Huge victory takes title race down to the wire

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A stunning display from 
Moreton A threw the West Suffolk Netball League title race wide open ahead of a championship showdown.

The 2011 and 2012 champions thrashed Thetford A 72-32 to remain level on points with Suffolk Police at the top of Division One, but overhaul their rivals on goal difference.

Helen Griffiths and Olivia Peters were named the players of the match for Moreton, who are three goals clear of Police on difference.

Outgoing title holders Priors A relinquished their grip on the crown after going down 40-25 to Suffolk Police, for whom Holly Evans and Annelly Miles starred.

Moreton A and Suffolk Police are now set for a winner-takes-all encounter in the final week of the season, but a draw — like their fixture ended earlier in the season — would see the title head back to Moreton.

The Division One relegation picture is no clearer, with three points separating the bottom four sides and just two survival places up for grabs out of them.

Jetts A had Haydn Gross and Holli Jarmaine to thank for moving them up to fourth-bottom after overcoming Burwell.

Bottom club Priors B avoided the drop for another week after Olivia Williams and Philippa Storey helped them edge past Haverhill A 40-37.

All of Division Two’s matches fell victim to the rain, but the race to join that league next season heated up.

Division Three leaders RMG — who have 39 points — missed the chance to clinch the title as they went down 43-30 to Jetts B, who are one of three teams locked on 36 points in the race for second.

Charlotte Orris and Beth Soman starred in that triumph for Jetts, while Haverhill B joined them and Cockfield B on 36 points after a 36-16 defeat of the latter.

Relegated Panthers will be joined in Division Four by one of Breckland B or Jubilee B, with the latter second-bottom after going down 42-40 to Walsham.

Unbeaten Jetts C completed the season with a 26-26 draw with Stow Fusion which saw both teams promoted, with Suzanne Owen and Charlotte Keeling on form for Jetts and Helen Brodowski and Victoria Fosker starring for Stow.

Relegated Phoenix won their final match of the season 29-11 against Haverhill C, condemning the latter to life in Division Five with them next season.

Louise Buchan and Gemma Basham were Phoenix’s players of the match.

Division Five matches were all cancelled because of the rain, but there is no stopping Jubilee Magpies in Division Six.

Abi Wallace and Mandy Airy led the way in their 42-22 triumph over Bardwell, but they cannot celebrate the title just yet.

Stow Diamonds can still snatch it from them on goal difference after defeating Cockfield D 41-22, courtesy of starring roles from Carla Edwards and Emily Stannard.

There were also victories for Jetts E and Jubilee Jays.

In Zena’s Under-14s Division, Emma Williamson and Beth Francis helped Moreton Hall overcome Jetts Pearls 54-9 to remain top.

Jetts Diamonds have two matches in hand and would overtake them with victory in one.

Ruby Doherty and Aoife Doherty helped the Diamonds sparkle in their seventh consecutive victory, a 41-14 success over Cockfield.

Kudzi Garikayi and Rowena Grimmond kept Thetford I in the hunt with a 36-16 victory over clubmates Thetford II, while there were also wins for Jubilee Juniors and Jetts Garnets.

Jetts Emeralds — with Tilly Leighton and Ceri Flye the players of the match — stayed top of Paula’s Under-12s Division with an 8-4 success against Cockfield A, while Moreton Red beat Moreton Blue 30-3, thanks in part to Jessica Konrath and Ruby Cooper, to remain just two points behind.

Cockfield B picked up their first victory of the season — a 15-7 triumph over Jetts Opals, with Madison Carter and Katie McDonald starring.