Wednesday saw in the second game of the season for MMU 1st netball away against Keele. Nancy Thompson brings us the match report from yesterday’s game.
The starting line up was as followed; GS- Chloe Sheppard, GA- Frances Duffy, WA- Rachel Towell, C- Eliza Morgan, WD- Ruth Anderson, GD- Gabriella Marshall and GK-Nancy Thompson, with Rebekah Airey, Buhle Dubazana, the coach Rob McKee and the great Mr Towell supporting from the sidelines.
After a rushed scramble to get on court on time, special mention to Rebekah Airey for as always, keeping the rest of the team on our toes and the M6 traffic, girls bombarded the court to take a solid lead during the first quarter. Some excellent feeding from Eliza allowed the goals to roll in and with some great defensive turn overs from Ruth we had increased the lead to 22-13 after 15 minutes. However, with some dubious scoring and the advantage not on our side the score was agreed to be kept to 18-13.
Trying to get try as many different combinations as possible Buhle and Bekah graced the court. Flying interceptions from Gabriella kept Keele at bay and solid attack from MMU meant the lead continued to increase. After only scoring 1 in the whole quarter we had managed to extend our lead to 42-14, setting us up perfectly for the later half.
The shooting talent of Chloe was firmly in display in the third quarter as she scored 15 out of 16 goal attempts and Rachel adding 5 the lead. Defence kept solid even after an injury meaning Ruth had to leave play. Bekah, Buhle and Nancy were keeping the Keele attack in check and creating wonderful turnovers that easily equated to a goal. The margin increased even more in the third quarter with a score of 62-20.
Coming into the last quarter we set ourselves high expectations wanting to reach 100 goals. It looked possible with the expert circle play from Fran feeding Chloe and working herself around with Rachel’s accurate passes. Bekah continued to show countless demonstrations of defensive brilliance, and with the pressuring lean of Nancy allowed only 6 goals to be scored by Keele in the last quarter. Buhle persisted bringing the ball up coart with ease and goals were easily created to bring a final score of 90-26.
Player of the match was rightly awarded to Chloe Sheppard for her amazing talent as a shooter, cementing her form with a 92% goal average. MMU 1sts are set to travel to Durham next week to play the first round of the cup.
By Nancy Thompson
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