Monday, October 21, 2013
With a third of the Honiton Netball Winter league fixtures having been completed and all teams having played each other once it is OPG who hold the upper hand in division one, whilst the top five places in division two are separated by just four points, writes Graham Ingram.
The main encounter of the evening saw the top two unbeaten sides meeting for the first time this season, with OPG up against Flamingos. The game started well for OPG and by quarter time they were 11-4 in front.
The second period was even with both sides adding five goals to their tally and with Katie Marsh playing well in defence for Flamingos. The third period saw OPG extend their lead thanks to some good driving play from Carole Goddard so that at the start of the final session it was 25-15 to OPG.
The third quarter was like the second with even scoring for both sides so that OPG finished victors by 32-22 to go two points clear at the top.
Closest game of the night was between the third and fourth placed sides – Signs South West and Hi Q.
Hi Q edged the first period to lead 9-6 but with Rowan Williams providing inspiration it was SSW who were in front at the half way stage – by 17-14. With Sharon Chester playing a determined game for Hi Q they began to reduce the deficit so that going into the final period they were one goal behind at 20-21.
The final quarter was a nail biter and resulted in that rare netball result – a draw at 26-26.
Final game of the night in this division had Uplowman, looking for their first win of the campaign, up against newly promoted Sidmouth Toucans. With Viv Grant once again having a great game Uplowman proved too strong for the Toucans despite good work from Caroline Biggs winning by 48-15.
Top the table Tip Top Trees held onto the top spot when they came up against Pixies. Whilst Pixies have the tightest defence in the division they are also the second lowest scoring side, while 3Ts are the second highest scorers. Tonight proved an interesting contest with the Trees beating Pixies by 30-19 to stay one point ahead at the top of the table. Lydia Clapp was the Tip Top star whilst it was Heather Beviss in defence for Pixies who was their player of the night.
JD Tyres held on to the second place in the division by virtue of their win over Balckdown Ladies, who have now played each team in the division, and having come close on a number of occasions were outplayed by a strong JD side. While Louise Crabb had a fine game for Blackdown it was Helen Freemantle for the Tyres who took them to victory with a fine 34-11 win.
Otter Valley Dairy made it two wins in a row when they came up against Howden Hawks who have had a mixed start to the season. In a close game it was honours to OVD by 26-18 thanks to good work from Charlotte Paley.
For Hawks it was Zoe Dunn who caught the eye. This win puts the Dairy level on points with Hawks and just one point behind Pixies in third.
Honiton Netball League Results:
Div 1: Uplowman 48, Sidmouth Toucans 15; Flamingos 22, OPG 32; Signs South West 26, HI Q 26.
Div 2: Tip Top Trees 30, Pixies 19; JD Tyres 34, Blackdown Ladies 11; Howden Hawks 18, Otter Valley Dairy 26.
Team P GD Pts
OPG 5 113 15
Flamingos 5 83 13
Signs South West 5 7 9
Hi Q 5 -11 9
Uplowman 5 -24 6
Sidmouth Toucans 5 -170 1
Team P GD Pts
Tip Top Trees 5 35 13
JD Tyres 5 48 12
Pixies 5 -7 10
Howden Hawks 5 -4 9
Otter Valley Dairy 5 -7 9
Blackdown Ladies 5 -65 3