Both teams will be nursing bruises after this physical Co-operative Netball Superleague. It seems to be a weekend of sizzling displays of our sport as this northern derby moved first one way then the other.
Northern Thunder were fastest out of the blocks racking up goals before the home side managed to convert their possession into scores and by the end of the first fifteen minutes Thunder led 14-8. Leeds were simply not able to get into the game as quickly as their opponents.
This was less of a problem in the second quarter as Carnegie began to create more space and were able to convert the possession into through ball to the attacking circle. Thunder were put on the back foot as the home side pulled back from behind to level the match at half-time.
Thunder made changes after half an hour bringing on some height. Krista Enziona moving to goal shooter and “Charlie” Beenham came out into the goal attack bib. This third passage of the match was the tightest yet. Both sides created quality possession for their attack forces and the bumping and battling for the ball continued with gusto.
The visitors changes really took shape in the final quarter and it was the young Thunder players who made them work. Northern Thunder captain Jade Clark was more than happy with her young blood “I’m really proud of the way we kept fighting despite unforced errors. Krista one of our youngest payers kept up and won the game for us.”
Head Coach Mike Greenwood agreed: “Sara Bayman turned the game in our favour. The defence went to sleep in the second and third quarter Kathryn Turner got tied up in the first half . Krista and Charlie turned the game around at the end.”
Leeds coach Marion Lofthouse said despite the defeat it was “the best they’d played all season under pressure.”
“The result came down to last quarter and we’ll take this all onboard as experience. It was a really good game, a really good contested match. Leeds will go away learn and improve.”
By Lisa O'Sullivan
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