Wednesday, October 9, 2013
With your netball reporter having been away on holiday it’s time to catch up with three weeks of results in the Winter league, writes Graham Ingram.
After three weeks of action it is OPG and Flamingos who are once again making the running with three wins from three games.
They are being chased hard by Signs South West who have suffered just the one defeat, that at the hands of Flamingos.
OPG head the table on goal difference thanks to wins over newly promoted Hi Q and Toucans and a win against Uplowman.
Flamingos have also recorded wins against the newly promoted sides and had a close fought win by 28-22 over Signs South West who have had an impressive start to their campaign.
Despite their loss to Flamingos the Signs have recorded victories over Uplowman and Sidmouth Toucans. Hi Q, last year’s division 2 champions opened their campaign with games against the top two teams, taking a point from their encounter with Flamingos before recording a victory over Uplowman, who have lost each of their opening games, but managing to secure a point from each match.
Sidmouth Toucans have had a tough opening to their first division season with defeats to the teams currently in first, second and third place, and are at the bottom of the table looking for their first point of the campaign.
Last year in division two they started slowly and finished with a late burst to gain their place in the top flight.
As in the top division there are two teams with a one-hundred per cent record after three games – Tip Top Trees in top spot and Pixies who hold second place.
Tip Top Trees started their season with a match against newcomers Blackdown Ladies, before adding the scalp of Otter Valley Dairy and then making it three wins from as many outings with victory over Howden Hawks. Pixies, in second place, have had two close wins – against Otter Valley by two goals and Blackdown Ladies by three goals, with their other win being more comfortable over JD Tyres. The Tyres are in third place with two victories to compensate for their defeat to Pixies. On the opening day they beat Hawks and then recovered from their defeat to triumph over Otter Valley Dairy. Howden Hawks occupy fourth spot with one win, again Blackdown Ladies were the losers in a close game. Otter Valley Dairy have yet to win but have picked up a point from every game, against Pixies, Trees and JD. Blackdown Ladies, the new side in the league, played their opening fixture against one of the promotion hopefuls in the division and found the going tough. In the second game they gave a good account of themselves against Hawks and managed to secure a point from the match. Their third game was a close affair with high flyers Pixies recording a slender three goal victory – so cause for optimism in the Blackdown camp.
Division One: Flamingos 55, Sidmouth Toucans 9; OPG 40, Hi Q 17; Uplowman 24, Signs South West 28. OPG 42, Uplowman 28; Flamingos 40, Hi Q 29; Signs South West 50, Sidmouth Toucans 15; Flamingos 28, Signs South West 22; OPG 43, Sidmouth Toucans 3; Uplowman 26 Hi Q 33.
Division Two: Tip Top Trees 35, Blackdown Ladies 8; Pixies 19, Otter Valley Dairy1 17; JD Tyres 49, Howden Hawks 36; Pixies 24, JD Tyres 10; Tip Top Trees 31, Otter Valley Dairy 22; Howden Hawks 25, Blackdown Ladies 17; JD Tyres 24, Otter Valley Dairy 16; Pixies 18, Blackdown Ladies 15; Tip Top Trees 33, Howden Hawks 2.7
Division One table: P GD Pts
OPG 3 77 9
Flamingos 3 63 9
Signs South West 3 33 7
Hi Q 3 -27 4
Uplowman 3 -25 3
Sidmouth Toucans 3 -121 0
Division 2 P GD Pts
Tip Top Trees 3 42 9
Pixies 3 19 9
JD Tyres 3 7 6
Howden Hawks 3 -11 5
Otter Valley Dairy 3 -19 3
Blackdown Ladies 3 -38 2