All-conquering Ampthill Amazons came from behind to win a fourth consecutive Bedford & District Netball League Premier Division final.
Opponents lst Choice were in buoyant mood when they came out – Sherma Joseph at Goal Keeper was on excellent form as they took an initial lead. But it was an exciting start with fast and accurate netball from both teams.
The scores were level until an interception by Choice saw them go 5-4 up and they went on to win the first quarter 10-6.
Ampthill came out at full speed at the start of the second quarter. Goal Attack Donna Lee was on excellent form and with sister Helen directing the centre court play Ampthill took the second quarter 9-6.
At half time Ampthill brought on Emma Sears and now had three sisters on court. The scores were level until Ampthill made the all important interception to take the score to 5-3. But Choice came back and got a late goal to win it 6-5.
So Choice went into the last quarter two goals ahead and it waw 3-3 with four minutes to go.
Ampthill turned on the heat and with Donna’s excellent shooting they went 7-3 in front. 1st Choice pulled one back – but Ampthill dug in to win the quarter 9-4 and 29-26 overall.
Player of the match award went to Helen Sears of Ampthill Amazons.
The Second Division final was between Choice Diamonds and Westoning Diamonds.
Early on Ali Horan at centre for Westoning worked tirelessly to get the ball up to her shooters but Lorna Shenky Kelly and Shannon Tatham were on great form for Choice. Westoning fought hard but Choice ran out 8-6 first quarter winners.
The second quarter was very close. Lorna’s excellent shooting deserted her a little and Westoning went 6-5 in front but Choice immediately got the turnover they needed and the quarter ended 7-7.
Choice made changes to their shooting team after half time and brought on Sandra Tatham. They went 2-0 ahead but But Westoning worked hard to pull the score back to 3-3. It was 5-5 with l minute to go. when Westoning scored a decisive goal.
Westoning needed to win the last quarter aand by two goals. Lorna’s accuracy from the first quarter was back and put Choice 4-1 up. Westoning pulled the score back to 4-3 with their centre pass to come. But they ran out of steam and time and Choice took the last quarter and the cup 7-5.
Player of the match award went to Shannon Tatham from Choice Diamonds.
The evening opened with the Fourth Division final between Gems and St Neots Sapphires. Sapphires ran out 7-1 winners in the first quarter. In the second Gems got off to a good start and with some excellent work by player of the match Stephanie Edwards both teams were level at 4-4. Sapphires powered ahead but Gems came back to make it 7-6 – they just needed a turnover to tie but couldn’t manage it.
Gems had practised hard but somehow the shots just did not got in for them and once more St Neots took the lead by 3-1. They let Gems have one more goal but built up their own score to run out winners of the quarter and the cup 6-3.
Congratulations go to the umpires Holly Lau, Emma Radley, Gabi Gabriel, Kay Smith, Bern Palmer and Claire Bailey.
The plate winners for Division Four were Oakley Diamonds, for Division Two Angels and for the Premier Division, Ampthill Azures.
The Deputy Speaker of Bedford Borough Council, Councillor Jade Uko, presented the trophies.