DEFENDING champions Belle Construction breezed to a 77-28 victory as the South & West Dorset League summer season got under way at Budmouth.

Coastal, who moved up into the Premier, saw goal opportunities go to waste amid Belle’s defensive pressure.

Belle took an early lead and GD Jayne Guppy made clever interceptions mid-court although accurate shooting from Coastal could not gain on Belle who extended their advantage.

Mid-court play was strong from both teams but Belle were the stronger and pulled away as Guppy showed great pressure in the D slowing down players’ passes.

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Belle’s great partnership of GA Jaimee Browne and GS Laura Bucke extended their lead as Coastal started to lose momentum. 

Coastal made changes again but despite this Belle continued to dominate.

Coastal fought back with fast-paced runs, defensive pressure remaining strong, while risky passes from Coastal paid off but could not prevent a heavy loss.



NEW Body Fitness won a closer Premier affair 39-37 against McCarthy Stone.

McCarthy were also moving up a division this season and took an early lead.

Good interceptions from New Body GK Laura Howell meant they could get the ball back down the court to their shooters who unfortunately were unable to score.

New Body worked well around the court using vital space but top shooting from McCarthy’s GA Molly Farr gave them the lead.

New Body came back fighting but McCarthy’s WD Anna Greening and GD Gilly Woodsford made some important interceptions.

McCarthy’s GS Olivia Yates made some great shots but New Body fought back and the quarter ended in a draw.

New Body retook the lead but McCarthy battled back as fast play helped both teams through the court.

New Body’s GK Jen Lewis’ interceptions saw them draw ahead just enough as GS Jess Brodrick played a crucial role in securing a tight win.



WITH both The Waterloo and Zest earning promotion to Division One, they played out a thrilling 32-32 draw.

Waterloo started strong in attack taking an early lead, WA Lexie Davis making interceptions on Zest’s centre passes.

Zest fought back with good shooting from their GA Annabelle Bartlett but Waterloo led at the end of the first quarter.

Zest were stronger in the second quarter and pulled back a few more goals thanks to good interceptions from their GA Annabelle Bartlett. Waterloo fought back with a few consecutive goals.

The third quarter saw Waterloo’s GS Laura Mead make some impressive faraway shots while both teams fought for every pass.

Zest’s tight defence work created opportunities to intercept which they used to their advantage, pulling them ahead at the end of the quarter.  

The last quarter was goal for goal while stunning interceptions from Waterloo’s WD Hollie Davis created good chances for them, eventually helping claw back for a draw. 



EVOLVED Tuning got off to a perfect start in Division Two, beating Dream Digital 56-13.

Early interceptions from Evolved gave them the advantage and they took an early lead.

Evolved kept the pressure on with good defence making it hard work for Dream, WD Imogen Beagle making several interceptions. 

Dream started the second quarter well scoring from Evolved’s centre passes.

But Evolved’s GS Summer Donahugh and GA Amelia Guppy worked well together and this resulted in a bigger lead.

Evolved continued with their good attacking and defence throughout the quarter but Dream’s defence continued to work hard and were rewarded with interceptions. 

Evolved’s shooting remained accurate and the goals kept coming, helped by good feeding into the shooting circle.

Dream were under pressure throughout the game and struggled to get the ball up to their shooters as Evolved took the win.