The Army has beaten the Royal Navy 50-20 in the Inter-Services Netball Championships in Portsmouth. 

The ladies in red were winners in 2017 but second best to the Navy in 2016.

This year, however, they were determined to retain their title and took an early lead in the first quarter.

There was a lovely long-range effort from the Navy's goal attack Sam Usher but generally the Army's feeds into the goal circle were more concise and they were up 14-6 after the first 15 minutes.

The Army dipped slightly in the second, letting its lead slip and allowing the Navy back in but the Senior Service missed a number of opportunities to make back ground, leaving the team still seven goals adrift at the halfway point, with the score 22-15.

Army Beat The Navy In The Inter-Services Netball

Both teams stuck with the same seven players after two quarters.

The Army made no changes but did tighten up in defence, with Fiji's Dee Bolakoro, in particular, showing why she's on the fringes of the international scene. 

With Ellie Nawale and Melissa Price doing their job at the other end, the Army opened up a gap of 14 goals in the third quarter to make it 33-19.

The Army players led from the off and looked the more polished side but it was in the final 15 that they truly dominated, only letting the Senior Service add one more goal.

The final score was 50-20 to the Army, with skipper Lieutenant Anna Mulderrig paying tribute to her players and the coaching staff:

"We've had a really good season, we started off the season on a tour to Gibraltar... We've got all different levels of experience, we've got people who've played England under-17s, Premiership-level netball and regional netball so we're a really lucky side."

Army goal keeper Dee Bolakoro was awarded player of the tournament.

In the other competitions, the Army also won the seconds title but the RAF team were victorious in the Masters category.

Army Beat The Navy In The Inter-Services Netball

Open Competition Results

Match 1 – RAF v Army 19-46 (game abandoned with 7 minutes 54 seconds remaining)

Match 2 – RN v RAF 51-28

Match 3 – RN vs. Army 20-50

Development Competition Results

Match 1 – RN v Army 17-56

Match 2 – RAF v Army 18-49

Match 3 – RN v RAF 33-37

Masters Competition Results

Match 1 – RN v Army 23-52

Match 2 – RAF v Army 48-27

Match 3 – RN v RAF 17-54

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