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26th June 2021 | KO 14:00 | |

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Loughborough Lightning 58 Rhinos Netball 38

Leeds Rhinos faced a clinical Loughborough Lightning side within semi-final number one of the Vitality Netball Superleague. Rhinos took to court today after a few weeks away due to a bye week and a Covid-19 result putting them into a 10-day isolation. Both teams were hungry for a place in the final and both started the game with real fight and grit.

Rhinos’ Jade Clarke started the game off with the first centre pass. Both teams simply took their first centre pass to goal to settle those semi-final nerves. Rhinos’ goal keeper Tuaine Keenan was holding Mary Cholhok strong making her job for Loughborough very difficult. This continued Loughborough and saw a ball go off the backline, Rhinos transitioned well and took the ball to goal.

After then converting their own centre pass after a fabulous backline drive from Rhea Dixon this saw Rhinos have a one goal buffer on Lightning. Rhinos defensive unit applied pressure high on Lightning’s centre pass however Loughborough still took the ball to goal. Vision was shown from Rhinos and Brie Grierson fed Dixon who was again on the drive into the circle.

On the next phase of play Rhinos had an attacking contact called against them allowing Lightning to transition down the court, again after converting their own centre pass Loughborough had levelled the game up at six a piece. Sienna Rushton held strong against a ferocious Lightning defensive unit to allow her the best shooting position.

The game continued goal for goal throughout the quarter, with both teams picking up one more interception to level out the possession. Clarke showed vision again into the circle finding diction just within the circle, a couple of passes later to edge herself closer to the net Dixon sinks it. The combination of Rushton and Dixon was starting to blossom and strengthen.

Loughborough’s interception from Cobden allowed Lightning to again bring the game to a level playing field before Rushton took the last shot of the game to give Rhinos a one goal lead at the quarter break.

Loughborough took the first centre of this quarter, and took the ball straight to goal. A Cobden intercept from Rhinos and Loughborough quickly take the ball to goal. Consequently due to this and converting their own centre pass Lightning now held a two goal lead. Vicki Oyesola was called for contact on the attacking third line and could not play a part in Rhinos attack, Loughborough then convert from this unforced error and extend their lead to three.

Rhinos continued to show patience through the court, and due this Clarke quickly found Rushton under the net to add to Rhinos tally. Rhinos defended as a whole squad and kept Loughborough high however but they were able to create a five goal buffer on Rhinos.

An attacking contact called against Rhinos saw Lightning extend their lead even further within this quarter. Rushton settled Rhinos nerves by sinking the next goal bringing the game back to a five goal game. Rhinos again continued to show the vision they had displayed all day and and found Dixon on the baseline drive. A misread passage of play and an intercept from Loughborough saw Lightning extend their lead to 9 goals reaching the end of the quarter.

Keenan ended the half strong and made a tip on the feed into Cholhok, Oyesola backed her up and Rhinos smoothly transitioned down court, sadly just out of time to end the half with a goal. Loughborough entered the second half with an eight goal lead.

Both teams started strong in the second half and Rushton got early points on the board for the Rhinos. Emily Hollingworth entered the game at Wing Defene. Loughborough applied defensive pressure and earned multiple turnovers from Rhinos allowing them to add to their lead. Rhinos returned to a simple but effective centre pass and took the ball to goal.

Loughborough continued to be clinical and converted their own centre pass, a turned Rhinos centre pass and another one of their own, seeing them have the lead 41-26. After six minutes of the third quarter Rhinos had only got themselves onto the scoreboard once within the quarter, Dixon created the next passage of play on Rhinos centre pass and allowed Rhinos to regain some confidence with another goal in the quarter. Loughborough remained clinical and continued to earn interceptions left right and centre. Jospeh, Cobden and Panagarry all earning interceptions within the third quarter.

Keenan earned herself an interception for the Rhinos and Rushton popped up into the middle of the circle as an option, Rushton then converted bringing the game to a score of 45-29. Entering the last couple of minutes of the quarter the game went end to end before Loughborough converted, Hollingworth ended the quarter providing Rhinos with an interception. The third quarter ended 46-30 in favour to Loughborough.

Rhinos had the first centre of the final quarter however remaining clinical Lightning turned it straight over taking to goal and extending their lead. Dan made further changes in the final quarter, these changes saw Rosie Harris enter the game at Centre and Clarke moving down the court into the Wing Defence position. Continued pressure from Rhinos saw another misplaced feed into Lightnings shooter, Rhinos quickly transitioned and Rushton converted.

The next couple of passages of play things just weren’t connecting for Rhinos, with the unhelpful aid from the 8th player (the post) the ball was picked up by Loughborough and quickly slotted away. Rhinos defensive unit showed resilience and forced yet again another ball of the backline, a smooth transition and better attacking connections/combinations ended with Rhinos successfully taking to goal.

A couple of unforced errors from Rhinos which included a held ball and a replayed ball saw Lightning extend their lead even further. Grierson had to leave the court due to injury which saw Amelia Hall enter the final quarter for the final few minutes. Kindred also entered the court at Goal Keeper replacing Tuaine Keenan. Rosie Harris made an interception on the circle edge of Lightnings shooting circle and Dixon found the next to bring the game to 57-36. Lightning ended the game with a penalty shot after time to bring the game to an end at 58-38 in favour to Loughborough.

Dan Ryan spoke to the crowd after the game and explained how he was proud of the Rhinos’ performance today and was grateful for the experience that this game had given the younger players within the squad who may of not experience finals netball before. Dan described the season as crazy and chaotic but not over yet.

Rhinos return to the copper box arena tomorrow to battle it out for third place.

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final Score
Lightning1318151258
Rhinos1497838

Teams

Loughborough Lightning 

GK – Samantha May
GD – Jasmin Odeogberin
WD – Beth Cobden
C – Natalie Panagarry
WA – Hannah Joseph
GA – Ella Clark
GS – Mary Cholhok
Substitutes: Alice Harvey, Suzie Liversidge, LaurEN Nicholls, Lucy Praize, Hannah Williams

Leeds Rhinos Netball

GK – Tuaine Keenan
GD – Vicki Oyesola
WD – Fi Toner
C – Jade Clarke
WA – Brie Grierson
GA – Rhea Dixon
GS – Sienna Rushton
Substitutes – Rosie Harris, Paige Kindred, Amelia Hall, Michelle Magee, Emily Hollingworth

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Leeds Rhinos faced a clinical Loughborough Lightning side within semi-final number one of the Vitality Netball Superleague. Rhinos took to court today after a few weeks away due to a bye week and a Covid-19 result putting them into a 10-day isolation. Both teams were hungry for a place in the final and both started the game with real fight and grit.

Rhinos’ Jade Clarke started the game off with the first centre pass. Both teams simply took their first centre pass to goal to settle those semi-final nerves. Rhinos’ goal keeper Tuaine Keenan was holding Mary Cholhok strong making her job for Loughborough very difficult. This continued Loughborough and saw a ball go off the backline, Rhinos transitioned well and took the ball to goal.

After then converting their own centre pass after a fabulous backline drive from Rhea Dixon this saw Rhinos have a one goal buffer on Lightning. Rhinos defensive unit applied pressure high on Lightning’s centre pass however Loughborough still took the ball to goal. Vision was shown from Rhinos and Brie Grierson fed Dixon who was again on the drive into the circle.

On the next phase of play Rhinos had an attacking contact called against them allowing Lightning to transition down the court, again after converting their own centre pass Loughborough had levelled the game up at six a piece. Sienna Rushton held strong against a ferocious Lightning defensive unit to allow her the best shooting position.

The game continued goal for goal throughout the quarter, with both teams picking up one more interception to level out the possession. Clarke showed vision again into the circle finding diction just within the circle, a couple of passes later to edge herself closer to the net Dixon sinks it. The combination of Rushton and Dixon was starting to blossom and strengthen.

Loughborough’s interception from Cobden allowed Lightning to again bring the game to a level playing field before Rushton took the last shot of the game to give Rhinos a one goal lead at the quarter break.

Loughborough took the first centre of this quarter, and took the ball straight to goal. A Cobden intercept from Rhinos and Loughborough quickly take the ball to goal. Consequently due to this and converting their own centre pass Lightning now held a two goal lead. Vicki Oyesola was called for contact on the attacking third line and could not play a part in Rhinos attack, Loughborough then convert from this unforced error and extend their lead to three.

Rhinos continued to show patience through the court, and due this Clarke quickly found Rushton under the net to add to Rhinos tally. Rhinos defended as a whole squad and kept Loughborough high however but they were able to create a five goal buffer on Rhinos.

An attacking contact called against Rhinos saw Lightning extend their lead even further within this quarter. Rushton settled Rhinos nerves by sinking the next goal bringing the game back to a five goal game. Rhinos again continued to show the vision they had displayed all day and and found Dixon on the baseline drive. A misread passage of play and an intercept from Loughborough saw Lightning extend their lead to 9 goals reaching the end of the quarter.

Keenan ended the half strong and made a tip on the feed into Cholhok, Oyesola backed her up and Rhinos smoothly transitioned down court, sadly just out of time to end the half with a goal. Loughborough entered the second half with an eight goal lead.

Both teams started strong in the second half and Rushton got early points on the board for the Rhinos. Emily Hollingworth entered the game at Wing Defene. Loughborough applied defensive pressure and earned multiple turnovers from Rhinos allowing them to add to their lead. Rhinos returned to a simple but effective centre pass and took the ball to goal.

Loughborough continued to be clinical and converted their own centre pass, a turned Rhinos centre pass and another one of their own, seeing them have the lead 41-26. After six minutes of the third quarter Rhinos had only got themselves onto the scoreboard once within the quarter, Dixon created the next passage of play on Rhinos centre pass and allowed Rhinos to regain some confidence with another goal in the quarter. Loughborough remained clinical and continued to earn interceptions left right and centre. Jospeh, Cobden and Panagarry all earning interceptions within the third quarter.

Keenan earned herself an interception for the Rhinos and Rushton popped up into the middle of the circle as an option, Rushton then converted bringing the game to a score of 45-29. Entering the last couple of minutes of the quarter the game went end to end before Loughborough converted, Hollingworth ended the quarter providing Rhinos with an interception. The third quarter ended 46-30 in favour to Loughborough.

Rhinos had the first centre of the final quarter however remaining clinical Lightning turned it straight over taking to goal and extending their lead. Dan made further changes in the final quarter, these changes saw Rosie Harris enter the game at Centre and Clarke moving down the court into the Wing Defence position. Continued pressure from Rhinos saw another misplaced feed into Lightnings shooter, Rhinos quickly transitioned and Rushton converted.

The next couple of passages of play things just weren’t connecting for Rhinos, with the unhelpful aid from the 8th player (the post) the ball was picked up by Loughborough and quickly slotted away. Rhinos defensive unit showed resilience and forced yet again another ball of the backline, a smooth transition and better attacking connections/combinations ended with Rhinos successfully taking to goal.

A couple of unforced errors from Rhinos which included a held ball and a replayed ball saw Lightning extend their lead even further. Grierson had to leave the court due to injury which saw Amelia Hall enter the final quarter for the final few minutes. Kindred also entered the court at Goal Keeper replacing Tuaine Keenan. Rosie Harris made an interception on the circle edge of Lightnings shooting circle and Dixon found the next to bring the game to 57-36. Lightning ended the game with a penalty shot after time to bring the game to an end at 58-38 in favour to Loughborough.

Dan Ryan spoke to the crowd after the game and explained how he was proud of the Rhinos’ performance today and was grateful for the experience that this game had given the younger players within the squad who may of not experience finals netball before. Dan described the season as crazy and chaotic but not over yet.

Rhinos return to the copper box arena tomorrow to battle it out for third place.

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final Score
Lightning1318151258
Rhinos1497838

Teams

Loughborough Lightning 

GK – Samantha May
GD – Jasmin Odeogberin
WD – Beth Cobden
C – Natalie Panagarry
WA – Hannah Joseph
GA – Ella Clark
GS – Mary Cholhok
Substitutes: Alice Harvey, Suzie Liversidge, LaurEN Nicholls, Lucy Praize, Hannah Williams

Leeds Rhinos Netball

GK – Tuaine Keenan
GD – Vicki Oyesola
WD – Fi Toner
C – Jade Clarke
WA – Brie Grierson
GA – Rhea Dixon
GS – Sienna Rushton
Substitutes – Rosie Harris, Paige Kindred, Amelia Hall, Michelle Magee, Emily Hollingworth