NETBALL: Abbey Meads edge out Nationwide

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Abbey Meads B secured a two-point win against Nationwide C in Division Three of the Swindon & District Netball League.

Nationwide started this match stronger and led the first quarter by two goals.

Abbey Meads though found their form in front of the net with some great set-up play by Maria Hawkins at centre and Cayn Roberts at wing attack.

In defence, Nationwide’s Jo Hill and Louise Giles performed superbly and were supported well by wing defence Kalli Kaur.

A tense final quarter followed with both teams going for victory but it was Abbey Meads who held their nerve to win 26-24.

Players of the match were Kalli Kaur and Cayn Roberts.

In the same Division, Delta Reds’ newly-formed B team had their first match against an experienced Raychem D.

Lots of mistakes from Delta in the first quarter saw Raychem take the lead, 16-5.

Delta got into the swing of things in the second quarter and came out more confidently, scoring three goals on the bounce.

A change in pace from Delta had Raychem on the back foot and some flying interceptions from Karen Ridley and Shannon Hewes, saw Delta win the third quarter 9-6, to pull the game back to 32-21 in Raychem’s favour.

The youngsters in the Raychem team kept the pace of play high with some nifty footwork and overhead passes into the D which were tough to mark.

Both teams traded goals for most of the final quarter as Raychem finished 44-30 winners.

Delta’s player of the match was Sharon Bassindale.

Delta’s C team played Coleview in Division Four and despite some really positive play found themselves down 11 goals by the end of the third quarter.

Tiredness then got the better of Delta in the final quarter as they lost 44-24 with Ann Forrester awarded player of the match.

Pinehurst B’s first game of the season in Division One was a close one, finishing with a 33-30 victory over Abbey Meads A.

Pinehurst took an early lead in the first quarter only for Abbey Meads to hit back to lead at half-time.

After a few changes to the squad, Pinehurst were able to pull ahead and secure the win with debutant Rosie Rusga earning the player of the match award.

In the same division, Pinehurst A took a nice 52-27 win against Raychem B.

Pinehurst led 27-10 after two quarters and continued their form throughout the rest of the match to clinch a fine win.

Players of the match went to Pinehurst’s goal attack Taylor Goodright.

Also in Division One Burmah A expected a hard game against Moredon A and that’s exactly what they got.

Burmah, missing their usual goal shooter, had 16-year-old Zoe from the B team stepping in to deputise.

After making a pacey start, Burmah led 23-20 at half-time before closing the game out to win by 49-46.

Recently promoted Purton A got off to a great start for their first match in Division Three beating Moredon B.

Purton finished the first quarter five goals ahead and held that lead at half-time.

In the third quarter though Purton turned up the heat to lead 33-16 before finishing the match 40-20.

Della Hunt was named Purton’s player of the match.

In Abbey Mead C’s first game of the season, they took on Burmah C in Division Five.

And despite going down 27-10, there were lots of positives for Abbey Meads with all seven players Abi Cook, Jessie Brown, Hayley Pinchin, Kavee Pack, Maulie Chew (player of the match), Kimberley Arthur and Rosa Humphreys performing well.

img_2044Fairford A took on Raychem C in Division Two and started on shaky ground, losing the first quarter.

After a quick regroup, Fairford started to get into the swing of things and managed to secure the lead by the end of the first half.

Fantastic defence from Fairford ensured they built on the lead and, despite a Raychem fight-back, won the match 47-33.

Fairford’s goal attack Sasha Gibbs was awarded player of the match.

Only Lawn’s C team managed to claim a win this week, beating Nationwide B.

The C’s got off to a great start taking the lead from the first quarter.

Matters were close throughout with both sides putting up a fine defensive battle.

Lawn kept their momentum flowing and Nationwide pulled out all the stops in the last quarter to try and close the gap but Lawn had already done enough damage to claim the victory.

Goal keeper Florrie Green was handed the player of the match.

In the same division, Lawn B trailed from the start against newly-relegated Corsham.

Lawn made changes in the second quarter but still couldn’t seem to close the score line.

By the end of the third quarter, Lawn had played more controlled netball and closed down Corsham’s lead to only four goals.

Once again Corsham pulled away in the fourth quarter, even though Lawn’s goal keeper and goal defence made some good interceptions and rebounds, the final score was 39-32 to Corsham.

Lawn’s centre Jess Hembrough received the player of the match award.

Croft A and Lawn A locked horns in Division One in a match which went down to the wire.

Lawn led by five points at the end of the first quarter only for Croft to level the scores at half-time.

Croft then led by three goals going into the final quarter and despite some great interceptions from Lawn’s Carly Sparrow, they held on to win 41-40.

Lawn centre Helen Hynes was named player of the match.

Lawn D played their first match of the season against Wootton Bassett B in Division Four but failed to catch Bassett in the first quarter.

And Bassett stayed ahead until the final whistle, winning 36-31.

Lawn’s goal defence Fiona Bowering received the player of the match award.

Lawn’s newly-formed E team showed strength and determination, during their first match of the season against Melksham.

They trailed by five goals at the end of the first quarter and by seven goals at the end of the second quarter but pulled back in the third quarter thanks to some great interceptions from goal keeper Jade Young.

With the scores level going into the final quarter both teams went for the win with Melksham edging the match 33-32.

Lawn’s goal attack Brook Drayton received player of the match award.

Lawn’s new-look Regional League Two squad played their first match of the season away to Bath

They fought hard from start to finish but couldn’t stop Bath from taking the lead and winning 60-44.

Lawn’s goal defence Phoebe Allsopp received player of the match award.

Nationwide’s Regional League team started their 2016/17 campaign against Poole without both of their shooters from last season due to pregnancy.

They were also missing key defender Shannon Stephenson due to a fractured ankle but welcomed new and returning players into the squad.

Nationwide started the match well and gained a good lead.

Poole kept pulling Nationwide back to within two or three goals but there was no getting past the defence of Rachel Kelly, Amy Cottle, and Hayley Neate.

Coach Denise Sell made vital changes at half-time which saw Nationwide pull ahead to win 41-34 with goal defence Hayley Neate getting the player of the match award.

Nationwide’s Over 35s dominated Fairford and beat the new team 28-7.

Excellent rebounds and fast play meant Nationwide were never in any trouble. Player of the match went to Paula Martin.

Lawn’s Wednesday night summer league team received their winning trophy and medals on Saturday after going undefeated.

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