Falmingos regain top spot in Honiton netball league with win over Signs South West

PUBLISHED: 16:48 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:48 05 March 2013

Honiton netball league - the latest action and tables

Just the one game in the top flight, and a win for Flamingos would put them back on top – and needing only one more point from their final two games to secure the title, writes Graham Ingram.

They were up against fourth placed Signs South West. The game started evenly with SSW giving a good account of themselves in the first quarter, trailing Flamingos by 4-6. In the second period Flamingos experience began to show and they extended their lead to 13-6, but with Signs South West still in with a shout for a point. As is often the case in netball the third quarter proved pivotal, with Flamingos increasing their lead to 27-10, in great part due to some excellent defensive play from Sarah Clark at GD. The final period belonged to Flamingos who ran out winners by 41-13. The Signs side had worked hard throughout the game and special mention goes to Rowan Williams who played well at both GK and then as GA in the final quarter.

There were three Division Two matches played with Hi Q looking to maintain their 100 per cent record and leave them requiring just a point to get from their last four games to be sure of promotion. They were up against promotion contenders JD Tyres, who needed something from the game to retain their chance of getting into the top flight. At the end of the evening it was Hi Q who had reason to be pleased, whilst the 52-21 defeat for JD left them with it all to do in their final games to advance. Hi Q started the stronger to lead 16-2 at quarter time and by half way they were 28-5 in front. Although JD Tyres rallied in the third and fourth periods it was too little too late despite a valiant effort from Amy Boyland at centre. The star of the Hi Q side was Stacey Salter – also at centre.

With Pixies not playing this week the Sidmouth Toucans were hoping to get close to them in their push for promotion – but my did Howden Hawks make them work hard. Hawks started the stronger to edge the first period by 6-4. With Kristy Platt starting to shoot better for Sidmouth they moved into a 14-13 lead at half way and then extended this to 23-19 going into the final quarter. In the final period Hawks – with Zoe Dunn in fine form – made a determined effort but although they reduced the deficit they were not able to get back on terms and had to be content with a point from their 26-29 defeat. The win put Toucans a point behind Pixies with a game in hand and a superior goal difference!

Third game of the night was between the two new sides at the foot of the table – Otter Valley Dairy and Water Babes. When they met early in the new year the honours had gone to OVD. Water Babes were looking for their first victory whilst Otter valley were hoping a win would put them closer to Hawks in the table. Water Babes started quickly and by quarter time had a 5-3 lead. With Barb Kurtovic strong in defence for the Babes they increased their lead to 9-5 at half way. In the third quarter Otter Valley Dairy reduced the deficit to 8-12 and with Rachael Tucker in determined form at WA they began to reduce the arrears slowly reducing the Babes advantage! Water Babes were equally determined and held out gamely to end the evening with their first win from a thrilling 13-12 victory.

Latest results: Division 1; Flamingos 41, Signs South West 13. Division 2; Sidmouth Toucans 29, Howden Hawks 26; Hi Q 52, JD Tyres 21; Otter Valley Dairy 12, Water Babes 13.

Tables: Division One.

Team P GD Points

1Flamingos (2) 13 306 39

2OPG (1) 14 298 36

3Uplowman (3) 13 78 24

4Signs South West (4)* 13 -46 19*

5Met Office Weather Girls (5)* 12 -172 8*

6Tip Top Trees (6) 13 -467 1

Division Two.

Team P GD Points

Hi Q (1) 14 408 42

Pixies (2) 15 62 33

Sidmouth Toucans (3) 14 150 32

JD Tyres (4)* 15 115 28*

Howden Hawks (5) 13 -192 14

Otter Valley Dairy (6) 15 -204 10

Water Babes (7) 14 -339 4

•3 points deducted for not fulfilling a fixture

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