Round 13: Lightning Strike with win against UWS Sirens at Ladies Night Match on Friday 18th May
21st May 2018
UWS Sirens suffer defeat as Loughborough Lightning continue their upward trajectory in the Vitality Netball Superleague standings.
UWS Sirens starting seven were: GS Slater, GA Gallagher, WA Murphy, C Bayman, WD Brownie, GD Nicholl and GK Aiken Pinnock.
Loughborough Lightning opened the match with the first centre pass, but tight defending from Sirens forced Lightning to make a bad pass into Proscovia which drove off the backline. Sirens attack was turned over, and Lightning gained the first point on the board. Play continued with Sirens and Lightning equalising after every centre pass, until Sirens started to slip with basic errors and Proscovia’s shooting accuracy helped her team extend the lead by 11 at the end of the first quarter, 8-19.
Second quarter took its toll on Sirens as Lightning made it difficult for the girls in black and red to get the ball into the shooting circle. Brownie and Bayman made effortless connections in this quarter by finding gaps in Lightning’s defence to feed to Slater. It wasn’t enough for Sirens though as flawless shooting from Clark and Proscovia lead the score line to 10-24, at which point Gibbons comes on at GD, Goodwin at GS, McCleery at WA and Walker at GA. There were lots of positional changes in this quarter for Sirens, but their impact not enough to close the gap. Half time score, 17-36.
Second half commenced with high energy from both teams. Aiken Pinnock picked up a turnover early in the quarter, but Sirens were unable to keep a hold of the steal. This was a regular passage of play for Sirens due to the pressure from Cobden, Panagarry and Joseph in the mid court. Play became more physical and Sirens received a couple of cautions. In a bid to freshen things up, Brownie shortly moved to GD, Sutherland to WD and Slater back on at GS. Brownie made immediate impact with a string of defensive rebounds and intercepts. Even at this point in the game Sirens were still trying to find their feet, whereas Lightning had already found their rhythm, leading the third quarter score line to 28-51.
Sirens showed true grit in last quarter to reduce the deficit with both attack and defence creating effective links to successfully drive the ball to the shooting circle. This was shown in the final quarter stats where Sirens were up 17-11. Despite the last minute fight, it was Lightning that continued their stride to take the well deserved win away from home, final score 45-62.
Head Coach Tanya Dearns said: “Every game we are making small improvements, unfortunately against Lightning we didn’t capitalise on the opportunities we created for ourselves early in the game. Our execution and patience with ball in hand was inconsistent. What was pleasing was the fight we showed in the second half to absorb the pressure and look after the ball, meaning we won the half 28-26.”
Player of the match: Claire Brownie