LEEDS CARNEGIE 42 TEAMBATH 62
TeamBath gave the 11 players in their match-day squad a run out against a testing Leeds Carnegie seven in what turned out to be a “fantastic game of netball” according to the home side’s co-coach Marion Lofthouse.
Bath came to the game off the back of their first defeat in almost two years and it meant debut in a Co-operative Netball Superleague starting line-up for Rosie Allison (GS) and Lindsay Keable (GK) who performed well in the match. Both teams were well-matched for the first three quarters of the game. But the defending champions turned on the style in the final quarter to get back to winning ways 62-42. They remain 3rd in the table but have a game in hand over second placed Hertfordshire Mavericks.
TEAM NORTHUMBRIA 51 NORTHERN THUNDER 60
It was a great shooting display as Northern Thunder netted a nine-point Co-operative Netball Superleague win over Team Northumbria. but the scoreline is a little unfair to the home side who were right in the chase for the points until the final few minutes. Three shooters in this sizzler netted 90% or more of their shots during a superb test of netballing talent.
Team Northumbria shooter Alex Wood was outstanding, two perfect quarters just just two misses all game gave her a 95% shooting success rate. If the home side had earned more attempts on goal their accuracy could have bagged them the result - but England duo Sara Bayman and Jade Clarke ensured it would be Thunder who finshed the day 4th in the Superleague.
LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING 37 CELTIC DRAGONS 34
Oooh this was a real nerve-jangler for Loughborough Lightning fans as the Celtic Dragons stoked up a late surge in their Co-operative Netball Superleague trip to Walsall. The home side hung on to claim their first points of the season but only just.
Another consumate performance from Dragons star shooter Emma Thomas who was a total hit landing 21 of her 22 shots while it was more of a miss for her team mates who just had a bad night under the posts. Loughborough drew strength from a strong defensive performance to earn their first two points this term. They stay 8th in the table but are now just one point behind the Dragons and have played 3 fewer games.
LEEDS CARNEGIE 42 TEAMBATH 62
Q2: 23 -24 (10-10)
Q3: 34-37 (11-13)
Q4: 42-62 (8-25)
Umpires: Janice Treasure, Kylie Woodhead & Debbie King
“What a fantastic game of netball!” Leeds co-coach Marion Lofthouse voicing the thoughts of the two-hundred odd fans at the Co-operative Netball Superleague clash between Leeds Carnegie and TeamBath.
The two teams met at Leeds Met University with different objectives which ensured a highly entertaining match, closely fought for three-quarters of the game. TeamBath were in unfamiliar territory coming to the contest on the back of a defeat to Surrey Storm; their first loss in nearly 23 months. Leeds were after a bit of credit for some excellent but un-rewarded performances in recent games
A familiar Leeds starting seven took to the court and it was a good battle against a less regular TeamBath side Rosie Allison (GS) and Lindsay Keable (GK) came out to in their starting line-up for the first time in Superleague. It was a good battle with both sides having 16 attempts at goal in the first 15 minutes the defending champions netting one more than Leeds at the quarter whistle.
It was flipped around at the end of the half as Leeds scored 10 from 13 Bath 10 from 14 but the visiting side’s coach Jess Garland was keen for her squad to address certain issues on court “we had specific targets after our match against Surrey.”
Carnegie chose to stay with the same seven throughout the match, and it is a side that are beginning to gel together. Various combinations were being tried and tested by Bath who saved the best till last.
The final quarter was a change of gear for TeamBath who had been given a thorough working out by Leeds, but in the final 15 minutes put together some immaculate and inspirations passages of play and cracking 1-2s especially between skipper Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Stacey Francis. It was a twenty-goal margin at the final whistle
After the game TeamBath coach Jess Garland admitted the game was just what her squad needed: “Leeds really tested us and kept with us for the first three quarters of the game. We’re really pleased with some of the things we made improvements on.”
“We are looking to have a more clinical performance against Glasgow on Friday night.”
Marion Lofthouse thoroughly enjoyed the match: “Both teams exhibited great skill and commitment. Bath dominated the last quarter showing the experience required to win the game. The Leeds players will learn from this match.” She was And the Leeds co-coach felt praise was also due to the match officials: “Both umpires allowed the players to contest the ball and this contributed to a great display of netball.”
photos Janos Schmidt