After a tentative start by both sides, it took the first goal, by Convent’s Laura Beeston, to calm the nerves and it wasn’t until the latter stages of the game that the eventual winners really asserted their authority, with solid defence by Lauren Devine and Sophie Hickey proving the foundation stone which Convent were able to build on.
Player of the match for St Ouen was Emma Carré, who slotted well into the A-side having moved up from the youth team.
Convent’s best player was Sophie Hickey.
Convent C against St Lawrence A, in Division II, was a much closer affair, with Convent snatching victory, 30-28, only right at the end.
Convent, missing players, strengthened their side with the inclusion of Georgia Hickey, while Danielle Strickley was influential in the attacking third and fully deserved her player-of-the-match award.
Abi Hazeley was also a strong influence at centre, knitting attack and defence together, while St Lawrence couldn’t be faulted for their commitment.
Deservedly, Nikki Jubb picked up their player-of-the-match award for her all-round sound play and repeated interceptions.
In Monday’s other games, centre Kylie Barr was St Lawrence C’s player-of-the-match in their Division II win, 42-34 over Quackers.
Accies A beat St Clement C 36-29 and in the only Division III game St Brelade B beat St Clement E 62-39.
In Tuesday’s Division I encounter St Clement A, with several current and former county players on duty, beat a battling St Lawrence B42-19.
St Lawrence youths, Elianne Riant and Amy Dingle, both played extremely well, with the latter named their player-of-the-match.
However, St Clement’s superior speed and cohesion told, with their star turn being wing-attack Holly Webster.
In Division II St Ouen B and St Clement D had a real see-saw battle before St Ouen won 33-25.
St Clement’s led 16-11 at half time, but St Ouen came back strongly, helped by the efforts of their best player, shooter Carol Bouhaire.
St Clement’s player-of-the-match, Tracey Fullerton, was tireless in defence.
In Division III St Clement F goalkeeper Leah McInerney had her work cut out in a 29-19 defeat against St Lawrence F, who had centre Phillippa Keen in good form.
In the other divisional match St Ouen C beat St Lawrence E 34-13, with respective players-of-the-match being Anna Hafstenson and Emmi Brown.