Hi Q hit top spot in Honiton Netball League
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The latest round of matches in the Honiton Netball Winter League saw the meeting of the two unbeaten sides in Division Two, writes Graham Ingram.
Hi Q and Toucan Chicks took to the court knowing that the winners would be on top of the division at full time.
The game started evenly with the score at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. With Sadie Moran playing well Hi Q moved 20-15 ahead going into the final period, despite good play from Charlotte Yorke for the Chicks.
In the last quarter Hi Q took control to reach the final whistle with a 29-21 advantage which sees them sit top of the table once more and Chicks drop to third on goal difference.
The reason that Toucan Chicks have slipped from first to third is because Flamingos have stepped up after a 69-12 victory over Signs South West, who played the game with only five players of which Faye Hawkins emerged as the SSW star on the night.
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Otters continued their winning run with their third victory in a row defeating Ford and Pentecost Panthers 27-19 in a thrilling game that saw Becky Smith shine for Otters and Isla Quick impress for the Panthers, who are having a comfortable start to life in division one. The final game in the top division saw Howden Hawks pick up their first point of the campaign from their 31-19 defeat at the hands of HNC Hot Shots for whom Hannah Vicary played well.
The first two quarters were close thanks to good work from Rachel Larcombe for Hawks and at halfway it was advantage to HNC by 11-8, but then they stepped up a gear with Hawks doing enough for their first point.
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There were two matches played in Division Two in which Blackdown, who were not in action, remain undefeated.
The Blackdown night off offered an opportunity for Sidmouth Toucans to increase their lead at the top, and they did just that, beating Swaggermamas 33-17. Anna Rowson and Karen Bennett were the players of the game for Toucans and the Mamas respectively.
The other game in the division saw Pixies pick up their second victory with a close game against JD Tyres. With Tiff Munt playing well JD had got off to a good start and were 12-8 ahead halfway. In the third period Pixies fought back to within a goal of the Tyres at 14-15 before edging it at 19-16, thanks to some fine defence play from Sara Green.
Division One P GD Pts
Hi Q 5 90 15
Flamingos 5 118 13
Sidmouth Toucan Chicks 5 88 13
Otters 5 23 11
HNC Hot Shots 5 -11 10
Ford &Pentecost Panthers 5 -32 7
Signs South West 5 -124 3
Howden Hawks 5 -152 1
P GD Pts
Sidmouth Toucans 7 79 19
Tip Top Trees 6 35 16
Blackdown 5 50 15
Otter Valley 5 44 11
JD Tyres 7 11 10
Pixies 6 -44 9
Swaggermamas 7 -106 6
Beer Blazers 5 -69 3