Vitality Netball Superleague: Strathclyde Sirens present play-off credentials with Mavericks win

The Scottish franchise transfer as much as fifth within the desk after their victory and Leeds Rhinos Netball’s loss; protection of Spherical 18 continues on Monday with two matches, dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine from 5pm and streamed on the Sky Sports activities YouTube channel

Final Up to date: 30/05/21 7:38pm

Strathclyde Sirens prevailed over Saracens Mavericks to proceed to shake up the play-off race (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Strathclyde Sirens as soon as once more highlighted their play-off credentials with a powerful victory over Saracens Mavericks on the Copper Field Enviornment.

The Scottish franchise, who now sit fifth within the desk, confirmed distinctive composure and maturity to safe their 41-35 victory. In the meantime, Kat Ratnapala once more pointed to Mavericks’ lack of consistency as one of many causes for his or her defeat.

Each outfits nonetheless stay within the hunt for the final remaining play-off place although, and whereas Sirens can put their ft up for the remainder of the spherical, Mavericks should return to court docket on Monday towards fourth-placed Wasps.

Earlier within the day, Leeds Rhinos Netball misplaced to Loughborough Lightning, whereas Manchester Thunder completed off proceedings by securing a second victory of the weekend.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spherical 18 outcomes

Loughborough Lightning 59-51 Leeds Rhinos Netball
Saracens Mavericks 35-41 Strathclyde Sirens
Manchester Thunder 57-41 Surrey Storm
Leeds Rhinos Netball vs Surrey Storm
Saracens Mavericks vs Wasps

Sirens’ composure delivers key consequence

Strathclyde Sirens' mid-court continues to excel (Image Credit - Ben Lumley)

Strathclyde Sirens’ mid-court continues to excel (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Strathclyde Sirens’ gamers confirmed an unimaginable stage of focus with the intention to maintain Saracens Mavericks at bay and put the stress on these round them within the desk.

Karen Atkinson’s facet had been unflappable on court docket and in contrast to their opponents, had been in a position to persistently marry aptitude with accuracy.

From the primary whistle to the final, Beth Dix anchored them in assault alongside the excellent Gia Abernethy, whereas Towera Vinkhumbo was at her finest in defence and Emma Barrie shone within the taking pictures circle.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This fall FT
Saracens Mavericks 6 10 9 10 35
Strathclyde Sirens 9 10 10 12 41

With the encounter poised at 19-16 after 24 minutes, each groups knew how pivotal the third quarter could be, each to the sport at hand, and probably to their respective seasons.

Mavericks used the primary minutes of the third to get again stage, as they transformed turnovers from Jo Journey and a fit-again Razia Quashie.

After that, it grew to become a bit scrappy for a couple of minutes and Sirens had been the primary to revive their poise and composure. They pressed exhausting once more in defence, with Taylor Cullen setting their depth, they usually pressured Mavericks into one other personnel change.

Britney Clarke’s introduction at shooter and Kadeen Corbin shifting out to GA, initially sparked Mavericks. Nonetheless, as time ticked by they started to drive issues once more in assault.

In distinction, Sirens’ seven stayed settled and centered on themselves. They averted the lure of being sucked into upping the tempo and as a substitute performed the ball round and continued to seek out the ever-accurate Barrie within the circle.

We’ve simply labored actually exhausting and I feel that everybody can see it this 12 months. It’s been constructing, it’s such feeling and we’re so pleased. Our captain mentioned all of it, she mentioned that we’re a giant gun and we’re prepared. It’s thrilling.

Beth Dix (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Vitality Netball Superleague’s race for the highest 4

Wasps (4th) Strathclyde Sirens (fifth) Leeds Rhinos (sixth) Saracens Mavericks (seventh)
Pts: 31 Pts: 29 Pts: 27 Pts: 25
Could 29 Staff Tub (L)
Could 30 Saracens Mavericks (W) Loughborough Lightning (L) Strathclyde Sirens (L)
Could 31 Saracens Mavericks Surrey Storm Wasps
June 13 Surrey Storm Celtic Dragons Staff Tub
June 14 London Pulse
June 20 Manchester Thunder London Pulse Surrey Storm
June 21 Celtic Dragons

Lightning dent Rhinos’ momentum

Ella Clark changed the game for Loughborough Lightning (Image Credit - Ben Lumley)

Ella Clark modified the sport for Loughborough Lightning (Picture Credit score – Ben Lumley)

Loughborough Lightning dented Leeds Rhinos Netball’s momentum on Sunday afternoon because the three-time Superleague finalists prevailed 59-51 over Dan Ryan’s outfit.

Lightning, who’ve already certified for this 12 months’s semi-finals, overcame a sluggish begin and an impressed third quarter paved the best way for his or her ninth win in succession.

For Rhinos, the loss opened up the play-off race additional, nevertheless their head coach stays optimistic about their probabilities.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This fall FT
Loughborough Lightning 12 14 19 14 59
Leeds Rhinos Netball 12 14 12 13 51

“We have simply bought to handle our personal enterprise, which has been our course of for the entire season,” Ryan mentioned to Sky Sports activities.

“We’ll replicate on this recreation fairly deeply however we’ll get up tomorrow and put in an emphatic efficiency towards Storm. It is all the time been concerning the response for us and with three video games to go, we’re searching for three good performances.”

All through the primary half, each groups went by way of patches of nerves.

Lightning struggled early on and their jitters handed Superleague’s latest francise a 6-1 lead. Then, Rhinos’ nerves arrived through the second quarter after they’d levelled the scores.

All through the primary half, when each groups had been ‘on’ they produced excellent netball; with Mary Cholhok and Donnell Wallam being fed fantastically by their respective attacking items.

With nothing between them at half-time, just a few early errors allowed Lightning to edge forward initially of the second half. And, though Rhinos reeled them again in, Clark grew to become an increasing number of influential because the quarter went on.

The twin worldwide’s capacity to play what was in entrance of her, and put up her personal photographs, was the catalyst for Lightning’s match-winning surge. So as to add insult to harm, Rhinos misplaced co-captain Fi Toner to a nasty fall and ultimately, they weren’t in a position to produce one other comeback within the ultimate phases.

The powerful run-in might be good for us; we’ll play Thunder and Tub after which we’ll in all probability play one in every of them once more [in the semi-final]. The women can be battle-hardened, they usually’ve bought to be taught to soak up stress. We did that at this time and we’ll must do it once more for the following two weeks… it’s going to be enjoyable.

Within the final match of the day, Manchester Thunder added one other victory to their season’s tally as they overpowered Surrey Storm.

After reserving a play-off place on Sunday, the 2019 champions flexed their muscular tissues after half-time so as erase Storm’s efforts.

A 16-10 third quarter proved to be pivotal and through the ultimate 12 minutes, Karen Greig continued handy minutes to her kids, together with defender Millie Saunders, who had made her Superleague debut on Saturday.

Sky Sports activities is your property of netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague continues on Monday with the ultimate two matches of Spherical 18, dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine and streamed on the Sky Sports activities YouTube channel from 5pm.

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