Scotland v Wales

SCOTLAND CUT BY WALES IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWD

Wales triumphed over the tournament hosts in front of the largest crowd at the arena so far, despite some slick moves from the Scots.

Walking in to massive cheers from the fans, both teams looked excited, but focused and determined to out do each other.

Wales sped away in the second quarter, winning it 16-7, and Scotland failed to find a way back into the game. 

Cheered on by the 1000 strong crowd, the Scots continued to fight, however Wales showed finesse in passing and movement, and were able to distribute the ball cleanly to Chelsea Lewis near the net. 

Lewis shot a very respectable 65 goals from 71 attempts equating to 85%, but Scotland's combined efforts netted them 77% on average. 

Retiring at half time with a 14 goal lead, Welsh Coach Laura Williams made more positional changes, and Mary Tough of Scotland followed suit.

They made little difference to the momentum of the game, which the Welsh had harnessed to themselves.

The final score of 36-70 echoed the last time these teams met just five months ago in Cardiff.

Mary Tough was pleased with her side's start but felt the match ebbed away from quarter two onwards. 

"We lost focus in the second quarter… which distracted the players." Tough commended her youngest player Beth Sutherland and also felt vice-captain Erin McQuarrie played a good game, keeping tight to the Welsh GA.

Laura Williams also spoke after the game. 

"Another great performance from our girls. We knew it wasn't going to be easy."

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball

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