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Newbury Netball League: Robinson Foods seal narrow victory over Jets Black in Premier Division



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Robinson Foods secured a 40-39 win over Jets Black in the Steiner Premier League of the Newbury Netball League.

The first quarter saw both teams convert turnovers into goals, with both ends working hard in attack and defence as the scores remained level. Robinson took the lead before the halfway stage thanks to consistent shooting from Rachel Cross, who combined well with Catherine Jones. But then Jets took control of the game with Nikki Barrie linking round the circle edge with Jill Moran, feeding accurately into Diane Williams who shot well. Robinson’s centre court players Courtney Stroud, Nikki Archer and Leeana Heaver balanced the court and gave opportunities for the shooters to score in the final quarter. A frantic quarter saw Robinson Foods hit back to come out on top as their winning streak continues.

Fusion Group secured a 41-24 win over Hungerford Extra. Fusion defenders Sophie Lightowlers and Claire Beasley produced turnovers and they were able to take a grip on the contest. Hungerford’s Mary Allsop and Anna Clement were impressive in front of goal and they kept their side in the game. Fusion restored their strong grip on the game with a dominant third quarter and they made sure of the win after some help from Katie Jones, who provided Holly Humphreys and Maggie Taylor with opportunities.

Roots and Eclipse battle it out
Roots and Eclipse battle it out

In the other game, Newbury 4x4 Centre 1 recorded a 46-37 win over Brights. The game was level after the first quarter, with Brights’ Georgina Brain linking up well with Alex Robert and Jess Hodgson. Newbury come out strongly in the second period, with defenders Nicola Evans and Julia Gate producing turnovers as they pulled away. Kathryn Parr assisted Newbury in attack, but Brights continued to battle to stay in the contest. In the final quarter, Brights player Jemma Well was on form as they tried to get back into the game, but Newbury managed to get over the line.

Vipers edge out Tadley

Vipers secured a 44-23 win over Tadley Witches in Division 1 of the Newbury Netball League. Vipers made an impressive start to the game and, with help from Kelly Elsam, they were able to control the contest in large parts to dominate. Kirsten Thirwell made interceptions in the third quarter for Tadley, but flawless shooting saw Vipers extend their lead further. Vipers looked like denying Tadley even a half-score point, but the Witches dug deep and managed to claw the score back just in time to gain a losing bonus point.

Vipers and Tadley met in the league
Vipers and Tadley met in the league

Jets White recorded a 49-33 win over Newbury 4x4 Centre 2. Lucie Lane and Zoe Silverthorne played big roles in the opening stages of the match as Jets took the lead early on. However, Newbury 4x4’s defence combination of Lauren Woodley and Maisie Allen began to settle with some great interceptions and they got back into the match. In the third quarter, Jets’ shooters Nikki Smith and Louise Kane enjoyed their best quarter and barely missed opportunities. Smith and Kane continued their form in the final quarter as they secured the win.

Caravatti Events were 47-32 winners over Jade Bailey Birds in their league meeting. Jaimie Hole and Amy Talbot helped Caravatti secure some early turnovers and gain momentum as they found themselves ahead early on. Jade Bailey Birds did reduce the deficit a little bit in the second period, but Caravatti restored their hold on the game in the third thanks to the shooting from Anna Sukwong-Fletcher and Alice Brand. Their shooting didn’t stop in the final quarter and they secured the win.

In the other game, Eclipse beat Roots 39-24. Eclipse took control of the game and, with help from defenders Beki Osbourne and Sarah Salisbury, they made good work of their win.

Acorn have control over Jets

A Roots player tries to keep the ball in play
A Roots player tries to keep the ball in play

Acorn Managed Services beat Jets Orange 40-35 in a close game in Division 2. Jets finished the first quarter on top with the pairing of Amber Bagshaw and Chess Parsons moving the ball well as a pair to get the ball down to their shooters Francesca Hand and Carolyn Wilson. However, it was a level game at the halfway stage as the Acorn defence duo of Ella Wallace and Kimberley Thatcher dialled up the pressure to bring them back into the game. The teams still couldn’t be separated in the third quarter and in the final quarter, Katie Gale and Maisie Taylor proved pivotal for Acorn as they secured a narrow win.

In the other game in Division 2, Altair Media cruised to a 52-18 win over Briars. It was an even opening quarter, but Altair moved clear as the game went on and their attacking prowess showed when they went ahead after the third quarter. Altair produced some brilliant play as they continued to keep the ball moving forward and they saw out a comfortable win.

Action from the Newbury Netball League
Action from the Newbury Netball League


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