Wednesday was a fantastic day for our MMU Netball 1s, as a victory over second-placed Lancaster cemented their spot at the top of the Northern 2A, earning them promotion into the Northern 1A with one game to spare!
Nancy Thompson brings us the match report from yesterday’s game.
“Wednesday saw MMU Netball 1s take on Lancaster. Going with only a straight seven meant the game was always going to be tough and well-fought by both teams.
“The line up throughout was Nancy Thompson (GK), Ruth Anderson (GD),Charlotte Halliwell (WD), Rachel Towell (C), Eliza Morgan (WA), Fran Duffy (GA) and Bekah Airey (GS).
“The first quarter saw MMU dominate with turnovers in defence continually and Fran sinking shot after shot. We finished the first quarter with the game looking favourable of a 13-6 lead.
“Lancaster came on with vengeance, making the defensive pair of Ruth and Nancy work tirelessly to intercept and deflect goals. Eliza showed great vision and was able to feed play to Bekah beautifully where she effortlessly continued to score. Lancaster continued the fight and decreased the difference ending the first half at 21-15.
“It was a close second half with both teams fighting for the win. Rachel’s experience showed through her intensity and contest for the ball. Some dubious umpire decisions and Lancaster’s solid defence meant MMU let the goal difference decrease again putting more pressure on the game to win.
“Our fitness shone through and we were able to convert centres into goals as Charlotte skilfully helped carry the ball through court.
“The last quarter meant we needed to sustain the lead from our rivals and continue to play our quick game through court. Lancaster missed shots, meaning Ruth was able to safely carry the ball where the attack shot with an 82% average.
“The final score was 47-36 and player of the match went to Nancy Thompson.
“Our experience showed within the game and teamwork helped us win. So now, we can officially say we have won the league and hope to continue the unbeaten streak all the way to the Northern cup finals.”
Next week, the team face Leeds Beckett in the semi-final of the Conference Cup, as the team continue their aim to take the double.
Our team are warming up for Wednesday’s Cup game on Monday evening, playing against Liverpool John Moores and the University of Manchester, before the Manchester Thunder vs Surrey Storm game at Wright Robinson College. Game starts 5:00pm.