THE Blue Swifts have suffered a blow to their Maidenhead & District Netball League Premier Division title challenge after a 26-26 draw with Angels.

The Angels were looking to atone the 34-21 loss earlier in the season and started very well, interrupting the Swifts usual fast style of play.

Key interceptions from the Angels’ Charleen Loft and precision shooting from goal attack, Katie Fitzpatrick Collis, ensured the match at Kidwells Park would go down to the wire.

The Blue Swifts came out stronger in the second and third quarters with centre, Becca Milton, dictating play and feeding into the shooters brilliantly.

At the end of the third quarter, the Swifts were five goals to the good, but they crumbled somewhat under persistent pressure from the Angels, who brought the final score back level.

There were more very good performances by teams lower in the table, including fifth-placed Mavericks, who did well in their 32-28 defeat against fourth in the table Business Moves.

The biggest unexpected win saw eighth-placed B52s beat third in the table Pandair 40-28.

By keeping the game steady and controlled with accurate shooting, together with an outstanding individual performance from 16-year-old Susannah Ames in the defensive circle, the B52s managed to gain a valuable five point with - only their second victory of the season.

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PHOTO: The Eclipse team are currently in ninth position in Division One.

The Redbacks are still struggling to find their first win of the season after losing 49-18 to table toppers Windsor.

Phoenix Pinkz move to the top in Division One after a dominating performance and 46-25 win against Eclipse.

The Pinkz took an early lead in the first quarter and steadily increased their goal difference throughout to secure the victory.

Wokingham have dropped to third place after losing their game against Apple Travel Green 28-22.

Wokingham finished the first quarter with a two-goal advantage but this was reduced to just one goal at the half-time whistle.

Refreshed from the break, Apple Travel Green came back strong to lead 21-17 going into the final quarter where they continued to have the upper hand to claim the win at the final whistle.

The closest match was between Magpies and Sparks. The Magpies ended the first quarter with an 8-7 lead, but great shooting from the Sparks saw them finish the second period leading 14-13.

The remaining two quarters saw great team work from both sides, matching each other goal for goal, and the match finished in a 30-30 draw.

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PHOTO: The Phoenix Pinkz team are the new leaders in Division One.

Unfortunately both Langley Netball Club (LNC) Royals and Girl Friday had to forfeit their games as they were unable to field a team.

Phoenix moved to third in the table, and a point behind second place with a game in hand, in Division Two after a hard-fought 21-19 win against Risers.

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