Petroc netball champions again

Joseph Bulmer

PETROC Netball Academy retained the U19 County Schools’ title on Saturday in a tournament held in Paignton.

The team, who are sponsored by Subway, will now represent Devon at the U19 Regional Schools’ Tournament which is being held in Bournemouth on January 28 next year.

Petroc started their group matches well with a 13-4 win over Stoodleigh Knowle in which all players in the squad took to the court.

An 8-8 draw against an athletic Ivybridge College team followed, and although Petroc lacked patience and control they fought hard to earn the draw after being 3-5 down at half time.

In their next two group matches Petroc beat King’s School 17-3 and Exeter School 16-4. Placings in the group were decided on goal average as Ivybridge College had also won their other group matches.

Consequently, Petroc went into the semi-finals as group winners and met West Buckland School whom they defeated 14-4. In the final Petroc met Exeter College. Petroc started the final superbly and went 5-0 up and at half time were leading 8-3.

A controlled second half saw Petroc hold onto their lead to win 14-11. Player of the Tournament was Laura Short.

Petroc Academy Team: Rebecca Priest (captain), Stephanie Batstone, Mollie Gilbert, Rhea Golland, Amber Manley, Rosie Norton, Rachel Russell, Laura Short, Louisa Wilson, Gracey Woolway

In North Devon, Titans Neptune and Carol Anne Sapphires were closely matched for the first half but then Neptune showed their strength and pulled clear thanks to superb defending by Nicola Hinton. Heather Lane led Carol Anne Trolls to another victory, this time against Pat Williams Girls winning 37-21. In division 2 Bude Stars maintained their unbeaten record. Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks pushed them for the first three quarters but just couldn’t stay with them through to the end. South Molton Falcons found their form with great shooting from Marie Dibble. They overcame Carol Anne Amethysts 37-21. All Whites were a player short but managed to stay with Carol Anne Emeralds for forty minutes which is when fatigue set in and Emeralds stepped up a gear to take the game out of reach. Tamara Catlin’s accurate shooting enabled a Panthers, who were a player down, to secure victory against second placed Langtree Re-Unites Rogues.

Reeds Silverside returned to winning ways putting 36 goals past Carol Anne Golds.

In division 4 Carol Anne Topaz continued their winning streak defeating Langtree Re-Unites Rhinos. Elaine Norton defended well to win the ball for her team giving them numerous chances to convert.