History repeats for most in the NSL, but not all

IN a repeat of the Netball Super League fixtures from Round 2, some match ups saw history repeat themselves, others did not.

One fixture that did see history repeat itself in more ways than one was the one between the Rhino and Mavericks, which the Mavericks ultimately won 63 goals to 62.

In another tight finish, the Mavericks ultimately emerged victorious in a game of swinging momentums.

The Mavericks were thrown a curveball just before the start of the match with expected starting goal shooter Ine-Mari Venter unable to start on court and Britney Clarke having to jump on in her place.

It was the Rhinos who were the first to take a lead, but the Mavericks quickly countered and eliminated the deficit.

The defensive pressure from both sides was really strong early, with neither side able to move the ball down court with much ease.

The Mavericks were the next ones to take a lead, but there was a lot of backwards and forwards play with little scoring as the defenders from both sides were quick to pick up any loose ball.

In a low scoring opening term, it was the Mavericks who in the end took a two goal lead into the first change.

Both sides made some attacking changes at quarter time, but it was the Mavericks who saw more of a difference as they started the second term better of the two sides and extended their lead even further.

The Rhinos were their own worst enemy at times as silly errors in attack really cost the home side and their ability to put score on the board.

Just as the Mavericks were heading towards a double figure lead, the Rhinos had a bit of a resurgence and brought the margin back to six goals at half time.

The third quarter could not have been more different to the second.

It was a much stronger quarter from the Rhinos as they fixed their issues from the first term and slowly but surely they ate away at the deficit.

It took them most of the quarter, but eventually they did completely eliminate the deficit and take the lead with about four and half minutes left in the term.

The rest of the quarter went goal for goal, so as such it was the Rhinos who took a single goal lead into the final change.

The final quarter started the way the third finished, with a goal for goal affair and neither side able to get more than two goals ahead and one simple mistake making all the difference for sides trying to pick up a turnover.

With a minute left on the clock, the Mavericks held a four goal lead and were looking good to pick up the win.

However, the Rhinos had other ideas, and two quick goals later they had made a late charge and with 15 second to go were only a single goal down.

However the Mavericks were able to play the clock down perfectly and hold on for the narrowest of wins.

For the Mavericks Razia Quashie (three deflections, two intercepts) and Jodie Gibson (two deflections and an intercept) really kept their side in the game at times.

Meanwhile for the Rhinos despite picking up a warning Vicki Oyesola (11 deflections, three intercepts, one rebound) won a lot of ball in defence for her team. Elle McDonald (20 feeds) also had a great game in midcourt.

In other results:

  • London Pulse recorded another big win, this time over Team Bath.

Despite a tight second and third quarter, a dominant first and fourth quarter from the Pulse meant that Bath had no chance of pinching what was already an unlikely win.

For the Pulse, Olivia Tchine (51 goals, one rebound, one deflection) was impressive once again under the ring, while Chelsea Pitman (42 feeds) and Jade Clarke (36 feeds, two deflections, one intercept) were industrious in mid court.

Meanwhile for Bath, Imogen Allison (29 feeds, three deflections, one intercept) and Jayda Pechova (six deflections, three intercepts, two rebounds) both put in a serious shift for the home side.

  • The Severn Stars pulled off a narrow win over the Strathclyde Sirens, winning by only three goals.

The Sirens lead by one at the first change, before the Stars had a resurgence and took the lead in the second.

The Sirens then brought the margin back to a single goal at the final break, before the Stars narrowly won the last quarter to ultimately take the win.

Jo Trip (three rebounds, two deflections, two intercepts) put in a solid shift for the Stars despite the high penalty and turnover count, as did Jessica Shaw (34 feeds).

Meanwhile for the Sirens Emily Nicholl (three deflections, one intercept, one rebound) and Claire Maxwell (21 feeds, two intercepts, one deflection) both had great games.

  • Manchester Thunder reversed their Round 2 loss to the Storm with a six goal win on Friday night.

After a tight first quarter, the Thunder then took control in the second. The Storm fought back in the third before the Thunder wrestled back control in the last to take the win.

The Thunder’s midcourters set up the win, namely Natalie Metcalf (39 feeds) and Amy Carter (40 feeds, two deflections), while for the Storm Layla Guscoth (9 deflections) had a busy game, as did Amy Flanagan (21 feeds, five deflections).

  • The Celtic Dragons capped off a tumultuous 72 hours with a 17 goal loss to the Loughborough Lightning.

Despite the fourth quarter being relatively tight, the Lightning had already comfortably won the first three so it was to no avail for the Dragons.

It was tall pillars up opposite ends of the court who really stared for the Lightning. Mary Cholhok finished with 47 goals as well as a whopping five rebounds, while Fran Williams finished with eight intercepts, as well as four deflections and a rebound.

Meanwhile for the Dragons despite finding herself on a warning Shaquanda Greene-Noel still had a busy game, finishing with four deflections, three rebounds and an intercept.

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