Toucans knocked off top spot by TTT Oaks
PUBLISHED: 15:22 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010
With your netball reporter on holiday recently there is a need for some catching up to do with the reports this week and two weeks results to digest.
With your netball reporter on holiday recently there is a need for some catching up to do with the reports this week and two weeks' results to digest.
Division One: Uplowman 27, ADP 12; Conway Visions 37, KPF 18; Flamingos A 46, Complete Meats 14; Nu-Heat Flames 28, Keeley's Angels 39.
Game of this week was the match between Keeley's Angels and Nu-Heat Flames, with a win for the Angels needed for them to maintain their 100 per cent record and almost ensure their place as champions.
The game was close fought but, with Tracy Moran in fine form for the Angels, they finished victors by 39-28, despite some good work for Flames from Vanessa Finnimore.
This win kept them on top with just one game left to play.
Flamingos A kept their hopes of a top two finish alive with their win over Complete Meats who were still looking for a win at the end of the evening. Flamingos were too powerful for Meats and ran out winners by 46-14 thanks to some fine play from Karen Hall, whilst Nicky Vile had a good game for Meats. Uplowman continued to move up the table with a comfortable 27-12 win against ADP, who slipped back into relegation danger. Rose Partridge caught the eye for Uplowman whilst Amy Phillips was the ADP pick.
Visions recorded a comfortable win over KPF by 37-18, with KPF just missing out on a point by one goal. Once again Faye Webb was the KPF star whilst Pam Taylor shone for Visions.
Flamingos A 52, Flamingos B 11; Nu-Heat Flames 49, KPF 25; Complete Meats 32, ADP 19.
The two Flamingos sides met and it was honours to the A team with a convincing 52-11 win that confirmed the B side in one of the two relegation spots despite good play from Abbie Williams.
Trish Warwick stole the show for the As, who need to win their last game to finish second.
Nu-Heat Flames finished their season with a win over KPF, but with KPF doing enough to gain a point from the encounter thanks to good play from Nicola Broderick.
Flames, for whom Claire Gresham played well, must now wait for the outcome of the last Flamingos A side game to see if they finish second or third. KPF's point definitely ensured their first division status for next summer.
ADP also did enough to gain a point from their game against Complete Meats, who recorded their first win of the season - a victory that gives them a lifeline to remain in the top flight as, if they win their last game and ADP lose, then it will be ADP who are relegated.
The Meats' 32-19 win couldn't have come at a better time for them and against opponents who also needed the points. It was Sarah Moon who caught the eye for Meats whilst Lisa Bevan was the ADP star turn.
Division Two: Sidmouth Toucans 33, EBG 35; CMC Birds 15, Tip Top Trees Acorns 26.
There was an interesting clash in the second division - with Toucans up against EBG - both only having lost one game each and Sidmouth having been top of the table for most of the season too.
The game was a nail biter with EBG just shading it at the end by 35-33 despite good work for Toucans from Chris McKenna. It was the fine organisation by Zoe Allars for EBG that saw them home and needing to win their last game to ensure promotion. The other game saw bottom placed CMC up against Tip Top Trees Acorns and, with Julia Mallon doing well in defence for the Birds, they picked up their second point of the campaign from their 26-15 defeat.
Acorns, thanks to good work from Hayley Spiller, moved up to fourth place.
Tip Top Trees Oaks 32, Tip Top Trees Acorns 19; St Mary's 20, Bampton 20; BVB (did not play 3pts), EBG 10.
Final week for division two fixtures saw Oaks and EBG needing to win to ensure promotion due to Toucans' better goal difference and St Mary's and Bampton playing for pride.
The two Tip Top Trees sides, Oaks and Acorns, were up against each other with both needing to win to stand a chance of promotion. As it was it was the experience of the Oaks, for whom Emma Truscott played well, who came out on top against the youthful Acorns, for whom Kerri-Ann Upham played well.
The 32-19 win for Oaks also ensured that they finished top of the table.
This was in part due to BVB failing to fulfil their fixture against EBG and therefore giving the East Budleigh side a 10-0 win and giving BVB a three point deduction.
This ensured EBG promotion and meant that Toucans finished third in the division.
The season for BVB thus ended with them forfeiting a game when it had started with them receiving a walkover in their opening encounter against St Mary's.
It was fitting that the performance of St Mary's would determine whether or not they would finish above or below BVB.
The Saints were up against a Bampton side who have been difficult to beat and who recorded the only victory over EBG.
At the end of a thrilling game it was all square at 20-20 so St Mary's move above BVB on goal difference.
Once again Claire Vennhad played well for Bampton whilst the lively Gina Wooderson had been the spark in the Saints' play.
T T T Acorns7-1115
* 3 points deducted for not fulfilling a fixture
By Graham Ingram
Honiton Netball League