TAGS lead the race to be crowned first champs

TAGS look set to be crowned the first champions of the season in the North Bridge LC Monday League after turning Division Three into a procession.

Heather Parkinson’s side made it 12 wins out of 12 with a 33-8 romp against Unity in one of this week’s opening matches and moved seven points clear after second-placed Innscribe fell victim to a late Lee Green surge and suffered a surprise 26-23 defeat.

Unity are having a decent first season in Division Three but Pam Morris’s side only had six players and their star player Alison Johnson was injured.

That meant there was always an easy pass for TAGS as they moved the ball down court and Parkinson and her daughter Georgina scored freely while a third Calderdale player, Suzanne Forrest, kept things tight at the other end of the court.

The defeats for Innscribe and Unity were good news for Halifax, who had their anticipated wide-margin win over new team Calder United, in the tussle for second place.

TAGS and Halifax clash in the next round of fixtures and victory for the leaders could give them the title, although the likelihood is that they might have to wait a little longer for final confirmation.

Twinkles 2 and Dovetails look booked for the promotion spots in Division Five after opening up a six-point lead.

Dovetails just got the better of third-placed Rangers by 14-13 while Twinkles had a comfortable win over mid-table Roxy Rebels.

Division One sides played at The Ridings and Towergate continued their fine season following promotion by springing the only surprise with a narrow victory over Ryburn United.

Top two Hi-Tech Cougars and Townies both won ahead of their showdown on Monday week.

Hi-Tech made their usual lethargic start, trailing Jokers 8-1 before clicking into gear and winning 37-17. Townies beat Arrows 24-12 in spite of playing without a wing attack in the absence of Charlotte Lawless and Elaine Douris.

Old Brodleians lead the chase for third spot. They were firing on all cylinders from the start against Yo-Yos, taking a 6-1 lead with perfect shooting from Paula Fozzard and Joanna Hare.

Under 14 squad player Kerry Malloy’s promising debut for the side at wing defence was cut short by a foot injury but India Shibil had her best match of the season and Charlotte Wilson and Sophie Morley made it extremely hard for the Yo-Yos shooters, their tips and interceptions allowing centre Jess Brearley to scoop the ball up.

Brods converted a 16-6 half time lead into a 32-15 victory.

It was Tigers’ turn to cut loose against bottom club Pumas, winning 36-4 to ensure Pumas will finish the season in the bottom two.