Regional League 3
Hovelands 55, Vivary 48

TAUNTON Vivary faced local rivals Hovelands this weekend, and it was the Galmington side who claimed the derby day spoils.

Vivary got off to a great start, quickly opening up a 7-0 lead, but it wasn’t long before the hosts got back into the game and fought back hard to take a 27-24 lead at half-time.

It was a well contested match throughout, but Hovelands managed to pull away slightly in the third quarter and maintain their lead to take the win.

Player of the match: Jade Barnett; opposition's player of the match: Fee Grammer; squad: Fee Grammer, Emily Tong, Tia Chaloner, Lauren Knight, Susie Freeman, Flora Collier, Amelia Watson, Nicole Smith, Jade Barnett, Zoe Shadlock, Lauren-Jade Griffiths; sponsor: Shine Hair Management

Somerset Division 1
Quantock 37, Vipers 49

A STRONG finish from Paulton Vipers saw them past Quantock on Saturday.

The hosts made a slow start, struggling to break down Vipers’ strong defence, and they trailed 11-8 after the first quarter.

Vipers continued to extend their advantage during the second quarter, to lead 23-15 at half-time.

Quantock had a very strong third quarter, closing the gap to 30-29, but the visitors answered back in the final quarter, pulling away to win.

POM: Sophie Atyeo & Helen Lucas; OPOM: Kate Durbin; 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; sponsor: Mecca Bingo; ball sponsor: Ling Shooting

Somerset Division 2
Blackdown 46, Rubies 36

BLACKDOWN overcame Rubies, from Sydenham NC, at the weekend.

Blackdown were slow to start and trailed 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw them it back to take a 20-18 lead at half-time, however.

Blackdown picked up their play in the second half and ended the third quarter ahead 38-32, before running out winners by 10 goals.

POM: Sophie Bond, Sophia Valmiki & Holly Gaskin; OPOM: Lucy Cox; squad: GS Lucy Cox, GA Sophie Bond, WA Sophie Atyeo/Alicia Valmiki, C Louise Frost, WD Holly Gaskin, GD Sophia Valmiki, GK Linda Holder; sponsor: Mortgage Select; ball sponsor: Ling Shooting


Somerset County Gazette:

PARKFIELD: Back row - Nicky Ferguson, Becca Wood, Lily Adam, Heather Manning, Evie Tatterton; front - Jodie Reading, Lilly Perren, Jesse Smyth-Lees

Somerset Division 1
Parkfield 55, Avalon 24

GALMINGTON Parkfield met with Avalon for the second time this season.

Their first meeting was a close encounter with Parkfield winning the game by a small margin of two goals, having lost to Avalon twice during the previous season.

The first quarter saw both teams coming out strongly and settling into their combinations, with Parkfield coming out on top by two goals at the end of quarter time.

With some strong defensive pressure and confident attacking plays, the Galmington team were able to extend their lead to be up by 11 at half-time.

Following a focused team talk and with a commitment to demonstrate their versatility, Parkfield fielded players in different positions for the second half, giving the opposition even more to think about.

Some accurate and consistent shooting saw Parkfield pull away to lead 37-20 by the end of the third quarter and to go on to win the match 55-24.

This was certainly a composed and patient performance by all the Parkfield team, with Nicky Ferguson taking Player of the Match for her excellent work in attack and Jessie Smyth-Lees taking Opposition Player of the match after demonstrating great strength and consistency in the shooting circle.