Flamingos’ lucky 13
PUBLISHED: 14:22 01 February 2012
There are two fixtures remaining for each side, but with Colyton Sports Centre closed for works the Honiton Netball League had to re-arrange fixtures so that these will be played over three weeks at Honiton.
OPG 46, Uplowman 25
Wasps 36, Bo-Peeps 14
Flamingos 44, Hi Q 27
With two fixtures remaining, Flamingos have clinched the title thanks to their seven point cushion at the top. They made it 13 wins in a row when they took on bottom side Hi Q. With Sarah Clark playing well at GD, the Flamingos were 23-12 ahead at half way. The third quarter saw Hi Q get right back into the game thanks to good work at GS from Laura French, so that at the start of the final session it was 28-22 to Flamingos. Flamingos re-asserted themselves in the final quarter, however, to win by 44-27.
The Wasps v Bo-Peeps game got off to a slow start with Wasps leading 6-3. Wasps continued to outscore the Peeps by 2-1 so that at half way they were 14-7 in front. With Nicola Field shooting well at GA Wasps led 25-9 going into the final quarter. Bo-Peeps fought hard in the final quarter with Poppy Williams playing well, but they finished on the wrong end of the 36-14 score.
OPG were looking for a victory to keep them in second place whilst a win for Uplowman would have ensured them of next season in the top flight. As it was Uplowman had to be content with a point from their 25-46 defeat, whilst the win for OPG could not stop Flamingos becoming champions. Cara Monaghan was the Flamingos’ star whilst once again Viv Grant was the pick of the Uplowman team. Uplowman need a single point from their last two games to ensure they play in division one again next year.
Team P GD Points
1 Flamingos  13 +193 39
2 OPG  13 +202 32
3 Wasps 13 +37 29
4 Uplowman  13 -126 20
5 Bo-Peeps  13 -139 14
6 Hi Q  13 -166 10
Tip Top Trees 27, NAS 10
Howden Hawks 31, JD Tyres 36
Weather Girls 28, Sidmouth Toucans 46
Top match was between the unbeaten Weather Girls and Sidmouth Toucans. The Weather Girls are in their second season in division two having spent last season in division one – until this week they had never lost a game in the second flight. They were unfortunate to come up against a Toucans side at the top of their game at a time when they were a player short. Sidmouth used their extra player to advantage so that no matter what configuration of positions the Girls tried the Toucans were on top.
With Helen Terry in fine shooting form Sidmouth were 10-4 up at quarter time, and 21-12 in front at half way. Jo McLellan worked hard for Weather Girls in defence but Toucans continued to increase their lead, so that going into the final session they were 33-20 ahead, winning the game by 46-28.
This defeat gives Tip Top Trees an outside chance of the title with the Girls needing two more points to be assured of the number one spot. The Trees took full advantage and defeated NAS by 27-10, leaving NAS still looking for their first win of the season. Harriet Eaton was in great form for 3Ts whilst Emma Griffin was the NAS star.
Howden Hawks had to finally give up on their chances of promotion when they went down to a spirited and determined JD Tyres side in a thrilling match.
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