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Netball - 23. November 2008.

The Co-operative Netball Superleague - Round 5 Results

23rd November 2008

Game 1, Round 5
Saturday 22nd November 2008
Leeds Carnegie v Loughborough Lightning
Leeds Metropolitan University
UMPIRES: Ann Marie Peacock / Alison Smith

Q1: 11-16
Q2: 21-28
Q3: 31-44
Q4: 39-61

In a physical and hard fought match, Loughborough Lightning finished on top of their hosts 39-61 at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Despite a 22 goal difference at full time, Loughborough created a win progressively throughout the match. No-nonsense netball proved effective by Loughborough Lightning who chipped away at their opponents scoring from what possession they had.

At the end of the first quarter Loughborough Lightning were ahead by 6 goals, 11-16. The second quarter was Leeds’ best, keeping Loughborough to within 2 goals all quarter. At half time the score was 21-28.

Loughborough built their lead in the third and fourth quarters, ahead 31-44 at 3-quarter time and 39-61 at full time respectively.

Leeds Carnegie’s Assistant Coach had answers on her team’s defeat saying, ‘At half time we were still in the game and we were looking to capitalise on our possession. We just didn’t create enough shooting opportunities in the second half.’

Player and Coach of Loughborough Lightning Olivia Murphy was not surprised it was a tough win. She said ‘As expected it was a hard fought contest, Leeds made Loughborough work hard, but patience and constant movement opened up the court.’

Loughborough GD Emma Bliss agreed with Murphy in a tough win saying ‘Aggressive man on man (defence by Leeds) challenged our team unity but proved when we worked together as units we were able to rise above it.’

Starting Teams:
Leeds Carnegie:
GS: Amanda Martin
GA: Sarah Beattie
WA: Rebecca White
C: Jennifer Davis ( c )
WD: Stephanie Wilson
GD: Joanne Davies
GK: Ama Agbeze

Shooting Statistics (shots scored / shots taken)
A.Martin: 29/37, 78%
J.Walker: 2/3, 66%
S.Beattie: 8/14, 57%

Loughborough Lightning:
GS: Rebecca James
GA: Jo Harten
WA: Natasha Hampshire
C: Olivia Murphy
WD: Jade Clarke ( c )
GD: Emma Bliss
GK: Hannah Reid

Shooting Statistics (shots scored / shots taken)
J.Harten: 33/43, 77%
R.James: 16/24, 66%
A.Kirk: 12/14, 85%

Game 2, Round 5
Saturday 22nd November 2008
Glasgow Wildcats v Brunel Hurricanes
Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow
UMPIRES: Debbie Morgan, Janice Treasurer

Q1: 10-8
Q2: 24-16
Q3: 26-33
Q4: 29-49

Brunel Hurricanes beat Glasgow Wildcats 49-29 in the first ever encounter between the two teams in the Co-operative Netball Superleague.

Hurricanes traveled north to the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow for the first time, to face the Wildcats side, the official Scottish Franchise.

It was a game of two halves as Brunel took the opportunity to experiment with different combinations in the first half using a variety of players in different positions. Aussie Pollini Langi also made her Co-operative Superleague debut starting the match at Goal Keeper.

There were only 2 goals between the teams at the first break, Glasgow ahead 10-8 at the first break. Wildcats continued on-song to build a lead into half time 24-16.

Whilst Wildcats led 24-16 at half time, Brunel Head Coach Natalie Swift confidentially made some changes that proved dividends. Tett returned to the court at Goal Attack and Vicklyn Jospeh at shooter whilst in defence Langi and Mkoloma swapped roles.

The second half saw Hurricanes step up a gear and show their class with Vicklyn Joseph having an awesome two quarters netting 22 goals from 25 attempts. It was a gritty display and once Brunel found their stride Wildcats could only manage to score five goals in the second half. Score at 3-quarter time 26-33 to Brunel, and 29-49 at full-time.

Brunel Hurricanes Coach said after the match ‘We took the opportunity to use a number of players and experiment with combinations and the third and fourth quarter statistics speak for themselves.’ Swift added; ‘Donna Fearon-Ciugureanu played very well and Vicklyn Joseph was outstanding making a huge impact on the game with her 88% shooting statistic’.

Hurricanes captain Becky Nash added; “It took us a while to settle and find our rhythm but when we did it was great and the second half performance was much slicker with another great team performance. The fact that we managed to keep Wildcats to only five goals in the second half was pleasing and we are now looking forward to an encounter with Team Northumbria”.

Glasgow Wildcats, despite the loss had a positive outlook post match. Coach Denise Holland said ‘There was clear evidence of putting into practice what we have been working on all week. Taking better care of the ball, creating good angles and defence, confusing (the oppositions) space.’ Holland also said ‘We pressured Brunel to many errors containing them to fewer than 50 goals.’

Wildcats captain said ‘We are very pleased that all the hard work we are doing in training is now evident on court. We now need to sustain that for 4 quarters’.

Starting Line-ups:

Glasgow Wildcats
GS: Lesley McDonald (Captain)
GA: Nicola Collins
WA: Gail Higgins
C: Fiona Moore
WD: Claire Brownie
GD: Claire Cooper
GK: Hayley Mullheron
Subs: Sharyn Lyon. Rachel Holmes, Jenna Storie, Rhona Watson, June McNeill.

Brunel Hurricanes
GS: Elizabeth Searle
GA: Lindsay Press
WA: Asha Tett
C: Holly Nichols
WD: Becky Nash (Captain)
GD: Sonia Mkoloma
GK: Pollini Langi
Subs: Vicklyn Joseph, Kate Ricks, Bianca Robinson, Donna Fearon-Ciugureanu, Becky Gibson

Game 3, Round 5
Saturday 22nd November 2008
Northern Thunder v Mavericks
Castle Leisure Centre, Bury
UMPIRES: Margaret Deigham / Kim Lumley

Q1: 9-17
Q2: 22-31
Q3: 34-42
Q4: 44-53

It was a must-win game for a Maverick side eager to get themselves in the top four teams on the Co-operative Netball Superleague table and within reach of the minor premiership for season 2008-09.

And win they did, Mavericks defeated Northern Thunder by 9 goals 44-53, putting another 2 points on the board. The game was never in doubt, Mavericks leading all the way from the outset, ahead by 8 goals 9-17 going into the first break.

The second, third and fourth quarters were tightly contested, just 1 goal between the teams for all 3 quarters. Mavericks won the second quarter by 1 goal and Thunder won the third by 1. Score 22-31 at half time and 43-42 at 3-quarter time.

As much as Thunder did a fantastic job at keeping a Mavericks squad at bay throughout these 2 quarters, the damage was done in the first quarter, Mavericks staying solid through to the final whistle.

By full time, a relentless Northern Thunder remained 9 goals down despite hearty efforts for the most part of the match. Northern Thunder was not able to recover the deficit established by Mavericks in the first quarter.

Northern Thunder’s player of the match Beverley Lovatt was positive post match. She said ‘We built up throughout the game and played our best netball in the last 2 quarters which was reflected in the result.’

Assistant Coach of Northern Thunder Suzy Chapman said ‘The final result wasn’t in our favour but there was excellent netball to be taken away; we are improving every game.’

Maverick’s Captain Louisa Brownfield was content with her team, but it seems Mavericks are looking into the future. Brownfield said ‘We are pleased with 2 points, we’re improving each game but there’s still a long way to go before we are satisfied.’

Mavericks Coach Kendra Slawinski said ‘Northern Thunder are getting stronger. Mavericks need to know they need to put in 60 minutes of hard work to get to the finals and this will be reflected in our training.’

Starting Line-ups:

Northern Thunder:
GS: Karen Greig
GA: Amanda Evans
WA: Rachel Henry
C: Helen Brown
WD: Beverley Lovatt
GD: Kate Smith
GK: Kerry Almond

Shooting Statistics (shots scored / shots taken)
K.Grieg: 30/42, 71%
A.Evans: 5/9, 55%
C.Beenham: 9/15, 60%

GS: Ella Clarke
GA: Louisa Brownfield ( c )
WA: Gemma Wiseman
C: Chioma Ezeogu
WD: Stephania Bello
GD: Natalie Seaton
GK: Naida Hutchinson

Shooting Statistics (shots scored / shots taken)
L.Brownfield: 29/32, 91%
M.Hall: 4/5, 80%
E.Clarke: 20/28, 71%
Overall Team : 53/65, 82%

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