DEFENDING champions Moreton Hall A fired an ominous warning to the rest of West Suffolk Netball League Division One by convincingly seeing off Thetford A to leap to the top of the division.
Hall had been left trailing in the wake of the Norfolk outfit and Suffolk Police in the opening weeks of the season, but leapt to the top of the standings after round six.
They disposed of Thetford A 65-38, with Becky Hargreaves and Jade Rackham starring for the champions.
However, Hall are only top by virtue of goal difference with Thetford A second and Suffolk Police third matching the champions with 27 points each.
The Police had to overcome a tricky, low-scoring start against Cockfield A before hitting back to win 36-18.
Chloe Crame’s swift movement and interceptions around mid-court and Leah Webster’s determination and dynamic ability from the Police’s goal third drove them on to victory.
Elsewhere in Division One, Haverhill A beat bottom-club RMG and Priors A saw off Moreton Hall B.
Burwell’s winning run remained intact in Division Two as they beat Breckland A 40-27, but Moreton Hall D are keeping them honest after Leann Hyett and Natalie Franklin helped them to see off Haverhill B 50-18.
Moreton Hall C saw off Cockfield B, while Haydn Gross and Caroline Cotterell helped Jetts A edge to success over Jubilee A, despite the best efforts of Fiona Mulley and Sarah Wilson.
Division Three table-toppers Stowmarket II beat Breckland B 52-18 with Gemma Alexander and Saskia Walker keeping Stow cool in the hot conditions to stretch their winning steak to five matches.
They were five points clear of Priors B, who saw off Pink Ladies 38-32 with Olivia Williams and Francesca Young named players of the match.
Panthers drew 25-25 with Thetford B while Stowmarket I beat bottom-side Rougham Harriers 45-33 with Wendy Harvey and Chloe Frankland on form.
Jetts B stretched their 100 per cent record into a sixth week, but their lead at the top of Division Four was just two points over Jubilee D.
Amee Bullett and Nikisha Grant helped Jetts B to a 52-22 defeat of Moreton Hall VI, while goalkeeper Karen Emsden and centre Ellen Nash were the form players in Jubilee D’s hard-fought 48-36 win over Jetts C.
Elsewhere in Division Four, Moreton Hall V beat Cockfield C 49-20 and Phoenix beat Havebury 41-21.
Phoenix were leading 19-14 at half-time, but some excellent shooting in the third quarter stretched their advantage to 33-18.
Louise Buchan and Jo Hopking were Phoenix’s star women, but Havebury are getting stronger, welcoming back two team members who have recently had babies.
Walsham Fine Furniture continued their march towards the Division Five title, seeing off Priors C 37-17, with the result allowing Haverhill C to leapfrog Priors into second after Alana Witt and Sam Whitham helped them defeat Thetford C 34-9.
In Zena’s Division – the league’s junior competition – Jetts I had the biggest win of the day, with Emily Williams and Charlotte Orris helping them see off Cockfield Juniors 82-3.
Jetts II – with the help of Izzy King and Lily Shalev – beat Jubilee Juniors II 32, 20, while Jubilee Jays saw off Jetts III 44-37 thanks to starring roles from Katie Hale and Kayleigh Elmer.
Cockfield Juniors II beat Moreton Hall VII in a tight game, with Aimee Rolph and Sam Knott helping them to a narrow 19-14 success, despite the best efforts of Hall’s Georgie Walker and Amelia Finbow.