New season, new league

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

With 17 teams competing this summer it was decided that the league would be played in two divisions based upon last year s final placings.

With 17 teams competing this summer it was decided that the league would be played in two divisions based upon last year's final placings. With La Rosetta having left the league, a second team from the Tip Top Trees nursery - the Acorns - EBG [East Budleigh Garage] and Bampton have joined.Division One: Flamingos A 21 Conway Visions 21; Flamingos B 19, ADP 22; Keeley's Angels 62, KPF 13; Nu-Heat Flames 35, Uplowman 17.Flamingos A and Conway Visions got the season off to a fine start in a thrilling game that ended with that rare netball result - a draw - at 21 each. Visions stole an early advantage, going 6-5 ahead at quarter time, before leading 11-9 at half way. In the third quarter, thanks to some fine play from Karen Hall, the Flamingos had gone 18-16 in front. With Yvonne Sparks having a fine defensive game for Visions, they came back into it to level the score at the final whistle. Keeley's Angels obviously mean business after their disappointing summer of 2007 and they got off to a great start against KPF. With Rachel Keeley in fine form, they dominated the play and led from start to finish, being 32-3 up at half way. Despite the efforts of Emma Boulch for KPF, they never looked back and finished winners by 62-13. Nu-Heat Flames have come close to top honours recently and they got their summer campaign off to a good start against the always difficult to beat Uplowman. It was a game where both centres played well, Viv Grant for Uplowman and Sasha Williams for the Flames, but Flames burnt the brightest. By half way they had a convincing 19-7 lead and, although the third quarter was close, they went into the final period 25-12 to the good. Nu-Heat proved too strong for Uplowman in the final quarter and denied the Uplowman side a point from their 35-17 win. Final first division game of the night saw newly promoted teams Flamingos B and ADP in action against one another. ADP led 5-3 at quarter time only for the positions to be reversed by half way with Flamingos B edging 9-7 in front. The third quarter saw another change in fortune as once again it was ADP in the lead - 15-11. Although Flamingos B had the better of the final session, and they closed the gap, it was honours to ADP for their 22-19 win - a good start to their life in division one. Once again it was the two centres who caught the eye with Amy Phillips taking the honours for ADP whilst Lucy Hamilton was the Flamingos B star on the night.Division TwoBVB 10, St Mary's [did not play]0;Tip Top Trees Oaks 33, Sidmouth Toucans 32.There were two games scheduled for division two on opening night but unfortunately due to a misunderstanding on the part of St Mary's, they failed to fulfil their fixture and forfeited the game to BVB by 10-0 and were deducted 3 points for failure to play. The game that did take place was a corker with Tip Top Trees Oaks up against Sidmouth Toucans. The game was poised on a knife edge from the start with it all square at 7-7 at quarter time. By half way there was still nothing to choose between the teams as it was stalemate at 14-14. The third quarter saw a bit of a gap open up as the Toucans edged 23-22 in front before a storming finish saw the Oaks score the vital goal to win the game by 33-32, leaving Sidmouth disappointed to have got so close. The game had produced an interesting contest all across the court but the pick of players on the night were Bridget Webber for the Oaks and Charis McKenna for the Toucans.

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