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Netball - 08. May 2011.

Northumbria trample Carnegie in Sunday's Fiat Netball Superleague Match


Last weekend Team Northumbria enjoyed the taste of success, taking a prized scalp by beating Surrey Storm in the FIAT Netball Superleague, it seems they liked it and decided to tuck into more in the game with Leeds Carnegie.

“We were awesome!” said head coach Tracey Neville on her side’s second win in two games, after a confident and composed performance.  “It’s taken three or four months for the players to trust me and play the netball I want.  They believe me now, they’re taking more responsibility for their own performances and its working.”

There was little to choose between the teams after 15 minutes and while Leeds opted to take shooter Jo Walker off and bring on Krista Enziano, Northumbria stayed with their starting seven and benefitted from it.

“We were struggling against Jo Walker to be fair,” admitted Tracey Neville, “then they made the substitution and that favoured our game.”

Team Northumbria won the quarter 12-8 to lead the match 22-18 at half-time.

More substitutions for the visitors at the start of the second half Jo Walker was re-instated at shooter after a disappointing quarter for Enziano, Francine Hall came on at WA, Dani Bloomfield went to the bench, but subsequently returned to the court a centre as an injury replacement with Panagarry going to wing-attack.  But Team North had their tails up by now and were pushing ahead 38-27 going into the final quarter.

Leeds who have been plagued with injuries this season were forced into more changes during the last 15 minutes, Jo Davis returned to the bench, Dani Bloomfield moved to goal-defence from centre, Natalie Panagarry went to centre from wing-attack with Sam Thomas filling the gap. The final quarter was 13-11 to the home side.

“Today they were the better team and came into the game off a fantastic win over  Storm,” admitted Leeds Carnegie team manager Sian Foley. “They were consistent, no errors, no mistakes and they were smart playing possession netball - playing to their strengths.”

Northumbria will go for the hat-trick when they travel to Glasgow next week to end their season on a high.

Leeds Carnegie will be hoping to make it to the end of the 2011 season with enough players standing as they have suffered more than their fair share as Sian notes “every player in our squad has missed at least one game through injury or illness this season.”
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