GK Nicky Shipley
GD Rebecca Heald
C Bryony Franks
GA Pauline Antcliff
GS Hattie Haswell
Coach Vanessa Mcerlain-Naylor
Brigg Blades were already uncomfortable attending this week’s match having only 7 players available. Their fears were justified when they received news that one of their 7 could not make the start of the match. The decision was taken by Coach Vanessa McErlain to drop the WA position for tactical reasons and a strategy for the game quickly worked on during the warm up.
During the first quarter Loughborough’s TFC Too were quick to capitalise on their extra player, making it very difficult for Brigg to penetrate through to goal. Brigg’s attacking players were being worn down in the process but they still managed to make it 7-7 at quarter time.
Grasshopper Netball Club made a great start to their return game against Sleaford Barge in the East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 2 game (Sunday 8th February 2015). Grasshoppers took the lead in the first quarter with some slick play, demonstrating a good rhythm. However, the lead did not last long enough. Sleaford began to find their feet and turned over a couple of Grasshopper's centre passes, allowing them to have a 3-goal lead after the first quarter (10-13).
Sleaford's rhythm continued during the second quarter whereas Grasshoppers seemed to completely lose their initial positive flow. Solid shooting from the Sleaford shooters saw them open up the game and Grasshoppers were down 16-25 at half time.
Sleaford continued their onslaught during the third quarter with Grasshoppers unable to find their feet. Hoppers managed to add just 8 goals to Sleaford's 19 and by the end of the third quarter, it was 24-44.
In spite of some sterling defending by Grasshopper’s Tracy Glover (GK), her team could not catch up with Sleaford and the match ended Grasshopper NC 31-60 Sleaford.
Katie Flaherty went to bench and Tamikah to WA for the third quarter. This time Norfolk started strongly and went on a 5-goal run within a couple of minutes. But Falcons fought back. Tamikah’s speed at WA helped put her team on the front foot and Falcons closed to within four goals (overall score: 30-34)
Falcons pulled the score back to within two goals during the early stages of the fourth quarter. Again, Norfolk came back and pulled away once more though. The home team raised their intensity for the last 5 minutes, looking to overturn the score line. However, time was not on their side and the game ended Falcons 39-44 Norfolk.
Norfolk nominated 2 Falcons Black’s players as their Opponent’s Player of the Match – Olivia Mason and Issy Beighton.