Roper edge out Jets to give campaign a big lift
ROPER James got their second half of the season off to a flyer with a nail-biting win over plucky Tamarside Jets.
New outfit Roper James, who had been previously recording indifferent results, dug into mid-table with a 21-18 win which kept Jets in the bottom two.
Roper went 5-0 down, but got back to within two points of their opponents by the end of the first quarter.
Club spokeswoman and centre courter Sharon Spry and colleague Charlotte Mathers settled the butterflies in the second and fed shooters Kerry Spry and GS Sarah Sandey.
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Roper took a 7-6 lead going into the third quarter, but Jets defender Zoe Bennett made key interceptions to blunt their attacks.
Jets were 13-12 down going into the last quarter and were shut out by Roper defenders Kerry Palfreyman, Emily Beaumont and Heather Nash.
Roper dug deep to win the game 21-18, while nominated players were Charlotte Mathers (Roper) and Zoe Bennett (Jets).
Spry, who moved to the new team from Anixter, said afterwards: "The whole team had a good first game back to the second half of the season and everybody enjoyed it."
Jets, meanwhile, stay second bottom of the table.
The Tamarside team are 11 points shy of Paperhat, who have played two less matches than them.
Wheelie Devils took over the division's top spot following a 36-21 victory over third-place Marjon.
Curtis Marine drop to second, but have played a match less than the leaders.
They play again next on Tuesday when they take on Tamarside Jets at the Life Centre (7pm).
A NEW back to netball scheme for players wanting to return to the game is being held on Thursday at the Woodview Community Learning Sports Centre.
The scheme, run by city netball development officer Theresa Robinson, is from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday, then 6pm to 7pm from the first week in February.