Confident Kingfishers

KINGFISHERS were feeling confident after their last match, which they won against Weston 3, despite only having 6 players.

Kingfishers 45 Wyvern 32

KINGFISHERS were feeling confident after their last match, which they won against Weston 3, despite only having six players.

Still fielding some injuries, Kingfishers, sponsored by Hussain’s Indian Restaurant, made a determined start, quickly gaining a lead.

Nicky (GK) made it difficult for Wyvern to feed their shooters. Play flowed well down the attacking end with some excellent turnarounds from Caroline (GD).

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After some significant changes at half-time, Kings lost form slightly and Wyvern gained some momentum. However, with continual dynamic play from Vicky (C-player of the match) and accurate shooting from Jane (GS), Kings maintained the lead winning 45-32.

Weston 2 47

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Bradley Stoke 48

WESTON 2s had a really tough time this week, with two Bristol matches in one week.

The first was against Bradley Stoke who were currently just ahead in the league and Weston’s biggest rivals for second spot and promotion.

It started off pretty close, with Weston taking a lead of three by the end of the first quarter. But it didn’t last for long, Bradley Stoke soon caught up and the scores were tied for most of the next quarter.

Weston were massively dominated in height by the Bradley Stoke side, especially in defence, where Hellen Gilmore and Laura Stainer played some brilliant netball, but just could not match the GA and GS’s reach.

Weston’s midcourt of Rachel Mason, Tash Drake and Becky Lewington also had their work cut out, with movement made difficult in the centre court, while shooters Jara Lapham and Mel Chilman managed to keep their cool and shoot well under pressure.

The game continued neck and neck, until the last quarter when Weston managed to pull away by four. They thought they had won it, but Bradley Stoke pulled back and a run of goals saw the score tied.

Bradley then scored again, putting them one ahead. Weston pushed on and had the ball in the D when the whistle blew for time, losing the game and possibly the chance of promotion by just one goal.

Player of the match went to Jara Lapham.

Weston 2 51

Crossbow 3 42

THE second game was on Saturday against Crossbow 3.

After their defeat against Bradley Stoke, spirits were fairly low amongst the Weston side, but they managed to play some good netball and move ahead by seven in the first half.

They continued to pull away throughout the rest of the game and had a lead of 12 by the end of the third quarter.

But in the fourth quarter, Crossbow started to get things together, their on-court play was tight and shooting on form, and they pulled back a number of goals in the final quarter.

Weston managed to hold on to their lead, finally winning by nine. Player of the match went to centre Rachel Mason.

Weston need to win their next three matches and hope some points go their way in other games to still win promotion into the Premier League.

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