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NETBALL: Hovelands finish with a flourish for Galmington
2:52pm Friday 16th May 2014 in Sport
The final day of the netball season saw all six of Galmington’s Somerset League teams in action.
Hovelands finished their Premier Division season on a high note with a superb win over Millfield in a match of outstanding quality.
Both teams were quickly into their stride in a high-scoring first quarter which Hovelands just edged 14-12.
Hovelands took the initiative in the second period to open up an eight-goal lead but Millfield responded well to reduce the deficit leaving the Hovelands side 29-24 ahead at half-time.
It was end to end netball with both teams playing excellently, but, with goal attack Laura Dyke superb, Hovelands went into the final period 46-38 in front.
Millfield, to their credit, put Hovelands under pressure to close the gap to just four goals but Hovelands held firm and pulled away again to record a deserved 58-51 victory.
Claremont were unlucky to just miss out on promotion from Division One finishing in third place despite beating Rubies of Sydenham in their final match.
They began poorly and found themselves seven goals adrift but had levelled the score at 18-18 by half-time.
With Caitlin Evans in good form at goal attack Claremont had the better of the second half to win 40-34.
In the same division Parkfield battled well against a strong Neptune side in Bridgwater but, despite a fine performance from Jazz Chester, they went down to a 31-22 defeat.
In Division Two Queensway were up against Quantock which had already been promoted, and were only two goals adrift after the initial period.
Unfortunately Quantock turned up the gas after that and, although goalkeeper Josie Barrett defended strongly, Queensway were beaten 43-24.
Newbarn enjoyed their best ever season in Division Three and, like Claremont, finished third to just miss out on promotion.
They were far too good for Ambers winning 56-12 with Helen Hunter again in excellent shooting form.
Comeytrowe’s first season in the league saw them finish in a highly creditable eighth place in Division Three.
They ended the season strongly with a comprehensive victory over Garnets of Sydenham. They dominated from start to finish and built a 17-2 first quarter lead.
It was a fine team performance with Debbie Bere, Harriet Snell and Charlotte Hooper-Bleeks all producing excellent displays as Comeytrowe went on to complete a 44-9 win.