Jubilant Jokers hit new high

In good form: Claire Higgins helped Jokers beat Townies in the battle for second place
In good form: Claire Higgins helped Jokers beat Townies in the battle for second place

jokers beat Townies for the second time in a fortnight to seal the runners-up spot behind Hi-Tech Cougars in Division One of the North Bridge LC Monday League.

They stretched their winning margin from four goals to six goals this time with shooter Paula Balmforth almost predictably stealing the show against the side she plays for in the Calderdale League on a Thursday.

There was a typical all-action display from Sam McGuire at centre while wing defence Steph Robinson and goal attack Claire Higgins were other players to impress.

Jokers’ Leonie Wade, who sat out the match while her twin sister Steph Parkinson played at goalkeeper, was pleased with Jokers’ finishing position.

“It is the best we’ve ever done and we have been in the top division for eight to 10 years,” she said.

Hi-Tech won the league by a comfortable five-point margin and she said they had been the most consistent team and were worthy winners.

Townies’ Jane Parker said Jokers had been by far the better team on the night.

“Paula was on form with her shooting, and the whole team really covered the court well defensively,” she said.

Hi-Tech rounded off their campaign with a 20-15 success over Old Brodleians, who lost fourth place to last season’s champions Tigers, 24-14 victors against Arrows this week.

Pumas can look forward to top section action next season after pipping Jets for the runners-up spot behind Towergate in Division Two.

Pasadenas’ recent win over Jets had opened the door for them and they didn’t make the same mistake, beating Pasadenas 28-14.

Jets beat Rockets 23-13 on Monday but the damage had been done and Pumas have finished above them on goal difference.

There was consolation for Brods after a disappointing second half to the season when their young second string took the Division Five title, Grace Simpson’s side retaining their 100 per cent record with an 18-11 success over Thundercats.

First team shooter Paula Fozzard said: “It is their second promotion in two years so it is excellent for our club.

“We have still some under 14s and under 16s players to come through so the future looks bright.”

Runners-up Sparkles suffered a fourth defeat when losing 17-16 to mid-table Dynamite.

The final fixtures of a season extended by winter postponements take place on Monday. Most of the title and promotion issues are already resolved.

The league presentation and AGM takes place at North Bridge on Thursday, August 4 (7.0).

MONDAY’S FIXTURES (division in brackets)- At North Bridge: 7.0, Dynamite v St Columbas (5) and Ravens v Jaguars (3); 7.35, Harlequins v Black Jacks (5) and Panthers v XL (3); 8.10, Old Brodleians v Hillside Services (5) and NatWest v Sonics (3); 8.45, Roxy Rebels v Thundercats (5) and Halifax v Emeralds (3); 9.20, Robins v Tigervets (3).

At The Ridings: 7.0, Innscribe v BRG Plant (2), 7.35, Cougars v Pink Fizz (6); 8.10, Gems v Ladybirds (6).