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Saints Juniors grab narrow top flight success in netball league

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Dave McLean

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IN A closely contested Stafford and District Netball League top flight fixture, Saints Juniors edged home 27-26 victors over Spittal Brook.There was a strong start from Saints who took an early lead, with on-form scoring from both their shooters.

Brook made a comeback in the second quarter with great attack and defence to bring the score back to 16-12 in Saints' favour at half time.

Both teams fought all the way, with the score neck-and-neck for the whole of the second half but Saints just edged in winners 27-26. Tanya Grigg excelled for Saints, Kelly Bryant for Brook.

The other match of the evening found Freedom struggling against an in-form Ladybirds side, with their GS Kelly McCulloch displaying some sharp shooting.

Although Freedom gave it everything, Ladybirds' consistent shooting secured a convincing 43-13 triumph. Emily Coleman was Ladybirds player of the match, Amy Bradburn for Freedom.

DARTS - On the Gnosall Darts League scene, unbeaten Lamb lead the way in division one. They have a two point advantage over nearest rivals Wheaton Aston CC.

In the latest round of matches, the Lamb dropped their first points of the season when held to a 4-4 draw by fourth place Horns.

Best for the Horns was W Baker with a maximum 180, while B Braithwaite (140) responded.

But the Lamb hit back to inflict a first defeat on Wheaton Aston in last week's top of the table clash. A maximum man for Lamb was D Pallett. Cock B and A teams occupy the leading places in division two. Recent form saw Cock B defeat MOB 5-3, while Cock A won by the same score against MOB A.

Other results (Dec 2): Div 1, Junction 4 Boat 4, Gnosall Club 6 MOB C 2; Dec 9, Boat 3 Horns 5, MOB C 2 Junction 6; Div 2 (Dec 2): Swan 4 Navigation 4; Dec 9, MOB B 1 Swan 7.

BRIDGE - Dec 9 (N/S), 1 T Maltby and C Bowen, 2 K Smith and S Holden, 3 A Stevenson and L Paull; E/W, 1 L Clarke and A Stewart, 2 S Elphick and A Leong-Elphick, 3 C Raven and S Palmer.

Dec 10, 1 Ivor Clarke and Mike Sherriff, 2 Deidre Newsome and Michael Seavers, 3 Michael Metcalfe amd Ann Stevenson.

Dec 13, 1 equal, Anne Hidderley and Paul Laughlin, also Barrie Woodward and Philip Pymm, 3 Pat and Norman Martin.

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