The ENG YNPL Southern Conference returned back inside with a bang and it was business as usual for Ryland NC & Turnford NC who maintained their positions at the top of the league with wins over AP Saints NC & Herts Hornets NC. Poole NC U13 kept up the pressure on Turnford NC after their win over Eagles NC. There were also wins for Abbey Flyers Nomads & Starz NC who recorded their first victories in the league this season.

U12 Review

Poole NC 13 Vs Eagles NC 38

After their opening game defeat to TTNC, Eagles NC are now starting to make their mark on the league and were ruthless in despatching an improving Poole side. The game was dominated from start to finish by Eagles whose tall shooters were causing untold problems for the Poole defence. Poole NC did work hard and will now be confident of getting some wins due to playing the majority of the top teams in the league.

Matrix NC 2o Vs TTNC 21

Superb game to watch and it hung in the balance up until the final seconds. Matrix NC started well and were up 7-3 going into the second quarter. Matrix NC continued to lead the way but signs that TTNC were coming back into it were clear to see. As the 3rd quarter got underway a tactical change from TTNC turned the tide of this fixture and going into the final 10mins it was they who now had the lead. With the score 15-13 to TTNC, Matrix NC had to go for broke and they played their best quarter of netball to not only push TTNC all the way, but excite the watching spectators. With seconds to spare Matrix NC had the opportunity to draw the game but unfortunately the ball broke down to the delight of the TTNC bench.

AP Saints NC 18 Vs Ryland NC 19

This was by far the game of the day between the top of table sides. The game was evenly contested in the first quarter with both sides trying to get to grips of their opposition and that was reflected in the 4-4 score after the first quarter. In the second quarter Ryland NC started get fluency in their play with their captain Ruby playing some amazing passes to cut open the defence of AP Saints NC and go into half time 12-8 ahead. In the 3rd quarter AP Saints NC were starting to impose their physicality on the game which disrupted the Ryland attacks and you could see cracks starting to open up on the confident Ryland team. The 4th quarter continued on the same path with AP Saints shutting down Ryland's playmaker Ruby and causing panic in the Ryland team. With minutes to spare and the game level at 18-18 both teams showed signs of nerves which led to erratic play from both sides. As we headed into the final 30 seconds of the game Ryland finally got the breakthrough and scored the winning goal, which was tough on the AP Saints side who had battled hard to get back on level terms.

Magic NC 15 Vs Weston Park Blades 11

Magic NC bounced back from a defeat in their previous tie to put pressure on the top 4 teams in the league. A game that was largely dominated by Magic saw Weston Park Blades produce an incredible second quarter of the netball to put huge pressure on the Sussex side. Unfortunately Weston Park Blades couldn't recreate that performance through-out the game and their four point lead disappeared with Magic NC staying calm under pressure and recording a much needed win going into the game with AP Saints NC on Sunday.

Abbey Flyers Nomads 23 Vs Maulden NC 5

A first win in league for Abbey Flyers Nomads who finally got rewarded with a win after weeks of hard work. The game started well for Maulden NC who dominated the early exchanges but just couldn't convert their chances. Lead by their impressive centre Abbey Flyers recorded an emphatic win to finally get their first points in the league.

U13 Review

Turnford NC 39 Vs Herts Hornets NC 22

Turnford maintained their lead at the top of the table after a fairly comfortable win over Herts Hornets NC. The league leaders started well and made life hard for Herts Hornets who didn't get going at all in the first quarter and found themselves with a mountain to climb early on. As the game wore on Herts Hornets did match Turnford, especially in the final quarter, but the damage was done early on. 

Sutton Town NC 12 Vs CD Phoenix NC 34

CD Phoenix like Turnford NC in the previous game put this game to bed early on. A ruthless display saw them dominate every quarter and seal their third win in a row. They now have a run of three games that will really shape their season starting with Matrix on May 30th. 

Poole NC 43 Vs Eagles NC 25

Eagles NC unbeaten start to the league was ended by the incredible Poole NC. This tie had an abundance of talent on the display and even though the score suggested a one-sided encounter it was far from it. Both teams started well and Eagles early on caused Poole problems, with their GS getting the better of Poole's amazing GK. Once Poole settled they started to control the game with their cutting edge passing and amazing defensive unit making life difficult for Eagles. As we reached half time the game was beyond Eagles, but they continued to work Poole with their GS scoring some incredible shots. This only encouraged the Poole shooters to now start shooting from far away and their GS Lucia lifted the watching crowd with incredible shots of her own. As the full time whistle went both teams deserved alot of respect for the game they produced which was a great advert for youth netball.

Starz NC 20 Vs Ryland NC 19

Starz recorded their first win of the ENG YNPL season after a hard fought win over Ryland NC. Both teams matched each other up until the 3rd quarter when Starz pulled away and looked like they would comfortably win the game. Ryland NC though came out in the 4th quarter and nearly pulled back the five point deficit with their GS Rhianna finding her consistency under the posts. In the it wasn't to be for Ryland and Starz finally won their first ENG YNPL tie.

Matrix NC 28 Vs TTNC 14

Matrix NC finally gor their first win in the league over a stubborn and committed TTNC side. With TTNC having players missing this was the perfect chance for Matrix NC to get their first win in the league. The opening quarters were close with the score 11-9 at half time to Matrix NC. In the 3rd quarter Matrix NC broke down the TTNC resistance and put clear daylight between them and their rivals. A great battle in mid court between Purdy and Imogen was a great watch and in the end it was the Matrix player who came out on top with the win.