Normal service at Honiton Netball League
The first division seems to have settled into its usual rhythm with OPG and Flamingos leading the way, writes Graham Ingram.
Meanwhile the second division is throwing a real ‘melange’ of results with just six points separating first and fifth places!
In the top division OPG maintained their 100 per cent start to the season when they beat Uplowman for the second time this campaign.
With Denise Meyers in great form they outscored Uplowman from the start to win by 45-23, with Uplowman doing just enough to gain a point and close the gap on Hi Q.
Hi Q put up a great performance against title chasing Flamingos and missed out on a point by a single goal from their 42-21 defeat.
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They deserved better having started the game with one player down at six players and ending the night with only five players on the court – what bad luck!
All their players deserve a mention but player of the night for them was Jazmin Chester at centre whilst Sarah Clarke at GD was the pick of the Flamingos.
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Third game of the night saw Signs South West also start their game with six players but they finished the game at full strength after their seventh player joined them at the end of the first quarter.
Emma Bright, a new player at SSW, was the pick of the side whilst Caroline Biggs was the Toucans star. SSW completed their second victory over Sidmouth with a comfortable 46-14 win.
In Division Two, when Tip Top Trees and Otter Valley Dairy played earlier in the season the honours had gone to the former.
This time the pair served up a thrilling game that could have gone either way, but the three points went to OVD to move them level on points with JD Tyres and reduce the Trees lead at the top to two points.
The game was close and keenly contested throughout going right down to the wire with a OVD win by 23-22. Chydia Clapp was the Trees star whilst Pippa Wyatt was the pick for the Dairy.
Another very close game took place between Pixies and JD Tyres. When they last met Pixies had won comfortably denying JD even the comfort of a point. This game saw JD grab the three points in a thrilling game in which Helen Freemantle played well for JD whilst Lacey Dorliac stole the honours for Pixies.
At the end of the first quarter it was all square with Pixies moving 14-13 up at half way.
By the start of the final period JD had edged 19-17 up and with the final quarter being a tense low scoring affair those two goals were crucial as JD held on to win by 22-20.
Final game of the night saw Howden Hawks gain three more points when they defeated Blackdown Ladies by 31-14.
They led throughout with fine play from Tara Andrews with good play for the ladies from Kirsty Selway.
The final score was 31-14 to Hawks with Howden moving up to fourth place.
Results. Div 1: Signs South West 46, Sidmouth Toucans 14; OPG 45, Uplowman 23; Flamingos 42, Hi Q 21.
Div 2: Tip Top Trees 22, Otter Valley Dairy 23; Pixies 20, JD Tyres 22; Howden Hawks 31, Blackdown Ladies 14.
Division One P GD Pts
OPG 6 135 18
Flamingos 6 104 16
Signs South West 6 39 12
Hi Q 6 -32 9
Uplowman 6 -44 7
Sidmouth Toucans 6 -202 1
Division Two P GD Pts
Tip Top Trees 7 52 17
JD Tyres 6 50 15
Otter Valley Dairy 7 11 15
Howden Hawks 6 13 12
Pixies 7 -26 11
Blackdown Ladies 7 -100 3