South West Regional League 1
Galmington 38, Poole Aquarians 50 

GALMINGTON took on the Poole Aquarians and started well, finishing the first quarter level at 12-12.

Outstanding performances from opposite ends of the court from Laura Lou Dyke at GA and Helen Jones at GK weren’t enough to break the strong Aquarians side.

The score settled at 50-38 to the opposition but Galmington’s players left knowing they’d given all they could.

Sponsor: Admiral School of Motoring

Regional League 2
Trident 43, Raychem 47

THE defensive might of Trident’s back three was out in full force against Raychem of Swindon.

Trident started the game slowly, losing the first quarter 15-6, but came back to win the second and draw the third.

An outstanding display by Jazmin Chester at GD saw Trident reduce the final deficit to just four and claim a bonus point.

Player of the match: Jaz Chester; sponsor: Joseph Woods Builders

Somerset Premier Division
Hovelands 46, Tone 38

HOVELANDS had a local derby against Taunton Netball Club's Tone to kick-off 2018.

Hovelands were the stronger team throughout, at one point leading by 15, but the final quarter saw Tone pull it back as Hovelands struggled with fitness but held on to their lead.

Player of the match went to the determined Polly Ridgway at GD, who put in the graft with her GK (Hannah) to disrupt Tone’s shooting circle.

Sponsor: P. W. Pepperell and Son

Somerset Division 2
Queensway 15, Bishops 62

THIRD-PLACED Queensway came up against unbeaten table-toppers Bishops from Wells Netball Club.

The Galmington side were initially overwhelmed by the strength of Bishops, whose well-rehearsed play and determined teamwork were way beyond Queensway despite the great efforts of Lucy Hemmings, who stepped out of position at shooter to defend at GK and had a fantastic game.

POM: Lucy Hemmings; sponsor: One Day Like This

Somerset Division 3
Newbarn 19, Canons 30

NEWBARN travelled to Wells to take on Canons in their first post-Christmas fixture.

Under-14 superstar Jas Pope took to the court in her debut senior fixture - a fine achievement only bettered by her player of the match award in Newbarn’s defeat.

POM: Jas Pope; sponsor: Being Your Best

GALMINGTON Under-16s came up against a determined North Dorset side away in Blandford Forum.

North Dorset took a convincing victory but there were plenty of positives, including an Under-16s debut for Under-14s player Hannah Squire.

There were also stand-out performances from Alex Martin and Bea Renyard in defence, as well as Daisy West at C.


Somerset County Gazette:

SMILING SQUAD: Taunton Vivary, who beat Plymstock at the weekend.

Regional League 3
Vivary 63, Plymstock 32

VIVARY started well and ended the first quarter 11-9 up.

The second quarter saw Plymstock fight hard to limit Vivary’s scoring opportunities, but the hosts extended their lead.

Vivary upped their game in the third quarter and pulled well away (45-21).

Plymstock fought back in the final quarter but Vivary stayed strong and secured a convincing win.

POM: Faye Symons; opposition’s POMs: Lauren-Jade Griffiths and Isla May; squad: Fee Grammer, Emily Tong, Lauren Knight, Faye Symons, Isla May, Lauren-Jade Griffiths, Gracie Stevens with Becca Holder, Ria Binding, Becky Lucas and Freya Bryant reserve; sponsor: Shine Hair Management

Somerset Premier Division
Tone 38, Hovelands 46

TONE played local rivals Hovelands and trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, which soon became a 25-18 deficit.

Tone continued with the same intensity, turning over lots of balls, and managed to reduce the deficit against a very strong Galmington team in the final quarter.

POM: Vicki Cornish; squad: Vicki Cornish, Leila Aladin, Becca Holder, Freya Bryant, D’Arcy Rowlands, Hannah Robins, Kim Tong, Meg Palmer, Ria Binding, Lucy Monk; sponsor: The Black Horse Inn

Somerset Division 2
Priory 28, Kites 36

PRIORY started slowly and Kites had a good run of early goals.

Priory got back to within two goals, ending the quarter 17-15 down, but Kites took advantage of any unforced errors and pulled further clear.

Priory closed the gap but not by quite enough.

POM: Kate Durbin; squad: GS Lucy Cox, GA Maisie Reynolds/Becca Holder, WA Mel Reynolds, C Kate Durbin, WD Amy Toole, GD Becky Lucas/Nicole Smith, GK Linda Holder; sponsor: Matt Durbin Associates

Somerset Division 2
Spears 43, Blackdown 33

BLACKDOWN travelled to Paulton’s Spears and both teams started well and the first quarter ended 12-10 to the visitors.

Spears closed the gap and the second quarter ended 21-20.

It was all square at 29-29 going into the final quarter but Spears converted errors to claim the win.

POM: Tasha Levy; squad: GS Tanya Binding, GA Tasha Levy, WA Kate Stubbins, C Sarah Hughes, WD Abbey Teape, GD Verity Stone, GK Helena Perry; sponsor: Mortgage Select

Somerset Division 3
Tudor 48, Minstrels 23

TUDOR got off to a good start with a strong defence and accurate shooting, ending the first quarter 11-4 ahead.

Passing throughout the court improved in the middle quarters, enabling Tudor to pull away and secure a win.

POM: Louise Frost; squad: GS Alice Alger-Green, GA Sophie Bond, WA Sian Blake, C Louise Frost, WD Hannah Robins, GD Nicole Smith, GK Becca Holder, reserve Megan Palmer

Somerset Division 3
Arrows 23, Brendon 20

IT was almost goal for goal in the first quarter, with Arrows taking a 7-4 lead.

Brendon pulled it back to within one goal and the scores were level going into the closing stages.

Brendon kept fighting but a strong defence saw Arrows end with the victory.

POM: Tina Follett; squad: GS Emma Burns, GA Maddie Borer, WA Vicky Woods/Tina Follett, C Charlotte O’Leary, WD Tina Follett/Denise Evely, GD Trish Hutchinson, GK Libby Binding/Denise Evely