A tense match at the top of the North Devon Netball League saw unbeaten Division 1 leaders Carol Anne Diamonds nine goals down to Venners Bakery Vipers at half time.
Venners’ shooter Lucy Loosemore was in superb form in the first 30 minutes and the team played calmly and with few errors. But Diamonds stepped up their game in the second half and Venners’ shooting accuracy decreased. Kelly Hawkings was dominate in the mid-court, bringing Diamonds to within one goal going into the final quarter.
It was goal for goal until the final five minutes, when Diamonds were able to win the ball and drive ahead, with Samme Brand netting important pressure shots to give them a 48-42 victory.
Also in Division 1, Titans Jupiter and Titans Voyager were extremely close, with defenders Sue Back and Steph Batstone winning the plaudits for players of the match and Jupiter taking the points.
Newly promoted Bude Stars were once again victorious, just defeating Pat Williams Girls.
Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks were outstanding in Division 2, netting the most goals of the evening, and new recruit Nina Barham was honoured as player for her interceptions and control in the mid-court.
Carol Anne Emeralds edged out their club-mates Rubies in a close encounter.
Coodes Cougars continued their strong start in Division 3, defeating Hartland Harriers, and Carol Anne Golds pulled ahead of Langtree Re-Unites Rhinos.
Carol Anne Quartz faced a tough challenge from Venners Bakery Pythons in Division 4 just winning by one goal. Imogen Hunter and Joanna Nancekivell won the ball on numerous occasions for their teams, but it was Quartz who just had the lead at the final whistle.
The final match was too close to call, finishing in a draw between North Devon Homes Stars and Carol Anne Jets.
Div 1: Carol Anne Diamonds 48, Venners Bakery Vipers 42; Carol Anne Sapphires 42, Venners Bakery Cobras 26; Titans Jupiter 38, Titans Voyager 35; Bude Stars 24, Pat Williams Girls 20.
Div 2: Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks 56, Carol Anne Amethysts 20; Frank Heard’s Heffers 44, Venners Bakery Adders; Carol Anne Emeralds 39, Carol Anne Rubies 31; Blue Oasis 38, Langtree Re-unites Rogues 23.
Div 3: Coodes Cougars 45, Hartland Harriers 16; Carol Anne Golds 35, Langtree Re-Unites Rhinos 26.
Div 4: Carol Anne Quartz 22, Venners Bakery Pythons 21; North Devon Homes Stars 27, Carol Anne Jets 27.