Emily Steer’s Champions Wasps to last game win.
PUBLISHED: 16:05 01 June 2011
EXMOUTH Netball league champions Wasps claimed a 28-15 victory over Bicton in their final game of the season.
With it also being the final outing of the term for Bicton both sides were keen to emerge with the spoils of victory.
Looking to maintain their season long unbeaten record, the champions and their opponents, who themselves were playing to land the runners-up berth, played the match outdoors but, with an 8.30pm, there were always concerns about the light!
Bicton scored first but wasps were soon level and the first quarter was one of end-to-end play with the sides matching each other score for score.
Led by skipper Louise Passmore, Wasps began to make the centre-court their domain. Every inch of the court was used and, with 15-year-old Emily Steer, prominent at wing-attack, and forging an excellent understanding with centre, Sasha Williams, the goal count mounted.
Bicton’s goal defence, Sally Eade, made a number of fantastic interceptions during the game, keeping the ball in play, but, Wasps were not standing back, and returned the favour with great communication skills between goal defence Jo Leitch and goal keeper, Louise Passmore.
The half-way mark of the match was reached with Wasps 19-8 ahead.
Bicton made changes at the start of the third quarter bringing on goal attack, Lorraine Browring, dropping Annette Lord back to goal shooter and moving Rachel Cotton into defence.
It took a little while for them to settle and during this period Wasps fired away further goals but, once the Bicton side had found a pattern, they stormed back into the contest with the penultimate quarter ending with Wasps 25-10.
With light fading it was agreed to reduce the final quarter, and, after playing just six minutes, the rain arrived leaving both teams, and the umpires, to agree that a premature halt should be called with wasps claiming the match honours at 28-15.
The richly deserved Player of the Match honours went to the Wasp’s wing-attack, Emily Steer and the Bicton goal-defence, Sally Eade.