DOVETAILS, a team of many disguises, are finding it increasingly difficult to hide their promotion credentials in Division Five of the North Bridge Monday League.
They made it eight wins out of 10 this season with a 20-14 success over Hillside Services five days ago and are emerging as possibly the main threat to leaders Twinkles 2.
Dovetails were relegated from Division Four last season and would dearly like to bounce straight back but team organiser Joanne Doig said the side wasn’t all about sport.
“We like netball and fancy dress,” said Doig, who quickly pointed out that they didn’t combine the two.
“We have a squad of nine and some of the players have been together for over 10 years so we have regular socials.”
Doig, currently excused from defensive duties because she has a two week old baby, said their get-togethers usually involved different fancy dress themes.
“We’ve had the Wizard of Oz, old ladies, the ‘80s and famous pop stars but we tend to go out of town to a restaurant or to people’s houses,” she said.
In their more familiar navy and light blue kit on a Monday evening, Dovetails have lost only to the youthful leaders and promotion rivals Rangers so far.
They have family duos in two areas of the team - mother and daughter Christine Foley and Tara Thornley are the side’s sharp-shooters while sisters Charlotte and Alex Booth are livewires in mid-court.
Becky Walker plays at wing attack while Yvette Hughes is a no-nonsense goal defence and Helen Spencer and Suzie Mathieson share the goalkeeping duties.
Dovetails train at Ryburn High School on the Mondays when they don’t have a match and have played in the bottom three divisions of the North Bridge league.
Games in Division One went very much to the form book. Bottom two Pumas and Arrows were predictably no match for much-improved Ryburn United and leaders Hi-Tech respectively, although Pumas did manage a losing bonus point.
Yo-yos were out-gunned by Jokers while Brods were pushed hard by Towergate before emerging 25-22 winners.
The first match of the night, involving second-placed Townies and mid-table Tigers, was a tremendous advert for the league.
Several Calderdale players were in opposition and the early stages proved vital.
Tigers, champions two years ago but now with some talented teenagers alongside the likes of Georgina Jones, Kim Roy and Sue Dickie, started slowly and paid the price.
Townies quickly went a few goals up and retained their advantage throughout with centre Jo Williamson moving the ball down court well and Hollie Thomas making plenty of interceptions at goal defence in a 24-16 success.
Tiger Vets took full advantage of TAGS’ inactivity to move two points behind the Division Three leaders.
Vets piled up 53 goals, and conceded only six, against a Calder United side still finding their feet in the league after bravely stepping in late last year when Sonics folded.
Further good news for the Adrienne Roy-run side was defeat for promotion rivals Innscribe against XL.