Platt in form for Toucans

PUBLISHED: 21:01 25 April 2012

Netball.

Netball.

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Tip Top Trees [8} 43, JD Tyres [12] 34;

Flamingos [0] 49, Sidmouth Toucans [12] 30;

OPG [0] 58, Howden Hawks [10] 26;

Uplowman [4] 47, Pixies [12] 31

With Wasps without a game, Tip Top Trees took full advantage and became only the second team to make it three wins out of three games and move to the top of the table on goal difference.

Three Ts were up against JD Tyres, the only team in the league still looking for a win. At quarter time the Trees had overcome their deficit and led by 19-15. With Julie Norman playing well for the Tyres they had the better of the second period and had reduced the arrears to 20-22. The third period was also very close but going into the final session 3Ts had a 33-29 lead. With Sophie Bray in fine form at GS the final period belonged to Tip Top Trees as they outscored JD to finish winners by 43-34.

OPG have had a mixed start to their season but tonight they made it two wins out of four starts when they had a comfortable victory over Howden Hawks despite starting 10 goals behind. By quarter time they had overhauled the deficit to lead by 13-10 and from there they never looked back running out winners by 58-26 thanks to good play from Kana Manshum, with Meg Falkner doing well for Hawks.

Flamingos moved up to fourth thanks to a victory over Sidmouth Toucans for whom Kirsty Platt once again turned in a fine performance. Toucans started with an advantage but Flamingos had overturned this by the end of the first period to lead by 16-14. With Sarah Clark giving another fine display the Flamingos continued to increase their lead quarter by quarter and going into the final period were 43-19 ahead. The final quarter belonged to Toucans as they comfortably outscored Flamingos fighting back to 30-49 to ensure gaining another point that moved them into 5th place.

Final game of the night saw Uplowman gain their first victory, at the expense of the Pixies by 46-31. This moved them off the bottom of the league. Jules Heal was the player of the match for Uplowman whilst this accolade went to Flic Elliot for Pixies.


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