19th February 2008
The East Midland’s premier netball team, Loughborough Lightning, are preparing for one of the biggest home games of the Co-operative Netball Superleague this season, facing last year’s runners up, the Mavericks on Monday night (25th Feb).
Lightning is currently top of the Superleague, six points above the Mavericks who lie in third place. Unbeaten for nine games, Lightning has scored over 600 goals this season with just three games to go until the playoffs.
Player-coach Olivia Murphy said, “We are excited about the Mavericks game, it will be our biggest test so far this year. We beat them 43-28 earlier on in the season but they had quite a few international players absent for that match at the World Championships. They will all be back for this game. However, we also had internationals away in the game, plus we have the added bonus of shooting sensation, Jo Harten who joined us from previous Superleague champions, Team Bath a few weeks ago.”
Jo has just returned from the European Championships in Glasgow, which took place last weekend. Jo was instrumental in helping England to secure victory after victory, shooting at 86% accuracy in the final against Scotland.
Jo said, “I am looking forward to the Mavericks game after beating Team Bath a few weeks ago and our successes in Glasgow. It should be an interesting game but we have prepared well and have two more training sessions this week. I am confident we can secure another win, it will be tough but we are ready.”
Tickets for the Mavericks game, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports 2 at 5pm on Thursday 28th February, are available in advance on the ticket hotline, Tel: 01509 226250, or through the website: www.loughboroughlightning.com or on the door (depending on availability) at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall. At £5 a ticket for adults and £3 for concessions, the game works out as a bargain priced night out for all.
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