Silverware up for grabs on Summer League finals night

A line Flyers won the Summer League Plate
A line Flyers won the Summer League Plate

After seven weeks of Bedford & District Netball Summer League matches it was time for the teams to battle it out on finals night.

The first evening saw the top-14 teams divide into two groups to play for the Denise Novis Cup.

Ampthill Amazons won the Denise Novis Cup

Ampthill Amazons won the Denise Novis Cup

Teams were handicapped according to where they had finished in the league and would only have 12 minutes to catch up on their goal deficits or indeed to take advantage of the lead they had been given.

In Group A Beds Police pushed Premier Division champions lst Choice hard but Choice came out winners of their group with 35 points.

In Group B Cranfield Wolves were even closer to Premier Division runners-up Ampthill Amazons, with 30 points to Ampthill’s 33.

The final started at 0-0 and all to play for. Reigning champions Ampthill started in dominant form and were determined to keep their hands firmly on the trophy.

lst Choice fought hard but could not catch up the four-goal lead Ampthill had built up and Ampthill put one more through the net to win the trophy by 11 goals to 6.

Tuesday night saw the remaining 17 teams compete for the Summer League Plate.

The format was the same as the previous night and Group A was won by A Line Flyers from the First Division with 37 points – four ahead of Gamlingay Jets with 33.

Group B threw up a surprise result, with Second Division side Bedford Knights finishing top of their group with 33 points – beating First Division outfit Cranfield Tigers by just one point.

In the final, Bedford Knights started with a one-goal advantage, but A line were quick to get on level terms and built up a lead from there.

Goals just would not go in for Knights but they continued to fight hard and make it difficult for A Line – however their efforts were in vain as A Line finally triumphed by 12 goals to 7.