Netball:St Ouen A leave it late

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Division I – St Ouen A 36, St Clement B 34: St Ouen were once again without the shooting skills of Carol Bouhaire, out through injury, but Maureen Cox was dragged out of early retirement and played an outstanding game as wing attack.The game was evenly matched until the last ten minutes when the attacking play of St Ouen paid off and they pulled away to win by two goals.St Clement A 52, St Brelade A 38: With five of the St Clement squad back after their venture into the English Counties netball league, they looked fit and keen.

Centre Carol McKeon had a first-rate game, as did wing attack Jenna Bushell.

The game wasn’t as one-sided as the score suggests, however, and play continued at a fast pace, with shooter for St Brelade Caroline Avery scoring some highly pressured shots.

Half-time saw Sharon West switch to ‘keeper for St Clement and Tracy Fullerton (up from the B side) played goal defence.

This arrangement worked well, with the athletic abilities of West coupled with tight marking from Fullerton enabling St Clement to forge ahead, going on to a clear win.Division IV – St Clement E 32, St Saviour B 23St Clement were slow off the mark allowing St Saviour free reign of the court.

Experienced players, centre Tina Duckworth and goal defence Kathy Smith teamed together, encouraging the newer members of their side.

Half-time saw St Clement make a few changes within the squad, and this spurred them into action.

Sally Danneville, the shooter for St Clement, found her form and wasted no time in netting shots.

St Saviour continued to battle throughout, but had to make do with a well-deserved point for half score.Division III – St Lawrence C 44, St Brelade B 43: St Brelade were unlucky to lose this game, having had a clear lead of eight goals until the third quarter, when goal defence Jo Muir went off injured.

With St Brelade reduced to only six players it gave St Lawrence an opening- which they took – narrowing the gap by two goals.Centre Ann-Marie Pereira had an inspired game combining well with her goal attack, Sarah De La Cour.

St Brelade centre Lisa Avery valiantly tried to cover for the missing player, working the ball towards goal attack Karen Harper, but the damage was done, and even though the last ten minutes saw St Brelade back to full strength they lost the game by a single goal.

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