Hi Q make winning start to defence of Honiton Winter Netball League
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Once again the weather was kind and there was a full fixture list completed in the Honiton Netball League, writes Graham Ingram.
Hi Q got the defence of their winter title off to a good start when they defeated HNC Hot Shots who had won their opening game.
With Jaz Chester playing well Hi Q were too strong for HNC despite fine work from Charlie Gardiner.
Hi Q ran out winners by 48-15 to move into the top spot. The other game saw Flamingos open their account with a close fought victory against Ford and Pentecost Panthers.
Panthers had edged 5-4 in front at quarter time, and with Isla Quick playing well they increased their lead to 13-10 at half way.
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The third period saw Flamingos begin the fight back so that at the start ot the last quarter it was all square at 18-18. In the final session Olivia Warwick pushed the Flamingos on and they finished victors by 29-23.
In Division Two, Sidmouth Toucans, Blackdown and Tip Top Trees all remain undefeated, and lead the table in that order.
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Toucans are top on goal difference thanks to their win over Otter Valley.
It was a close contest that was all square going into the final quarter at 14-14, but Sidmouth found that extra something with Sarah Sparks pushing them on to victory at 21-16 despite the best efforts of Catherine Phillips for Otter Valley. Blackdown are having their best winter season since joining the league and recorded their third straight win to stay second.
In another close game they had the better of Pixies from the start but the winning margin was just 28-20, allowing Pixies to pick up their first point of the season.
Kirsty Selway was the Blackdown player whilst Heather Beviss starred for Pixies. 3Ts made it two wins from as many games with Jenny Robinson once again getting their star player nomination from their 30-19 win over JD Tyres, who picked up their first point of the season from this game.
Sam Brunskill was the JD star. The fourth game was yet another close encounter with Swaggermamas picking up their first win from their 18-16 victory against Beer Blazers.
The Mamas were 9-6 ahead at the end of the first period and that advantage stayed with them as the game from then on was nip and tuck. Courtney Wilber was once again the Swaggers pick whilst Reece Bennett was the star Blazer.
Division One P PD Pts
Hi Q 1 33 3
Sidmouth Toucan Chicks 1 18 3
Flamingos 1 6 3
HNC Hot Shots 2 -14 3
Ford &Pentecost Panthers 2 -24 2
Otters 1 -19 1
Signs South West 0 0 0
Howden Hawks 0 0 0
Division Two P GD Pts
Sidmouth Toucans 3 56 9
Blackdown 3 18 9
Tip Top Trees 2 20 6
Otter Valley 2 12 4
Swaggermamas 2 -7 4
Beer Blazers 3 -26 2
JD Tyres 3 -31 2
Pixies 2 -42 1