TAUNTON Netball Club’s first team, Vivary, recently faced Teignbridge Titans and Penzance in the playoffs for a place in the newly-formed Regional League 3 South.

The three teams battled one another for two positions, hoping to join other Somerset teams, namely Sydenham’s Gems and Tor’s Knights.

Vivary were up against Teignbridge Titans first and started steadily, the teams matching one another and coming in 15-15 at half time.

The third quarter saw Vivary struggle to maintain their flow, and Titans capitalised to win 34-20.

This was followed by an exciting game between Penzance and Titans, which saw Titans fight back and clinch a dramatic late 27-26 win, giving Vivary an opportunity to qualify by beating Penzance.

Vivary started their game against Penzance very well, demonstrating their best netball and ending the first quarter leading 12-1.

Continued teamwork, strength and commitment throughout the court secured Vivary a convincing 35-24 win, confirming their place in the Regional League next season – a brilliant result for Taunton Netball Club.

The squad: GS Fee Grammer, GA Leila Aladin, WA Faye Symons, C Susie Marsh, WD Lauren Knight, GD Lauren Griffiths, GK Gracie Stevens.

The team wish to thank Kim May, D’Arcy Rowlands, Vicki Cornish and Isla May, who came and reserved, as well as all the supporters.

New members are welcome to join the club – anyone interested should come along to trials on Saturday, July 22, from 11.30am to 1.30pm at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

For more, visit the club’s Facebook (Taunton Netball Club) or Twitter (@TauntonNetball) pages.

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This is The West Country:

FINALS: The South West team at the Young Farmers competition.

SIX netball players from Taunton and Wellington helped the South West team to a fifth-placed finish at the National Federation of Young Farmers Netball Finals at Stafford Grammar School on July 2.

It was a big achievement to get to the National Finals, with the team having qualified at the Somerset county round and then the South West round at Newquay.

The Taunton and Wellington-based players were Nicola Palfrey, Chloe Cooper, Chloe Payne, Georgia Manning, Felicity Watts and Kate Shapland, with Eve Hooper and Grace Whitcombe from Polden Hills YFC.