Somerset League Cup

Aldon 36, Galmington Newbarn 38

NEWBARN’s cup game proved to be a thriller to rival England’s recent match against South Africa, as the teams took to the court in the Dome on Saturday.

They were missing a few regulars but had Carol Manning and Jennie Ballum step up from the Comeytrowe squad.

The first quarter saw Aldon lead 12-9.

Brilliant interceptions from the defensive unit in the second quarter allowed Newbarn to score ten goals while only conceding eight, leading to a very tight half-time scoreline of 20-19.

The Galmington team rallied in the third quarter, determined not to allow themselves to be overcome by tiredness, although Aldon also showed their tenacity and pulled away to take a 29-25 lead into the final 15 minutes.

With their place in the cup at stake, Newbarn gave their all with impressive centre court performances from Kelly Nicholls and Veronica Hogben, fighting for every ball.

Carol Manning and Teagan Dare gained crucial turnovers and interceptions, allowing the Newbarn shooters the opportunity to gain vital goals.

Tension was high in the attacking D but the team held their nerve and phenomenal teamwork, support and encouragement allowed for an impressive comeback for Newbarn, who won the game.

POM - Kelly Nicholls and Veronica Hogben; OPOM - Veronica Hogben

Regional League 3

Vivary 53, CNCC Lions 39

BOTH teams started strongly, but it was Vivary who managed to take a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

As a result of some great links throughout the court and consistent shooting, Vivary managed to widen the gap.

In the final quarter, Lions fought hard to get back into the game but found it hard to break down Vivary’s strong defence, leading to the team’s third consecutive win.

POM: Tia Chaloner, OPOM: Nicole Smith; squad: Fee Grammer, Lauren Knight, Susie Freeman, Tia Chaloner, Flora Collier, Amelia Watson, Nicole Smith, Jade Barnett, Freya Chandler, Emily Tong. Ball sponsor: Ling Shooting; Vivary sponsored by Shine Hair Management

Regional League 3

Tone 33, Galmington Hovelands 58

THE Tone squad had a couple of new faces due to recent injuries.

Although Tone battled hard throughout and improved on last week’s performance, Hovelands got off to the better start and maintained a good lead over the four quarters.

The scoreline didn’t reflect how well the game was contested and it was played in really good spirit, but Hovelands took the win.

POMs: Hannah Robins and Erin Humphris, OPOM was Jade Barnett; squad: Jade Barnett, Freya Chandler, Hannah Robins, Kim Tong, Emily Tong, Verity Ward, Gracie Stevens, Charlotte Halsall, Erin Humphris. Ball sponsor: Ling Shooting; Tone sponsored by The Kings Arms

Monmouth played Yeovil’s Wyndham in the latest round of the KO Cup, losing 34-40.

POM: Kim Radford, OPOM: Hanna Jarvis; ball sponsor: Ling Shooting; Monmouth sponsored by Wilkie May and Tuckwood

KO Cup

Quantock 41, Sydenham Sapphires 19

THIS was the first time the two teams had met, due to Sapphires being in the division above Quantock.

However, Quantock didn’t let that put them off, coming out strongly and taking a 10-3 lead after the first quarter.

Throughout the second quarter, Quantock kept the pressure on Sapphires, forcing held balls all the way down the court and going into half time leading 20-7.

The third quarter was Sapphires’ best scoring quarter but Quantock also continued to sink their goals and were ahead 31-14 going into the final quarter.

Quantock finished the match with a convincing win to see them through to the next round.

POM: Amy McGregor, OPOM: Vicki Cornish; squad: GS Zoe Coggins, GA Vicki Cornish, WA Sophie Atyeo/Kate Durbin, C Gugu Mlotshwa/Sophie Atyeo, WD Amy McGregor/Gugu Mlotshwa, GD Verity Ward/Amy McGregor, GK Denise Evely; ball sponsor: Ling Shooting; Quantock sponsored by Mecca Bingo