Spears v Rubies 26/09/2015

This sunny Saturday saw Spears take on Division 2 Rubies in a KO Cup Match. With Paulton Rovers already achieving 2 quality wins the pressure was on for Spears to make it a full house so they went out all guns blazing!

This sunny Saturday saw Spears take on Division 2 Rubies in a KO Cup Match. With Paulton Rovers already achieving 2 quality wins the pressure was on for Spears to make it a full house- so they went out all guns blazing!

The second quarter Spears defence worked tirelessly in the circle. Amy GK and Kelly GD making valuable interceptions enabling Spears to pull ahead 24-13. A few attacking changes were made at half time by Spears and Rubies put on fresh legs. Spears fought hard to keep their lead, communicating well Ruby- now C- and Shelley-now WA- fed the ball into the shooters with umph and precision, rubies defence weren’t able to retaliate. Starting the last quarter with a lead of 38-22 Spears bought on Rebecca as GS who linked well with Milly passing in and out of the circle. As the sunburn became apparent both teams started to tire towards the end of the game but one final push secured the victory for Spears. Final score of 44-27!

Spears would like to thank Cheryl and Rebecca Wiltshire for playing, Vanessa Lynch for Umpiring and all the spectators for their valuable support.

POM- Cheryl Wiltshire Players Player- Kelly Hawkins and Amy Wiltshire

Vipers v Parkfield 26/09/2015

Paulton’s Vipers hosted Galmington’s Parkfield in the Knock Out Cup. Newly promoted to the First Division and with confidence from the previous week’s performance, spirits were high. However, due to injury Debbie couldn’t start the match.

The game started well for both sides with the ball going goal for goal. Vipers remained firm, with good communication and some great turnovers in defence from Becky and Andrea. Ending the first quarter positively 13-7 in the lead.

Vipers continued to attack every ball with some great movement in attack from Hayley, Zoe and Ness. Strong passing through to Helen and great shooting ensured a confident half time lead of 27-16.

Galmington made a few team changes at half time but this did not deter Vipers from remaining strong. With few errors in defence and interceptions from Kristie, Vipers

continued to make the most of each opportunity! Zoe and Helen now shooting took Vipers into the last quarter with an even greater lead of 39-23.

The final quarter saw a few further team changes with Debbie testing her injury out at centre. Hayley moved to WA with Ness at GA and Zoe at GS. Trying to keep the pace high and demonstrating fitness levels, Vipers romped home to win 46-32. A great team effort.  Thanks to the umpires and all the loud supporters!

Hawks v Hovelands 26/09/2015

Tomahawks played home to Hovelands on Saturday in their first home game of the season. The sun was shining and Paulton were hoping to make it two wins out of two!  The game started fast and it was clear it was going to be high scoring. The teams were evenly matched but Hovelands had the edge in the first quarter, capitalising on some turnovers made by their defence. The first quarter ended 12-16 to Hovelands.

The second quarter saw some hard work by Paulton’s centre court players Darby, Caron and Jade to keep Hawks within contention. Both teams were consistent with their shooting and the half time score was 20-26 to Hovelands. At half time Paulton made a couple of centre court rotations and they were determined to turn the game around.

The third quarter was very even, but Paulton just edged it winning 16-15 meaning they were going into the last quarter just 5 behind. The final quarter saw Hawks give everything they had. Kirsty and Victoria made some fantastic interceptions in defence meaning Hawks could claw back the goals.

The atmosphere was tense with the home crowd getting right behind Hawks but Cheryl and Davina held their nerve with some brilliant shooting. Hawks won the last quarter 17-9 resulting in a final score of 53-50 to Paulton.

Tomahawks would like to thank all of their supporters who helped them through the dying minutes to secure victory and to Helen for umpiring.  Player of the match was Davina and players player Jade and Caron.

Aldon v Arrows 19/09/2015

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Starting line-up:

GS: Rebecca

GA: Pip

WA: Ellie

C: Shannon

WD: Cheryl

GD: Harriet

GK: Ella

Arrows travelled to Yeovil for the second game of the season against Aldon. The first quarter was a fantastic start for the team with Rebecca, Ellie and Shannon making some accurate passes to feed the ball to Pip and Rebecca keeping it goal for goal. Aldon however, quickly made some turnovers leaving the score to 10-8 to them.

Harriet and Ella worked well as a pair in defence making sure they got any possible rebounds to turn the play and lead the ball back up to the attacking end. However Aldon’s rushed passes meant that it was harder for the defensive side to make any turnovers which allowed Aldon to pull further ahead 20-14.

Pip and Rebecca switched positions after the break but no further rotations were made. Coming back the team were determined to close the gap with Shannon, Ellie and Cheryl working well passing up the court and feeding into the end third. However although the team had great determination Aldon came out harder against Arrows giving them a bigger lead, 32-20.

In the final quarter Pip and Rebecca went back to their original positions and Kimberley was brought on at GK to help get some points. This quarter was a lot stronger and everyone carried on going until the very end leading to more opportunities and shots for arrows, Arrows managed to score 9 goals whereas Aldon only scored 5. Despite the score the team left the court with smiles on their faces knowing that they had worked hard as a team.

Thank you to Victoria for umpiring and to Spears for their loud cheering.

Player of the match = Shannon   Players Player = Ellie

Next match = Arrows v Comeytrowe 3/10/15 @ 15.15.

Abbey v vipers 19/09/2016

Following promotion from the second division last season, Vipers jumped 2 divisions in a newly organised Somerset League in their first match of the season against Abbey, an established team from Glastonbury.

Vipers went into the game with no illusions that the match would be a hard battle and take great mental confidence to show Abbey that they deserved their place in this division. The newly formed rotational squad, starting with Helen, Zoe, Hayley, Debbie, Vanessa, Andrea and Becky went out strong from the first whistle. The home side Abbey were surprised by the strength of the Paulton squad, ending the first quarter with Abbey only just leading 8-6. Unfortunately GA Zoe had to go off for injury in the first quarter. With a small reshuffle within the team Kristie came on at WD.
Determined to keep up their intensity and force Abbey to work hard, Vipers moved the ball around the court well, intercepting and turning the ball over to their advantage. Abbey held their lead, with the score line not reflecting how hard the Vipers squad had worked in the second quarter ending 21-14 in Abbey’s favour.
Going into the third quarter the defensive duo, Becky and Andrea rebounded some missed shots by Abbey, sending the ball back up the court through Hayley and Debbie, for Vanessa and Helen to convert. 33-23 Abbey.
On one of the warmest days in September Vipers took to the last quarter knowing their fitness and determination would need to be at its highest level to see out the last 15 minutes of the match. Kristie made a beautifully timed 2 handed interception, Helen and Vanessa putting up some pressure shots, Becky and Andrea continued to work hard and force the Abbey shooters out from under the posts, and Hayely and Debbie kept up the work rate until the final whistle. Vipers left the court scoring points in this new division and proud of their performance. Final score 33-45.
Man of the Match and Players player Hayley Warren.

Saturn v Hawks 12/09/2015

Paulton Tomahawks traveled to Taunton for their first match of the season against Saturn. Following the long summer break the team were anxious to make a good start and took to the court in a positive mood determined to take home a win.

Hawks started the match strongly settling into the game quickly and confidently. Following several successful turnovers in the midcourt an early lead of 5-2 was established. However, Saturn started to get into their rhythm and the game returned to a more even keel. The Bridgwater team seemed to grow in confidence as the quarter progressed, capturing any rebounded shots from the Paulton shooting circle and then capitalising with a goal at their end. The quarter finished with Saturn taking a 5 goal lead into the break. Hawks 8, Saturn 13. 

A switch to the Paulton shooters was made at the start of the second quarter with Davina replacing sister Darby at GS. This change seemed to unsettle the Saturn defence who struggled to deal with the interaction between the two Paulton shooters. Together with Jade and Caron, who were feeing the circle excellently with some quick passing, Paulton were able to pull back four goals and finished the quarter strongly, leaving Saturn to only take a one goal lead into the half-time break. Hawks 18, Saturn 19. 

Hawks returned to the court determined to keep up the momentum they had generated at the end of the previous quarter. However, following a change at WA, it was a shaky start and Saturn piled on the pressure with some good interceptions from their defensive pairing. But Paulton held their nerve and showed some great discipline, marking tight across the court. Some strong defensive work from Victoria, Laura and Kirsty meant that Saturn were unable to feed their shooters and turnovers were quickly taken back down the court to Cheryl and Davina, who were continuing to work well together and finding the net with ease. The quarter ended with Hawks taking a well deserved two goal lead. Hawks 28, Saturn 26. 

The final quarter saw the Paulton team return to the court determined to retain the lead and take home a win. Some steady and controlled play ensured that Hawks retained possession of the ball, preventing Saturn having any chance of pulling back the lead. A great collective team effort meant that Hawks were able to extend their lead by one goal and leave the court as the victors. Hawks 37, Saturn 34. 

Player of the match was Cheryl. Thanks to Kim, Amy, Tanya and Dave for travelling down and supporting. Hawks would also like to congratulate Hazel, Helen and Shelley for passing their umpiring assessments.

Avalon v Spears 05/09/2015

Starting line-up:

GK Kelly Hawkins
GD Kimberley Freeman
WD Elizabeth Hoare
C Shelley Bush
WA Ruby Dix
GA Milly Mclachlan
GS Helen Carpenter
Res Amy Wiltshire

Spears travelled to Glastonbury for the first game of the season. With a new look squad following selections back in June the side was understandably nervous and knew the game was going to be a battle.

Starting strong Spears displayed excellent movement and controlled passing to keep the quarter goal for goal in for the first 10 minutes, Avalon however gelled quickly with the GS keeping up a 100% accuracy rating ensuring the Spears defence had to work hard, the home team pulled ahead 8 – 14.

Making the most of having a rotational squad Spears brought on fresh legs in defence with Amy on at GK allowing Kelly to move to WD; this shake up unsteadied Avalon. Spears however failed to capitalise on rushed passing by the home side and allowed Avalon to pull further ahead 34 – 12.

After a rousing half time talk Paulton took to the court with new determination with fantastic centre court play by Ruby, Shelley and Elizabeth. The ball was quickly sent into the awaiting shooters. However with 7 minutes of the quarter left injury time was called with Milly at GA down with a rapidly swelling ankle. As a result a nervous Kim put on the GS bib. The quarter closed 47-17.

The final quarter saw a revival of the Spears spirit with Helen at GA working hard to win the ball; linking with her inexperienced GS the two surprised the Avalon defensive pairing to repeat the score line of the first quarter scoring 8 goals to Avalons 14. Despite the score line the squad left the court with smiles on their faces. Avalon took the win 61 – 25.

Thank you to Victoria for umpiring and to the loud support of Andrea, Jack and Hayley.

Player of the match = Amy Players Player = Kim

Next Match = Reckleford v Spears 19/09/2019 @ 13:30

Canons v Arrows 05/09/2015

Paulton Rovers Arrows traveled to Wells to take on Canons in the first game of the season. With the sun shining spirits and hopes were high that the young side could bring home a win.

Arrows took the court with a few nerves and not knowing what to expect having only come together as a team a few weeks ago. Great link ups in defense with Harriet and Ella turning over the play and leading the ball back up to the awaiting shooters Pip and Rebecca, who also worked well as a pair; using short and snappy passes to pop up the shots.

At half time Arrows were comfortably in the lead and the game was flowing well, the score was 8 – 24.

No changes were made coming back after the break with Shannon, Ellie and Cheryl working well passing up the court and feeding into the end third. Wells began to fight back, however, Arrows came back in the last quarter with heads still held high working hard as a team and calling for the ball in good spacing.

The match finished everyone with smiles on everyone’s faces a win for Arrows 18-38.

Player of the match Shannon and players player Rebecca. Thanks to Victoria for umpiring and to all who traveled to support the team.

Next match = Aldon v Arrows 19/05/2015 at 13:00

Vipers v Emeralds 20/12/14

Vipers played home to Emeralds Saturday in their last game of the year. Although it was bitterly cold, Vipers started strongly and scored several goals in quick succession. Emeralds then fought back which rattled Vipers a bit and this resulted in a few mistakes, which Emeralds used to their advantage. The first quarter ended 15 – 8.


After the first break, Vipers started to communicate more and this paid off in defence with Becky, Kim and Andrea. They applied pressure on the Emeralds attack meaning the Sydenham side only managed 3 goals. Vipers strong shooters Ness and Helen consistently found the net scoring 19 goals. The second quarter finished 34-11.


Vipers continued to keep the pressure on in the third quarter, with Shelley and Deb linking up well in the attack, getting some interceptions, which were quickly converted into goals. Kristie also used her skills to get several tips and interceptions in defence, limiting emeralds to only 2 goals in the penultimate quarter. It ended 54-13.


The final quarter saw some rotations in the squad, with Shelley going to C, Deb to WA, Ness to GS and Helen to GA. This did not stop Vipers momentum and the shots still found their target. Although a few more silly mistakes were made, Vipers spirits remained high and they continued to push for their highest score to date. The game ended 74-17.

Vipers v Spears 13/12/14

An extremely icing Saturday morning saw Paulton Rovers Netball Club’s two division two teams battle it out in an exciting and closely fought interclub match.

The game started well for both sides with Spears showing fantastic level of play, intercepting weak passes and pressuring all attacking moves made by Vipers. Ruby, Liz and Millie worked hard in the centre court working the ball well and closing down Vipers attacking opportunities. The quarter was goal for goal for with neither side able to capitalise on interceptions. The quarter ended with a very tense score line of 11 all.

After a quick break the second quarter started much the same as the first with interceptions and poor passes allowing both sides to turn the ball over. Zoe and Meg in the Spears shooting circle played the ball well, linking well as a unit and making Vipers work hard for every ball. However Vipers strong defence of Andrea, Becky and Kim made pivotal interceptions allowing Vipers to take a slim lead closing the first half 16-13.

The third quarter saw Vipers come out with nerves finally dissipating and a greater sense of focus, Shelley and Deb pushed hard in the centre court turning the ball over and sending the ball swiftly and accurately into the awaiting shooters. However Spears remained strong and determined, chasing every loose ball and pressuring every pass. Despite Spears’ determination Vipers pushed further ahead to close the quarter 30-21.

Spears were still battling hard going in to the final quarter with Amy and Kelly holding firm in the Spears defence, pressuring every shot and pass working as a team. Vipers shooters Helen and Ness remained strong repeatedly finding their target boosting Vipers chances of a victory. Spears were not willing to let Vipers have it all their way and with excellent communication proved to be a formidable side. The game ended with a Vipers win 43-27 both sides showed a fantastic level of play making the rematch in the New Year an exciting one to look forward to. Spears Player: Ruby and Megan. Vipers Player: Kim

Thanks to all the supporters who braved the chill to cheer on both sides.