Sting in the tail for Hornets

PUBLISHED: 15:35 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

PLAYING netball in the half term break usually presents a problem or three and last week's team planning was hit in all quarters, writes Louise Passmore. Hornets took on CTC Lympstone with three regular players on family call elsewhere

PLAYING netball in the half term break usually presents a problem or three and last week's team planning was hit in all quarters, writes Louise Passmore.Hornets took on CTC Lympstone with three regular players on family call elsewhere and so favours were called in to field a side.CTC won the opening centre, took full advantage and posted the first goal. They then intercepted a Hornets' centre to double their advantage and stunned their high flying opponents by netting again shortly afterwards to race into a much deserved 3-0 lead.The early deficit, coupled with the need to bed in the unfamiliar faces, Hornets with much work to contemplate.But work they did and after getting level they went on to dominate the first quarter to go into the break with a 17-6 lead.CTC never gave up and made some great interceptions which really made Hornets work for their goals but, once Hornets found their shooting boots, the forward passes were regular and shooter Helen Chester took full advantage.CTC defence of Elly Langlois and Jane Edwards continued to battle away though to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the Hornets' offensive players.Changes were made in the third quarter with Hornets' defenders Louise Passmore and Sarah Harris switching positions, giving Passmore the freedom to run around the court! This allowed new recruit Teresa Slee and Lisa Browring the chance to remain in position and short sharp passes around the circle more often than not enabled the two shooters to choose their spot! The final quarter mirrored the third and Hornets came away as convincing winners with a score of 69 goals to 14. Players of the match went deservedly to goal attack Becky Price for CTC who, when given the chance, used her accuracy and didn't miss a shot and Hornets' wing attack, Lisa Browring, who fed the ball into both shooters with such precision they hardly had to move to receive.MALTEAZERS powered their way to a comprehensive 73-10 win over Replay, in what proved to be a one-sided, but nonetheless, friendly encounter, writes Louise Passmore.Replay could only muster half a dozen players and this certainly restricted their playing options leaving them unable to make changes. There was some excellent court play with great shooting by Malteazers' Ginny Coggles and Jess Watkin. The players of the match were, for Malteazers, goal defence Emma Finnegan whilst for Replay the accolade went to centre Fran Lewis.

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