Published on January 27, 2014 | by Ashley Alexander Birch0
UAL’s women’s netball beaten at homeUAL’s netball first team lost their opening game back at their home ground 16-37 against Queen Mary 3rd, who are currently fourth in the league and boasting strong players and high fitness.
After a well-deserved Christmas break, the team was ready to play the first match of the year.
The first quarter took Arts by surprise and quickly Queen Mary were pulling away the goal difference to 14-2. With fantastic play in the attacking circle, the team seemed comfortable with each other’s play and space around the court, resulting in Arts finding it hard to gain possession.
At half-time, Arts huddled together concerned about the goal difference and general team play.
Captain Honor Severs explained “we needed to play our own game and stop following Queen Mary around the court, step up and play together as a team, supporting each other with short balls and not throwing them away.” After what seemed to be a successful team talk, Arts were pulling back in the third quarter 11-29.
In the fourth quarter, Arts were back on form, with the defence working together around the circle, combined with some incredible interceptions from Shan Randhawa and excellent support from centre court player Emily Barnett.
The flow was coming together and it looked as though Arts had finally found their own game.
Unfortunately they did not have enough game time to pull closer to Queen Mary, and with their feisty defence not giving in, Queen Mary took the win deservedly.
After the game, captain Emily Barnett reassured that “The fourth quarter was our best play together, if we had started like this, it would be a very different score. As a team we needed to get back on our feet, next time I am sure it will be completely different”