Stratford Ladies Purples 49 BDR 13
Comets Tornadoes 43 Thunderbirds 28
Only one early game this week after Pink Ladies concede to Stratford Ladies Blues due to a bout of sickness and injury. But what an early game it was! The two Shooters teams were fighting it out, with Flames on top of Sparks in the league table going into the game. Flames started strongly, getting the ball quickly to GS, Naomi Parker, who scored well and fought hard to regain the ball on the rebounds. Sparks came back fighting in the second and third quarter with a good team performance bringing the scoreline back to level. Newly registered players Emma Slater for Flames and Pip Ireland for Sparks made a real impact which was recognised with Emma being given Player's Player and Pip given Umpire's player. Although great blocking and leaning by Karen Philpott at GK for Flames, Robyn Beebe's shooting accuracy couldn't be stopped and Sparks took the win 25-21.
Current leaders going into this weeks game, Stratford Ladies Purples, streamed ahead of 5th place BDR in the first quarter of their game but BDR remained in high spirits performing stronger in the second half. There were excellent performances by BDR's WD Andrea Hancox getting umpire's player and Helen Handy as GK getting player's player but they were up against a formidable shooting pair Lottie Baird and Rebecca England from Stratford Ladies Purples who continued to score at every opportunity. The final score ended 49-13 with Stratford Ladies Purples in a strong position at the top of the league table.
In the other late game we saw current 3rd place Thunderbirds take on 7th place Comets Tornadoes who still have a game in hand. Thuderbirds made a impressive start with a closely matched first quarter. Comets Tornadoes defended well and, thanks to a particularly strong third quarter and excellent shooting from Ella Kirby, extended their lead to 43-28.
Player of the match awards:
Shooters Sparks: Umpire's player - P Ireland, Player's player - R Beebe
Shooters Flames: Umpire's player - K Philpott, Player's player - E Slater
Stratford Ladies Purples: Umpire's player - L Baird, Player's player - R England
BDR: Umpire's player - A Hancox , Player's player - H Handy
Comets Tornadoes: Umpire's player - E Kirby, Player's player - M Paish
Thunderbirds: Umpire's player - C Stacey, Player's player - K Galvin