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Netball - 22. December 2009.

Round 2 of The Co-operative Netball Superleague Week 2.

Co-operative Netball Superleague  week 2

LEEDS CARNEGIE 46 GLASGOW WILDCATS 27

?DATE: 14:00, 19TH December, 2009

Venue:  Leeds Carnegie University, Leeds

Umpires: Ian Fuller, Debbie King, Kylie Woodhead

QUARTER SCORES:

Q1: 12-9

Q2: 21-15 (9-6)

Q3: 36-19 (15-4)

Q4: 46-27 (10-8)

Glasgow Wildcats have come in from the cold to play their first part in the 2009/10 Co-operative Netball Superleague.  The Scottish side made the trip south to the frozen north of England to take on Leeds Carnegie who were taking to the court for the third time this season with one win already bagged.

The visitors made a strong start in the first quarter no doubt gagging to get out and stretch their legs.  Captain and shooter Lesley MacDonald was in good form netting 8 of her ten shots as the Wildcats kept pace with Leeds Carnegie who are far enough into their stride to have the shape of a starting seven, with Dziwoki and Shaw building a comfortable double act in the shooting circle. Two more attempts on goal than the Wildcats helped the home side into a three goal advantage at the end of the first quarter.

One onlooker said after the match that the action in Q2 resembled watching shuttle runs as the ball was passed from one end of the court to the other, turned over and taken back before traveling back through the thirds again.  It was a physical game with every ball fiercely contested and possession changed hands continuously in the second and third quarters.  Ama Agbeze made herself noticed in the Leeds defence, no doubt hoping to catch the eye of England head coach Sue Hawkins who is looking to build her squad for the Commonwealth Games.

As for the Wildcats there was an outstanding performance by WA Gail Higgins who excelled at fulfilling her role of getting the ball into her own circle while tipping and turning over more possession that she would be expected to deliver.  Maybe it is fair to say that Glasgow were a little ring-rusty because the shots on goal dried up in the mid-section of the game  leaving Lesley “Mac” and Nicola Collins with few chances to stay on par with their rivals.

Leeds enjoyed good patches of play in the second and third quarters; the shooting stats showed how the attack had twice as many chances to score than the Wildcasts, in the penultimate quarter they missed just twice from 17 attempts, and put their opponents to the sword by denying them enough possession to stay on terms.

The Carnegie coach Anna Newell is looking for more consistency from her squad and in the final stages of the games a few wrong passes and perhaps wrong decisions stalled their push for goals.  Glasgow Wildcats shuffled the shooters and young June McKnell was impressive on her debut this season nailing 70% of her attempts, helped by a better flow of ball into the shooting D.

“It was a strong first half performance from the Wildcats” the team’s head coach Denise Holland said at the final whistle.  “We have shown that we can compete at this level and that we will work hard to sustain the intensity for 60 minutes.”  Leeds Carnegie Head coach Anna Newell wants her squad to steady up their performancs but she can go into 2010 with a solid foundation to work on.  “It was good to get another win before Christmas,” she said but added, “the girls will be working hard after Christmas to improve consistency”

 

LEEDS CARNEGIE?Home Team Players

Position Played (or part played)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

1

Carla Dziwoki

GS

GS

GA

GA

2

Rachel Shaw

GA

GA

-

-

3

Natalie Haythornthwaite

WA

WA

-

-

4

Natalie Panagarry

C

C

C

C

5

Danielle Bloomfield

WD

WD

WA

WA

6

Jo Davies (captain)

GD

GD

GD

GD

7

Ama Agbeze

GK

GK

GK

GK

8

Lisa Fernleyhough

-

-

WD

WD

9

Chantelle Hankin

-

-

GS

GS

10

Lauren Potter

-

-

-

-

11

Rachel Beale

-

-

-

-

12

 

-

-

-

-

 

 

GLASGOW WILDCATS?Away Team Players

Position Played (or part played)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

1

Lesley MacDonald (capt)

GS

GS

GS

-

2

Nicola Collins

GA

GA

-

GA

3

Gail Higgins

WA

WA

WA

WA

4

Jayne Duncan

C

C

-

-

5

Claire Brownie

WD

WD

WD

WD

6

Hayley MacKellar

GD

GD

GD

GD

7

Hayley Mulheron

GK

GK

GK

GK

8

June McKneill

-

-

-

GS

9

Rachel Holmes

-

-

GA

-

10

Karin Connell

-

-

-

-

11

Jacy Brown

-

-

 




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