Netball: Unbeaten Cargo back to business on court
THE big freeze hasn't halted Bring Cargo's hot form as the table-toppers returned to netball league action with a 21-11 victory against Willy's Pub & Brewery.
The Grimsby & District Senior Netball Winter League Division One high-flyers are six points clear at the top after 13 wins and five draws.
Bring and Willy's, two established top-flight outfits, always provide an exciting contest and, despite wet and windy conditions, their latest clash was no exception.
Willy's could only field six players and were missing their usual shooting duo due to illness.
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Although replacements Julie Pell (goal-shooter) and Emily Robinson (goal-attack) impressed with good movement in the attacking circle, they were frustrated by the tricky weather and tight defending by Bring.
Experienced goalkeeper Chris Harrison and newcomer Vicky Smith were an effective defensive partnership for Bring, who opened up an 11-6 lead by half-time.
After the break, Bring continued to play their usual flowing netball. Despite the blustery conditions, they used a long penetrating ball from mid-court through to the attacking third to good effect.
They were also able to apply quick-fire passes around the circle to feed the shooters.
There was a real contest of skills between Bring goal- shooter Tracy Barford and Willy's goalkeeper Carol Newby, who was back after a long-term injury.
Barford positioned herself well and passed out when necessary to make the most of her scoring opportunities.
Willy's played with good spirit and refused to give up. They were rewarded with a losing point as Bring triumphed by a ten-goal margin.
Division two strugglers Travis Perkins bagged five much-needed points with a 17-14 victory against Blackrow Engineering.
Perkins stormed into a six-goal lead early on, but Blackrow improved and began to recover.
Excellent prowess from Travis goalkeeper Cath Stephen ensured missed shots by Blackrow's shooting pair were retrieved, while Perkins' goal- attack, Sam Davidson, and goal-shooter, Collette Cunningham, were in sparkling form and steered their team into a 10-6 half-time lead.
The precision play between the Blackrow players is plain to see, with centre Jade Winfarrah being the link artist.
But although the team played well, the shots just wouldn't hit the net.
Goal-shooter Jess Billingham and goal-attack Sophie Gordon moved themselves into superb shooting positions. But their long-range shots were either retrieved or went out for the opposition throw-on.
Blackrow edged the second half, with eight goals to Perkins' seven, but they couldn't claw back the full deficit.
Week 18 – January 28-29
Division One: Pro-Active Jets 10 Near & Near 6; Bring Cargo 21 Willy's Pub & Brewery 11; MRS Protherm 38 Port of Grimsby 14; Heath & Hygiene 39 Nikkojay Photography 8; Pro-Smart 13 Franklin College 12; Louth Tennis & Sports Centre A 38 Louth Tyre Services 8.
Division Two: Graham Bridges Signwriting 20 Forrester Boyd 11; Betty McKenzie 11 Global Vision 7; Sunshine.co.uk 13 Arties Playsport A 20; Blackrow Engineering 14 Travis Perkins 17; CS Strollers 23 Novartis 17; Wright & Gray International 10 DJ Ennis 9.
Division Three: JC Cook Ltd 16 Rutter's Ladies 7; ABP 19 Wilkin Chapman Grange Players 16; Arties Playsport B 19 The New Inn 6; CT Autos 19 J.T.S. Electrical 15; GSA Environmental 20 Gold IFA 0; DFDS Seaways PLC 20 Peacocks Partyware 0.
Division Four: Louth Tennis & Sports Centre B 0 Endotec 20; S Grantham Electrical 0 Louth Netball Club 24; Footlights 36 Pisces 5; East Trans 6 Brigg Ladies 25.