DOUBLE delight was savoured by the University of York’s netball teams in the quest for vital British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) points before the Christmas break.

Both netball outfits eclipsed northern rivals Newcastle for a fine send-off.

The firsts got off to a good start in their relegation six-pointer when an energetic opening quarter put them into a healthy early lead.

Impressive shooting from Kay Masterson and inspired defence from Jenni Williams ensured Newcastle thirds were unable to close the gap despite a late comeback and York closed out the game 35-28.

The win lifted York off the bottom of League 4B, although more points are needed in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the second team were able to put themselves in a strong position to challenge for promotion by beating leaders Newcastle fourths 38-32.

Goal-shooter Sophia Sahin contributed the majority of York’s points as she benefited from incisive build-up play from Ellie McAlpine.

The result meant York ended 2009 just three points behind Newcastle at the top, with four matches apiece to play.

It was a must-win game for the ladies lacrosse ranks as they played Durham thirds in another basement battle.

York surrendered an early lead but went on to secure an important 12-10 win in the last few minutes.

Liz Chan deserves special mention as she excelled with a seven-goal haul.

In another close game, the men’s lacrosse team beat hosts Leeds University 11-10.

Leeds Met put an end to York ladies’ winning streak in the tennis by inflicting a rare 6-4 reverse.

But there was more success for the men’s tennis teams.

The firsts beat Leeds University 6-4, while the seconds destroyed Sunderland 10-0.