Netballers ready for new season
PUBLISHED: 14:05 18 September 2012
Division 1: OPG 57, Tip Top Trees 4; Flamingos 37, Uplowman 20; Signs South West 22, Met Office Weather Girls 20
The winter season got off to a start with big wins for Flamingos and OPG, with defeats for the newly-promoted teams – Weather Girls and Tip Top Trees, writes Graham Ingram.
With Tracey Moran in great form at centre for OPG the young 3Ts side found the going tough. It was a baptism of fire for their first game in the top flight. Hayley Spiller in particular gave a good account of herself, whilst the youngest player in the league, Molly Simpson, 14, acquitted herself well. OPG had a 12-1 lead at quarter time – from there they didn’t look back and ran out winners by 57-4.
Flamingos had a tougher game against Uplowman, for whom Jules Heal played well. At quarter time it was all square at 7-7, but by half way the Flamingos, with Trish Warwick in fine form had a 20-13 lead. Despite working hard Uplowman could not get back in touch and Flamingos finished the game winners by 37-20.
The third game of the night saw another newly-promoted team in action. This time it was Weather Girls, back in the top flight against Signs South West. The start of the netball season has seen a new name and sponsor for one of the teams in division one. Seaton based sign-making firm ‘Signs South West’, (http://www.signssouthwest.co.uk/), are the latest company to support the Honiton league.
The team formerly known as Bo-Peeps now play under the SSW banner.
The game was a close affair with Debbie Wheeler playing well for SSW and Charlie Sanders doing well for Weather Girls. Signs South West were delighted to learn that the team secured a win in their first match of the season (22-20).
Division 2: Pixies 24, Otter Valley Dairy 5; Hi Q41, Sidmouth Toucans 24. JD T v Hawks DNP.
Division 2 has two new teams in its ranks – Otter Valley Dairy and Water Babes. OVD were up against Pixies and despite hard work from the team and in particular Charlotte Brown the Pixies proved too strong for them. The final score was a 24 -5 win for the Pixies for whom Flic Elliot played very well.
Hi Q were back in Division 2 and up against Sidmouth Toucans. The game got off to a close start with Hi Q edging the first period 8-6, before building a 21-11 lead thanks in part to good play from Bev Parris at centre. In the third period Toucans closed the gap slightly, with Rachel Darlami playing well. The final period saw Hi Q move clear to record a 41 -24 win.
Disappointingly the third game did not take place as JD Tyres were unable to field a side – so Hawks took the three points and a +10 goal difference whilst JD were docked three points and 10 goals.
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