Final NPL Game for Rhinos Netball this Saturday

A sensational season finale awaits Leeds Rhinos U19s on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the West Midlands for their closing game of the NPL 2018-19.

This weekend will see all teams descend on Birmingham University’s Sports Centre for a full day of fixtures, with each of this year’s U19 squads playing at least one game of the eight which make up the finals. Rhinos have just one game to play and will take on the league’s current second placed Surrey Storm at 2.30pm.

The Rhinos most recent game, played at the University of York’s Sports Centre on March 30, saw a disappointing result for the home team against a clinical Manchester Thunder. Whilst the relatively inexperienced Rhinos team looked anything but this during the first quarter, Thunder quickly gained their composure in the second quarter and from that point onward, never looked back, further cementing their place at the top of the league table.

Whilst Thunder are out of the Rhino’s grasp this season, there is still much to play for on Saturday; with a win having the potential to lift the Rhinos, who are currently placed fifth, up the National Performance League table, depending on the results taken from other games being played.  Whatever match day brings, this is a strong season from the league’s newest addition and something the coaching team can be proud of, as stated by Pathway Coach, Emily Perry:

“At times, we’ve delivered some amazing performances. At our best, we have disrupted opposition and gained plenty of turnover and on attack, we’ve had some really commanding games played with speed and freedom. When we have lost, we have enjoyed learning and gaining the experience of playing against the more established sides.

It’s been great to see the girls producing this level of netball. We’ve had some disappointing losses and have also delivered great performances that show why we are worthy of a place in the league. Our first season has given us a solid foundation to build on and now we can strive to deliver the same level of performance in the coming summer competitions and beyond.”

Rhinos Director of Netball, Anna Carter, added her thoughts on this season’s performance and those to come: “We’ve seen some really pleasing results this year. It shows our early stages of running the pathway has been a success and it gives us a foundation to build on for next season. Such a great opportunity to work with some amazing athletes this year and we hope they will continue their journey with us. Being up there with the more established teams, most running for a number of years now, and holding our own – we couldn’t be happier with our achievements at Rhinos.”