Tonic for Tommos in quest to climb the divisions

TOMMOS’ days in Division Four of the North Bridge LC Monday League could be numbered.

Promotion is a possibility after Tracy Dunn’s team beat Sparkles 26-16 in Monday’s top of the table contest.

Victory over opponents who had won their earlier seven games took Tommos to the top and means they have the only unbeaten record in the section.

Dunn said Tommos’ line-up of Claire Ramsbottom (GK), Emma Geall (GD), Beth Denton (WD), Helen Crowther (C), Jenny Ashford (WA), Emma Patridge (GA) and Laura White (GS) had shaken off their nerves to lead throughout the contest.

Having joined the league in Division Four when they merged with an existing team four or five seasons ago, she said they were hoping to gain promotion.

“Our main aim is to win the division and go up to Division Three,” said Dunn, currently sidelined with fellow shooter Claire Hoey after both have had babies.

Dunn said pregnancies and injuries had cost Tommos dear in the past but they had managed to recruit two excellent replacements this time in Patridge and White.

The players get plenty of practice, as Tommos also play at Crossley Heath School on Wednesdays and in the Calderdale League at Park Lane High, Exley on Thursdays, and Dunn said the side was growing in confidence .

This week’s Division Two matches were at the Ridings and the leading lights won, leaders Rockets cutting it fine against lowly Jets, coming through 19-18.

Queens remain one point behind, after an 18-12 success over Pumas in the last match of the night.

Last year’s Division Three champions TAG are building up a head of steam after a slow start and Yo-yos, who started the day third, only just managed a losing bonus point against them.

White Rose also went above Yo-yos and are in the hunt for a return to the top section.

There was a double boost for Barki Belles’ title hopes in Division Six.

Nicola Saltonstall’s side not only made it eight wins out of eight with a 30-6 success against next-to-bottom Average Joes but also saw main rivals Batley Panthers fail to pick up a point.

Panthers, new to the league this season and heading the table on goal difference prior to Monday, conceded their fixture to Sowerby Stars, who were awarded a 10-0 success.

If the pair continue to beat everyone else in the division, Panthers may need to get the better of Belles in both meetings to be champions.

Division Two: Yo Yos 14 TAG 28, Rockets 19 Jets 18, Robins 16 Blue Maverick 14, White Rose 18 Innscribe 15, Pumas 12 Queens 18.

P W D L B F AG D PT

Rockets 7 6 0 1 1 181 135 46 19

Queens 7 5 1 1 1 136 128 8 18

TAG 7 4 0 3 3 164 150 14 15

White Rose 7 5 0 2 0 116 131 -15 15

Yo-yos 7 3 1 3 3 138 131 7 14

Pumas 7 3 0 4 4 135 142 -7 13

Blue Mav 7 2 1 4 4 135 136 -1 12

Innscribe 7 2 0 5 5 133 154 -21 11

Jets 7 1 1 5 5 104 116 -12 10

Robins 7 2 0 5 4 104 123 -19 10

Division Four: Sapphires 13 Ravens 28, Dovetails 25 Twinkles 2 14, Tommos 26 Sparkles 16, Calder Utd 3 Falconers 34, Impact 21 Twinkles 5.

P W D L B F AG D PT

Tommos 8 7 1 0 0 193 101 92 23

Sparkles 8 7 0 1 1 183 109 74 22

Impact 8 6 1 1 1 150 81 69 21

Dovetails 8 6 0 2 1 173 110 63 19

Ravens 8 4 1 3 2 123 111 12 16

Twinkles 2 8 4 0 4 3 117 135 -18 15

Sapphires 8 2 1 5 4 134 137 -3 12

Falconers 8 2 0 6 3 120 150 -30 9

Twinkles 8 0 0 8 3 70 170 -100 3

Calder Utd 8 0 0 8 1 39 200 -161 1

Division Six: Ladybirds 29 Jewels 5, Diamonds 13 Rubies 3, Warriors 21 Harlequins 10, Barki Belles 30 Average Joes 6, Sowerby Stars 10 Batley P 0.

P W D L B F AG D PT

Barki B. 8 8 0 0 0 205 91 114 24

Batley P 8 7 0 1 0 229 60 169 21

Warriors 8 5 0 3 3 174 103 71 18

Diamonds 8 6 0 2 0 154 96 58 18

Lady Birds 8 5 0 3 2 157 138 19 17

Sowerby S 8 4 0 4 2 105 141 -36 14

Harlequins 8 3 0 5 3 113 137 -24 12

Rubies 8 1 0 7 2 64 152 -88 5

Av Joes 8 1 0 7 1 44 190 -146 4

Jewels 8 0 0 8 1 47 184 -137 1

Next fixtures Monday, January 7.