Vitality Netball Superleague: Manchester Thunder safe third play-off place

Loughborough Lightning and Group Tub Netball additionally produced wonderful performances on the Copper Field Enviornment; protection of the Vitality Netball Superleague continues on Sunday with three back-to-back matches streamed stay on the Sky Sports activities YouTube channel from 2pm

Final Up to date: 29/05/21 7:31pm

Manchester Thunder booked their place within the semi-finals with three rounds to go (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder grew to become the third crew to safe a play-off place on Saturday with a 55-43 victory over Severn Stars on the Copper Field Enviornment.

The constructive consequence means the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague champions will be part of Group Tub Netball and Loughborough Lightning on finals weekend on the finish of June.

Now, with only one play-off place remaining, the highlight stays fastened on Wasps, Leeds Rhinos Netball, Saracens Mavericks and Strathclyde Sirens.

All 4 will take to courtroom (once more in Sirens’ case) over the course of Sunday and Monday, and the weekend finishes with Wasps and Mavericks assembly one another. Each contest might be streamed stay on the Sky Sports activities YouTube channel, with Monday’s two encounters additionally being proven on Sky Sports activities Combine.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spherical 17

Celtic Dragons 30-51 London Pulse
Severn Stars 32-45 Group Tub Netball
Loughborough Lightning 59-35 Celtic Dragons
Manchester Thunder 55-43 Severn Stars
Strathclyde Sirens 37-48 Group Tub Netball

Thunder e book coveted play-off place

Manchester Thunder's shooter was dominant in the circle for the reigning champions (Image Credit: Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder’s shooter was dominant within the circle for the reigning champions (Picture Credit score: Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder’s quest to retain the title they gained in 2019 stays on observe, after they confirmed composure after they wanted to towards Severn Stars.

The 55-43 victory was born off the again of a purposeful second quarter and resilience within the face of a robust second-half response from Stars.

After an arm-wrestle of a primary 12 minutes, wherein each groups struggled to seek out fast routes into their respective shooters, Thunder flicked the swap.

They upped their depth in defence, shutting down all of Stars’ choices, and used their trademark accuracy in assault to show a four-goal cushion into an 11-goal lead on the halfway level.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This autumn FT
Manchester Thunder 11 17 11 16 55
Severn Stars 7 10 15 11 43

The third quarter belonged to Stars although, as Jane Taylor supplied the magic ingredient of their attack-end and Melissa Bessell’s third defensive mixture of the sport, grew in stature.

Thunder’s gamers began the fourth quarter with steely appears of their eyes. They gained key turnovers through the first half of it and that allowed them to extinguish any additional threats, and take the sport away from Stars but once more.

“It is nice that we’re within the high 4,” Karen Greig stated to Sky Sports activities after the encounter.

“The efficiency wasn’t essentially an entire one. We had a fairly sticky third quarter and Stars requested lots of questions of us, however we managed to maintain our composure and push on once we wanted to.”

Sirens overwhelmed by slick Tub

Team Bath Netball hit their straps against Strathclyde Sirens (Image Credit - Ben Lumley)

Group Tub Netball hit their straps towards Strathclyde Sirens (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Strathclyde Sirens, one of many groups nonetheless in rivalry for the ultimate top-four place, discovered themselves on the unsuitable finish of the consequence towards Group Tub Netball.

A troublesome first quarter proved to be the Scottish crew’s undoing, as a full-strength Tub line-up made essentially the most of Towera Vinkhumbo not being chosen to begin, on account of her court-time being managed.

Together with her presence lacking in defence, Sirens weren’t in a position to turnover a single ball through the first 12 minutes and that allowed Tub to place their foot on the fuel

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This autumn FT
Strathclyde Sirens 7 10 10 10 37
Group Tub Netball 15 15 11 7 48

Tub then raised the tempo additional over the course of the second quarter; participant of the match, Rachel Shaw was impressed at WA and their attack-end performed at a velocity that few sides within the competitors may match.

One other 15-goal quarter added to Sirens’ issues earlier than they made personnel modifications at half-time. The modifications, which included Vinkhumbo’s arrival and Bethan Goodwin spending time at shooter, helped them to construct through the second half.

With an vital contest towards Mavericks on Sunday, the momentum could have been welcomed, nonetheless it did not change the results of the competition at hand.

Lightning overpower Dragons

A  21-goal first quarter set Lightning on their way to another victory (Image Credit - Ben Lumley)

A 21-goal first quarter set Lightning on their option to one other victory (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Within the first match of the day, Loughborough Lightning saved their foot on the fuel with a 24-goal consequence towards Celtic Dragons.

Having overwhelmed the Welsh franchise 76-23 in Spherical 10, Lightning as soon as once more proved to be Dragons’ best nemesis within the competitors.

Sara Francis-Bayman’s beginning seven discovered their ft from the very first centre move and did not look again. The top coach additionally used the 48 minutes to check out completely different combos, whereas Dragons struggled to struggle again after an under-confident begin.

A 21-4 first quarter set the writing on the wall for Dragons and created Lightning’s unassailable lead. Hannah Joseph’s return ensured that there was crisp and clear service into Mary Cholhok, and Annika Lee-Jones wasn’t in a position to get her hand to something.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This autumn FT
Loughborough Lightning 21 12 16 10 59
Celtic Dragons 4 10 10 11 35

A a lot nearer second quarter, and an 11-10 remaining quarter in Dragons’ favour, rewarded the Welsh outfit’s endeavour and skill to stay to job, nonetheless they did not have the weapons to halt Lightning’s momentum throughout the 48 minutes.

“Motivation may have been an issue for us right now and it undoubtedly wasn’t,” Francis-Bayman stated to Sky Sports activities.

“The women took on board what we had been attempting to do. We all know that we have got an enormous recreation now towards Rhinos on Monday. There are some things to repair up however typically we’re not off course.”

Sky Sports activities is your house of netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague continues on Sunday with Spherical 18 and three successive matches streamed on the Sky Sports activities YouTube channel from 2pm.

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