• Severn Stars
  • 36 - 63

  • Leeds Rhinos Netball
  • Severn Stars
  • HT 18 - 34
  • Leeds Rhinos Netball
16th May 2021 | KO 12:00 | Copperbox | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Severn Stars 36 Rhinos Netball 63

Dan Ryan’s team moved into fifth place in the Vitality Netball Superleague with their ninth win of the season, after a comprehensive 63-36 win over Severn Stars.

After suffering a disappointing defeat to Bath in the last round, head coach Dan Ryan had asked for a big response from his team and they did not disappoint and looked in control from the first centre pass, with Donnell Wallam giving Rhinos Netball a two goal lead within the first minute.  Rhea Dixon, who had been named in the Vitality Roses squad earlier in the week, then added a third to give the Rhinos to make it a solid start.  The first chance for Stars came in the third minute, with a long pass from Paige Reed giving Georgia Rowe the opportunity to get the first goal, but the goal shooter was penalised for contact on Tuiane Keenan. From the turnover the Rhinos moved quickly to get the ball to Brie Grierson, who had also celebrated a call up to the England Futures set up, and the Leeds born star fed the ball to Wallam who duly added the goal.  From the next centre pass the Australian made it 5-0 when she collected the rebounded shot from Dixon.

The Rhinos had a seven goal lead before Stars got their first points on the board through Rowe with just under four minutes played, but the Rhinos were growing in confidence and kept up the pressure and the hard work from Grierson ensured that Wallam could keep the goals coming for her team.  Stars responded and a high pass into the circle was perfectly placed for Rowe who slotted in the third goal for Stars before a fumble from Grierson just outside the circle allowed Stars to regain possession and score consecutive goals for the first time in the game to bring it to within five goals at 4-9.

For all their hard work in defence, some errors from Stars meant they were unable to keep up momentum and the Rhinos took advantage at every opportunity, with Wallam bringing her tally in the quarter to 14 and Dixon adding four to put the Rhinos 18-8 in front at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter Stars made a change to their side with Kyra Jones coming on at centre for Lucy Harris, but it was the Rhinos who made the better start with two more goals from Wallam.  When they were able to get the ball to Rowe her accuracy was always spot on but errors and the tough defence from Rhinos made it hard work to make any real dent on the Rhinos lead.  They were then dealt a further blow when Reid was forced off the court with injury and was replaced by Jane Taylor, who instantly made an impact with goal to make it 11-21.

The Stars were unable to always make the most of their possession when they had it, and the Rhinos continued their ruthless display to increase their lead to 25-12, before a fantastic intercept from Jones led to a second goal for Taylor.

The pressure from the Rhinos did not ease up and the variety of balls into the circle were reliably picked up from Wallam who did the honours.  Long range passes from both Grierson and Clarke made it difficult for the Stars defence and Wallam showed why she is earning the plaudits with her accuracy at goal.  After scoring four unanswered points through Wallam and Dixon, stars pulled one back through Taylor, before the Rhinos ended the half on a high with two more Dixon goals to make it 38-18.

Melissa Bessell switched up her centres again to start the second half – Harris back on for Jones and Oyesola came back on for the Rhinos after being replaced by Paige Kindred in the second quarter and Fi Toner also took the wing defence bib from Emily Hollingworth.  From Jones’ first centre pass the ball was moved quickly to Rowe who got the first goal to make a positive start to the second half for the Stars.  Grierson and Dixon though continued to cause issues for the Stars, making sure their shooter got regular opportunities to take a shot at goal and Wallam was able to make it 38-22 four minutes into the third quarter.  Bessell made another change soon after this, bringing on Lucy Herdman back on at keeper for Malysha Kelly and Stars the added another three goals, but with five minutes remaining Wallam brought her team’s goals to 40 to keep the Rhinos in control.  The third quarter was the closest between the sides, with Stars scoring 11 goals but Rhinos just edged it once again with 13 more goals – 12 from Wallam and one from Dixon to make it 47-29 heading into the final quarter.

With an 18 goal lead, Dan Ryan took the opportunity to give court time to Sienna Rushton who came on for Dixon at Goal Attack and Rosie Harris who replaced Jade Clarke at centre later in the quarter.  Rushton took little time to settle into the game, scoring a superb goal after two minutes after she combined with Grierson to put herself in position for the long range shot to make it 32-48.  Player of the Match Vicki Oyesola was at the heart of the defence for the Rhinos, continually putting her body on the line to fight for the ball and Rhinos managed to keep Stars to their lowest scoring half with seven goals.  At the other end of the court Wallam continued a star performance, benefitting from the impressive feeds from Grierson that saw the Australian score 15 goals to earn her team a big win heading into the final stages of the season.

TEAMS

Severn Stars

GK: Lucy Herdman
GD: Dee Bolakoro
WD: Nia Jones
C: Lucy Harris
WA: Liana Leota
GA: Paige Reed
GS: Georgia Rowe

Substitute
Issy Eaton
Kyra Jones
Malysha Kelly
Jane Taylor
Iman Thomas

Rhinos Netball

GK: Tuiane Keenan
GD: Vicki Oyesola
WD: Emily Hollingworth
C: Jade Clarke
WA: Brie Grierson
GA: Rhea Dixon
GS: Donnell Wallam

Substitutes

Rosie Harris
Paige Kindred
Michelle Magee
Sienna Rushton
Fi Toner

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Dan Ryan’s team moved into fifth place in the Vitality Netball Superleague with their ninth win of the season, after a comprehensive 63-36 win over Severn Stars.

After suffering a disappointing defeat to Bath in the last round, head coach Dan Ryan had asked for a big response from his team and they did not disappoint and looked in control from the first centre pass, with Donnell Wallam giving Rhinos Netball a two goal lead within the first minute.  Rhea Dixon, who had been named in the Vitality Roses squad earlier in the week, then added a third to give the Rhinos to make it a solid start.  The first chance for Stars came in the third minute, with a long pass from Paige Reed giving Georgia Rowe the opportunity to get the first goal, but the goal shooter was penalised for contact on Tuiane Keenan. From the turnover the Rhinos moved quickly to get the ball to Brie Grierson, who had also celebrated a call up to the England Futures set up, and the Leeds born star fed the ball to Wallam who duly added the goal.  From the next centre pass the Australian made it 5-0 when she collected the rebounded shot from Dixon.

The Rhinos had a seven goal lead before Stars got their first points on the board through Rowe with just under four minutes played, but the Rhinos were growing in confidence and kept up the pressure and the hard work from Grierson ensured that Wallam could keep the goals coming for her team.  Stars responded and a high pass into the circle was perfectly placed for Rowe who slotted in the third goal for Stars before a fumble from Grierson just outside the circle allowed Stars to regain possession and score consecutive goals for the first time in the game to bring it to within five goals at 4-9.

For all their hard work in defence, some errors from Stars meant they were unable to keep up momentum and the Rhinos took advantage at every opportunity, with Wallam bringing her tally in the quarter to 14 and Dixon adding four to put the Rhinos 18-8 in front at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter Stars made a change to their side with Kyra Jones coming on at centre for Lucy Harris, but it was the Rhinos who made the better start with two more goals from Wallam.  When they were able to get the ball to Rowe her accuracy was always spot on but errors and the tough defence from Rhinos made it hard work to make any real dent on the Rhinos lead.  They were then dealt a further blow when Reid was forced off the court with injury and was replaced by Jane Taylor, who instantly made an impact with goal to make it 11-21.

The Stars were unable to always make the most of their possession when they had it, and the Rhinos continued their ruthless display to increase their lead to 25-12, before a fantastic intercept from Jones led to a second goal for Taylor.

The pressure from the Rhinos did not ease up and the variety of balls into the circle were reliably picked up from Wallam who did the honours.  Long range passes from both Grierson and Clarke made it difficult for the Stars defence and Wallam showed why she is earning the plaudits with her accuracy at goal.  After scoring four unanswered points through Wallam and Dixon, stars pulled one back through Taylor, before the Rhinos ended the half on a high with two more Dixon goals to make it 38-18.

Melissa Bessell switched up her centres again to start the second half – Harris back on for Jones and Oyesola came back on for the Rhinos after being replaced by Paige Kindred in the second quarter and Fi Toner also took the wing defence bib from Emily Hollingworth.  From Jones’ first centre pass the ball was moved quickly to Rowe who got the first goal to make a positive start to the second half for the Stars.  Grierson and Dixon though continued to cause issues for the Stars, making sure their shooter got regular opportunities to take a shot at goal and Wallam was able to make it 38-22 four minutes into the third quarter.  Bessell made another change soon after this, bringing on Lucy Herdman back on at keeper for Malysha Kelly and Stars the added another three goals, but with five minutes remaining Wallam brought her team’s goals to 40 to keep the Rhinos in control.  The third quarter was the closest between the sides, with Stars scoring 11 goals but Rhinos just edged it once again with 13 more goals – 12 from Wallam and one from Dixon to make it 47-29 heading into the final quarter.

With an 18 goal lead, Dan Ryan took the opportunity to give court time to Sienna Rushton who came on for Dixon at Goal Attack and Rosie Harris who replaced Jade Clarke at centre later in the quarter.  Rushton took little time to settle into the game, scoring a superb goal after two minutes after she combined with Grierson to put herself in position for the long range shot to make it 32-48.  Player of the Match Vicki Oyesola was at the heart of the defence for the Rhinos, continually putting her body on the line to fight for the ball and Rhinos managed to keep Stars to their lowest scoring half with seven goals.  At the other end of the court Wallam continued a star performance, benefitting from the impressive feeds from Grierson that saw the Australian score 15 goals to earn her team a big win heading into the final stages of the season.

TEAMS

Severn Stars

GK: Lucy Herdman
GD: Dee Bolakoro
WD: Nia Jones
C: Lucy Harris
WA: Liana Leota
GA: Paige Reed
GS: Georgia Rowe

Substitute
Issy Eaton
Kyra Jones
Malysha Kelly
Jane Taylor
Iman Thomas

Rhinos Netball

GK: Tuiane Keenan
GD: Vicki Oyesola
WD: Emily Hollingworth
C: Jade Clarke
WA: Brie Grierson
GA: Rhea Dixon
GS: Donnell Wallam

Substitutes

Rosie Harris
Paige Kindred
Michelle Magee
Sienna Rushton
Fi Toner