The rain held off for Paulton Vipers’ visit to Bridgwater to take on table toppers Venus. In what was always going to be a tough game Vipers held strong to keep their winning streak alive.
The game started well with Vipers quickly turning over the Venus centre pass. Andrea (WD) put pressure on the Venus attacking centre court players shutting down multiple passes. Venus struggled to find an attacking advantage. The game remained tight with Vipers slightly ahead at the close of the quarter 10-12.
A change around saw Ness move to GA and Liz on at WA. This worked well with the ball moving swiftly into the attacking circle. Short sharp passing prevented Venus fantastic defenders from intercepting, with Vipers shooters finding the net repeatedly. The game remained tight with Vipers hanging on to the lead 23-25.
A further change for Vipers saw Kristie on at WD, making repeated two handed interceptions and linking well with the attacking players. Venus capitalised on a couple of poor Vipers passes and chased down the lead with the quarter ending 34-34.
The final quarter had Vipers looking nervous with hesitant passing Venus were able to take the lead, however Vipers defensive players shut down the young Venus attack with Becky (GK) preventing her player from gaining any ground and Kim (GD) making quick interceptions and linking well with Kristie stopping Venus’s late attacking surge. Helen and Ness worked the ball hard in the attacking circle repeatedly leaving the Venus defence stranded whilst they converted the goals. A fantastic game of netball by both teams the game ended 41-47 and Vipers continue to defend their undefeated streak.
Thanks to the supporters who travelled with us. Player of the match: Helen (voted by Venus and Vipers)