Toucans press ahead
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010
Honiton Netball League - With the teams placed second to fifth in action there were possibly going to be some answers to who was going to finish in the top two!
Division One: Conway Visions 35,Uplowman 16; Keeley's Angels 30,Nu-Heat Flames 37.With the teams placed second to fifth in action there were possibly going to be some answers to who was going to finish in the top two! Nu-Heat Flames needed to win to keep their outside chance of a top spot finish alive, whilst both Conway Visions and Keeley's Angels needed the points to help their chances of a second place. With the Flames meeting the Angels something had to give. The Angels were quickest out of the blocks and led 10-8 at quarter time, but by half way it was all square at 17-17. Once again the third period proved crucial as Flames moved 28-21 up, a lead big enough for them to hold onto to win 37-30 and so retain their outside hope of a top spot finish, but increase their chances of a second place spot. Sasha Williams for Flames and Tracy Moran for Angels were the pick of the night.In the other first division game Conway Visions met Uplowman and, with Yvonne Sparks playing well, were quickest away and, by half way, were 15-8 to the good. Although Viv Grant worked hard to get Uplowman back in contention they fell further behind in the third period, to 13-27 and ended on the wrong end of a 35-16 Visions' win that saw them move up to third spot. With Flames winning they can no longer finish in second place.PGDPts1 Flamingos A 10+240302 Nu-Heat Flames 10+129263 Conway 'Visions 11+40234 Keeley's Angels 10+36215 Uplowman 9-42146 KPF 11-16187 Complete Meats 11-2378Division Two: BVB 26, Tip Top Trees 32; Sidmouth Toucans 29,Bampton 26; St Mary's 27, CMC Birds 9; Flamingos B 18, ADP 24.Once again all second division teams were in action - and at the start five had a chance of promotion. By the end that number had been reduced to three! Leaders Sidmouth Toucans have been lucky and none of their fixtures have been affected by cancellations due to the weather. They and Bampton played their last fixtures for the season against one another, with the Toucans needing to win and hope that either Tip Top Trees or ADP slipped up. The Toucans, with Anna Cloke once again back to her best, started the stronger and led 8-4 at quarter time. This proved to be the crucial period, for in the second and third quarters the game went goal-for-goal. With Jo Venn defending well for Bampton there were still four goals in it at the start of the final session - with Sidmouth leading Bampton by 22-18. Bampton had the better of the final quarter but the Toucans held on to win by 29-26 to retain top spot. Now they just have to wait to see how their opponents do! Second placed ADP, who beat Toucans last week, were up against fellow promotion hopefuls Flamingos B. With Amy Phillips playing well ADP were off to a good start to lead 7-2 at quarter time. In the second quarter Lucy Hamilton at centre got the Flamingos playing well and they pulled back to 8-11 at half way. The third quarter was even so that at the start of the final period Flamingos still trailed ADP by 14-17. The final quarter belonged to ADP who moved further ahead to win by 24-18 to stay in second place, needing three points from their last two games to move ahead of Sidmouth.Third placed Tip Top Trees were up against fellow promotion hopefuls BVB in another close game that would have a bearing on the promotion spots. 3Ts started stronger and led 7-2 at quarter time. In the second period BVB came back strongly to 11-12 at half way, before the Trees edged 23-19 up in the third session - but with all to play for. The final period made it safe for the Trees as they finished winners by 32-26. The game had been one of strong defence epitomised by Zo Spiller at GD for 3Ts and Sarah Green at GD for BVB. Final game was a bottom-of-the table clash between St Mary's, still looking for their first win, and CMC Birds, whose only points had come from their victory over the Saints earlier in the season. The game started evenly with the Saints edging 4-3 up at quarter time before moving 11-6 clear by half way. The third period proved crucial as Katie Lento got her shooting eye in for St Mary's and they went 20-7 up. Although Stacey Leadbetter worked hard to get CMC back in the game it was too late and the Saints finished winners by 27-9 to record their first win of the season with two games left to go.PGDPts1 Sid Toucans 12+127292 ADP 10+84273 Tip Top Trees 9+149264 BVB 11-42225 Flamingos B 11+7216 Bampton 12-47167 St Mary's 10-6598 CMC Birds 9-2233