• Manchester Thunder
  • 48 - 41

  • Leeds Rhinos Netball
  • Manchester Thunder
  • HT -
  • Leeds Rhinos Netball
28th March 2021 | KO 12:00 | Studio 001 | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Manchester Thunder 48 Leeds Rhinos Netball 41

Opening round 8 of the Superleague Leeds Rhinos faced a feisty Manchester Thunder side in the first battle of the roses of 2021. Rhinos entered the game with confidence after back to back wins last weekend when they faced, Severn Stars and Strathclyde Sirens.

Rhinos started the first quarter showing authority pulling the score to 7-4 within the first five minutes; Sienna Rushton utilised the shuffle shot and Rhinos continued to convert. Thunder took a few minutes to settle into the fixture but then converted ball to bring the score level at 9-9. The game continued to go goal for goal as Rushton and Rhea Dixon exposed Thunders’ defensive unit keeping possession and taking time with the ball. Towards the end of the quarter Rhinos put in perfect placement of the ball into Rushton under the goal post and turnover ball, Emily Hollingworth took a tip and Rhinos managed to convert with the help of an 8th player being the post. Rhinos took a three goal lead at the end of the quarter. (12-9)

Entering the second period of the game Thunder Netball started with intent after a slow start, however the defensive pressure from Rhinos defensive duo Paige Kindred and Vicki Oyesola made sure that Thunder had no easy route to goal. At the other end of the court for Rhinos, Dixon and Rushton’s connection continued to flourish allowing them to maintain their 3 goal lead well into the second quarter. Again both shooters from Rhinos utilised the shuffle shot to get closer to goal to maintain this lead. Midway through the quarter Thunder applied more pressure onto the game creating plenty of turnovers, once converted the game was back to a level playing field at 16-16.

Dan Ryan made changes nearing the end of the second quarter, Amelia Hall came off the bench to enter at WA and Michelle Magee replaced Vicki Oyesola at GD. Thunder continued to turnover ball and convert ball pulling out a lead. Dixon opened up the circle for Rhinos and her connection with Rushton allowed Rhinos to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Manchester Thunder ended the half strong and went into half time with a 5 goal lead. (25-20) At half time Leeds Rhinos captain Jade Clarke described the game as a ‘fast and physical encounter, thunder were doing a great job of keeping us high so we need to keep that drive going and drive through to the ball keeping the ball moving.’

Going into the second half Dan Ryan made further changes of the seven on court. Brie Grierson returned to WA, Oyesola rejoined the game at GD and Tuaine Keenan came into the GK position. Kennan made instant impact after a tip from Dixon on the third line affected thunders flow and Kennan made a strong interception against Joyce Mvula Thunders tall target shooter. Rhinos captain Clarke continued to control the middle channel and the pinpoint passes into Rushton under the post.

Rhinos new defensive duo of Kennan and Oyesola continued to turnover ball in the circle, switching seamlessly and strengthening their partnership. This partnership made an evident impact for Rhinos as Joyce Mvula only had one attempt at goal within the whole quarter. The third quarter which is often deemed as the championship quarter saw an increase in tempo, both teams started lively and continued the fight, both teams showed girt and determination throughout, allowing the third quarter to end 33-33.

Heading into the final quarter at 33 all, both teams showed composure. Thunder calmly took the first centre pass to goal and the game continued to be goal for goal with each team converting their own centre passes. Clarke continued to control the mid-court for Rhinos giving the early ball to the shooters from circle edge. Despite strong one on one defensive pressure from Rhinos, Thunder continued to add to the scoreboard with a range of shots. With pin point passages of play from Thunder they started to pull away. Rushton drove to post and converted and the game became a two goal fixture. Thunder displayed pinpoint accuracy in passes, drives and shots and pulled away taking the win by 7 goals. (48-41)

Leeds Rhinos pushed all the way throughout the game and Dan Ryan explained in his post match interview that he was ‘proud of the effort and willingness of the team and their ability to put themselves into a winning position against another high quality side, it was the last couple of minutes where a little doubt and hesitation crept in but each week we grow and learn.’

The Rhinos’ attention now quickly turns to tomorrow evening when they take on London Pulse at Studio 001.

TEAMS

THUNDER TEAM

GK – Kerry Almond, GD – Rebekah Airey, WD – Laura Malcolm, C – Caroline O’Hanlon, WA – Alicia Scholes, GA – Eleanor Cardwell, GS – Joyce Mvula

Substitutes – Amy Carter, Lois Pearson, Ella Standring

RHINOS TEAM

GK – Paige Kindred, GD – Vicki Oyesola, WD – Emily Holilngworth, C – Jade Clarke, WA – Brie Grierson, GA – Rhea Dixon, GS – Sienna Rushton

Substitutes – Tuaine Keenan, Leah Kennedy, Amelia Hall, Michelle Magee, Rosie Harris

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final Score
Thunder91681548
Rhinos12813843

 

 

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Opening round 8 of the Superleague Leeds Rhinos faced a feisty Manchester Thunder side in the first battle of the roses of 2021. Rhinos entered the game with confidence after back to back wins last weekend when they faced, Severn Stars and Strathclyde Sirens.

Rhinos started the first quarter showing authority pulling the score to 7-4 within the first five minutes; Sienna Rushton utilised the shuffle shot and Rhinos continued to convert. Thunder took a few minutes to settle into the fixture but then converted ball to bring the score level at 9-9. The game continued to go goal for goal as Rushton and Rhea Dixon exposed Thunders’ defensive unit keeping possession and taking time with the ball. Towards the end of the quarter Rhinos put in perfect placement of the ball into Rushton under the goal post and turnover ball, Emily Hollingworth took a tip and Rhinos managed to convert with the help of an 8th player being the post. Rhinos took a three goal lead at the end of the quarter. (12-9)

Entering the second period of the game Thunder Netball started with intent after a slow start, however the defensive pressure from Rhinos defensive duo Paige Kindred and Vicki Oyesola made sure that Thunder had no easy route to goal. At the other end of the court for Rhinos, Dixon and Rushton’s connection continued to flourish allowing them to maintain their 3 goal lead well into the second quarter. Again both shooters from Rhinos utilised the shuffle shot to get closer to goal to maintain this lead. Midway through the quarter Thunder applied more pressure onto the game creating plenty of turnovers, once converted the game was back to a level playing field at 16-16.

Dan Ryan made changes nearing the end of the second quarter, Amelia Hall came off the bench to enter at WA and Michelle Magee replaced Vicki Oyesola at GD. Thunder continued to turnover ball and convert ball pulling out a lead. Dixon opened up the circle for Rhinos and her connection with Rushton allowed Rhinos to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Manchester Thunder ended the half strong and went into half time with a 5 goal lead. (25-20) At half time Leeds Rhinos captain Jade Clarke described the game as a ‘fast and physical encounter, thunder were doing a great job of keeping us high so we need to keep that drive going and drive through to the ball keeping the ball moving.’

Going into the second half Dan Ryan made further changes of the seven on court. Brie Grierson returned to WA, Oyesola rejoined the game at GD and Tuaine Keenan came into the GK position. Kennan made instant impact after a tip from Dixon on the third line affected thunders flow and Kennan made a strong interception against Joyce Mvula Thunders tall target shooter. Rhinos captain Clarke continued to control the middle channel and the pinpoint passes into Rushton under the post.

Rhinos new defensive duo of Kennan and Oyesola continued to turnover ball in the circle, switching seamlessly and strengthening their partnership. This partnership made an evident impact for Rhinos as Joyce Mvula only had one attempt at goal within the whole quarter. The third quarter which is often deemed as the championship quarter saw an increase in tempo, both teams started lively and continued the fight, both teams showed girt and determination throughout, allowing the third quarter to end 33-33.

Heading into the final quarter at 33 all, both teams showed composure. Thunder calmly took the first centre pass to goal and the game continued to be goal for goal with each team converting their own centre passes. Clarke continued to control the mid-court for Rhinos giving the early ball to the shooters from circle edge. Despite strong one on one defensive pressure from Rhinos, Thunder continued to add to the scoreboard with a range of shots. With pin point passages of play from Thunder they started to pull away. Rushton drove to post and converted and the game became a two goal fixture. Thunder displayed pinpoint accuracy in passes, drives and shots and pulled away taking the win by 7 goals. (48-41)

Leeds Rhinos pushed all the way throughout the game and Dan Ryan explained in his post match interview that he was ‘proud of the effort and willingness of the team and their ability to put themselves into a winning position against another high quality side, it was the last couple of minutes where a little doubt and hesitation crept in but each week we grow and learn.’

The Rhinos’ attention now quickly turns to tomorrow evening when they take on London Pulse at Studio 001.

TEAMS

THUNDER TEAM

GK – Kerry Almond, GD – Rebekah Airey, WD – Laura Malcolm, C – Caroline O’Hanlon, WA – Alicia Scholes, GA – Eleanor Cardwell, GS – Joyce Mvula

Substitutes – Amy Carter, Lois Pearson, Ella Standring

RHINOS TEAM

GK – Paige Kindred, GD – Vicki Oyesola, WD – Emily Holilngworth, C – Jade Clarke, WA – Brie Grierson, GA – Rhea Dixon, GS – Sienna Rushton

Substitutes – Tuaine Keenan, Leah Kennedy, Amelia Hall, Michelle Magee, Rosie Harris

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final Score
Thunder91681548
Rhinos12813843