Comets edge out Replay in exciting contest

PUBLISHED: 12:34 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 01 February 2018

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Comets were 47-38 victors when they met Replay in an Exmouth Netball league match.

Comets began on the front foot and scored the first four goals of the contest. Replay, clearly stung by the early Comets surge, hit back and four goals shared by Lucy Burch and Janko Saldswedel restored parity. There followed a period of end-to-end action and the first quarter drew to a close with Comets a single goal ahead.

Cara Monaghan and Tracey Abbott, shooting for Comets, found the goal ring successfully in the second quarter, despite Replay’s strong defence.

Coupled with tight defending from Comets’ Annabel Russell and Yvonne Sparkes, they added another 14 goals to Replays’ six, leaving Comets with a nine goal advantage at half-time.

The third quarter saw Replay make positional changes with Shannon Beverley moving to goal shooter, Janko Saldswedel to goal defence and Sally Bond to wing defence and the switches made a big difference and Comets had to hold their nerve to maintain any sort of lead.

Sorrel Rawlings and Jo Channing, centre court for Replay, intercepted the ball a number of times when Comets were attacking and Replay scored 13 goals to Comets’ 11 closing the gap to just seven goals at three-quarter time.

During the final quarter, the centre court trio of Kate Pilkington, Alexis Bush and Gill Hall for Comets made a number of timely interceptions and delivered accurate passes into the circle to their shooters.

The teams remained evenly matched with Comets just edging ahead by another two goals at full time to end the contest winners by a margin of nine goals.

In what had been a terrific tussle, it was a difficult choice for the umpires to pick Player of the Match winners as all participating players had given of their best, but the honours went to Sorrel Rawlings for Replay and Yvonne Sparkes for Comets.


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