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Round 12: UWS Sirens battled against league leaders in impressive performance, but Wasps sting with win at Emirates Arena

14th May 2018

UWS Sirens starting 7 were: GS Slater, GA Gallagher, WA Murphy, C Bayman, WD Brownie, GD Nicholl and GK Aiken-Pinnock.


Visitors Wasps opened game with the first centre pass. The opening play reached Fisher quickly, but her first shot at the net didn’t drop, and was picked up by Nicholl. Bayman then executed a huge pass from outside the attacking transverse, straight into Slater’s hands, and the UWS Sirens were first to get on the board. A few missed opportunities from the Wasps’ shooting circle twinned with tight pressure and turnovers for UWS Sirens, our score line was 14-14 at the end of quarter one.

UWS Sirens starting seven appeared back on court for quarter two. Wasps started with the ball, but another missed shot by Fisher meant that Aiken-Pinnock could commence the drive up court to Slater who was the first to score. Pressure from Brownie, Bayman and Nicholl made it difficult for Wasps to manoeuvre in the mid court throughout quarter two. However, Wasps consistently succeeded with their feeds to Fisher through the smallest of gaps in UWS Sirens defence, and took the lead 24-28 at half time.

Third quarter kicked off with UWS Sirens centre pass, but Wasps were able to turn over the ball thanks to a loose pass and penalty against Slater. Wasps found their stride in the third quarter, capitalising on loose balls and breaks in the UWS Sirens attacking focus. Wasps notched up more goals taking the score line to 26-33 after just five minutes. Sutherland soon came on at GD to replace Nicholl, and McCleery on at WA to replace Murphy. High pressure from Wasps lead to a series of fouls by UWS Sirens which allowed Greenway’s team to gain a foothold in the match, 35-45.

Final quarter commenced with a goal from Wasps, shortly followed by UWS Sirens on attack with Bayman able to pick out an open Slater thanks to a ferocious and determined base line drive from Gallagher which distracted both Wasps defenders. Wasps call time for substitutions, and UWS Sirens Coach Dearns positioned Goodwin at GS.  Goodwin made immediate impact with a goal after 30 seconds on court. However, it was Wasps that continued to disrupt UWS Sirens attacking play and benefit from loose balls to lead the final score line to 45-59.

It was an incredible performance by UWS Sirens, and there’s certainly a lot more to come from this team. Support the UWS Sirens at their next match, ‘Ladies Night‘ on Friday 18th May – there will be prosecco! Email to book your tickets!