NOW having had a week to blow away the cobwebs, teams in the South & West Dorset Netball League stepped up their game for the second week of the season.

Club rivalry provided a hotly-contested match and WJNC Wildcats, made up of junior players from Weymouth, played in their very first game.



GUNGHO Marketing delivered a statement of intent with a 35-25 win over New Body Fitness in the Premier Division.

Both teams started strong, with good control of their own possession. Gungho’s Goal Keeper Mailia Brown came out with some flying intercepts and helped her team to a three-goal lead at quarter time.

Gungho looked to solidify their lead in the second quarter with some great direct passes and feeds from their mid-court, however New Body’s defence stepped up, especially Wing Defence Jen Lewis, and they pulled ahead by one goal at half-time.

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New Body continued to put on the defensive pressure in the second half, contesting every pass they could, but Gungho stayed strong, fought hard and regained their lead.

Despite some tactical changes from New Body going into the final quarter, Gungho were able to pull ahead and ultimately won by 10 goals.



BUGLERS took a big 59-15 victory over WJNC Warriors in Division One, starting this game with clear intent.

They used fast ball movement and strong passes to surge ahead in the first quarter. This continued into the second quarter, although Warrior’s Centre Izzy Faulkner came up with some timely interceptions to help boost her team.

In the third quarter, Warriors created more opportunities in attack however they were unable to capitalise on these and Buglers continued to dominate.

Despite a gritty performance from Warriors, Buglers were too strong for them and took a convincing win.



DESPITE good control and accuracy from Waikiki’s shooters Hayley Rooks and Lin Rawcliffe, Lulworth took an early lead in the first quarter after scoring off some strong intercepts from Goal Keeper Jo Davies.

Lulworth continued to play well in the second quarter, with their mid-court showcasing some dynamic movement. Waikiki did, however, manage to come back and even up the score thanks to multiple interceptions and consistently accurate shooting.

Lulworth worked hard in the third quarter to keep the match and score even, and eventually took the lead again and went into the final quarter two goals ahead.

The shooting and defending ends for both teams were evenly matched in the final quarter, meaning Lulworth maintained their lead and took the win in this tightly contested game.



IT WAS another tough week for Zest in their first season in the league, lost 75-3 experienced team in Portland Pirates.

Zest maintained good communication across court throughout the match especially from their Goal Keeper Jac Swindell, however Portland’s pace and accurate passing allowed them to dominate across court.