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Vitality Netball Superleague: Wasps and Manchester Thunder end time at Wakefield |  Netball News

Coverage of the Vitality Netball Superleague continues on April 25 with the 12th inning and four games broadcast live on Sky Sports’ YouTube channel starting at noon.

Last updated: 12/04/21 21:03 pm

The Wasps showed character to come from behind against the Saracens Mavericks (Image credit – Morgan Harlow)

The Wasps snatched victory from the Saracens Mavericks’ sway, while Manchester Thunder secured the derby booty against Leeds Rhinos at Studio 001 on Monday night.

After 11 full rounds, both games provided a time-appropriate final for the Vitality Netball Superleague in Wakefield. When action resumes on April 25, it will be in the competition’s new home, with the second half of the season being played out at London’s Copper Box Arena.

If you missed any of the contests during rounds 10 and 11, or the season as a whole, then each contest is available to watch in full on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Rounds 10 and 11

Strathclyde Sirens 35-61 Loughborough Lightning
Leeds Rhinos Netball 46-52 Team Bath Netball
Surrey Storm 33-45 Sirens Strathclyde
Team Bath Netball 37-27 London Pulse
Celtic Dragons 23-76 Loughborough Lightning
Surrey Storm 35-52 Manchester Thunder
Celtic dragons 38-52 wasps
Severn Stars 34-54 Saracens Mavericks
Wasps 38-34 Saracens Mavericks
Leeds Rhinos Netball 47-66 Manchester Thunder

Wasps end up strongly to upset nonconformists

Vitality Netball Superleague: Wasps and Manchester Thunder end time at Wakefield |  Netball News

The Wasps left him until the last quarter against the Saracens Mavericks (Image credit – Ben Lumley)

The Wasps produced a groundbreaking final quarter to maintain their 100% record over the Saracens Mavericks in the Vitality Netball Superleague.

The 38-34 result came after Mel Mansfield’s side were trailed for the majority of the game and had been three goals under three quarters of the time.

After the last break, they finally found the level they were looking for, while the Mavericks were disturbed by a forced change due to Ine-Mari Venter suffering from a nosebleed.

The Saracens Mavericks came into this meeting knowing they had never beaten the Wasps, but they attacked the first half superbly and it looked like their time had come.

Mavericks went tough on defense, as Gabriella Marshall jostled herself brilliantly at WD and Jodie Gibson also took the ball. In attack, they were patient and composed; with Venter and Kadeen Corbin comfortable together at GA and GS.

The Wasps kept Mavericks in their sights, and head coach Mansfield responded early in terms of staff changes. In the first trimester, she decided to refer Amy Flanagan to WD and introduced Iona Christian to the Center.

It was a call that would prove to be inspired, as Flanagan settled into their defensive unit and Christian worked hard both on offense and defense.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 T4 FT
wasps 7 9 9 13 38
Saracen mavericks 9 11 7 7 34

After being four behind at the half-time break, Wasps moved up a gear in the third quarter. They cut the game down to one goal, before the Mavericks used the dying minutes to restore a three-goal cushion.

While the Wasps kept their roster the same for the last 12 minutes, Mavericks had to introduce Britney Clarke to the shooter and move Corbin to GA, due to Venter’s injury.

Vitality Netball Superleague: Wasps and Manchester Thunder end time at Wakefield |  Netball News

The Saracens Mavericks couldn’t convert a three-quarter lead into a win (Image credit – Morgan Harlow)

The change seemed to burst their bubble and take them out of their comfort zone. In contrast, the Wasps remained calm in attack and again increased their defensive pressure on the court.

After the two-time champions restored parity, they then kept their foot on the accelerator to snatch the victory out of the Mavericks’ grip.

Thunder turns the screw in the second quarter

In the last game of the evening, Manchester Thunder defeated rivals Leeds Rhinos Netball 66-47 to claim their ninth victory of the season.

Karen Greig’s outfit took the Rhinos’ game away in the second quarter, when Kerry Almond and Rebekah Airey came on the defense, and they showed no mercy in a forceful second half.

For Rhinos, although the loss hurt, one advantage for Dan Ryan was the fact that he was able to field a full squad for the first time since the second round.

The first quarter highlighted the intensity of the rivalry between them, as despite the absence of fans at Wakefield, the noise was breathtaking. The 14 players on the court and their respective benches argued over instructions, each looking to get ahead of the first.

Throughout the first 12 minutes, both teams showed fluidity in attack, and both shooters – Joyce Mvula and Donnell Wallam – emphasized their exceptional lifting and handling abilities.

With Wallam taking all of Rhinos’ shots, Thunder tightened defensively after the break, and Almond and Airey’s work limited the route to the Australian shooter.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 T4 FT
Leeds Rhinos Netball 11 9 ten 16 47
Manchester Thunder 15 15 20 17 66

Thunder combined the work of his defenders with a quick transition to goal, which produced their 10-goal lead at halftime.

With their formulas working and the Rhinos not quite watching their game, the 2019 champions put their foot on the ground in the third quarter and improved their lead to 20 goals in three quarters of time.

One bright spot for Dan Ryan was the reintroduction of Fi Toner after his Achilles injury and the last quarter remained tight. However, afterwards, he said the Rhinos had been “outclassed in all areas of the court” and were better than their performance that night showed.

Sky Sports is your home of netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague continues on April 25 with the 12th inning and four consecutive games broadcast live on Sky Sports’ YouTube channel starting at 12 p.m. ET.


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