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Taunton's teams in action over the weekend despite the weather


VIVARY sponsored by Shine Hair Management, played Titans Thunder in Regional League 3 winning 56-27.

Vivary came out of the blocks with commitment and determination, showing Titans they meant business. Flowing play and pin point shooting accuracy saw Vivary sail to a 16-4 lead during the first quarter. The second and third quarters saw much of the same from Vivary. Fast, confident play through the whole of the court left their opponents playing catch up.

Tight defence from everyone meant they were able to make valuable turnovers and convert to goal stretching out the lead again. The final quarter saw Vivary keeping the pressure on Titans to take the win. POM was Amelia Watson, OPOM was Lauren Knight. The squad: Lauren Wilkinson, Mya Hounsell, Emily Tong, Faye Symons, Susie Marsh, Lauren Knight, Meg Palmer, Amelia Watson, Nicole Smith.

Tone, sponsored by The Kings Arms, played Torís Abbey in the premier division losing 40-45. Tone started off with a positive mindset with powerful passes down the court but struggled to find their feet so it was Abbey who took an early lead (9-11). In the second quarter, Tone marked their opposition tightly which saw many turnovers in defence and good accuracy from Toneís shooters but they couldnít close the gap (22-26).

Tone experienced some unfortunate calls during the third quarter, but they stayed positive as a team and fought for every ball (32-36). The final quarter saw Tone work tactically down the court, coming within a goal of Abbey, but the exciting and unlucky final quarter saw Tone come away the wrong end of the score line. POM and OPOM was Kim Tong. The squad: GS Fee Grammer, GA Jade Barnett, WA Ruby Porter, C Hannah Robins, WD Kim Tong, GD Becky Lucas/Lauren Knight, GK Lucy Jones.

Monmouth, sponsored by Wilkie May and Tuckwood, played Paultonís Tomahawks in the premier division losing 24-45. The first quarter began fairly evenly with both teams having equal possession of the ball. There was some good movement from Monmouth and a lot of support between players and Monmouth worked really well as a team (7-12). Tomahawks worked extra hard in defending players around Monmouthís shooting circle during the second quarter and managed to get a good number of rebounds whilst putting pressure on the whole team.

Monmouth still managed to hold their own and the ball was passed fluently from one end of the court to the other (14-24). In the third quarter, Monmouth felt the pressure and although they had some good interceptions, they didnít maintain the score and Tomahawks pulled further away (17-35). In the final quarter, Monmouth pulled together and managed to get a few more goals. The attacking team worked really well around the D, passing to and from each other. The centre passes worked really well and they had good support from the defence. Unfortunately it wasnít enough and Tomahawks claimed the win. POM was Abbey Teape. The squad: GS Vicki Cornish, GA Hannah Cork, WA Kim Radford, C Erin Humpris, WD Abbey Teape, GD

Quantock, sponsored by Mecca Bingo, played Paultonís Spears in the first division winning 66-35. Despite the wet weather, Quantock were still determined to win even though they were missing a couple of regular team players. Spears were close contenders throughout, with solid play from both teams down the court. Quantock were down by one goal at the end of the first quarter but fought back in the second to take a four goal lead.

Sadly Spears rallied and they came back with the score even at the end of the third quarter (22-22). This made for an exciting final quarter which saw Quantock pull away with some excellent play and great goals. The highlight of the game was GS Helen Lucas catching a ball about to go off court and balancing on one leg to score a spectacular goal! POM was Kate Durbin. The squad: GS Helen Lucas, GA Maisie Reynolds, WA Molly White, C Kate Durbin, WD Tina Follett, GD Sharlie White, GK Verity Ward.

Priory, sponsored by Matt Durbin Associates, lost to Torís Chalice in the second division 35-44. Priory started the match well, managing to force a few turnovers with tight defending from Denise and Ellie. The ball was brought quickly down the court and converted by Zoe and Sophie. Chalice started to find their rhythm and pulled back to trail by two at the end of the first quarter (11-9).

The second quarter was tightly fought, with some great team play across the court by Priory and Gugu making plenty of interceptions and disrupting Chaliceís flow (17-17). The third quarter had the most goals scored by both teams and included a lot of turnovers with Sarah and Andrea working hard in the mid-court and making some great feeds into the tightly marked circle. Chalice managed to pull ahead but the game was still open (29-33) but Chalice managed to consolidate their lead in the final quarter to take the win. POM was Andrea Dobson, OPOM was Sarah Hughes. The squad: Zoe Stacey, Sophie Bond, Andrea Dobson, Sarah Hughes, Gugu Mlotshwa, Denise Evely, Ellie Tolman.

Blackdown, sponsored by Mortgage Select, lost to Galmingtonís Newbarn in the second division 42-54. Local rivals Newbarn made the better start to the game whilst Blackdown got used to several changes in their line-up (9-17). The second quarter saw Blackdown pass the ball much more accurately throughout the court and get into a rhythm.

The shoots were on good form and they were able to narrow the gap (23-28). Newbarn picked up their game after half time making some good interceptions down the court (33-43). Blackdown rallied again in the final quarter turning over ball and staying competitive until the final whistle. POM was Louise Frost, OPOM was Lucy Cox. The squad: GS Lucy Cox, GA Hanna Jarvis, WA Kate Stubbins, C Louise Frost, WD Clara Higginson, GD Flora Collier, GK Sophia Valmiki.

Tudor, sponsored by Marked Skin, lost to Yeovilís Aldon in the second division 24-47. Despite a wet and slippery court, the game got off to quite an even start with Aldon edging ahead (8-11). Tudorís defence worked hard and managed to retrieve some good rebounds.

The weather didnít help Tudor and with lots of loose balls, they saw Aldon storm ahead in the second quarter (10-22). The third quarter didnít get much better for Tudor and Aldon were determined to keep adding to their score. Aldonís defence worked hard and were proving difficult to get around (16-36). Tudor kept fighting in the final quarter, which enabled them to get within half of Aldonís score for a well-deserved point. POMs were Hayley Milne and Charlotte OíLeary, OPOM was Ally Gabell. The squad: GS Lucy Hird, GA Hanna Jarvis, WA Ally Gabell, C Charlotte OíLeary, WD Libby Binding, GD Hayley Milne, GK Tanya Binding, reserves Sophia Valmiki and Flora Collier.

Brendon, sponsored by Bridgwater and Taunton College, beat Galmingtonís Highfield in the third division 45-29. On a wet and cold Saturday, Brendon met Highfield for the second time. With a close win last week, Brendon knew what was to come. Despite many interceptions, Highfield led the first quarter 4-6.

Brendon fought for the ball and by half time had taken the lead 17-13. With the fighting streak in them, the rain did not get in their way and they maintained their lead (28-22). With a change of positions in the last quarter, Brendon pulled forward making it difficult for Highfield to catch up. With a great comeback, Brendon secured another win! POM was Clara Higginson, OPOM was Hanna Jarvis. The squad: Emma Burns, Rachel Morgan, Jess Larkman, Clara Higginson, Trish Hutchinson, Zoe Godber-Ford, Sophia Valmiki, Hanna Jarvis, Flora Collier.
Well done to the under 16 A team, sponsored by Somerset County Sports, who played well against Plymouthís Firebirds but sadly lost 30-42. POM was Erin Humphris.

Congratulations to Vivaryís Lauren Knight who was selected this week into the AoC Sport England Squad!

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