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VIVARY just missed out to Cornwall's Saints in Regional league 3 South- going down 44-45 in a thriller.

Vivary began strong, feeling confident after their win last week, and took a slight early lead. Saints closed the gap and an even first quarter followed with Vivary trailing by just one goal (11-12).

An unfortunate injury to Vivary’s GA saw them struggle to settle in the second quarter which Saints capitalised on and slightly extended their lead (22-25). Vivary found their flow again and the third quarter began with several unanswered goals, with seven minutes passing before Saints increased their score. Some fast, accurate play and shooting saw Vivary win the third quarter and begin to close the gap (32-34). Vivary fought right to the end, again winning the quarter and bringing the score line even, with Saints scoring the winning goal as the final whistle was blown. POM was Lauren Griffiths. The squad: Fee Grammer, Amy Lewis, Leila Aladin, Faye Symons, Lauren Knight, Lauren Griffiths, Isla May, Gracie Stevens.

Tone, sponsored by The Black Horse Inn, beat Yeovil’s Newton in the premier division 53-44. Tone started the game strong with a slight change to their team, gaining an early lead from lots of interceptions and very few mistakes, finishing the first quarter 13-10. The second quarter was very close with both teams turning over the ball, finishing at half time 26-24. The third quarter was Tone’s strongest quarter, fighting for every ball and converting turnovers to goals, resulting in a lead of 43-32. Tone went confidently into the final quarter, securing another win to maintain their unbeaten season. POM was Ria Binding on her Tone debut. The squad: Helen Lucas, Leila Aladin, Freya Bryant, D’Arcy Rowlands, Kim Tong, Ria Binding, Ashlee Dale.

Monmouth, sponsored by Granite Transformations, lost to Yeovil’s Hendford 35-45 in the first division. A well fought first quarter saw Monmouth trail by five goals ending the quarter 7-12. Monmouth fought back to make sure they weren’t to trail anymore but unfortunately Hendford stepped up a gear with both sides turning over several balls ending the quarter 15-23.

Monmouth kept fighting in the third quarter, with consistency in their shooting circle from the mother/daughter duo Helen and Becky Lucas, however Hendford’s defence were very good and managed to turn over balls (26-35). Monmouth continued to play their best netball despite being nine goals down. POM was Tejah Mossman. The squad: GS Helen Lucas, GA Charlotte Denman/Becky Lucas, WA Clara Higginson, C Becca Willy, WD Siobhan Cleverly, GD Tejah Mossman/Ria Binding, GK Melissa Cleverly.

Quantock, sponsored by Mecca Bingo, drew with Yeovil’s Wyndham 39-39 in the first division. The Taunton team clearly travelled well as they got off to a blistering start with GS Lauren and GA Lucy consistently shooting, giving them a 15-5 advantage after the first quarter. C Kim’s interceptions turned the game on centre court back to Quantock’s advantage with sharp play from WA Rachel feeding into the circle.

The Yeovil team came back sharply to end at halftime 23-19. The second half saw Quantock’s defence working hard to defend against the Yeovil team’s persistent attack. GK Sharlie, GD Amy and WD Ruth worked tirelessly with interceptions and turnovers to return the ball to the attack. The last quarter saw both teams levelling and taking the lead. The final score was 39-39 with honours even made for a tense end to an exciting and entertaining game. POM was Lauren Wilkinson. The squad: GS Lauren Wilkinson, GA Lucy Cox, WA Rachel Morgan, C Kim Radford, WD Ruth White, GD Amy Toole, GK Sharlie White.

Blackdown, sponsored by Mortgage Select, lost to Yeovil’s Reckleford 29-46 in the second division. Blackdown started the first quarter strong with WA Kate feeding some great balls into the shooters and the first quarter ended with Blackdown trailing 11-14. Reckleford continued their shooting accuracy in the second quarter and their defence intercepted some great balls extending their lead (15-23).

Blackdown made a change at halftime and really fought in the third quarter to defend well and move the ball up the court. Blackdown moved the ball at speed which caused a number of unforced errors and the third quarter ended 25-33. The fourth and final quarter saw Reckleford continue to defend well and intercept balls which the shooters converted. POM was Kate Stubbins. The squad: GS Becky Lucas, GA Tasha Levy, WA Kate Stubbins, C Sian Blake, WD Ruth Thompson/Verity Stone, GD Holly Morse, GK Helena Perry.