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Tainton Netball Club teams were in league action at the weekend.


TAUNTON Netball Club had six of their teams in league action at the weekend, and five of them ran out the winners. Read all about it below.

Vivary, sponsored by Shine Hair Management, began their second season in Regional League 3 against fellow Somerset team Sydenhamís Gems winning 46-32. Gems started off the stronger of the two teams with Vivary going 1-5 down in the opening minutes. Vivary quickly turned this around winning the first quarter 15-8. The second quarter saw the use of squad rotation and new combinations took to the court. Vivary were still playing good, flowing netball ending the quarter with an extended lead of 23-16. The third quarter saw Gems claw back into the game despite Lauren Knight at WD producing three spectacular interceptions in a row. Vivary were 32-26 up going into the last quarter. With more changes, the squad gelled well with large spells of possession and patient netball played. Vivary were able to extend their lead to a well deserved win. POMs were Lauren Knight and Mya Hounsell, OPOM was Lauren Knight.

The squad: Lauren Wilkinson, Nicole Smith, Emily Tong, Lauren Knight, Meg Palmer, Amelia Watson, Mya Hounsell, Freya Bryant, Susie Marsh, Faye Symons.

Monmouth, sponsored by Wilkie May and Tuckwood, played Stanchesterís Sharks in the premier division losing 35-46. After losing two tight games in a row they knew consistency would be key. A four goal lead opened up early on after a strong start by the Monmouth girls, but Sharks were up for a fight and clawed the score back (11-11). The second quarter was just as close. Monmouthís defence were getting their hand to lots of balls and coming up with different strategies against a tall holding shooter and accurate GA. Sharks led by one at half time (23-24). Monmouthís centre court players used their speed in attack linking well with the shoots, but errors started to creep in which Sharks converted at the other end. An unfortunate injury to GA Hannah meant a change in Monmouthís shooting circle and saw Lucy Cox make her premier division debut (30-37). Despite working their socks off in the final quarter Monmouth were unable to get back into the game. POM was Vicki Cornish, OPOM was Molly White.

The squad: Vicki Cornish, Hannah Cork, Molly White, Kim Radford, Erin Humphris, Amy McGregor, Verity Ward, Lucy Cox.

Quantock, sponsored by Mecca Bingo, played Keintonís Kites in the first division winning 66-25. Quantock started the first quarter slightly unsteady with Kites turning over their first centre pass. Quantock were rushing the ball into the circle but they slowed down and the goals went in with the quarter finishing 10-9 to Quantock. A change of WD in the second quarter helped to settle Quantock. Strong interceptions from defence, passing the ball through the court with confidence and passing the ball into the circle with accuracy extended Quantockís lead (24-13). Quantock continued to remain strong and consistent throughout the remainder of the game with excellent shooting from Helen and Maisie. POM was Kate Durbin.

The squad: Helen Lucas, Maisie Reynolds, Claire Mason, Kate Durbin, Abbey Teape, Sharlie White, Melissa Cleverly, Lauren Knight.

Priory, sponsored by Matt Durbin Associates, played Gamingtonís Newbarn in the second division winning 42-35. The first quarter saw Priory take the lead 14-8. The second quarter continued with Priory making further headway with a strong team effort creating turnovers (27-18). Newbarn made a big comeback in the third quarter with some good turnovers, reducing Prioryís lead (33-27). In the final quarter Priory regained composure and showcased great performance and teamwork to end the game. POM and OPOM was Zoe Stacey. The squad: GS Zoe Stacey, GA Sophie Bond, WA Andrea Dobson, C Sarah Hughes, WD Freya Bryant, GD Denise Evely, GK Helen Cleverly/Becky Lucas.
Blackdown, sponsored by Mortgage Select, played Yeovilís Reckleford in the second division winning 32-22. After playing Reckleford two weeks previously Blackdown knew they had a tough game ahead. With this in mind and Reckleford having first centre pass they knew they had to make a strong start and did this with strong and determined mindsets (9-7). In the second quarter Blackdown defence put pressure on Recklefordís attack, helping Blackdown pull away leaving a 7-goal gap at half time. Maddy Russell positioned well under the post for rebounds (18-11). Ria at GD made some great tips and slowing down Recklefordís play whilst Tina, Louise and Rebecca brought the ball seamlessly down the court to feed accurate balls to Lucy at GS who duly converted (27-18). The final quarter saw Rhonda make countless interceptions at GK and Tina at WD making interceptions around Recklefordís shooting circle and ensured their win. POM was Lucy Cox.

The squad: GS Lucy Cox, GA Maddy Russell, WA Rebecca Willy, C Louise Frost, WD Tina Follett, GD Ria Binding, GK Rhonda Robins.

Tudor, sponsored by Marked Skin, played Yeovilís Aldon in the third division winning 28-22. Tudor started well being 10-7 up after the first quarter. The second quarter proved more of a challenge as Aldonís defence put a stop to feeds into the circle and they managed to take the lead. A slight change to the Tudor team in the third quarter saw improvements in their game, allowing them to take some time feeding the ball into the shooters for them to be converted. The pace continued into the
final quarter with lots of defence interceptions for Tudor to take the win. POM was Tanya Binding.

The squad: GS Lucy Hird, GA Ellie Murray, WA Tina Follett/Maddy Russell, C Ally Gabell, WD Libby Binding, GD Ria Binding, GK Tanya Binding, reserve Maddy Russell.

Brendon, sponsored by Bridgwater and Taunton College, played Keintonís Kingfishers in the third division winning 40-16. Some great work in the centre court gave Brendon an early lead, coupled with great defensive rebounds sending the ball back up the court (16-1). Both teams fielded a mix of ages and experiences but Brendon gelled well with great feeds and working the space to get the ball into the circle. An enjoyable match with an evenly matched opposition. POM was Charlotte Owen.

The squad: GS Beth Lacy-Rigby, GA Charlotte Owen, WA Mel Reynolds, C Nicole Smith, WD Emma Burns GD Sophia Valmiki, GK Trish Hutchinson.

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