Newbury Netball League: Kelly's the hero for Newbury 4x4 Centre 2
KELLY Blake produced a player-of-the-match performance to earn Newbury 4x4 Centre 2 a 34-28 win over Tadley Witches in Division 1.
Despite only having six players, Tadley came out fighting and ended the first quarter ended 8-7 ahead.
But GS Blake and GA Claire Digweed found their form for Newbury to help them into a 20-15 half-time lead.
Witches closed the gap to just three goals, but they began to tire in the final period and Newbury held on.
Kirsten Thirlwell (WD) was awarded best player for Tadley.
Jade Bailey Birds just had the edge in a thriller against Jets White, scraping in 35-33.
The pace was fast from the start and good shooting from Gracie Matthews and Louise Kane saw them 11-9 up at the first break.
Birds’ best player Tiffany Wigmore (GD) was outstanding in the second half to draw her side level at 18-18.
But Jets stepped it up again to go 29-26 up after three quarters and with GD Lucie Lane calling the shots they held off a late Birds surge to clinch the points.
Eclipse were no match for Caravatti, who powered to a 68-23 victory.
Eclipse’s best player Amanda Lorby (GK) worked hard to halt an early stream of goals.
But Caravatti were in total control, leading 15-5 after the first quarter and 29-13 at half-time.
Fantastic shooting saw them stretch their advantage to 45-18 to Caravatti some spectacular goals from the edge of the D by Caravatti’s best player Anna Sukwong-Fletcher (GA) capped an impressive display.
Vipers were also in dominant form as they cruised to a 50-16 win over Roots EA.
Roots were always up against it after trailing 11-3 after the first period and Vipers didn’t let up.
Best players were Tracey Bell for Roots and Phoebe Hobson for Vipers.
Altair Media produced a powerful second-half performance to outgun Hungerford Scarletts 41-22 in Division 2.
A tight first quarter saw Altair edge 6-5 ahead, but Scarletts hit back to lead 15-10 at half-time.
Altair then stepped up a gear with excellent defending from Tracey Brant, Kerry Campbell and Jo Boswell as they went 27-17 up.
And the shooting duo of Rebecca Shearn and Kim Wheeler clicked as they powered away.
Anne Duffelen was Altair’s best player, with Tally Gale taking the honours for Scarletts.
Jets Orange were the other winners in the division, beating Briars 37-30.
Jets shooter and best player Carolyn Wilson steered them into an 11-6 first-quarter lead, but Briars fought back in the second to reduce the gap to 15-14.
There was a steady stream of goals in the third quarter, which saw Jets move 27-23 in front.
And although Briars continued to hit the target, they couldn’t narrow the gap.