• Strathclyde Sirens
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  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Strathclyde Sirens
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  • Leeds Rhinos
2nd May 2021 | KO 14:00 | Copperbox | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Strathclyde Sirens 51 Leeds Rhinos Netball 69

Dan Ryan’s team made it back to back wins in the Vitality Netball Superleague with a convincing 69-51 win over Strathclyde Sirens.

Leeds Rhinos faced the continuously growing Strathclyde Sirens for the second time this season in hope for another win against the Scottish side after an exciting performance against Saracens Mavericks last week. Sirens went into this game with much confidence after yesterday’s win against London Pulse. 

The first quarter got underway with Rhinos sinking their first shot and getting another three on the board with ease in the first two minutes of the game- asserting their confidence to take command of the first half.

Hollingworth grabbed an interception from a Sirens centre pass which allowed Rhinos to make another break. Rhea Dixon and Brie Grieson found no problem in delivering the perfect feed to Donnell Wallam, to keep them with a steady lead. Tuaine Keenan took a flying intercept just outside of the circle to disrupt Sirens’ passage of play to take her team to another goal with a minute on the clock in the first quarter.   It was an optimistic start from Rhinos who to a deserved four goal lead at the end of the first period.

The contest continued with Vicki Oyesola returning back on court after having time out in the first quarter, with Paige Kindred taking her place. With a 100% goal scoring percentage, Emma Barrie remained a force to be reckoned with for her Sirens side but the return of Wallam’s trademark lay-up created her first goals into quarter two, and Rhinos showed no signs of slowing down.

Although both teams had a shaky start to the second quarter, with mistakes all over the court, Rhinos soon got back into their quick transitions which left little opportunity for Sirens to close the 10 goal lead the Yorkshire side held.  Brie Grieson’s never-ending rapid drives to the circle edge, effortlessly  providing smart feeds to Wallam. Sirens made some positional changes through the court to narrow the lead for the Rhinos before the end of the first half.  Admittedly, the absence of Vinkhumbo for Sirens led to an easy service to Wallam in this first half reasoning to why Sirens found themselves with a large deficit to claw back with 24 minutes left to play.

The all-important third quarter saw Rhinos build their momentum to finish the game with success.  A patient Sirens team continued to compete with the ever- growing Leeds side but Wallam remained unstoppable. The long-awaited return of Vinkumbo gave hopes from Sirens Coach- Karen Atkinson in the third quarter as they aimed to create doubt into Leeds attacking unit with their feeds into Wallam.

Sienna Rushton took to court for the first time for the Rhinos, replacing Dixon in the GA position, with her team holding a comfortable 19 goal lead.  Rushton proved a great attacking combination with Wallam and Rhinos certainly found their momentum as the defensive pressure of Keenan gaves yet more opportunities for Rhinos.

Ultimately, Rhinos came out on top with a huge 69-51 win and made a step closer to a space in the top four in their rookie season.

Rhinos face Wasps tomorrow at 7:15 in hope for another win in round 14. Dan Ryan claims it was non- negotiable to take the win today and to prove they were not a one hit wonder on the back of a great win against Mavericks.

Teams 

Strathclyde Sirens
GK: Rachel Conway
GD: Emily Nicholl
WD: Taylor Cullen
C: Gia Abemethy
WA: Beth Dix
GA: Niamh McCall
GS: Emma Barrie

Replacements
Cerys Cairns
Bethan Goodwin
Sarah McPhail
Nicola McCleary
Towera Vinkhumbo

Rhinos

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

Replacements
Rosie Harris
Paige Kindred
Michelle Magee
Sienna Rushton
Fi Toner

 

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Strathclyde Sirens 51 Leeds Rhinos Netball 69

Dan Ryan’s team made it back to back wins in the Vitality Netball Superleague with a convincing 69-51 win over Strathclyde Sirens.

Leeds Rhinos faced the continuously growing Strathclyde Sirens for the second time this season in hope for another win against the Scottish side after an exciting performance against Saracens Mavericks last week. Sirens went into this game with much confidence after yesterday’s win against London Pulse. 

The first quarter got underway with Rhinos sinking their first shot and getting another three on the board with ease in the first two minutes of the game- asserting their confidence to take command of the first half.

Hollingworth grabbed an interception from a Sirens centre pass which allowed Rhinos to make another break. Rhea Dixon and Brie Grieson found no problem in delivering the perfect feed to Donnell Wallam, to keep them with a steady lead. Tuaine Keenan took a flying intercept just outside of the circle to disrupt Sirens’ passage of play to take her team to another goal with a minute on the clock in the first quarter.   It was an optimistic start from Rhinos who to a deserved four goal lead at the end of the first period.

The contest continued with Vicki Oyesola returning back on court after having time out in the first quarter, with Paige Kindred taking her place. With a 100% goal scoring percentage, Emma Barrie remained a force to be reckoned with for her Sirens side but the return of Wallam’s trademark lay-up created her first goals into quarter two, and Rhinos showed no signs of slowing down.

Although both teams had a shaky start to the second quarter, with mistakes all over the court, Rhinos soon got back into their quick transitions which left little opportunity for Sirens to close the 10 goal lead the Yorkshire side held.  Brie Grieson’s never-ending rapid drives to the circle edge, effortlessly  providing smart feeds to Wallam. Sirens made some positional changes through the court to narrow the lead for the Rhinos before the end of the first half.  Admittedly, the absence of Vinkhumbo for Sirens led to an easy service to Wallam in this first half reasoning to why Sirens found themselves with a large deficit to claw back with 24 minutes left to play.

The all-important third quarter saw Rhinos build their momentum to finish the game with success.  A patient Sirens team continued to compete with the ever- growing Leeds side but Wallam remained unstoppable. The long-awaited return of Vinkumbo gave hopes from Sirens Coach- Karen Atkinson in the third quarter as they aimed to create doubt into Leeds attacking unit with their feeds into Wallam.

Sienna Rushton took to court for the first time for the Rhinos, replacing Dixon in the GA position, with her team holding a comfortable 19 goal lead.  Rushton proved a great attacking combination with Wallam and Rhinos certainly found their momentum as the defensive pressure of Keenan gaves yet more opportunities for Rhinos.

Ultimately, Rhinos came out on top with a huge 69-51 win and made a step closer to a space in the top four in their rookie season.

Rhinos face Wasps tomorrow at 7:15 in hope for another win in round 14. Dan Ryan claims it was non- negotiable to take the win today and to prove they were not a one hit wonder on the back of a great win against Mavericks.

Teams 

Strathclyde Sirens
GK: Rachel Conway
GD: Emily Nicholl
WD: Taylor Cullen
C: Gia Abemethy
WA: Beth Dix
GA: Niamh McCall
GS: Emma Barrie

Replacements
Cerys Cairns
Bethan Goodwin
Sarah McPhail
Nicola McCleary
Towera Vinkhumbo

Rhinos

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

Replacements
Rosie Harris
Paige Kindred
Michelle Magee
Sienna Rushton
Fi Toner