Netballs firsts eye promotion after Teesside thrashing

York’s firsts netball side dominated a fast-paced game to thrash Teeside firts 70-9 in the Tent yesterday evening

UNIVERSITY OF YORK 70 – 9 TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY
BUCS Northern 4B

Images: Fiona Hill

York’s firsts netball side dominated a fast-paced game to thrash Teesside firts 70-9 in the Tent yesterday evening.

Within seconds of the whistle being blown York had secured the first goal, passing the ball straight down the court to GA Loft to score her first of many during the day. However, Teesside immediately counter-attacked, scoring off their own centre to bring the scores level. They then proceeded to intercept York’s next centre and take the lead.

Nevertheless, York refused to let them become dominant and quickly took control of the game, letting in only one more Teesside goal for the rest of the first quarter. The strong York defence ensured that Teesside had little opportunity to score, whilst quickly passing the ball to the York attack to allow the solid partnership of Loft and Clarke to score 14 goals between them and ending the first quarter 14-3.

York’s defensive dominance continued into the second quarter, with GK Baker using her height advantage over the Teesside attack to let in only one goal during the whole quarter. Every York centre would inevitably lead to the ball being passed into the York circle to Loft and Clarke, whilst Teesside centres were quickly intercepted and passed to the attack.

The strong team work of the York side ensured that they were too quick for the Teesside defence and allowed Loft and Clark to total another 19 goals between them, with York ending the second quarter comfortably leading 33-4.

In the third quarter, York continued to control the game with the defence letting in only two Teesside goals and the whole team intercepting the ball across the court and passing it to the attack, who enhanced York’s foothold on the game. Despite Teesside’s best efforts, they were unable to defend the fast York attack, whilst the home defence prevented them from getting too close to the net forcing them to make some quite desperate long attempts at scoring. By the end of the third quarter, with York dominating the score line 53-6,the home side’s win looked secured, with the only question remaining how great their victory would be.

Despite the impressive score line, York refused to let up in the fourth quarter and continued to rule the game. While Teesside did secure two goals early in the quarter, the York side prevented them from coming back to any great degree. The team continued to work well together until the final whistle to increase the score line further and end the match with a victory of 70-9.

Speaking after the match, captain Bronwen Daley-Smith told Nouse, “I’m really, really happy with the performance, all eight players gave one hundred percent. I think the score reflects our level of play and I couldn’t be happier.”

Team: Daley-Smith (C), Daymond, Baker, Loft, Clarke, Green, Dixson, Evans.
Player of the match: Emma Loft

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