Big margins the flavour of the NSL weekend

THE order of the weekend in the Netball Super League was big margins, with plenty of double digit margins across the menu.

One of these was the London Pulse’s 21 goal win over the Strathclyde Sirens.

Although it was one of the Sirens’ best performances scoring wise this season, it was not enough as the Pulse proved far too strong.

Some well timed intercepts and lightning quick pace down the court help the Pulse take an early lead, putting three goals on the board before the Sirens had their first.

This was a bit of a sign of what was to come for much of the rest of the quarter as the Pulse maintained a rate of about double the number of goals the Sirens were putting up.

Although the Sirens did get things under that two goal to one ratio, ultimately the margin was still seven goals in the Pulse’s favour at the first change.

Things much continued from where they left off in the second term as the Pulse maintained their lead.

A shift in strategy to put Alicia Scholes into centre was working a treat as she was able to provide a much needed boost of speed, and with Berri Neil and Olivia Tchine shooting so well, the Pulse were able to really reward the work of Halimat Adio and Funmi Fadoju up the other end.

As much as the Sirens shooters Sesandile Ngubane and Bethan Goodwin were shooting pretty well accuracy wise, they just were not getting the volume of opportunities their Pulse counterparts were.

The margin got out to as much as double digits at one stage during the second term, but ultimately sat at nine goals in the Pulse’s favour at the main break.

Things did not really improve from there for the Sirens. They did only lose the third quarter by four goals but then lost the last by eight to seal their fate. The Sirens only had a nine player match day squad which would have made trying to run out the game even harder.

In other results:

  • Loughborough Lightning flexed their muscles against the Cardiff Dragons, winning by 28 goals.

The Lightning got off to a strong start, but a 20-8 second term in their favour really set the tone for the result.

  • The Leeds Rhinos have picked up their second win in a row with a 16-goal win over Team Bath.

The Rhinos took a comfortable lead early and just kept building from there.

  • Manchester Thunder also flexed their muscles with a big 24 goal win over the Saracens Mavericks.

The Mavericks struggled to keep up with the pace of the Thunder shooters, as their quarter by quarter numbers grew while Saracens stagnated.

  • The Severn Stars got back to their dangerous best, comfortably taking care of the Surrey Storm.

Things started tight, but the Stars blew proceedings open in the second term to go on to win by 17.

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