Weather called off All APS games in Week 4, except for the Open A Netball team’s Round 3 catch up game, against All Saints Anglican School. The APS game was also the annual clash for the Wallas-Bassingthwaighte Headmasters Trophy.

The contest between the two netball teams has been played annually since 2016 and while won by All Saints that year, Somerset has held it in the trophy cabinet every year since.

Somerset started the game with a new look of combinations taking the court; in the absence of team member Trinity Toia, Atlanta Horan and Rio Burns, all away due to illness.

Elsa Sandholt was the experienced shooter starting the game at Goal Shooter, with youngster and recently selected Queensland player, Marley Burns at Goal Attack. Dynamic middies Charli Pearse and Tahlia Evans strengthened the midcourt with Marika Ransfield, Bayley d’Hotman de Villiers and Ellie Muir completing a very strong defensive end.

Somerset started with a bang leading the game 5 to 1 but quickly unravelled with All Saints disrupting play and scoring a succession of goals to take the lead into the second quarter. It took a while for our girls to settle into the match, with a closely contested first half; it wasn’t until after half time that Somerset finally showed why they have been APS premiers for the past five years.

Shemeah Poloai entered the game making an immediate impact with her speed and determination. The defense and teamwork of captains Ellie and Bayley with Isabella Seymour and Daisy Webber in support were just too good for the opposition.

The final score, 39 to 20 to Somerset.

Congratulations to the team for an impressive performance and for retaining the trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

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