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Netball Diamonds ease home against Touchstone

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Dave McLean

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DIAMONDS were sparkling again in the Stafford and District Netball League top flight, running out comfortable 41-10 winners.

They stormed into the lead, going 11 points clear in the first quarter, thanks to accurate shooting from Julie Dolman and Emma Greatrex.

The Diamonds continued their impressive display with great defensive work, lead by their GD Sally Kendrick (Diamonds' player of the match), so that Touchstone's shooters just could not get the ball.

Although Freedom's centre court players worked tirelessly, especially their player of the match, centre Emily Fisher, they were unable to get close to the Diamonds.

In the second fixture, Gems started brightly and took an early lead against Saints Juniors.

Gems dominated the second quarter thanks to some fine interceptions by their player of the match Sarah Freeman, and from this point Gems never looked back.

Saints GD Sarah Lakin defended valiantly to give her team a chance, but Gems continued to extend their lead with some excellent shooting by Jodie Willocks and Nicky Wiley.

Saints fought to the end and their GA (player of the match) Lucie Munday put away some great long range shots but they could not close the gap and Gems triumphed 38-20.

The final match between Freedom and Sapphires began neck and neck, with Freedom just edging an early lead in the first quarter 7-6.

However, Sapphires turned the scoreline around in the second quarter thanks to great defending from Sapphires' player of the match GK Emily Fernside, which their GS Emily Jackson was happy to convert.

Despite dominating centre court play, Freedom found themselves further behind as Sapphires put away goal after goal with clinical precision.

Freedom fought hard to the end, but Sapphires continued to extend their lead and deserved the 37-22 win.

WA Chee Poole was named Freedom's player of the match

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