky Mo, Finlay Hannah, Andrea Kinver, Laura de Nooij (4)
MVP: Daniel Pratt