Toucans bid for promotion

PUBLISHED: 14:57 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 19 February 2013

Once again the weather was kind and all scheduled matches took place – that was just as well as they were all outdoors at Honiton, writes Graham Ingram.

Division 1

OPG 42, Uplowman 16

OPG took full advantage of the fact that their game against Uplowman was the only scheduled first division game – for a victory would take them to the top of the table on goal difference and end Uplowman’s title hopes!

With Helen Wright playing well OPG were 11-6 ahead at quarter time and then 21-11 in front at half way. Although Andrea Britton worked hard for Uplowman, they were out-played by OPG who led 32-13 going into the final period and ran out winners at 42-16. The size of the victory denied Uplowman a point and ended their outside chance of the top spot, whilst OPG still have some hopes of the top spot finish.

Division 2

Hi Q 42. Water Babes 4

Sidmouth Toucans 33, Otter Valley Dairy 12

JD Tyres 21, Pixies 16

In the second division Hi Q kept up their winning ways with their 12th straight win – and this time Water Babes were once again on the receiving end of a heavy 42-4 defeat. The scoring was consistent throughout with Hi Q averaging almost 11-goals- a-quarter whilst the Babes scored a-goal-a-quarter.

The race for second place – and the second promotion spot - is very close with just two points between Pixies in second place and JD Tyres in fourth, with Sidmouth Toucans between them! Toucans did their promotion chances a power of good thanks to their fine 33-12 win over Otter Valley Dairy. Dawn Fletcher was the Toucans’ star turn whilst Pippa Wright was the pick of the OVD team.

Game of the night was the match between second-placed Pixies and fourth-placed JD Tyres. The game started closely with JD edging the first period 5-4. The second quarter went goal-for-goal so that at half way JD still had a one goal lead. In the third period Jenny Bryant injected power into the Tyres and they started the final quarter 17-12 in front – a critical spurt! Pixies worked hard to get back at JD.

a spirited attempt led by Rachel Edwards. Although they did reduce the deficit it was only by a solitary goal so that JD finished victors by 21-16. The win saw JD move onto 28 points whilst Pixies had gained a point to move onto 30 points and hold onto second place. With a game in hand over JD and Pixies it is Toucans who now hold the key to the second promotion spot!


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