The mighty TeamBath kicked off Round 12 of The Co-operative Netball Superleague with another convincing win against Celtic Dragons.
TeamBath dominated the first quarter on the scoreboard, setting them up for a decent 70-23 win. Celtic Dragons were given opportunities to score but struggled to break through TeamBath’s invincible defenders Eboni-Beckford-Chambers and Geva Mentor.
Despite TeamBath’s lead, their error rate was evident in the first half of play and credit should go to their shooters who capitalised at each opportunity to score.
Celtic’s re-shuffle at half time proved successful, as the team put TeamBath under serious pressures, showing patches of excellent play and teamwork. However, this impressive performance dropped off in the final quarter, allowing TeamBath to open up the court and build on their lead.
Celtic Dragons coach Sue Gaudion said: “A disappointing result. The change for us at half time made an impact, however it wasn’t carried through to the finish. A high unforced error rate by TeamBath could have been better utilised by us.”
Will Celtic take lessons learnt from this encounter and put them into practice in time to face Brunel Hurricanes on 31st January (Welsh Institute of Sport, 3pm). Will Northern Thunder be able to put a stop to the formidable TeamBath’s winning streak as they face each other at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury on 31st January?
Brunel Hurricanes took on archrivals Mavericks in front of a sell out crowd at Guildford Spectrum.
Hurricanes suffered a blow before the match, declaring captain Becky Nash unfit to play following a knee injury sustained in Monday night’s encounter against Leeds.
A close first quarter saw Maverick’s leading by four goals as captain and centre Karen Atkinson continued to dominate the game, ensuring that Brunel had a miserable second quarter, only putting five attempts in at goal.
Brunel’s Tett, Joseph and Matthews started to work the ball more patiently in the third quarter, winning the third quarter.
Despite Tett and Joseph’s efforts to help Brunel win the final quarter, the damage by Mavericks had already been done in the first half as they took the match 40-31.
Will Brunel have put their mistakes behind them in time to face Celtic Dragon’s on Saturday at the Welsh Institute of Sport at 3pm?
Glasgow Wildcats suffered further defeat at the hands of Leeds Carnegie.
It was a steady start by both teams but Leeds had taken control of the game by the end of the second quarter, moving further away from a competitive Wildcat’s side to build on their score.
The final score was 51-36 to Leeds, who diligently got on with the task at hand.
Leeds Carnegie coach Anna Newell said: “It was a dogged performance from Leeds. The Wildcats went out and challenged every quarter and we had to give 100% for the win. This prepares us well for our next game.”
Denise Holland, coach of Glasgow Wildcats, remained positive following another consecutive loss. She said: “Really pleased with today’s performance as we managed to hit all of our targets, improving on our last game against Leeds.”
Will Leeds be prepared enough for their next challenge against Team Northumbria on Saturday 31st January? (2pm, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2pm).
It was a nail biting match between Northern Thunder and Team Northumbria in a Sky Sports televised encounter, as Northern Thunder clinched the game 47-40 in the final 15 minutes.
From the outset the game had only one or two goals in it, as both teams were unable to shake each other off to build a lead in the first half.
Although Team Northumbria was just a mere one goal behind at half time, it was Northern Thunder who was able to take the edge in the second half.
In a game running goal for goal, Northern Thunder was able to sniff the win and swiftly bring the ball down court to their shooters who took advantage of team Northumbria’s missed opportunities.
Looking ahead to Round 13, will Northern Thunder turn out in full force against table leaders TeamBath, buoyed by their latest win? Head down to Castle Leisure Centre in Bury on Saturday at 4pm to watch them in action.
Team Northumbria take on Leeds Carnegie on Saturday. Will they manage to edge themselves further up The Co-operative Netball Superleague table or will Leeds prove too much of a challenge?
To catch all the action from last week’s game between Team Northumbria and Northern Thunder tonight (Thursday January 22) on Sky Sports.
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