Nottingham Knights played Loughborough-based Charnwood Sapphires in their latest East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 1 game on 27th October 2013. Charnwood Sapphires, who were promoted in the Division 2 playoffs at the end of last season alongside the Knights, had lost to the Nottingham-based team in their last two league encounters and came out fighting with a strong defence and determined pace. However the Knights, who wanted to maintain their unbeaten record against the Sapphires, were able to finish the quarter two points ahead of Charnwood (12-10).
The score at half time was 21-17 and the Knights came out after the break, focused on extending their lead. They achieved this in the first half of the third quarter, turning over Charnwood’s centre passes and breaking through the long arms of their defence. However, Knights’ heads went down towards the end of the quarter and allowed Charnwood to encroach on their lead; the end-of-quarter whistle couldn’t come soon enough!
The Knights coach, Karen Cresswell, motivated the players to refocus on their individual aspects of the game and pull together as a team and the players responded with renewed vigour right until the end of the match, winning the quarter 11-6 and the game 43-32.
The umpires voted Fiona Hale (GA/GS) as the Player of the Match.