Sidmouth Chicks edge out Flamingos in Honiton Netball League play-off match

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 March 2018

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Despite freezing temperatures, the latest round of play-off matches continued in the Honiton Netball League on the final Monday of February, writes Steph Upson.

In the Division One upper group, Sidmouth Chicks and Flamingos met in a closely-fought match.

Throughout the entire game, the ball made its way back and forth up the court – neither team giving much away for their opponents.

After half-time, there were only a couple of goals between the two teams with Sidmouth Chicks out in front.

However, after the third quarter, the Chicks had managed to pull away to gain a greater goal difference with some fine play by Charlotte Yorke as centre.

In the final quarter, Flamingos continued to chase the goals and with some excellent defending by goal defence, Sarah Clarke, they were able to narrow the goal difference once again, but it was not enough to take the lead. Chicks ultimately won 26-22.

When HNC Hot Shots met TNC Otters, it was a close first quarter with Hot Shots ending the first 12 minutes only three goals ahead.

However, in the second quarter Hot Shots managed to pull away further with Lois Norman leading the attacking side, leaving Otters trailing behind by nine goals. Otters persisted and attempted to narrow the goal difference, with some particularly good defensive play from Amy Colwill, resulting in them taking home one point, but by the final whistle Hot Shots had a clear win with 45-39, allowing them to pick up the three points.

Another close game of the night was that between Blackdown and Sidmouth Toucans.

Each team took it in turns to take the lead.

In the third quarter, Toucans lost their wing attack - Natalie Brown - to a sprained ankle, which left Toucans playing with six players.

Blackdown took advantage of having one of their players unmarked. However, Toucans remained relentless.

It was close to the very end – Blackdown were eventually crowned winners by only one goal. Vicki Russell, who switched between goal defence and wing attack, was the Toucans’ player of the match whilst Rosie Tucker was awarded the honour for Blackdown.

In the Division One lower group, High Tide had their most memorable win to date.

They set to play with only five players – two ladies down – against HNC 3Ts, who maintained a full team.

Up until the second quarter, 3Ts were winning by one goal with some excellent play from Jenny Robinson, but by the end of the third quarter High Tide had fought hard to bring it to a draw at 12-12.

In the final quarter, with still only five players, High Tide managed to push on and forward to overtake 3Ts with some skilful shooting from goal attack Katy Henderson. This teamed with some fantastic centre court attacking and defending by Rachel Burrough meant that High Tide got ahead to clinch a win with 19 -14.

Cranbrook Arrows and Otter Valley were up against each other in Division Two lower group. In yet another close match of the night, there were only a few goals between the two teams by the final whistle. Kirsty Crowe played well for the Arrows. Meanwhile, Catherine Perry picked up Player of the Match for the winning team: Otter Valley (29-22).

Also in Division Two lower group, TNC Tornados picked up an almighty win against HNC Honeyz at 32-9.

Katie Carstairs was awarded with the POTM accolade for Tornados whilst Hannah Armstrong’s perseverance and play highlighted her as Honeyz’ Player of the Match.

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