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London Pulse extends winning streak to five games; Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightning remain unbeaten; key Surrey Storm win over Saracens Mavericks in Vitality Netball Superleague rounds seven and eight

Last update: 03/14/22 22:46

London Pulse continue to impress in the Vitality Netball Superleague (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

A look back at rounds seven and eight of the Vitality Netball Superleague, with 10 games played over four days as the season continues in earnest.

The busy few days of elite netball featured everything from 23 and 24 goal wins for Wasps and Thunder, to games decided by just two and three.

Here we return to some of the main talking points…

Vitality Netball Superleague – Seventh and Eighth Round Results

round seven Severn Stars 49-53 Leeds Rhinos Netball
Wasps 60-37 Celtic Dragons
London Pulse 56-50 Surrey Storm
Saracens Mavericks 48-45 Strathclyde Sirens
Manchester Thunder 69-45 Leeds Rhinos Netball
eighth round Surrey Storm 55-53 Saracens Mavericks
Bath Netball Team 59-43 Celtic Dragons
Loughborough Lightning 57-53 Wasps
Bath Netball Team 44-53 Loughborough Lightning
London Pulse 48-38 Strathclyde Mermaids

Pulse continues to show the top four IDs

On Saturday afternoon, London Pulse beat Surrey Storm 56-50 and in doing so kept Storm to one of their lowest goal tally of the season.

Together, Funmi Fadoju and Lindsay Keable – two athletes with different ends to their careers – worked incredibly hard to shut down Peace Proscovia and limit its impact on the game.

Although Proscovia scored 46 of Storm’s 50 goals, she also missed five attempts, which is an extremely high number for her. Overall, Pulse’s 18 deflections and six interceptions clearly illustrate their hard work on defense.

Pulse then confirmed their result against Storm with a ten-goal win over Strathclyde Sirens on Monday night at the Copper Box Arena.

Because of their continued productivity, Sam Bird’s side are now firmly in the top four, and the head coach knows how important their recent winning streak has been.

“Teams have to come in and play really well to beat us now,” Bird said. “The belief is there within the whole team and it’s really nice to be able to work with that.”

London Pulse – Last Five Results

Fourth round London Pulse 52-35 Wasps
fifth round London Pulse 50-37 Celtic Dragons
Sixth round London Pulse 64-35 Severn Stars
round seven London Pulse 56-50 Surrey Storm
eighth round London Pulse 48-38 Strathclyde Mermaids

At Round Nine, Pulse’s belief will be put to the test as they hit the road for the first time since Feb. 11. The team will travel to Belle Vue to face Manchester Thunder for the first time this season.

Thunder remain unbeaten and picked up their eighth win of the season on Saturday afternoon – a 69-45 result against Leeds Rhinos Netball at the AO Arena.

The platform for their triumph was laid by a stunning first quarter; Karen Greig’s side scored 21 goals against Rhinos’ seven and throughout the game produced 22 deflections against Rhinos’ two!

Storm bounces back to beat the Mavericks

In the eighth round, Mikki Austin’s Surrey Storm brushed aside their loss to Pulse and became one of the few teams to beat the Saracens Mavericks this season.

The Austin team held a 28-25 halftime lead and held off the Mavericks who brought them back in the third quarter and then again in the final 15 minutes.

It became a goal-for-goal game with five minutes remaining before Storm regained the lead with 90 seconds left. Proscovia rallied to achieve the much-needed goal that gave the home side a break.

The Mavericks were without their South African international shooter Ine-Mari Venter.

“It was a really good game,” Austin said afterwards. “I thought we were right in this contest all the way. We felt really connected, we had to do some soul-searching after the Pulse game, where we performed well in the segments.

“The biggest keyword we took away from that was calmness, and the girls brought that to this game. Mavericks.”

Mixed fortunes for wasps

Wasps’ season has largely been a tough one for them, however, on Friday night in Round 7 they picked up their second win of the season.

Rachel Dunn, due to her 250th league appearance, was instrumental in the team’s 60-37 result against Celtic Dragons.

Dunn scored 39 of his team’s goals, with Mel Mansfield’s outfit keeping his error count lower than the Dragons during the 60-minute contest at CBS Arena.

On Sunday afternoon, Wasps then suffered a narrow 57-53 defeat at the hands of last year’s defending champions Loughborough Lightning.

After the match, head coach Mansfield openly stated that she would look into the changes she had decided to make to their shooting, but ultimately praised the hard work and efforts of her players against the defending champions.

Lightning’s victory over Wasps was their first of two in rounds seven and eight, with the team following it up Monday night with their 53-44 result against Team Bath Netball.

And after?

Round nine of the Vitality Netball Superleague begins Friday night. Strathclyde Sirens host Celtic Dragons at the Emirates Arena, with the match being shown on the Sky Sports YouTube channel at 7.30pm on Friday. The Saracens Mavericks v Leeds Rhinos Netball game at 4pm on Saturday will also be streamed on YouTube.

The featured match on ‘Monday Night Netball’ is between Surrey Storm and Wasps, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix at 5pm.

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