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16th April 2022 | KO 14:45 | Resorts World | Vitality Netball Superleague

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X during the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Leeds Rhinos vs Celtic Dragons at the Resorts World Arena on April 16th, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com)

 

Leeds Rhinos Netball got their double header easter weekend underway when they faced Celtic Dragons at the Genting Arena Birmingham on Saturday 16th April. A close encounter was predicted by many as previously towards the start of the season there was just a few goals between these sides on Rhinos away trip to Cardiff.  

Jade Clarke took the first centre pass to get the fixture underway, Rhinos transitioned well and but a missed shot saw Dragons put the first goal on the board. A long high ball was placed into Burger who subsequently got her first goal of the game 1-2. Magee picked up ball for Rhinos after strong defence as a unit, Hall found Burger under the post 2-2. Quick hands from Grierson and Clarke then allowed Hall to feed Grierson under the post to allow her to get her first 3-2. Grierson and Clarke continues to combine well as Grierson remained successful under the post 4-3. Rhinos remained patient on their centre pass and Burger stayed strong to add another 5-4. Dragons turned over ball from a Rhino centre pass and convert their own to put a two goal lead on the scoreboard. Hall was unfazed and continued to find Burger under the post to keep the score board ticking 6-7. Keenan picked up a loose ball just before the backline but further down the court Rhinos quickly loose possession. Burger uses the post as a pass to make sure she is not penalised for a held ball, she then took the shot 7-8. Grierson combined well with Burger to continue adding on the points 8-9. Rhinos whole team defence is rewarded with the ball being forced off the backline for Dragons, Clarke remained calm and controlled under tight defensive pressure from Dragons, Burger adds another to level up the game at 9 all. Rhinos had boosted their own confidence and instantly found Burger under the post alone 10-9. Rhinos tight defensive work was rewarded again as another ball went off the backline, it was Grierson that found Burger this time 11-9. Rowe resettled Dragons and after a few errors from Rhinos it was back to a one goal game, 14-13. Dragons couldn’t utilise their centre pass as a footwork call was made, Grierson passed into Burger to regain their two goal lead 15-13. Dragons took the last goal of the quarter in the final second to reduce Rhinos lead to just two goals 16-14.

Clarke again commenced the quarter with the centre pass, this time after quick hands from Hall and Burger Rhinos took it to goal 17-14. Tight defence from Clarke saw her earn ball allowing Grierson to pop the ball over Shaquanda Green-Noel long arms into Burger 18-14. Rhinos remained patient but Dragons picked up a loose ball, the shot was missed giving Rhinos back possession of the ball, Rhinos this time took the ball to goal extending their lead to five 19-14. Further down the court in the next passage of play Grierson tipped the ball into the hands of Magee, Rhinos transitioned well and Burger popped another through the net 20-15. Rhinos netball managed to maintain their five goal lead by keeping the game goal for goal until the final few minutes of the first half. Celtic Dragons found a new burst of energy and determination and after some long range shots and converting both their own and Rhinos centre passes the game was back level at 24 all. During Dragons fight back Robinson made a couple of changes in defence with Oyesola moving to the bench and Lydia Walker TAKING UP THE WD position moving Magee to GD. Burger remained unfazed under the post and continued to hold off Shaquanda Green-Noel and popped the ball into Grierson allowing her to get another goal 25-24. Both sides showed determination to go into half time with the lead but time denied Rhinos of adding on a final second goal meaning it was all level at 28 a piece at half time.

After the half time break it was Dragons who took the centre pass, Rowe took it straight to goal 28-29. Robinson had made further changes in her seven on court with Sienna Rushton taking up the GA bib and Oyesola re-entering the game at GD. Rushton and Hall combined well and Rushton found Burger under the post 29-29. Oyesola turned over the ball for Rhinos but Shaquanda Green-Noel regains possession for Dragons on the long feed into Burger. Smart play from Rhinos saw themselves come out with a sideline ball, Burger and Rushton combined well settling into their shooting duo to reduce their deficit to just one goal 31-32. Keenan turned over ball and after a patient transition Burger was open and available under the post allowing her to add another, Clarke quickly took the next centre pass and a long ball was fed into Burger under the post, this saw the game back level at 33 all. Oyesola had a tip of the ball and it landed in Rushton’s hands, a missed shot saw Dragons transition and add on three goals 33-36. Hall remained controlled and found Burger under the post 35-37. Burger then left the court and Rushton moved into GS with Grierson taking up the GA bib. Rushton split to edge herself closer to the net and successfully got her own rebound when she was short on the shot, taking it to goal on her second attempt 37-37. Dragons ended the third quarter with a couple of mistakes, with seconds remaining Rhinos denied Dragons of a last goal to hold onto a one goal lead entering the final 15.

For the final quarter some further changes were made. Burger came back onto court in the GS position, Rushton moved back to GA and Grierson took the WA bib. Dragons quickly scored their first goal of the quarter to level the game, Dragons had started strong with intent to win. Burger picked up instantly from before and continued to be successful under the post 41-40. Feeding the ball into the circle was becoming more difficult for the Rhinos attack due to the intensity of the Dragons defence 43-42. Rhinos remained calm and the game remained level. Shaquanda Green-Noel picked up another ball for Dragons on the long feed into Burger, it was then Dragons who had a two goal lead after scoring from their own centre pass 44-46. Tight defensive work from Rhinos forced Dragons back into the centre third right from circle edge but they eventually found Rowe under the net 46-48. A missed shot from Rhinos saw possession move into Dragons hands, a long ball went into Rowe and it came off the post, Oyesola reacted quickest and picked it up allowing Burger to add another reducing the deficit to just one with minutes remaining. Airey then came onto court for Rhinos in the GK position. Rushton and Burger continued to connect well but Dragons were also converting each centre pass 50-52. Two minutes remained and their was still just two goals separating the sides, the ball was passed into Dragon hands and they remained calm, this saw Rowe sink the shot to extend their lead to three. Rowe ended the game with the final goal which extended their lead even further giving Dragons the win 51-55.

Rhinos netball will now quickly recover and evaluate the fixture before facing Team Bath tomorrow again at the Genting Arena Birmingham this time at 12:00.  

Rhinos Netball

GS: Sigi Burger

GA: Brie Grierson

WA: Amelia Hall

C: Jade Clarke

WD: Michelle Magee

GD: Vicki Oyesola

GK: Tuaine Keenan

Replacements:  Amy Clinton, Sienna Rushton, Lydia Walker, Rebekah Airey

Celtic Dragons

GS: Georgia Rowe

GA: Lefebre Rademan

WA: Shona O’Dwyer

C: Clare Jones

WD: Nia Jones

GD: Leila Thomas

GK: Shaquanda Greene-Noel

Replacements: Hannah Leighton, Annabel Roddy, Laura Rudland, Katarina Short, Phillipa Yarranton

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X during the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Leeds Rhinos vs Celtic Dragons at the Resorts World Arena on April 16th, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com)

 

Leeds Rhinos Netball got their double header easter weekend underway when they faced Celtic Dragons at the Genting Arena Birmingham on Saturday 16th April. A close encounter was predicted by many as previously towards the start of the season there was just a few goals between these sides on Rhinos away trip to Cardiff.  

Jade Clarke took the first centre pass to get the fixture underway, Rhinos transitioned well and but a missed shot saw Dragons put the first goal on the board. A long high ball was placed into Burger who subsequently got her first goal of the game 1-2. Magee picked up ball for Rhinos after strong defence as a unit, Hall found Burger under the post 2-2. Quick hands from Grierson and Clarke then allowed Hall to feed Grierson under the post to allow her to get her first 3-2. Grierson and Clarke continues to combine well as Grierson remained successful under the post 4-3. Rhinos remained patient on their centre pass and Burger stayed strong to add another 5-4. Dragons turned over ball from a Rhino centre pass and convert their own to put a two goal lead on the scoreboard. Hall was unfazed and continued to find Burger under the post to keep the score board ticking 6-7. Keenan picked up a loose ball just before the backline but further down the court Rhinos quickly loose possession. Burger uses the post as a pass to make sure she is not penalised for a held ball, she then took the shot 7-8. Grierson combined well with Burger to continue adding on the points 8-9. Rhinos whole team defence is rewarded with the ball being forced off the backline for Dragons, Clarke remained calm and controlled under tight defensive pressure from Dragons, Burger adds another to level up the game at 9 all. Rhinos had boosted their own confidence and instantly found Burger under the post alone 10-9. Rhinos tight defensive work was rewarded again as another ball went off the backline, it was Grierson that found Burger this time 11-9. Rowe resettled Dragons and after a few errors from Rhinos it was back to a one goal game, 14-13. Dragons couldn’t utilise their centre pass as a footwork call was made, Grierson passed into Burger to regain their two goal lead 15-13. Dragons took the last goal of the quarter in the final second to reduce Rhinos lead to just two goals 16-14.

Clarke again commenced the quarter with the centre pass, this time after quick hands from Hall and Burger Rhinos took it to goal 17-14. Tight defence from Clarke saw her earn ball allowing Grierson to pop the ball over Shaquanda Green-Noel long arms into Burger 18-14. Rhinos remained patient but Dragons picked up a loose ball, the shot was missed giving Rhinos back possession of the ball, Rhinos this time took the ball to goal extending their lead to five 19-14. Further down the court in the next passage of play Grierson tipped the ball into the hands of Magee, Rhinos transitioned well and Burger popped another through the net 20-15. Rhinos netball managed to maintain their five goal lead by keeping the game goal for goal until the final few minutes of the first half. Celtic Dragons found a new burst of energy and determination and after some long range shots and converting both their own and Rhinos centre passes the game was back level at 24 all. During Dragons fight back Robinson made a couple of changes in defence with Oyesola moving to the bench and Lydia Walker TAKING UP THE WD position moving Magee to GD. Burger remained unfazed under the post and continued to hold off Shaquanda Green-Noel and popped the ball into Grierson allowing her to get another goal 25-24. Both sides showed determination to go into half time with the lead but time denied Rhinos of adding on a final second goal meaning it was all level at 28 a piece at half time.

After the half time break it was Dragons who took the centre pass, Rowe took it straight to goal 28-29. Robinson had made further changes in her seven on court with Sienna Rushton taking up the GA bib and Oyesola re-entering the game at GD. Rushton and Hall combined well and Rushton found Burger under the post 29-29. Oyesola turned over the ball for Rhinos but Shaquanda Green-Noel regains possession for Dragons on the long feed into Burger. Smart play from Rhinos saw themselves come out with a sideline ball, Burger and Rushton combined well settling into their shooting duo to reduce their deficit to just one goal 31-32. Keenan turned over ball and after a patient transition Burger was open and available under the post allowing her to add another, Clarke quickly took the next centre pass and a long ball was fed into Burger under the post, this saw the game back level at 33 all. Oyesola had a tip of the ball and it landed in Rushton’s hands, a missed shot saw Dragons transition and add on three goals 33-36. Hall remained controlled and found Burger under the post 35-37. Burger then left the court and Rushton moved into GS with Grierson taking up the GA bib. Rushton split to edge herself closer to the net and successfully got her own rebound when she was short on the shot, taking it to goal on her second attempt 37-37. Dragons ended the third quarter with a couple of mistakes, with seconds remaining Rhinos denied Dragons of a last goal to hold onto a one goal lead entering the final 15.

For the final quarter some further changes were made. Burger came back onto court in the GS position, Rushton moved back to GA and Grierson took the WA bib. Dragons quickly scored their first goal of the quarter to level the game, Dragons had started strong with intent to win. Burger picked up instantly from before and continued to be successful under the post 41-40. Feeding the ball into the circle was becoming more difficult for the Rhinos attack due to the intensity of the Dragons defence 43-42. Rhinos remained calm and the game remained level. Shaquanda Green-Noel picked up another ball for Dragons on the long feed into Burger, it was then Dragons who had a two goal lead after scoring from their own centre pass 44-46. Tight defensive work from Rhinos forced Dragons back into the centre third right from circle edge but they eventually found Rowe under the net 46-48. A missed shot from Rhinos saw possession move into Dragons hands, a long ball went into Rowe and it came off the post, Oyesola reacted quickest and picked it up allowing Burger to add another reducing the deficit to just one with minutes remaining. Airey then came onto court for Rhinos in the GK position. Rushton and Burger continued to connect well but Dragons were also converting each centre pass 50-52. Two minutes remained and their was still just two goals separating the sides, the ball was passed into Dragon hands and they remained calm, this saw Rowe sink the shot to extend their lead to three. Rowe ended the game with the final goal which extended their lead even further giving Dragons the win 51-55.

Rhinos netball will now quickly recover and evaluate the fixture before facing Team Bath tomorrow again at the Genting Arena Birmingham this time at 12:00.  

Rhinos Netball

GS: Sigi Burger

GA: Brie Grierson

WA: Amelia Hall

C: Jade Clarke

WD: Michelle Magee

GD: Vicki Oyesola

GK: Tuaine Keenan

Replacements:  Amy Clinton, Sienna Rushton, Lydia Walker, Rebekah Airey

Celtic Dragons

GS: Georgia Rowe

GA: Lefebre Rademan

WA: Shona O’Dwyer

C: Clare Jones

WD: Nia Jones

GD: Leila Thomas

GK: Shaquanda Greene-Noel

Replacements: Hannah Leighton, Annabel Roddy, Laura Rudland, Katarina Short, Phillipa Yarranton