NETBALL: Robins produce an upset as Knighton are beaten
There was another busy round of matches in the Market Harborough Netball League
The ever-improving Lutterworth Robins produced one of the most significant upsets in the season so far in the Market Harborough Netball League as they recorded a 38-17 win over Knighton.
After an even first quarter, Robins found their form to take a 16-7 lead into half-time and there was no dip after the break with Tigs Harrison commanding the court.
Knighton dug deep in the final quarter with Ruth Taylor and Rachael Pauley performing well but they couldn’t turn things around.
Snowfinders hit the ground running in their match with Back to Netball side Welland Valley Blinders.
The Snowfinders’ experience and prowess was undeniable and, despite the efforts of Krish Darji and Kim Meehan for Blinders, they were eventually beaten 37-9 with Sophie Pounds earning the scorer’s player and player of the match for a sterling performance for the winners.
Falcons opened up an 11-4 lead against Turner’s Tornadoes and, with Lexi Moakes making some crucial interceptions, they extended that advantage to 21-5.
Turner’s drew the third quarter with Jess Hughes commanding the centre court play but Falcons regrouped and scored 12 final quarter goals to wrap up a 41-16 success.
Northampton Storm continued their impressive run of form with a 42-22 win over Foxton Flyers.
Storm took the first quarter 13-8 and extended that lead to 23-10 at half-time.
Lucy Matthews-Kirk made some incredible interceptions as Flyers fought hard in the third quarter but with Storm showing composure at both ends of the court, with goal shooter Jess Picot and goal defence Abbie Ward standing out, they were able to secure a comfortable victory.
The experience of Foxton Mavericks proved decisive as they enjoyed a 48-10 verdict against Siamo Sirens.
Mavericks dominated the match from the outset with Chloe Woodward controlling the centre-court play with confidence.
Olivia O’Brien and Lizzie Buccierio linked seamlessly for Sirens but it was not enough to stop Mavericks’ march on goal.
And they continued to pull away with Charlotte Asprey driving the ball through the centre court with speed and accuracy.
Section One leaders Club Corezze secured another win as they defeated Aircare Lightning 52-35.
The experienced Corezze side opened up an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and they were 34-17 up at the break with Kim Walton turning over key balls in the centre court.
Aircare continued to fight hard with Charlotte Mathers’ tireless work at centre helping to feed the ball forward to Emma Hadkiss who was in great form at both goal attack and goal shooter.
Aircare did win the final quarter but it was not enough to prevent the final outcome.
The final match of the day saw MHBCs claim a 56-33 victory over Harborough Harriers.
BCs started well but Ella Royale and Danny McCann hustled hard to keep Harriers in the game.
However, some exceptional play from Emma Weir and Hannah Stratton in defence ensured BCs stayed on course for their win.