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Champions jolted on opening day

Newbury Netball League summer season gets under way

Malcolm Howe



THE  new Newbury Netball League Summer Versatility League got under way with one opening day upset when last year’s runners-up PCFS scored a 39-19 win over reigning champions Wila Lighting.

There was also a warm welcome to the top flight for David Wilson Homes, who lost 25-11 in their opening game to Jets Black.

DWH were lucky with their bib draw and had three key players in their normal positions although they took much longer to settle and were 9-4 adrift at the end of the first half.

DWH best player Kelly Jones and Jets Black's best player Suzi Cookson were drawn against each other in the seocnd half, but Jets went on to dominate and get off to a flying start.

Newbury 4x4 Centre also started well with a 22-17 win over Brights, who set off well with good shooting from Julie Bakewell and Becky Goddard before 4x4 got into their stride with Lottie Woodley and Jane McGarry defending well as they went into the second quarter on level terms and went on to lead 12-9 at the half-time break.

The gap doubled in the third session and although Brights reduced it, 4x4 came out on top with Rachel Simpkin their best players and Brights award going to Jennifer McMahon.

Panthers finished bottom of the division over the winter, but they started their summer Division One programme with a 32-9 win over Tadley.

Beulah Letchford’s shooting gave them a 11-0 first quarter lead that grew to 22-1 at the start of the second half when Tadley clawed back some lost ground without threatening the outcome.

The best players were Panthers’ Jo Grew and Tadley’s Elizabeth Lemm.

Altair Media limited Fizz Catering Equipment II to a bonus point after their 17-9 win.

A low-scoring first half ended with Altair holding a narrow lead, but with best player Kaitlynd Molloy the key and centre Jenny How working hard in support, they went on to take the points despite the efforts of Fizz best player Eleanor Roshier.

Netstars were quickly off the mark in Division Two when recording a 34-0 win over Blue Jays.

It was a rocky start for Blue Jays in their debut match, and although they marked well, over-anxious passing let them and they were punished as Felicity Cole and Lauren Manderson kwept Netstars ticking over.

Blue Jays defenders Angela Brennan and Rebecca Ebdon-Taylor established firmer control, but their side could not force a breakthrough as Netstars came out winners.

Jilly Saunders was Blues Jayes’ best player.


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