Grasshopper Netball Club faced Lincolnshire’s Barge and Bottle in the return game of the East Midlands Netball’s Regional League Division 2. Barge took the first centre pass and roared out of the blocks, playing some very dominating netball. Grasshoppers unfortunately stuttered a few times during the first period and were losing heavily 9 goals to 17 at the end of it.
At the break, Coach Anne Melling swapped Selina Jones and Laura Harbour over – from C to WA. The change helped Grasshoppers win both the second (10-9) and the third quarter (11-8). Unfortunately, Grasshoppers couldn’t keep their momentum in the final quarter. Barge’s Rosie James, who returned to the court as WA, inspired her team to a 9-17 fourth-quarter win.
The final score: Grasshoppers 39-52 Barge and Bottle.
It was a hard fought game – Barge’s shooters consistently used the split landing to good effect, whilst good up court linkage by Grasshopper’s centre court players enabled the attack of Donna Osborn and Beth Smith to capitalise.
Grasshoppers would like to thank Leicestershire-based nutrition brand “High5” for their support in keeping the team going.