Game 4, Round 8
Monday 15th December 2008, 7.30pm
Castle Leisure Centre, Bury
Northern Thunder narrowly defeated visitors Leeds Carnegie in an encounter that came down to the wire in Bury tonight. The Sky Sports televised match certainly gave viewers a thrilling game to watch.
Both teams came out strong from the first whistle leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to shake off their rivals. Northern Thunder took the lead by a mere 1 goal at the end of the first quarter, 15-14.
No substitutions were made by either team heading into the second quarter. By half time Northern Thunder had increased their lead to 4 goals, 31-26.
Changes were made at the half time break by both teams. Rachel Whitmore (WD) and Rachel Browne (GS) came on for Northern Thunder, as did Jennifer Fields (C), and Stephanie Wilson (WD) for Leeds Carnegie. The new introductions didn’t rattle either side, and both teams remained determined. At 3 quarter time Northern Thunder held on to a 3 goal lead.
It was in the final quarter when the game further exploded with competitiveness and the intensity lifted. Leeds Carnegie pulled back the 3 goal deficit and managed to get ahead by 1 goal with 3 minutes to go. The wind swiftly changed in the final 3 minutes, with possession spilling over to Northern Thunder who held composure, passing the ball down the court to their shooters with so much poise and care, like it was pure gold. In the dying seconds of the game a one goal advantage now gained by Northern Thunder turned into 2, and at the final whistle the score was 51-49 to an elated Northern Thunder side.
Leeds Carnegie Coach Marion Lofthouse was disappointed in the careless display by her players in the final stages despite the great encounter. She said ‘An excellent game of netball. Leeds needed to defend much stronger and did not apply much pressure to Thunder’s attack allowing Karen Greig too much room.
‘We had opportunities to win the game; we were one goal ahead with 3 minutes to go but did not take enough care of the ball. Thunder snatched the lead and kept possession resulting in the win.’ Continued Lofthouse.
Northern Thunder Coach Mike Greenwood said after the match, ‘The team that won was the team that wanted it the most and kept composure. It was a good game for players, spectators and viewers.’
Mike Greenwood asked his players for a strong performance pre-match and they delivered. Player of the match was awarded to Northern Thunder GA / GS Karen Greig. Greig was delighted with the win, she said ‘It was a fantastic result we had 4 consistent quarters together for the first time this season. We played as a team, worked hard and I’m really proud of the squad.’
Tune into Sky Sports this Thursday evening for all the netball action!
GS: Karen Greig
GA: Charlotte Beenham
WA: Rachel Henry
C: Helen Browne
WD: Bev Lovatt
GD: Emma Dovey
GK: Kerry Almond
K. Greig: 28/34, 82%
C. Beenham: 15/17, 88%
R. Brown: 3/6, 42%
GS: Joanne Walker
GA: Amanda Martin
WA: Rebecca White
C: Dani Bloomfield
WD: Lisa Ferneyhough
GD: Ama Agbeze
GK: Jo Davies
J. Walker: 88%
A. Martin: 81%