Dragons roar to life they break Bath hoodoo

ROUND 3 of the Netball Super League saw some history made, with the Celtic Dragons defeating Team Bath for the first time in almost ten years, winning 55 goals to 45.

It was an entertaining and tight affair for much of the game, but the Dragons really opened up the match in the last quarter to run away with the win.

Bath had the wobbles in front of goal early as they missed multiple shots off their early as the Dragons ultimately went of to pinch a goal off that opening centre pass.

However, Bath found their gear and nailed the next two to return the shooting to being on centre pass.

It was an at times scrappy start to the match, but some long bomb shots from the respective goal attacks Gabrielle Sinclair and Sophie Kelly keeping fans enthralled.

It was a goal for goal affair for much of the quarter but as the quarter progressed the Dragons started to build a lead and lead by eight goals at the first break.

Despite the good start on the scoreboard not everything went right for the Dragons, with Sinclair coming off during the quarter with an injury scare.

The second term however belonged to Team Bath.

Thanks largely to the defensive exploits of Shaquanda Greene-Noel the Dragons maintained their momentum to begin the term, but slowly but surely Bath pegged a bit of the margin back.

Bath really lifted their defensive efforts during the second quarter, and as such were making the Dragons really work for every single goal and Bath were reaping the rewards up the other end.

Bath won the quarter and took the leading in the dying minute of the term, and held a one goal lead heading into the main break.

It was tight again to begin the third quarter, but it was the Dragons who eliminated the half time Bath lead and built one for themselves, albeit a small one.

No matter how hard the Dragons tried though, they just could not shake off their opponents as Bath kept toe to toe with them.

At the final change the margin was just four goals in favour of the Dragons, and it was really still anyone’s game.

Bath were quick to gain momentum in the early stages of the final term as they quickly halved the three quarter time margin before the Dragons got their first on the board for the term.

Once the Dragons did have their first on the board though they were quick to double it and ensure their three quarter time lead was back.

This was when momentum really truly changed and the game was truly won.

After subbing off arguably their player of the match in Kelly, Bath just stopped scoring as the Dragons ran away with the match.

In other results:

  • Surrey have kept their undefeated run in tact with an 18 goal win over Leeds.

A 21 goal to seven second quarter was what really opened up the game for the Storm as they ultimately ran away comfortable winners.

Leah Middleton (seven deflections) and Mikki Austin (12 feeds, an intercept and a deflection) were industrious for Surrey, while Vicki Oyesola (three deflections and an intercept) and Elle McDonald (19 feeds, two deflections and an intercept) both played well for the Rhinos.

  • The London Pulse also remain undefeated after they defeated Severn by 13 goals.

The Pulse lead was seven at quarter time, and even though Severn continued to close the quarter by quarter margin (even drawing the final quarter) they could not win any quarter and as such the Pulse won with a healthy margin.

Jade Clarke (nine feeds, two intercepts and a deflection) was strong though mid court, while Zara Everitt (five deflections) played well in defence.

Meanwhile for Severn despite receiving a warning Jessica Shaw (20 feeds, three deflections and an intercept) played really well in mid court, and Grace Namana (17 goals, eight feeds, one deflection) was impactful in many ways.

  • Loughborough are also undefeated through three rounds after it downed Strathclyde by 21 goals.

Loughborough comfortably won every quarter but a 15 goal to seven third quarter was really where things opened up for the Lightning.

Mary Cholhok (49 goals, two rebounds) was again dominant under the ring for the Lightning, while Hannah Joseph (20 feeds) and Natalie Panagarry (15 feeds, two deflections and an intercept) dominated through mid court.

Meanwhile for the Sirens Bethany Dix (16 feeds, one deflection) and Towera Vinkhumbo (four deflections, four intercepts and a rebound) played well.

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