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Netball - 09. March 2009.

Superleague Weekend Updates



VENUE: Leeds Met University    TIME: 1500

Umpires: Janice Treasure, Heather Gleadall reserve: Sue Richards


Q1: 12-12
Q2: 24-18
Q3: 36-33
Q4: 47-46

Full time: 47-46

Have Leeds Carnegie played their last match in the scheduled Co-operative Netball Superleague season?  Maybe not. This afternoon’s gripping 47-46 win over local rivals Northern Thunder has lifted Leeds above Brunel Hurricanes and into 4th in the table, the final play-off position.  Derby days always have a special feeling and the match was not only a sell-out at Leeds Metropolitan University but so many fans wanted to watch some had to be turned away. 

This game lived up to all the hype with tension palpable off and on court and neither team could make a mark in the match early on it so it was all-square after 15 minutes. 

Amanda Martin rarely puts a foot wrong and in the second quarter the goal-attack netted all nine of the shots she had on goal roared on by the fans and her success enabled the home side to pull ahead.  At the other end it was a different story for Thunder’s Charlotte Beenham who was 0/3.

Changes made by the visitors a half-time brought immediate results as Thunder deployed what we’ll call their “Rachel formation”. Rachel Henry moved to centre while Rachel Taylor moved into WA and Rachel Bramhall came on to shoot and  Karen Greig moved from GS to GA. These substitutions swung the game in favour of the visitors who took the 3rd quarter 15 – 12 reducing Carnegie’s lead.

With just 3 goals between the teams it made for a very exciting final quarter which went goal for goal and the game could have gone either way.  Nothing was decided until the final whistle when Leeds took the game after a missed shot from Thunder could have levelled it.

As the whistle went there was a scuffle and verbal exchanges involving wing-defence Ama Agbeze and near the Northern Thunder bench.  Leeds Carnegie said the incident was unrelated to the game and that they would fully investigate.

Leeds coach Anna Newell is in Gibraltar with her England U17 squad so Marion Lofthouse  was in charge and  said that she was “absolutely thrilled that Leeds will be contesting 4th position.  At one point Leeds looked like they would storm away with the game but the Thunder had other ideas and the 3rd and 4th quarters wen goal for goal.  Errors crept into both sides but Leeds kept their nerve to win by 1 goal”. 


As for Team Northumbria manager Dawn Tolcher said “The team played well and fought hard with strong passing and deserved to win.” 

As things stand Leeds Carnegie will join Team Bath, Loughborough, and Mavericks in the end of season play-offs - we have to wait for Brunel Hurricanes to play their final match on the final day of the regular season at Loughborough Lightning

GS: Joanne Walker 
GA: Amanda Martin 
WA: Danielle Bloomfield
C: Jennifer Fields 
WD: Lisa Ferneyhough 
GD: Ama Agbeze 
GK: Jo Davis (capt) 

Shooting Stats
Joanna Walker  11/18 = 61%
Amanda Martin 36/46 = 78%

GS: Karen Greig
GA: Charlotte Beenham
WA: Rachel Henry
C:    Krystal Gayle
WD: Helen Browne
GD: Kate Smith
GK: Kerry Almond

Karen Greig         31/44 = 70%
Charlotte Beenham  4/9    = 44%
Rachel Bramhall    10/13  = 77%

VENUE: Sports Training Village, University of Bath
AT: 1700
Umpires: Gary Burchill, Judith Groves and Kylie Woodhead.

Q1: 14-11
Q2: 28-22
Q3: 37-32
Q4: 47-45

FULL TIME: 47-45

A tasty top of the table Co-operative Netball Superleague clash delivered all it promised at the University of Bath Sports Training Village culminating in a dramatic 2 goals win for Team Bath over  rivals Loughborough Lightning.

A vocal and capacity crowd at the roared on the league leaders who led throughout the match, having turned over the opening centre pass. Bath have been superb this season and are looking end the regular season undefeated. Five minutes into the game and Team Bath were 6-2 ahead.  There was a smooth ease with which the side fed the ball into their shooters who rarely fail to complete the job when in sight of the posts. Had a couple of passes not gone astray the lead would have been wider, instead Loughborough took their chances and and narrowed the gap to 7-5 before  England shooter Jo Harten slipped a couple of shots past the ring.

A slight change in defence saw Bath make the most of Stacey Francis and Eboni Beckford Chambers skill in turning over the ball which helped extend the lead by half-time. The visitors hit back to take the third quarter 10-9 and close the gap
overall to 37-32.  Loughborough’s coach Olivia Murphy proved a handful for Sara Bayman having switched to centre from wing-defence after half-time and although unable to close the gap  significantly Loughborough were coming back into the match

At eight minutes to go and with the score at 45-37, Team Bath probably
thought they were home and dry but  a couple of turn-over balls and a great
interception from WD Jade Clarke added to a miss from Dunn in the Team Bath circle and the match moved to a thrilling  finale at 47-43 with two minutes to go. It was all Loughborough in those seconds as they netted a 44th then 45th goal. Lightning needed two for the draw but couldn’t strike twice and in the last 60 second Team Bath held tight, kept possession and maintain a 100% Superleague record.  Not quite perfection from Pamela Cookey she can probably be forgiven for the one missed shot that made it 98% 27 from 28. 

“Psychologically, it’s important to have beaten Loughborough home and away
as we go into the play-offs”, said Bath coach Jess Garland. “Now we need to work on our cohesion for the next match. We will see how the match goes but I may also
want to play some players who didn’t make it onto court today so that we’re
all ready and fresh for the next challenge.

“I thought we put in too many long cross-court balls and Stacey was there
to intercept them”, said Loughborough’s player-coach Olivia Murphy after the

Team Bath take on Team Northumbria at home tomorrow in a re-arrangement of a match which was  snowed off earlier this year.

Team Bath
GS: Rachel Dunn
GA: Pamela Cookey
WA: Sasha Corbin
C: Sara Bayman
WD: Serena Guthrie
GD: Stacie
GK: Eboni Beckford-Chambers

Shooting stats
Rachel Dunn 20/27 = 75%
Pamela Cookey  27/28 = 98%

Loughborough Lightning

GS: Jo Harten 
GA: Alex Kirk
WA: Natasha Hampshire 
C: Jade Clarke 
WD: Olivia Murphy 
GD: Kara-Lee Moseley 
GK: Hannah Reid

Shooting stats

Jo Harten 33/39 = 84%
 Alex Kirk   6/11 = 54%
Lisa Stephenson  6/13  = 46%

MATCH: Team Northumbria V Mavericks
AT:  1845
VENUE: Westgate Centre for Sport, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
UMPIRES: Jo Kelly and Debbie King
Q1: 9-13
Q2: 17-23
Q3: 23-36
Q4: 32-51


Not the best of results for Team Northumbria who have a tough weekend with a trip to Team Bath directly after this defeat to Mavericks. Not too many details available about this match at the time but Mavericks coach Kendra Slawinski said “It was closely contested in first quarter.. in the second half we were very strong and competed well to create the game plays.”

Team  Northumbria coach Denise Egan said after the game “-We matched Mavericks at times with some well executed passages of play to goal and really did contest staying in the match up to half time. The third quarter characteristically is not always our best and we need to work on this.”

Credit must go to our circle defence pairing of connor and ryan who turned a great deal of ball over. With more front cuts to the ball we can improve our attacking play and must quickly learn from today as we play team Bath tomorrow in the rearranged game from Feb”.


GS: Emma Lower
GA: Carla Dziwoki (capt)
WA: Vicky Burgess
C   : Kathy Spears
WD: Tessa Burton
GD: Natalie Connor
GK: Abi Ryan


Carla Dziwoki (capt) 22/26 = 84%
Emma Lower   8/9    = 89%
Vicky Phillips    1/2 = 50%
Talei Bari      1/3 =33%


GS: Louisa Brownfield 
GA: Ella Clark
WA: Karen Atkinson 
C: Camilla Buchanan 
WD: Steph Bello
GD: Natalie Seaton
GK: Naida Hutchinson 


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