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Netball signs off for Christmas with a bumper round of festive fixtures

Newbury Netball League players enjoyed their final weekend of fixtures before the winner break, with matches taking on a distinctly festive feel.

In the Steiner Premier League, a dominant Cricketts beat a spirited Vipers 67-48 in a friendly contest that saw players perform like both ‘ballerinas’ and ‘ninja cats’ – their own words.

It was a free-flowing and high-scoring game, with Anna Sukwong Fletcher starring at goal attack for the victorious Cricketts, while Jacq Ambrose proved prolific in an entertaining Vipers performance.

Vipers and Cricketts players sign off for Christmas. Picture by Hollie Morley
Vipers and Cricketts players sign off for Christmas. Picture by Hollie Morley

Elsewhere, Academy Sky staved off a late comeback to narrowly get the better of Tadley Witches 52-49.

Sky’s goal attack Elizabeth Brown stole the show with a dominant all-round display, scoring and providing in equal measure.

Eventual victors Sky were never able to establish a comfortable lead as staunch defending from Tadley’s Elisha Hawtin ensured a regular supply of turnovers that almost allowed the Witches to reel in their opponents in a dramatic final quarter.

Meanwhile, there was no stopping wing attack India Daly as Robinson’s Food ran out comfortable 58-34 winners over Academy Royals.

Carley Stump led the way as Academy Steel kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a thumping 41-26 victory over Newbury 4x4 Centre.

A relentless display from Maggie Taylor inspired free-scoring Fusion to an emphatic 61-32 win over Brights.

In Division 1, Hungerford Extras overcame Honesty 58-45 in the safety of Cheam’s indoor courts.

Hungerford’s attacking trio of Molly Terry, Holly Barrett and Sharon Williams proved too much for Honesty, although 14-year-old Katelyn Collins continued to cement her reputation as one of the league’s most exciting players.

Holly Buddle’s all-action performance helped Five Bells to a commanding 40-28 triumph over Altair.

Amanda Irby was central to a superb display by Eclipse as her defending inspired her side to a comprehensive 60-33 victory over Academy Sapphires.

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