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Netball - 10. May 2011.

TeamBath have kept Northern Thunder off the top of the FIAT Netball Superleague table with a classy 56-42 win in Oldham.

The visitors turned the screws as the minutes ticked by in this match and gradually took the game away from Thunder, with their shooters Tett, Cookey and Allison not missing much, (90% accuracy for Rosie Allison).

TeamBath head coach Jess Garland was understandably happy: “We started really well as did Northern Thunder and in the first quarter we got the best out of each other.”

Just one goal between the teams at the first break, Bath with the psychological advantage going into the second quarter where they began to shut down Thunder.  While there were unforced errors from the home-side Jess Garland’s players were intercepting and turning over possession - even if not all of that went to goal.

In the second half Bath were in control and aided by a lack of accuracy and shots from Thunder, pressed home their advantage to win each quarter 13-9.”

“I’m very pleased that we won all four quarters,” admitted Garland, “that’s something we have been striving for.  Our defence effort created errors from them but looking ahead to Thursday and Saturday we will be looking to create more clean turnover.”

Watching from the sidelines as she makes a good recovery from ankle injury, Northern Thunder’s captain Karen Greig (who is very much missed on court) said: “It was a tough, physical game which our players coped with, and we gave our all to the end but it wasn’t enough on the night.  We will learn from this performance and are looking forward to the play-offs.”

Assistant coach Suzy Chapman was not happy with the way her side played: “We matched their performance in the first quarter, however we talked about consistency and we didn’t live up to that.

“Mistakes were made which we now need to learn from I am looking forward to our next game in order to get things right for the play-offs.”

The result consolidated TeamBath’s third place and puts Northern Thunder on the back foot in the battle to overhaul Hertfordshire Mavericks at the of top the table and if they slip up in their final two games - they could be caught by the team that beat them tonight.

Lisa O’Sullivan
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