On BUCS Wednesday, Newcastle University Netball fours took our first victory of the season and won it on home turf beating Sheffield threes 48-37.
We’ve had it hard facing the two teams at the top of the league in our opening games, playing Hull (who we lost to by three) and Durham (the less said the better). As a newly formed team, we’ve had a tough draw for our first games of the season. Although there are positives to be had as we then faced Lancaster twos in the cup and lost by three, we only lost by a small margin to a team who are two leagues above us.
Although we faced a bad spat of games in recent weeks, this week saw no such loss. At the end of the first quarter we were 13-10 up after some great shooting from Beth Cooke and Jenny Nicholson, with Sophie Jones and Katy Matthews keeping it calm throughout the court. Jess Oliver kept the pace up and insured the shooters had plenty of opportunity to put shots up and Lizzie James and Kate Vavasour put pressure on in the circle to gain possession.
Half time brought on some fresh legs in attack with Lauren Roberts proving to be a strong substitution, and Amy Guise made solid interceptions through court. Going into the fourth quarter three goals up, the atmosphere was electric. With support from the third team, everyone was on their feet whilst the fours extended their lead, taking fifteen goals in as many minutes. This was a great game to kick-start our season and we can take so many positives into our next game against Leeds Beckett later this month.