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Roses 2019: Netball 2nd

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<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">After the epic win at the opening ceremony last night by the netball first team, the pressure was on for the 2’s to keep up the success but the crowd seemed to have every confidence in their home side. </span>

<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">The two teams proved to be evenly matched, with long centres that saw the ball make its way up and down the court with no goals. York retained possession slightly more thanks to a strong core in the Centre, Wing Attack and Wing Defence, but a couple of missed shots meant that the first quarter finished at 6-6. </span>

<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">The second quarter continued to be a well-matched struggle to secure a lead, with never more than a two goal difference. York’s defence kept up relentless pressure inside the D but the calm and collected attack managed to maintain their accurate shooting. The tight reffing resulted in York’s Goal Defence being given a warning for too much contact and the quarter ended tensely, with Lancaster leading 17-15. </span><span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"> </span>

<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">York used the half-time as an opportunity to change up positioning, and Centre and Wing Attack swapped. This was a decision that saw the energy and accuracy renewed for the home side, and, as was the case last night, the third quarter proved to be essential in securing the dominance of the home side. Five minutes in they were able to even out the score to 19-19. York’s Goal Keeper became a crucial player in the second half of the match; her speed and interceptions provided numerous new opportunities for the rest of the team and she was a constant source of support to pass back to when needed. </span><span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"> </span>

<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">Play became somewhat static towards the end of the third quarter as contact became more and more frequent. There were a couple of missed chances to turn over Lancaster centres, but York managed to keep possession and the quarter ended 24-22 to York.</span><span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"> </span>

<span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">A win was far from secured as York entered the nail-biting final quarter, but the large crowd was fully behind the home side. It was here that the shooting – which had occasionally faltered up until this point – gained complete confidence, bringing York to a five goal lead in the final five minutes. However, given Lancaster’s strong performance throughout the game it still seemed feasible that they could make a last-minute comeback. The crowd were on their feet in the last two and a half minutes, as the gap closed to 4 goals. With a goal from each side in the last minute, the home team managed to maintain their lead and the match ended 35-28 to York. </span>

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Image: Stella Newing

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