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Netball - 05. April 2011.

Harten heads win over Leeds in the Fiat Netball Superleague

Loughborough Lightning captain Jo Harten led by example in the Round
12 FIAT Netball Superleague clash with university rivals Leeds
Carnegie, the match coming off the back of a spectacular win over the
league’s defending champions.

“I’m very pleased that we have built on the victory against Bath with
this performance,” said head coach Olivia Murphy, who once again took
to the court for the full 60 minutes.

It was a solid and steady performance from Lightning against a Leeds
side who quite literally threw away their chances at times as their co-
coach Lisa Ferneyhough pointed out after the match.  “We had more
consistency tonight but our passing errors are something we’re really
going to have to work on.  There were some great interceptions only
for us to follow it up by throwing the ball away in the mid-court.”

The home side were making few errors and the on-court partnerships
were gelling Olivia Murphy and Jo Harten were inspiring the side, and
Becky James who’s looking fit and good form this season missed just
one shot as goal attack in the first half.

Loughborough were five better in the first quarter and four better in
the second to enjoy a healthy half-time lead.  A third quarter win of
16-10 was also helping boost the goal average but for Leeds the run
out after half-time has been proving problematic with the team self-
destructing in that 15 minute period, but not so much in the televised

It was a positive for Ferneyhough who for a rare time this season had
a full squad to choose from, Jo Walker back after that nasty ankle
injury in her last TV appearance. “We seem to come good in the last
quarter,” said the co-coach (they draw that 11-11), “and we kept the
score down in the third quarter.  As a whole there was some good play
and having Jo back on court was great.”

For Loughborough Lightning the comfortable win keeps them in with a
chance of a play-off place and there was enough in the performance to
keep the coach happy.
“It was a good to be able to change the shooting circle and still
maintain our impact,” Olivia Murphy mused. “Another positive was the
composure the players maintained when Leeds pressed us.”

As for Ferneyhough she knows what she wants from her side going into
Saturday’s game with Glasgow Wildcats: “We need to keep bringing
consistency to the game but we have to address our error-rate and
expand our short ball options.”

Lisa O’Sullivan.
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