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Netball - 15. May 2011.

Fiat Netball Superleague-Loughborough too strong for Leeds

Loughborough Lightning were too strong for varsity rivals Leeds Carnegie in their penultimate match in the 2011 FIAT Superleague as they secure a 5th place finish in this year’s competition.

As we’ve heard already this year this is a fixture that always has added resonance with the university sides and Loughborough have been tough to beat this season  when they have been on their game.

Leeds have been one of the sides in the Superleague to suffer from key injuries, every member of the senior squad has missed at least one game from an injury or ill-health. The bonus has been the chance for them to blood their younger talent.

In this Round 17 match, 16-year-old Amy Stevens (captain of England’s under 17s) made her Superleague debut which team manager Sian Foley says shows how far they have come.  “We have a very youthful side and a lack of experience has meant mistakes at times, but we are really pleased with the progress we have made.

“Lauren Potter (England U-19) had a great game against England’s number one shooter, it was a really positive game going into the game with Thunder tomorrow.”

Loughborough’s Emma Bliss was a primary carer for the team on Saturday. She  said: “It was good to see us build on each quarter and adapt well to the changes that were made.

“The team showed composure and patience and enjoyed some periods of free flowing play.  Sophia Candappa battled hard each quarter and provided solid feeds into the circle and defended hard turning over lots of ball.

“All in all an excellent platform for our final game in Northumbria.”
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