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Croydon Netball League Round-Up

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CROHAM played Roundwood B in Division One in this fast-paced, exciting match that saw Roundwood leading right through until the last quarter. Both teams played some fantastic, competitive netball. Croham, with only seven players to choose from, saw Bev Walford step into wing attack from her usual defensive role. Going into the third quarter Roundwood were ahead by ten but with some solid defensive play by Jacqui Sullivan (gd) and Kim Akanbi (gk) Croham managed to claw the score back. An unfortunate injury to the Roundwood goal keeper, Abbie Roberts, meant the last quarter saw the lead changing between the teams at every centre pass. Goal for goal, the final few minutes saw both teams trying to take the initiative and punish any error, with Roundwood running out eventual winners 55-54, Croham scoring what could have been a goal to tie the scores just at the final whistle. Player of the match was the goal keeper from each team, Kim Akanbi from Croham and Abbie Roberts from Roundwood B. Also in Division One Hayes beat HS B with a convincing win, 65-19. Hayes' Lacy Congran (gd) and HS B Lynn Roberts were voted most sporting players by the umpires for this match - Kay Martin and Amy Rendle. Also in Division One United A played Highlanders B. This was United A's second game of the week for the Croydon league with a squad of seven and a positive attitude was needed. A solid first quarter across the court gave United the upper hand. At 11-6 Highlanders came out fighting in the second to close the gap 17-13. An even third quarter where both teams matched each other goal for goal. United still held the upper hand 27-22. With everything to play for United gave a final push and capitalised on turn around's claiming the win 37-29. The most sporting players were Emma Waldron and Liz Ford. United B got there much needed win in Division Three in the last game of the season beating Selsdon 43-19 . Most sporting player for United was Kim Wyatt and for Selsdon Sarah Barnard. In Division Four HSC beat Wellcome 36-28. HS took the lead by three goals but Wellcome fought back to draw the quarter. HS made some changes to attack and Wellcome gained their seventh player and took the lead 19-15. By the end of the third quarter HS had pulled back and were leading by seven. For the final quarter, Aliya Christie came on as wing defence. Wellcome made some fine interceptions and great play from Claire Finn, however it was not enough to catch up. Captain Holly Bishop from HS positively encouraged the girls throughout the game.

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