Varsity 2015 Match Report: Effective teamwork secures decisive victory for AUNC 1sts


Photo – Alex Tanton

IN A CONVINCING win for Aberystwyth inside an eerie sports dome, AUNC 1sts beat their Bangor counterparts by 46 goals to 20. With both sides starting the match at a hare’s pace, the scores were 11 points to 7 at the end of the first Quarter, with centre Lucy Purser communicating well with her attack. Purser continued her form and dominated Rebecca Semple, her Bangor counterpart who was substituted later in the game, with the fixture being decided in the second quarter as AUNC scored a further 13 goals to Bangor 2 in the quarter. Imogen Talbot was a threat throughout as Jess Williams, Bangor Goal keeper, could not deal with the height difference between the two girls.

In the second half Bethan Watkins and Clare Sheperd were introduced into the fray, both girls finding space easily out on the wings. Rebecca Semple was substituted after been given a lesson and half in centre play by Lucy Purser who made use of the energetic Watkins and Sheperd. Aberyswtywth’s lead only grew throughout the second half, Imogen Talbot and Kelly Keat netting a fair share of the goals. AUNC held a 15 point lead with 15 minutes to go, and Bangor’s attack couldn’t find possession at all, especially as club captain Sophie Stainton worked hard to track back in defence, despite playing the full 60 minutes. On full-time Stainton noted “It was a lot harder than it was last year, we played so well, and they upped their game big time”.

The other Netball fixture ended up with Bangor 2nds beating AUNC 2nds by 27 goals to 25, in a reverse result of last year’s match.

Aberystwyth Netball 1sts: Sophie Stainton (C), Kelly Keat, Imogen Talbot, Beth Kelly, Lucy Purser, Amber Tarry, Rhiannon Thomas, Bethan Watkins, Clare Sheperd