Diamonds shine in regional tournament

Joseph Bulmer

Carol Anne Diamonds netball team entered the regional league pre-season Fast-Net tournament in Plymouth at the weekend.

Although they were the only Division 2 team in a tournament open to all teams in the top two divisions of the regional league, they more than held their own and finished second overall.

They went out all guns blazing, opening with a victory over Plymouth Marjons

Next came Hucclecote who finished towards the top of Division 1 last season, resulting in a 33-24 defeat for the Diamonds. But they fought back again to maintain the lead throughout in a victory over Plymouth Pilgrims and went on to also edge victory against both Exeter and Team Bath

Alyssia Hayler was the player of the tournament following some superb two and four point shots at crucial times and great movement and timing on court.

TITANS Apollo started their North Devon Netball League campaign with a great 56-9 win against newly promoted Venners Bakery Cobras and Titans Neptune were also victorious against Pat Williams Girls.

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks started in Division 2 by defeating All Whites 31-20, with some accurate shooting from Lisa Hastie.

Bude Stars faced a tough challenge from South Molton Falcons, but Hannah Lennox’s shooting and movement enabled them to edge two goals ahead.

In Division 3, North Devon Homes Stars came through a close match against Coodes 24-21 and Carol Anne Rubies beat North Devon Homes 40-34.

Titans Pluto added another victory to their early season in Division 4, while Venners Bakery Pythons scored 35 goals to win their first match of the season.

Div 1: Titans Apollo 56, Venners Bakery Cobras 9; Venners Bakery Vipers 51, Titans Voyager 17; Titans Neptune 39, Pat Williams Girls 11.

Div 2: Bude Stars 35, South Molton Falcons 33; Titans Venus 34, Panthers 25; Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks 31, All Whites 20; Langtree Re-Unites Rogues 30, Carol Anne Amethysts 7.

Div 3: Carol Anne Rubies 40, North Devon Homes 34; North Devon Homes Stars 24, Coodes 21.

Div 4: Venners Bakery Pythons 35, Langtree Re-Unites Rhinos 25; Titans Pluto 34, Carol Anne Jets 27.