This week’s North Devon Netball League round-up
Carol Anne Sapphires returned to winning ways by defeating Blue Oasis in the top division of the North Devon Netball League.
The match was close for the first half but Sapphires started to pull away thanks to great shooting by Chan Beer.
Kellie Finney led Titans Apollo to victory in a similar match when they faced Venners Bakery Vipers.
Vipers’ Georgia Keough is returning to Australia at the end of the week, leaving a hole in their defence but they hope to rebuild after the Christmas break and continue their run of five wins out of five.
Alyssia Hayler crossed the water from her new home in New Zealand to help Carol Anne Diamonds to victory against their fellow club team Trolls.
In division two, Bude Stars won the battle at the top beating Titans Apollo 46-36. Victoria Urquhart and Rebecca Cuthbertson were superb in attack linking well together and scoring goals. Poppy Price defended well for Pluto but her efforts were not enough to prevent Bude taking the points.
Steph Batstone intercepted a number of passes for Reeds Silverside as they put up a strong fight against Venners Bakery Shooting Scones. But they could not sustain the momentum and Shooting Scones took the victory.
Chivenor Netters were outstanding from the start in their division three match against Georgeham Rocks.
Liezl Van der Berg ‘s movement and positioning enabled her to gain many shooting opportunities – converting on several occasions. Jen Hakin was once again Georgeham’s key player as they continue to improve and adapt to the higher division.
In division four, Carol Anne Opals came through a tight match to win by just two goals yet again and this week it was Venners Bakery Pythons who couldn’t edge ahead at the final whistle.
Venners Bakery Jumping Japs secured their first victory defeating Carol Anne Jets 41-33. They were just two goals clear at three-quarter time but everything clicked and they extended their lead in the last 15 minutes.
On Saturday the North Devon teams have home games at West Buckland School. Titans host Almondsbury at 11.30am and Carol Anne Diamonds start at 2.30 against Raychem.
Carol Anne Diamonds 57 (Vicky Hair), Carol Anne Trolls 21 (Victoria O’Connor); Carol Anne Sapphires 49 (Chan Beer), Blue Oasis 31 (Hannah Dibble); Titans Apollo 45 (Kellie Finney), Venners Bakery Vipers 34 (Georgia Keough).
Venners Bakery Shooting Scones 47 (Miriam Kimber), Reeds Silverside 30 (Steph Batstone); Bude Stars 46 (Rebecca Cuthbertson & Victoria Urquhart), Titans Pluto 36 (Poppy Price); Venners Bakery Anacondas 27 (Penny Collis), Carol Anne Rubies 12 (Marina Leadbetter).
Chivenor Netters 33 (Leizl Van der Berg), Georgeham Rocks 13 (Jen Hakin); Carol Anne Golds 31 (Keziah Hoskin), Langtree Re-Unites Reckers 29 (Heidi Thorne).
North Devon Homes Stars 47 (Amanda Rogers), Venners Bakery Dodging Donuts 26 (Jemma Elliott); Langtree Re-Unites Raiders 47 (Maddy New), Carol Anne Amethysts 20 (Caitlin Walden); Venners Bakery Jumping Japs 41 (Georgina Allin), Carol Anne Jets 33 (Jess Heyland); Carol Anne Opals 29 (Charlotte Buttery), Venners Bakery Pythons 27 (Sara Holland).