DPs clip Ospreys’ wings

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DPs beat Ospreys 20-15 in a tight division one match in the Rutland County Netball League last week.

Both teams struggled to find form at the start of the game but it soon became a game of end-to-end action resulting in a 5-5 scoreline at the end of the first quarter.

The game continued in the same vein in the second, and although Vickie Bradley played well at GA for Ospreys, DPs started to dominate thanks to some key interceptions on centre court by Lisa Hamilton (WD), Olivia Rollins and Nikki Hamilton (WA). The quarter ended at a nail-biting 9-9.

DPs started to stretch ahead in the third to lead 13-11 going into the final quarter. In the final quarter they created space to successfully work the ball down court and, despite a good defensive effort from Pam Chamberlain (GK) and Trish Hudson (GD), DPs pulled five goals clear to win 20-15.

DPS players’ player: Olivia Rollins.

Ospreys players’ player: Vickie Bradley.

l Elsewhere in the top flight, Cavells met Mercury in a high-scoring match, which Cavells eventually won by a commanding 41-15 scoreline.

The first quarter had proved a tight affair but once Cavells pulled away there was no stopping them. They led ells were 7-5 ahead after the opening period but had extended their lead to 18-8 by half-time, 25-14 at the end of the third and 41-15 at the end of the game.

Laura Wilkinson’s shooting was excellent throughout and Megan Clarke and Dionne Roundhill played well in defence to keep Mercury’s scoreline low. Sophie Cavell Taylor dominated in the centre, making several key interceptions. Mercury saw the welcome return of Julie Fursden as goalkeeper.

l GDB and Fusion played out a thrilling match in division two with a high standard of play from both sets of players.

Fusion’s goal shooter, Charlotte Rose, was in a class of her own, commanding the attacking third, and successfully netting six goals in the first quarter to put Fusion 6-5 ahead.

Team GDB were also on form with GA Sarah Healey matching Rose goal for goal, while India Thompson put in one of her best performances to date for Fusion at GK.

Healey was influential in pulling her team level at 12-12 at the end of the first half but a change of position for Fusion proved disastrous in the third quarter with Rose moving to Keeper. This enabled Team GDB to move forward to 18 goals while Fusion failed to score in the third quarter.

Fusion returned to their original formation for the final quarter, which made for a tense last 12 minutes, as Rose continued to put pressure on the Team GDB defence, scoring two goals for every one converted by Team GDB. But the whistle went too soon for Fusion, and the final score was 22-18 for Team GDB.

Fusion players’ player Fusion: Becca Lewis.

GDB players’ player: Fran Grace.

l Rutland Belles met RCNL’s B2N in an energetic division two game that wasn’t spoilt by a sudden and heavy downpour.

Belles displayed great movement down court with WD Lisa Thipthorpe defending exceptionally well to feed the ball back up court and, with the help of GK Kathi, prevented some vital attempts on goal from B2N.

Louise Beaver made some key interception but Amanda Mason and Hannah Cooper played well together in attack to give Belles a 17-12 win.