Flamingos still top of Honiton Netball league Division One

The top three all continued with wins this evening so it’s still very tight at the top of the division, writes Graham Ingram.

Top side Flamingos were matched against the Weather Girls and once again they came out on top thanks to good play from Sarah Clark in defence. They led from the start and by half way were 28-9 in front. Although Sophie Littlejohn put in a sterling performance the Met Office side couldn’t get into contention with Flamingos winning by 52-15. The Weather Girls were hampered in this tough fixture by being a player short. Second placed Uplowman held onto the second spot thanks to a resounding win against bottom side Tip Top Trees, who like the Weather Girls only had 6 players. Julie Heal was again the star for Uplowman whilst Molly Simpson stole the show for Trees with a spirited performance in their 20-57 defeat.

Second placed OPG bounced back after their defeat against Flamingos last week with a fine win against Signs South West. The Signs had led 9-7 at quarter time but by half way Cara Monaghan for OPG had helped move them into a 17-13 lead. From there they didn’t look back although Debbie Wheeeler worked hard for SSW they had to be content with a point from their 39-20 defeat.

Division 1; Results, Uplowman 57, Tip Top Trees 20; OPG 39, Signs South West 20; Flamingos 52, Met Office Weather Girls 15.

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Flamingos 7 153 21

Uplowman 9 132 21

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OPG 8 171 20

Signs South West 9 11 18

Met Office W Girls 9 -144 4*

Tip Top Trees 8 -132 0

The Division Two title race remains wide open and, with Hi Q not playing this week, Pixies needed a win to go level on points – and they did it – JUST – by a single goal against Sidmouth Toucans.at quarter time Pixies were 8-5 in front and by half way, with Sarah Fletcher in great form they were 17-9 to the good. Although Toucans came back in the third period the Pixies were still comfortable at 24-17 going into the final period. Toucans had other ideas – and with Flic Elliot driving them on they gradually reduced the arrears and were looking very strong – only to run out of tiem, with Pixies holding on to win by 28-27. JD Tyres kept up the pressure on the leaders with another win, this time at the expense of Water Babes, who are still looking for their first point. JD were in control from the off and finished witha 31-12 win. Amy Phillips was the star for JD whilst Rowen Bradford was the pick of the Babes.

Game of the evening in division two though has to be the game between Howden Hawks and Otter Valley Dairy. This was OVD’s 10th game and before tonight they had just accumulated one point, but were looking stronger week by week. Tonight they came good and produced their first win. Hawks were in front at quarter time by 7-6, but by half way Otter Valley Dairy were 11-10 ahead. Zoe Dunn spurred Hawks on and going into the final period it was close with Howden back in front at 15-14. Pippa Wyatt and OVD had other ideas and they dug deep to come from behind and turn the tide to record a fine 21-19 victory.

Division 2; Results, JD Tyres 31, Water Babes 12; Sidmouth Toucans 27, Pixies 28; Howden Hawks 19, Otter Valley Dairy 21.

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Hi Q 9 268 27

Pixies 10 114 27

JD Tyres 9 126 19*

Sidmouth Toucans 8 54 14

Howden Hawks 8 -138 6

Otter Valley Dairy 10 -192 4

Water Babes 8 -212 0

*3 points deducted for not fulfilling a fixture.

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