Vitality Netball Superleague: Manchester Thunder stay unbeaten after Bathtub victory

Karen Greig’s outfit have scored over 1,000 objectives this Vitality Netball Superleague season and are unbeaten transferring into Spherical 17; Loughborough Lightning e book place within the end-of-season play-offs at Copper Field Area subsequent month

Final Up to date: 03/05/22 10:22am

Laura Malcolm produced a captain’s knock for Thunder (Picture credit score: Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder continued their unbeaten run to dismiss Staff Bathtub Netball 66-45 at Belle Vue in Spherical 16 of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Karen Greig’s outfit have now scored nicely over 1,000 objectives within the competitors.

They transfer into Spherical 17 with a three-point hole over final 12 months’s champions Loughborough Lightning on the prime of the Superleague desk.

Thunder have already booked their place on the ultimate weekend on the Copper Field Area and are going in the hunt for their first Superleague title since 2019.

Towards Bathtub, Laura Malcolm delivered a captain’s efficiency to earn the player-of-the-match award and highlighted the boldness the gamers have of their setting proper now.

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“It was a well-contested sport,” she stated. “I am actually proud that we got here out onerous and stored pushing all through.

“The coaches are giving us the entire instruments to make use of once we go on court docket and to make it possible for we are able to react [to team’s changes]. “I am actually pleased with what the coaches are giving us and I am actually pleased with how we’re making use of it.”

As soon as once more, Thunder used the primary quarter to ascertain their platform within the match and ship most harm to Bathtub.

They did so with out Nat Metcalf of their squad and, in consequence, Lois Pearson was handed the keys to their attack-end at WA.

Manchester Thunder vs Staff Bathtub Netball – Quarter-by-quarter scores

Q1 Q2 Q3 This fall FT
Manchester Thunder 20 17 14 15 66
Staff Bathtub Netball 12 10 14 9 45

Thunder’s fast begin and productiveness over the primary 30 minutes enabled Greig to make use of virtually all of her 12-player squad and it ensured a drawn third quarter did not affect the outcome.

Bathtub’s Phumza Maweni and Layla Guscoth had been relentless in delivering turnover ball for the guests. The duo type the most effective defensive partnerships within the league however Bathtub simply didn’t convert it by way of to purpose typically sufficient.

Anna Stembridge’s staff haven’t been in a position to settle in assault since shedding the expertise of Serena Guthrie in mid-court, and 14 unforced errors highlighted the disjointed nature of their work going forwards.

After the competition, the pinnacle coach admitted that their fundamentals allow them to down.

Vitality Netball Superleague outcomes

Leeds Rhinos Netball 56-57 Loughborough Lightning Rearranged fixture
Staff Bathtub Netball 50-49 Saracens Mavericks Rearranged fixture
Severn Stars 38-53 London Pulse Spherical 16
Surrey Storm 55-52 Strathclyde Sirens Spherical 16
Wasps 65-52 Surrey Storm Spherical 16
Strathclyde Sirens 49-54 Severn Stars Rearranged fixture
Manchester Thunder 66-45 Staff Bathtub Netball Spherical 16
Saracens Mavericks 51-59 Loughborough Lightning Spherical 16

Elsewhere in Spherical 16 of the competitors, Loughborough Lightning edged out Saracens Mavericks 59-51 to verify their place within the play-offs subsequent month.

Lightning fought again from a first-quarter deficit to steer at half-time; Victoria Burgess’ outfit produced a surprising 20-13 second quarter to take management of the encounter.

Mavericks remained with out shooter Ine-Mari Venter and defenders Temalisi Fakahokotau, whereas Lightning proceed to ship victories with out their goal shooter Mary Cholhok.

Wasps overcame Surrey Storm on the Coventry Constructing Society Area 65-52.

The ultimate sport on Monday was a rearranged fixture between Strathclyde Sirens and Severn Stars. On the street, Stars put a disappointing defeat to London Pulse behind them and edged their hosts 54-49.

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