Winter is definitely here: but that didn’t stop players bringing their A game to the courts today.
An exciting start at Newbridge saw Starlings and Rockets take to the court. A closely contested match, the teams were going goal for goal throughout the match. A change in positions in the final quarter for Rockets saw them just pull away in the closing minutes but that didn’t stop the match being an ‘edge of the seat’ and ‘nail-biting’ occasion.
10.15 saw Whitwick Ignite and Donington Diamonds on court. Diamonds put in a strong performance, as they always do and did not give Whitwick chance to get in the goals. Ignite were gracious as always, fighting hard for every goal in their favour and to prevent every goal against them, but Diamonds took the lead early on and didn’t let it go.
At 11.30, Whitwick Flames and Measham Mermaids then played their 2nd round match. Another nail-biter of a match. Nothing could separate the 2 teams. Mermaids won 2Qs and drew 1Q, giving themselves 2.5QB points, but in the dying seconds, Flames pulled ahead to win by 1 goal and added 4 points for a win to their 1.5QB points.
Overseal and Bosworth Thorns finished the day at Newbridge. Overseal have been vying for the promotion to Division 1 all season and today was no different. Thorns put on a brilliant display of sportsmanship, resilience and determination as per usual but they just weren’t strong enough to stop Overseal from getting the goals in the net and winning the match.
At Ashby, 9.00am match had been rearranged, so at 10.15, Gracedieu Pearls faced Blaby. Another close match saw Blaby and Pearls practically neck and neck by half time. Pearls tried their best but Blaby were able to pull away in the second half of the match and take home the win with a comfortable goal difference.
At 11.30, Measham Tridents and Ashby Fire danced the netball tango. Fire were determined to come back from their draw against Swifts and soon dominated Tridents. Tridents threw everything they could at Fire, with a few changes in positions, but it wasn’t until Q4 when they seemed to find their feet. Unfortunately it was to late and Fire won the day.
Lastly, Swadlincote Swifts and Ashby Flames decided that there hadn’t been enough excitement today and played a cracking game where the win could have gone either way. Flip-flopping to take the lead, both teams put on a stunning performance but Swifts managed to pull away in the final Quarter and finish with the win.
Well done to all teams.