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Vitality Netball Superleague: London Pulse secure solid away win over Severn Stars | Netball News


London Pulse sits third in the Vitality Netball Superleague table and continues to press for netball play-offs; Funmi Fadoju played two quarters after returning from injury; Vitality Netball Superleague coverage continues Sunday with Round 16 airing on YouTube at 4 p.m.

Last update: 05/01/22 10:13

Funmi Fadoju returned to court after a period of inactivity injured

London Pulse welcomed Funmi Fadoju back from injury and continued their strong form with another Vitality Netball Superleague win.

Fadoju, one of England’s most exciting talents, has returned from a four-week layoff and played two quarters at the University of Worcester Arena against Severn Stars.

The London side were tested by the home side, but a 16-7 third quarter allowed them to stamp their authority on the game and finish 53-38 winners.

Pulse sit third in the Vitality Netball Superleague table, behind Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightning. The Bath Netball team follow in fourth, with Bath taking on Thunder on Monday night live on Sky sports.

Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures and results

Friday at 7 p.m. Leeds Rhinos Netball 56-57 Loughborough Lightning Reorganized device
Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bath Netball Team 50-49 Saracens Mavericks Reorganized device Posted on YouTube
Saturday at 6 p.m. Severn Stars 38-53 London Pulse Round 16 Posted on YouTube
Saturday at 6 p.m. Surrey Storm 55-52 Strathclyde Sirens Round 16
Sunday at 4 p.m. Wasps vs Surrey Storm Round 16 Posted on YouTube
Monday at 5 p.m. Strathclyde Sirens v Severn Stars Reorganized device
Monday at 5:30 p.m. Manchester Thunder v Bath Netball team Round 16 Live on Sky Sports
Monday at 7 p.m. Saracens Mavericks v Loughborough Lightning Round 16

Watch the best moments from the match between Severn Stars and London Pulse

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Watch the best moments from the match between Severn Stars and London Pulse

Watch the best moments from the match between Severn Stars and London Pulse

London Pulse arrived at Worcester after a narrow win over Celtic Dragons in Round 15, as the Stars fell to team Bath by 10 goals.

The opening minutes of the match saw the Stars work well in front of their home crowd. Cat Tuivaiti and Katie Harris formed an extended partnership in the circle, with Harris confident to go post remotely.

In the end of Pulse shooting, Sacha McDonald continued to work the circle well to allow Olivia Tchine to appear. Alicia Scholes’ speed and dynamism set the tone and tempo from the first whistle.

Severn Stars vs London Pulse – Quarter by Quarter Results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT
severn stars ten 11 7 ten 38
London Pulse 14 13 16 ten 53

A 14-10 lead for Pulse came down to a mix of Stars errors and defensive pressure from Zara Everitt, returning Fadoju and Lindsay Keable.

Fadoju contributed two interceptions and six deflections and seamlessly returned in a very solid partnership with Keable in the circle.

A tight second quarter then unfolded, before both teams made substitutions at halftime.

Lisa Alexander hailed the team's ability to grow as the game progressed and achieve a win on the road

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Lisa Alexander hailed the team’s ability to grow as the game progressed and achieve a win on the road

Lisa Alexander hailed the team’s ability to grow as the game progressed and achieve a win on the road

Pulse performance director Lisa Alexander, leading the visitors in the absence of an ailing Sam Bird, introduced Ellie Rattu at center and brought Fadoju back to the bench to manage his time in court.

The stars’ head coach, Melissa Bessell, has made significant changes to their roster. She reintroduced Harris to GA, after pulling her after the first quarter, and changed two of her three players in their defensive unit.

Pulse’s changes settled instantly and they sank into a 10-goal cushion, while Stars’ changes didn’t have the same impact.

Melissa Bessell was frustrated after the game and spoke about the

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Melissa Bessell was frustrated after the match and spoke about the ‘inconsistencies’ regarding the refereeing

Melissa Bessell was frustrated after the match and spoke about the ‘inconsistencies’ regarding the refereeing

Just before the halfway mark of the quarter, when the Stars had scored just two goals, Bessell shuffled his pack again. At the other end, Pulse stayed in the groove they had found and held their count well.

The quarter of 16 goals for Pulse, compared to just seven for Stars, allowed a draw last quarter to have little impact on the final result.

Pulse now return to London after taking a step closer to the play-offs, while the Stars hit the road themselves and travel to Glasgow to take on the Sirens on Monday night.

In the day’s other match, Surrey Storm edged Strathclyde Sirens 55-52 at Surrey Sports Park.

Watch Vitality Netball Superleague Round 16 coverage as Wasps take on Surrey Storm live on the Sky Sports YouTube channel at 4 p.m. Sunday.




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