Source: Yorkshire Jets

Narrow defeat for Jets by Team Northumbria

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Yorkshire Jets were narrowly beaten by Team Northumbria in Newcastle tonight in the Vitality Netball Superleague Round 5 but it was a story of what might have been for the visitors.

Anna Carter’s Jets had a series of missed opportunities across the game, particularly in the second half, and lost by four points, 48-44.

It was a tightly contested opening quarter of the game with the action moving from end to end. Good work from both sides in attack and defence meant the scores were level at the end of the first 15 minutes.

The second quarter continued as the first ended. When Jets managed to get a run of play together and move ahead, Team Northumbria then did the same to level the scores. It was the hosts who went into half-time ahead though with two late goals meaning they led 25-23.

After the break, the scoring at both ends resumed but Jets were too frequently playing catch up and let the North East side pull out a lead thanks to some errors and missed opportunities. Some strong play from Jets Fijian shooter Maria Lutua kept the visitors in it but Team Northumbria led by four points with 15 minutes to go.

In quarter four, home advantage came into play as the crowd in Newcastle cheered the hosts to victory. They extended their lead and all too often were able to turn over the Jets centre pass but the visitors came back as the clock counted down and it left the margin of victory at four points.

A narrow defeat for Jets but they will be frustrated at missing out on the opportunity to get their first win of the season. It’s now a week until the next game when Celtic Dragons visits Leeds on Monday 29 February in round 6 of the competition.

Team Northumbria 48 – Yorkshire Jets 44

Vitality Netball Superleague Round 5 – Sport Central, Newcastle – Monday 22 February

Quarterly Scores:

 Q1 – 12-12

Q2 – 25-23

Q3 – 37-33

Q4 – 48-44

 Starting 7s:

Yorkshire Jets

GS – Kirk

GA – Lutua

WA – Shaw

C – Walker

WD – Halpin

GD – Francis

GK – Skingsley

Team Northumbria

GS – Armitage

GA – Semple

WA – Grierson

C – Beckford

WD – Robinson

GD – Kennedy

GK – Keenan

Report courtesy of Stephen Naylor Yorkshire Jets