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Netball - 21. March 2011.

Northern Thunder defeat Team Northumbria in the Fiat Netball Super League

Northern Thunder have had a perfect season so far in the FIAT Netball
Superleague with seven wins from the seven games, but they really
raised the bar in the clash with Team Northumbria especially at the
shooting end.

Team North have recruited a new shooter in a bid to add to their goal
tally: Namibia’s Jatjinda “Toetsie” Kambatuku is her country's first
representative in an overseas league competition.  At a guess,
Newcastle is a little more chilly than Toetsi’s home time but the
welcome was just as warm, and once her debut nerves had evaporated in
the heat of battle the shooter was able to start delivering goals.

But it was Northern Thunder who excelled in the shooting department
this time out.  It looked to the crowd as if they weren’t going to
miss; Karen Greig, a superb Superleague captain, dropped 96% of the
shots she put up, 42 of the 44, Charley Beenham missed only one (7
from 8), 100% for Kathryn Turner who netted all three attempts and
Lynsey Armitage 17 from 21, 81%.

It turned into a match for both sides to ring the changes - Northern
Thunder were able to give their entire squad a run out  which meant a
first FIAT Netball Superleague appearance for Rachel Taylor.

Team North in turn used the match to give their debutant Jatjinda
Kambatuku plenty of court-time and the opportunity to work with
different goal-attacks.

“Today’s games was a must win for us,” said Thunder coach Suzy
Chapman. “It was good to try different combinations and I must say
well done to rachel taylor on her debut.

“We played some good netball and also the match gave us some things to
work on for our next match against Leeds on Thursday.”

Captain Karen Greig “We lost concentration at times but were able to
press on to the result we needed. Good preparation for the tough week
we have ahead of us with 3 games in 5 days.”
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