THREE junior netball league teams preserved their impressive unbeaten starts to the season with hard-fought victories, while there could only be one winner in the Deeside derby.

Deeside Dots U12s inflicted a first defeat of the season on Ellesmere Port Infernos, while they themselves picked up their fifth straight success to move up to second.

Meg Jackson claimed the player of the match award for her part in helping the Dots to eventually see off a stubborn Infernos side with an 8-6 scoreline.

In the under 13s division, the Dace prevailed over the Dragonflies in a Deeside derby game.

Seren Lonergan was impressive as her team never relinquished the early lead they picked up to come away with a 21-2 victory which sees them rise to fifth in the standings.

It was a tough day for the U14s as a brave Deeside Dixies U14s side were beaten 32-4 by the highflying Boughton Belle Predators, while the Diamonds could only draw with a lowly Holywell Herons team.

Madison Howell was awarded with the player of the match award for her part in the Diamonds’ 13-13 draw with Holywell Herons.

There were far better fortunes for Deeside’s under 15s teams as both the Dominoes and the DJs continued their unbeaten starts, while the Darts claimed their first win of the season.

A great team performance saw the Darts see off Ellesmere Port Blades 18-14 with Keavy Peyton being handed the player of the match award.

Despite struggling with injuries and player unavailability, the Deeside DJ’s found a way to prevail over Boughton Belle Hotshots. Courtney Sullivan was influential as she helped her side to the 32-10 victory which keeps the DJs as one of four unbeaten teams in the league.

Deeside Dominoes are another of those four sides, with the league leaders surviving a scare against Mold Owls to eventually secure a 23-17 success.

The Dominoes fell behind for the first time this season as they started slowly against a determined Mold team, but Kellie Murray’s performance helped her side recover to win.

Meanwhile, in Division Two of the North East Wales Netball Association (NEWNA) Senior League, North Dragon Ignite stay just ahead of North Dragons Inferno as both sides continued their perfect starts.

League leaders ND Ignite were comfortable in their 58-27 win over Dee Fire, while ND Inferno edged Mold Ravens 44-41.

Buckley Jets moved up to third thanks to their 44-27 victory over Flint Foxes, while Hope Harriers were denied their first win of the season as they were narrowly beaten 43-35 by Dazzlers.

Elsewhere in the division, Storms fought to a 54-44 victory over Hope Hurricanes.

In Division Three, Firebirds have moved clear at the top of the table after their 51-32 win against a second place Holywell Hurricanes side who were also unbeaten going into the game.

Mold Swift capitalised on that result as they reduced the deficit between themselves and the Hurricanes courtesy of a 41-27 derby victory over the Mold Hawks.

It was a good day for Holywell as the Highlights saw off Ruthin Ladies 32-28, while the Highfliers came out on top in their derby with Hustlers with a 37-18 triumph.