Big results the order of the day in the UK
LARGE margins were the order of the weekend in the Netball Super League, as all bar one of the games ended in a double figure margin.
One of those was the match between Team Bath and the Severn Stars, with the Stars ultimately winning by 10 goals.
It was goal for goal early, but thanks to a lovely intercept from Imogen Allison it was Team Bath who were the first to score against the centre pass.
They did eventually consolidate their lead off the next centre pass but it took them a number of goes.
Bath got out to a three goal lead before the Stars worked their way back into the match and got the margin back to one.
However that would be as close as they would get in the opening 15 minutes as the home side re-established their lead and took a six goal lead into the first change.
The second quarter was a case of two halves.
Bath maintained their stranglehold and lead for the opening half of the quarter, but then the Stars wrestled back control in the second half of the quarter to ultimately take the lead with a few minutes to go.
Ultimately it was a three goal lead to the Stars at the main break as they scored double the number of goals that Bath did in the second term.
The third term was what ultimately decided the course of the game.
The Stars really put their foot down in the third term and really built quite a healthy lead. Not a whole lot went right for the host team as missed shots and wayward passes really cost them.
Severn’s lead was heading towards double digits, but ultimately sat at nine goals at the final change.
Things tightened up significantly in the final term.
Although the Stars extended their lead out early to as much as 12 goals, Bath came back significantly as the quarter and swung the momentum back their way.
Severn only won the quarter by a single goal, but after what it had done in the third term it did not matter.
In other results:
- Manchester Thunder opened the weekend with a massive 16 goal win over the Celtic Dragons.
The Thunder lead by seven at the first break and just kept building from there, winning every quarter.
For the Thunder Josie Huckle (four deflections, two rebounds, one intercept) starred alongside Natalie Metcalf (24 feeds, three goals, one deflection), while for the Dragons Shaquanda Greene-Noel (five deflections, five intercepts, two rebounds) and Shona O’Dwyer (26 feeds) both starred.
- The Thunder’s win was not the largest of the weekend, as the Pulse earned an even bigger one the following day when they downed the Rhinos by 32 goals.
The margin was already seven at the first change, but after the Rhinos failed to score more than eight goals in any of the next three quarters the result was in no doubt.
- In the tightest results of the weekend, the Surrey Storm have emerged victorious over the Strathclyde Sirens by four goals.
The Sirens lead in the first half, but a third quarter snap from the Storm, which resulted in the Sirens only scoring nine to the Storm’s 18, turned the match on its head.
Yasmin Parsons (40 feeds) and Amy Flanagan (eight deflections, 21 feeds, one intercept) were workhorses for the Storm, while Bethan Goodwin (43 goals) had a strong game in front of goal for the Sirens, while Towera Vinkhumbo (five deflections, three intercepts) had a busy night up the other end.