CONDITIONS PLAY HAVOC WITH MATCHES
December 05, 2001
Heavy rain made for difficult conditions in the fifth round of matches in the Bracknell and District Netball League, sponsored by Binfield-based Total Tyre and Exhaust Company.
In Division One, Pacers got off to a good start, eventually winning 61-38 against Hilton. A third quarter surge from Hilton brought them back in touch but Pacers' excellent shooting, especially from their goal shooter and player of the match, ensured a comfortable win.
Egham too started well, leading from the first whistle and beating Woodley Ansons 57-18. Whilst Woodley battled and never gave up, they found Egham too strong. Eghm nominated Racjel Tite as player of the match for her constantly hard work and persistent marking.
The conditions played havoc with Wokingham Flames' match against Greenfinch. Flames led by a single goal at the end of the first quarter but dominated thereafter. They relaxed for a while allowing their opponents to narrow the gap but they eventually won 48-36. The Flames nominated Jenny Hand, the goal keeper for Greenfinch, as player of the match.
Although the eventual 53-23 scoreline would suggest an easy win for Bracknell Town over Kinara, this was far from the case. A competitive game saw Kinara make some tactical changes at half time, and Bracknell, who only had a slight lead, pulled away in the second half to win.
The division two match between Chequers and Bennetts was truly a family affair. Marie Barrance made a welcome return to the Bennetts side following her broken ankle, and with Allison and Emma (mother and daughter), Jenny, Kelly and Marie (mother and her two daughters) they won 54-29 against a Chequers side who were only able to field six players.
Other results: Woodley Comets 26 Chaffinch 33, Sunningdale 23 Tringham A 31.
In division two, Panasonic won 38-26 against Crowthorne in a match which was as close as the scoreline suggests. Panasonic led by eight points before Crowthorne rallied in the third quarter and reduced the gap with the help of player of the match Lisa Barber. However, Panasonic held on to collected the win.
A good and sporting match saw Wokingham Sapphires win 32-25 against Tringham B. Sapphires made good use of the court with their goal shooter and goal attack exuding confidence. They nominated Nikki Walker, goal defence for Tringham, as the player of the match.
Other results: Wokingham Rubies 40 3M 31.
In division four, Wokingham Stars only managed to field six players including one borrowed from Bullfinch, in their 36-23 defeat against Woodley Tempest. They managed to hold their own until half time when Michaela Gardner tumbled, leaving her unable to continue. Sportingly Woodley loaned one of their players but excellent shooting saw Woodley win and Wokingham gain a deserved point.
Top two teams Bullfinch and Goldfinch met, with second-placed Bullfinch winning 30-19 in a fast and energetic match. With Catriona Read at centre, borrowed from Gemini, Bullfinch led at half time, making good use of the court and increasing their margin. The wing attack for Goldfinch was superb, encouraging her team and leading by example. Nominated players of the match were Lesley Ann Nolan at wing attack and Clare Baveystock at goal defence.
Other results: Gemini 45 Oracle 31
Both Wokingham Diamonds and Pegasus conceded their games to GTI and Woodley Spitfires respectively, and a 0-10 score and three points have been awarded to their opponents.