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Excellent day for Essex Open women

PUBLISHED: 08:47 28 November 2016

Essex Open's Maddie Oshodi aims for the net

Essex Open's Maddie Oshodi aims for the net

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Top-up A team lead way in Essex Met League

Essex Open enjoyed an amazing day in the latest round of matches in the Essex Met League at Redbridge Sports Centre with some excellent victories.

The A team maintained their unbeaten run in all matches with a crushing 101-30 win over lowly Division One rivals Eclipse.

Although missing a couple of players, it made little difference as Essex produced a wonderful display of attacking netball.

Sarah Biss, Sarah Campbell and Sam Lawrence totally dominated in mid-court to provide numerous opportunities for Leah Humphries and Maddie Oshodi to pile up the goals.

And such was the Essex dominance that after the first quarter they led by 27-11, with any hopes of an Eclipse comeback quickly dispelled as Humphries and Oshodi continued to score regularly in the second quarter.

Jasmine Odeogberin and Zoie Humphrey were in commanding form at the other end of the court, with Eclipse finding shooting opportunities hard to come by.

And while Essex added a further 19 goals in the second quarter, Eclipse could only add four to make the half-time score 46-15.

Essex were relentless in their pursuit of further goals and in the third quarter they continued to dominate in all areas of the court.

Eclipse had no answer and as the match went into the last quarter Essex had stretched their lead to 70-24.

In the last quarter Humphries and Oshodi piled up the goals with accurate shooting from all areas of the circle as Essex scored a staggering 31 goals to take them over the century mark, with Eclipse mustering only six in reply.

Essex Open: Odeogberin, Humphrey, Campbell, Biss, Lawrence, Humphries, Oshodi.

Essex Open B completed a club double over their Eclipse rivals with a 64-35 success.

Also without key players, they showed their strength in depth as Isabella Morgan-Smith, Jessica Carlisle and Ellie Stanley took early control of the game.

Siobahn Livingstone and Aliyah Awoye put Essex into a 12-5 lead after the first quarter, with Nicky Wilks and Ana Glenn also playing at the top of their game and making it difficult for Eclipse to score goals.

Any hopes of a comeback from Eclipse were dismissed in the second quarter as Essex added to their lead to move into a commanding position at half-time being 26-13 in front.

In the second half Essex continued to dominate and scored freely to record their fifth consecutive victory to retain their position at the top of Division Two.

Essex Open C remain top of Division Five after their fifth straight win, after battling past OPA Vets 33-31.

OPA scored three early goals, as Essex found it hard to break them down, and had moved 7-4 up before three quick goals levelled matters.

Essex edged in front in the second quarter to lead 11-10, but OPA then took control and at half time they led 18-14.

It looked to be all over for Essex in the third quarter as OPA stretched their lead to eight goals as they went 23-15 ahead.

But Essex fought back, with Rebecca Wilks and Jess Fray working hard to keep them in the game, and the gap was reduced to six at 28-22.

At the start of the final quarter Essex started to chip away at the OPA lead, with young shooters Jaida Simpson and Teri-Mia Burke displaying coolness under pressure as they moved ever closer to their rivals.

With less than five minutes remaining Essex remarkably had pulled the score back to 29-29, but OPA regained the lead at 31-30.

However, the momentum was now with Essex and they squared matters once more and, with the clock ticking down, some valuable interceptions and good shooting gave them a thrilling victory after a remarkable final quarter which saw them outscore their rivals 11-3.

Essex Open: Sharma, Stanley, A Lewis, R Wilks, Fray, Burke, Simpson.

*Essex Open D remain second in Division Five after an excellent 34-24 victory over Foxes II, but Essex Open E went down 46-35 to Romford E in a hard-fought game in Division Eight.

In Division Nine, Essex Open F remain top of the league having won all five games, but they did it the hard way on Saturday having to twice come from behind to beat Island III 41-33.

Essex Open G were defeated 40-17 by Leyton E in Division 11.


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