A Pulsating round sees big wins on the board

ROUND 15 of the Netball Super League saw plenty of big wins across the board.

One of those was in Manchester where the Pulse took down the Thunder by 14 goals.

After a tight first half it was the third quarter that truly separated the teams.

The Thunder did not take too long to pinch a goal off a Pulse centre pass, which instigated a run for the home side that saw them take a four goal to one early lead.

However the Pulse recovered from that start to get themselves back in the match.

It was tight for much of the quarter, with defences strong making the attackers needing to really think about each pass.

The Pulse took the lead late in the quarter but the Thunder then levelled it up with just over a minute to go.

However one late goal to the Pulse saw them take a narrow lead into the first change.

It remained tight early in the second term as the teams traded blows and were impossible to split.

It took about 10 minutes for either side to score multiple goals in a row, and much like the Thunder did in the first term, once the Pulse got that run of two goals in a row that instigated a run of a few more unanswered scores.

That run allowed the Pulse to take a three goal lead into the main break.

Things really started to open up in the third term.

The Pulse continued where they left off to begin the third period, and their three goal half time lead had ballooned out to six inside the first three minutes of the term. This grew to eight goals about five minutes later, then 10, and things were starting to get dangerous for the Thunder.

The defence of the Pulse was particularly impressive, causing the Thunder to change up their feeds and have to throw feeds that were ultimately the Pulse’s bread and butter to intercept.

The Thunder did not have any answers as they continued to fall further and further behind, and as such were 14 goals down at the final change. It was a 20 goal to nine quarter in favour of the Pulse and the Thunder needed a strong spark to turn things around in the final term.

The Thunder got the better of the starts in the final term and scored three of the first four goals to get things going.

Even though the Thunder ultimately went on to win the quarter, it was only by four goals, as they had nowhere near enough answers to make the turnaround needed to take the win.

Funmi Fadoju (11 deflections, three intercepts, one rebound) starred for the Pulse, while Jade Clarke (31 feeds, three deflections) put in a really solid shift.

Meanwhile for the Thunder Natalie Metcalf (46 feeds) and Josie Huckle (eight deflections, three intercepts) both starred.  

In other results:

  • The Severn Stars have come back from their round off with a six goal win over the Celtic Dragons.

The Stars were up by nine goals at half time, but the Dragons put together a remarkable turnaround in the third term. However, the Stars put a stop to the run in the final quarter to take the win.

Sigrid Burger (47 goals) had a great game in attack for the Stars, while Jo Trip (five deflections, two rebounds) had a great game in defence despite the high number of penalties.

Meanwhile Shona O’Dwyer (29 feeds) and Shaquanda Greene-Noel (four deflections, four intercepts, two rebounds) both played well for the Dragons.

  • Loughborough Lightning picked up another big win, this time by 12 goals over the Saracens Mavericks.

The first half was what really set up the win for the Lightning, with a 20 goal to eight first quarter and 22 goal to 11 second quarter making the difference.

Hannah Joseph (24 feeds) had a strong game for the Lightning, as did Fran Williams (two rebounds, one intercept, one deflection).

Razia Quashie (four intercepts, two deflections) was again strong in defence for the Mavericks, as was Kira Rothwell (12 goals, 10 feeds, one rebound, one intercept) in attack.

  • Someone who had an even bigger win was the Strathclyde Sirens, who picked up a big 22 goal win over Team Bath.

Bath had one tight quarter, but Sirens winning the other three quarters by eight, four and nine respectively meant that that one quarter meant little.

Towera Vinkhumbo (six intercepts, three deflections, three rebounds) and Emily Nicholl (four intercepts, two intercepts) both starred for the Sirens, as did Ali Wilshier (22 feeds, two deflections, two intercepts) and Jayda Pechova (six rebounds, two deflections, two intercepts) for Bath.

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