Newton Abbot 10, Welsh Wanderers 9
Three shock results from the weekend’s play, firstly second place Welsh Wanderers Junior team were beaten at a cold and rainy evening at Teignmouth Lido by Newton Abbot Juniors.
The visitors from Wales made a confident start and led 1-4 at the end of the opening period, but with a change of keeper in the second period, the Devon team revived, and at the half way stage had pulled it back to 4-0.
In the third period it was nip and tuck by both teams resulted in the teams still being tided at the end of the quarter at 6-all.
Newton Abbot youngsters pulled away in the final quarter to go 9-6 ahead at the midway period. Wanderers tried to rescue the game in the dying moments, but allowed Newton Abbot to score a 10th goal, and they were only able to net a consolation goal in the final seconds allowing the Devon team the two points.
Newton Abbot 16, Welsh Wanderers 11
Newton Abbot ladies had a convincing win over the ladies from Welsh Wanderers played after the junior game above, and it was still rainy and cold. Not the kind of night for a game at the Lido in Teignmouth.
Welsh Wanderers are presently in the third placed slot in the league, and were the expected winners of this encounter.
The Devon team lead from the start and the visitors never came close. Scores at the end of the opening quarter were 6-2; this was extended to 9-6 at the half way stage.
At the end of the third period Newton Abbot lead 12-9.
Laura Shears was the home side’s top scorer with a double hat-trick and Nia Saunders was the top goal scorer for the Welsh side with four.
Devonport Royal 9, Weston-super-Mare 4
Senior Men’s Division 2
Weston-super-Mare travelled to Plymouth to face the Devonport Royal team in Division 2 of the Bristol & West Water Polo League, and it must be said that after their win over City of Bristol Harlequins on Thursday evening 15-5, they were the favourites for this game.
However without a few key players, they suffered defeat 9-4.
Devonport opened the scoring in the first period with a goal by James Bowden. Reece Trapani netted two for the Seasiders to give them a 1-2 lead at the end of the quarter.
Scores were level at 3-all at the half-way stage, but disastrous final quarters for the visitor not scoring in the third period at all, and only 1 added to their tally in the final period, whilst the home side netted 3 goals in each quarter game them the victory and points.
James Bowden was the top scorer for Devonport with a double hat-trick, whilst Reece Trapani netted a hat-trick for Weston.
Cheltenham 20, Frome 13
Senior Men Division 1
Another Somerset Team, Frome, made the trip to face Cheltenham Spartans and were convincingly beaten 20-13.
Cheltenham dominated the opening quarter and led 7-2 in the opening period. By the halfway stage they had increased this to 13-4.
Frome had a better third period and actually won it 4-7, but it was not enough to stem the flow of goals by the Spartan team, and they added a further three goals to Frome’s two in the final period.
Liviu Totolici was the top scorer for Cheltenham netting five goals; whilst Martin Hodges scored four for the visitors.
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