The action reached boiling point despite sub zero temperatures on court when Don Paddy’s and Oakham Ospreys in division one of the Rutland Netball League.
DPs took an early lead thanks to Esther Palmer’s on-target shooting, running up a 7-4 advantage in the first quarter.
But Ospreys meant business in the second, goalkeeper Pam Chamberlain dominating the defensive circle and making it near impossible for DPs’ Alice Dunn to shoot for goal.
Osprey’s Marianne Hooper showed a similar level of dominance in the centre court, controlling the pace of the game and working the ball down court to her attacking duo. The accuract of Vickie Bradley’s shooting drew Ospreys level, and pushed them ahead to lead 12-10 at half time.
DPs fought back in the third with Sarah Combs having an outstanding third quarter, limiting Ospreys to just three goals.
In a final effort, Ospreys edged the final quarter to secure a 25-21 win.
Players’ player DPs, Alice Dunn; Ospreys, Vicki Bradley.
Cavells edged further up the table with a 28-9 victory against Pink Panthers.
Cavells led from the off, largely thanks to an incredible defensive effort from Carly Latham, and key interceptions from Megan Clarke.
Injury forced Panthers’ GA Penny Cooper and GS Naomi Cooper to switch positions and the Panthers rarely settled while Cavells were boosted by Rachel Williams who made a rare appearance and dominated centre court with numerous interceptions.
Vicky Lloyd and Tina Sayers worked well together in attack, interchanging between GS and GA at each quarter with Sayers enjoying a particularly strong final quarter despite a strong defensive effort from Panthers forcing Cavells to take long range shots from outside the D. But Cavells’ strong team work was rewarded with a comfortable victory.
Players’ Player Cavells, Megan Clarke; Pink Panthers, Clare Bloomer.
Rutland Belles secured an impressive win over Fusion in the second division, dominating from start to finish.
Fusion started the match a player down and Belles were quick to take advantage, going into the second quarter with a 6-2 lead.
Belles’ GS Jo Kelly went from strength to strength and with GA Amanda Mason quick to snatch rebounds, Belles found themselves with a 21-2 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Belles’ Jane Booth (WA), Louise Beaver (GD) and Louise Hyde (GK) were quick to pick up loose balls and made a number of key interceptions, resulting in a 26-2 win for the Belles.
Players’ player Fusion, India Thompson; Belles, not stated.
Rutland Jewells met Mr Gray’s Girls in the second division, and with two previous wins for each side, the teams were fighting for the top of the table.
Jewells got off to a flying start, with Caroline Drage and Connie Wallwork putting them 6-3 ahead in the first quarter.
Despite an impressive team effort in the defensive circle by Grays’ Alex Presley and Michelle Osborne, Jewells stormed ahead in the second and third quarters, leading 15-6 as the teams entered the fourth.
Grays rattled Jewells in the final quarter however. Louise Gale and Toots Utteley successfully worked the ball down court to enable Hannah Tan to narrow the gap, but it was too late for Grays, and Jewells ran out 15-7 winners.
Players’ player Rutland Jewells, Jo Harley; Gray’s Girls, Alex Presley.