Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Honiton Netball League campaign resumed after the mid-season break with wins for both of the top sides in the first division, writes Graham Ingram.
Flamingos were up against basement dwellers Sidmouth Toucans who have found the going tough in the top flight and are still looking for their first win.
Flamingos were in control from the start with Teresa Youens playing well. Helen Terry once again had a fine game for Toucans, but they were eventually well beaten with a 52-13 score line.
Table-toppers OPG met third placed Hi Q who have done very well since gaining promotion at the start of the season.
Carol Goddard starred for OPG who led 15-6 at the halfway mark and held a 22-11 advantage going into the final period. In the fourth quarter Amy Fullick got Hi Q to up their game and they went goal for goal with OPG to finish 17-28 behind, but having done enough to gain a point.
Uplowman have had a disappointing start to the season whilst Signs South West have started well. In their meeting SSW started strongly, and, with Christina Oyo playing well had built a 18-14 lead at halfway. In the third quarter Uplowman gained the advantage by 27-26 leaving all to play for in the final session. With Vicky Canning urging the team on it was Uplowman who had the best of the final period to win 37-31. This win saw the teams swap places with Signs South West slipping into one of the two relegation berths.
Division Two table-toppers Tip Top Trees were up against Blackdown Ladies and were in control from the first whistle to record a comfortable 31-8 victory. Phoebe Confrey had a fine game for 3Ts whilst Laura Parratt was the Blackdown star.
The division saw its first draw of the season with JD Tyres and Howden Hawks ending all square at 35-35.
Hawks led 17-12 at halfway and were still 26-24 in front going into the final quarter, in part due to great work from Megan Falkner. In the final session JD Tyres dug deep and with Helen Freemantle doing well they fought back to level the match. This draw saw JD drop back to fourth place thanks to pixies picking up a win against Otter Valley Dairy. OVD finished 2013 with a fine run of victories that saw them move into second place on goal difference, whilst Pixies run of disappointing results saw them drop down the table. With Lucy Dorliac playing well it was Pixies who took the points in their game with the Dairy whilst Otter Valley, for whom Rachel Tucker starred, had to be content with a point from the 16-10 score line. The top four sides in the second tier are now separated by just five points!
Division 1: Flamingos 52, Sidmouth Toucans 13; OPG 28, Hi Q 17; Uplowman 37, Signs South West 31.
Division 2: Tip Top Trees 31, Blackdown Ladies 8; Pixies 16, Otter Valley Dairy 10; JD Tyres 35, Howden Hawks 35.
Division 1 P GD Pts
OPG 10 196 29
Flamingos 10 187 27
Hi Q 10 -1 19
Uplowman 10 -30 15
Signs South West 10 -29 14
Sidmouth Toucans 10 -323 2
Division 2 P GD Pts
Tip Top Trees 11 98 27
Otter Valley Dairy 11 34 25
Pixies 11 23 23
JD Tyres 10 55 22
Howden Hawks 10 -47 14
Blackdown Ladies 11 -163 5