Guernsey Press

Rezzers Green overcome Blaze and clinch the title

RESOLUTION IT GREEN have ended their main league season as Premier Division winners.

Rezzers Green GS Verona Tomlin making a pass in their victory over Blaze A. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 32988456)

However, they still have much to play for before their spring and summer break, as the top four teams per division will battle for a Cup prize in a play-off series concluding in April.

They will need to continue outshining core rivals Lightning Strike – the winners of the inaugural play-off last year – and Blaze A if they are to land the Cup.

For now, captain Abby McCracken said they were ‘really happy’ to win the league.

‘It has been a very competitive season and we look forward to the play-offs,’ she said.

They ended their main Deloitte Winter League campaign with just a single loss, to Lightning before Christmas.

But Blaze worked them hard in their league finale at Les Varendes on Tuesday night, a match that Rezzers ultimately won 48-41.

Both teams had some absentees and Rezzers came out with a more experienced side, including starting at WD former captain Tiff Gervaise-Brazier, who has been absent for much of the season. Rezzers Black step-up Tracey Lock filled the GD position.

But Blaze, a powerful mix of youth and experience, held a slender advantage over the first two quarters – leading 11-10 and 23-22.

Newer additions Tillie Graham and McKenzie Rich shone and made interceptions through the match.

But Rezzers turned the match around in the second half, including leading 34-30 at three quarters.

‘It was really well-contested,’ McCracken said afterwards.

‘Credit to Blaze, they played really well and it was a great game to end our season.’

The Rezzers captain also credited ‘awesome’ fill-ins from Gervaise-Brazier and Lock – their player of the match – plus their shooters’ performance against strong physicality in defence.

Blaze WD and player-of-the-match Tillie Graham tries to cut off Tiff Gervaise-Brazier’s passing options on Tuesday night at Les Varendes. (Picture by Sophie Rabey 32988452)

WD Graham continued her excellent maiden season for Blaze with another POM nomination.

Rezzers Black were less fortunate in their earlier duel of the B teams against Lightning Flash.

There was little in it at the quarter, where Flash led 13-11, after which Black rallied to lead 24-22 at half-time.

The pivot point came in quarter three.

Lightning dominated the scoreboard and restricted the Blacks heavily, netting 18 for six.

An assured finish allowed them to win 57-43 and prevent their rivals taking any league points.

Lightning’s Shannon Jordan performed well in an alternative position of WD, sharing POM with teenage Rezzers shooter Taylor Callanan.

This was in the face of some player constraints for Lightning, whose A team, Strike, were playing Blaze B at the same time at Les Beaucamps High.

Strike triumphed 43-35 to make it a club double.

Although Strike dealt a big blow by winning the first quarter 12-7, the Blaze juniors put in a valiant effort thereafter to hit the next two intervals just four goals down on the champions.

A strong finish secured Strike the expected victory as their young GS step-up, Charlotte Griggs, took POM.

Blaze’s honours went to the young circle defence duo of Mya Colley and Keely Gallienne.

The last of the league matches will take place over the next two weeks before focus falls solely on the home inter-insulars and play-offs.