Misfits show they belong in top division
Misfits enjoyed a winning start to life in Portsmouth League premier division one, edging out fellow promoted side Blue Bells.
Misfits, who claimed premier division two honours last season, were indebted to Carrie Wayman – who donned the shooter bib and thrived out of position – to lead her side to a hard-fought 32-31 success.
Early pacesetters in the division are Teamforce who stormed into top spot with a 60-27 victory over Gems.
Elsewhere, an impressive all-round team performance saw Angels claim a 52-23 win over six-player Stars 2.
Great defence, court play and shooting won the day for Angels, although Jodie Jones impressed for Stars – covering two positions.
Reigning champions Stars 1 began the defence of their title with a surprise 36-27 reverse at the hands of Wrong Direction, who did well to maintain a lead throughout the contest.
In premier division two, an impressive third-quarter showing paved the way for Trojan to beat Skywatch 37-26.
Promoted outfit Westowen pushed Scorpios – relegated from premier division one last term – all the way but came up just short in a 37-35 loss.
Jo Huntley was dominant in defence for Westowen but her eye-catching display was unable to bring a victory to the side.
Cowplain Cruisers’ new kit seemed to bring them some good luck as they beat recently-promoted Magics 42-23 to move to the top of the table.
Falcons sit in second spot in the early standings after running out 51-35 victors over Taylor Cocks.
In division one, pacesetters AMG beat SOS 32-17, with promoted Heaven Sent just one goal behind after seeing off BMS 35-21.
Elsewhere, Dolphins beat Junction 40-34 with super shooting from newcomer Chris Allen and Blueberries played their part in a well-contested game in their new division as they were held to a 31-31 draw at Cartek.
In division two, Zest beat Jelly Tots 42-31 and Teamforce 2 enjoyed a comfortable 39-15 win against Passion.
Hard-working Jelly Beans saw off Fusion 39-26 and 10th Hole Tigers just claimed a losing point in their game against JPC as it finished 32-16.
In division three, Cocktails were strong from the off as they beat Springers Right 53-22 and table-toppers Hornets impressed all over in a 56-7 win over Westowen Reds.
Purbrook Poppies carried on their winning streak after completing an unbeaten division four campaign last time out to defeat Pebbles 34-26 and Springers Left were also victorious, winning 23-14 against Flames.
In division four, new team Westowen Hotshots beat five-player Chameleons 47-11 with a strong defence and attack and Purbrook Petals showed no mercy to their club members Polka dots as they beat them 49-15.
Six-player Woodmancote were outstanding as they beat Abar Tigers 31-22 but Dragons, also playing with six, lost out to Purple Chaos 29-26 in a game that could have gone either way.