Netballers Suffer First Defeat

Jordan Chesmin reports on a spirited UCA performance, undermined by key weaknesses at crucial times.

UCA’s netball team suffered their first defeat of the BUCS league season at the hands of Goldsmiths, losing 17-24 at Weydon School. However, captain Annabelle Denny believes her side is still in with a ‘good chance’ to win the title.

Speaking exclusively to Sport in Surrey, captain Denny said the “[Our]passion was growing throughout the game”, the goal-shooter remaining positive despite their home loss.

“I think the game went well. We managed to get our strongest team together in the final quarter… I felt like it was all very intense.”

UCA started off brightly, limiting the opposition’s attack in the final third. Imogen Candler, who played centre position oiled the cogs throughout the first quarter, with great passing and vision to get the ball to goal attacker Kate Counihan, who comfortably looped the ball in the basket eight times in the game.

UCA discuss tactics during the half-time break. (Photo Tom Lunn)
UCA discuss tactics during the half-time break. (Photo Tom Lunn)

However, the first four-minute interval couldn’t have come at a better time as the away side were dominating once they found their stride in the first quarter and leading 6-3. UCA made a few changes for the second quarter with goal attacker Counihan making way for Demitra Coulson, Lucy Jarvis replaced Denny and Katherine Whetton came off for Hattie Acres-Reeves.

UCA couldn’t find their cutting edge in the second quarter, allowing Goldsmiths to take full control of the game. The away side stormed through, finding the net another eight times during the quarter, and also plugged in all the holes to stop UCA from gaining any momentum.

Denny decided to make more changes to get her side back in the lead, with goal attacker Counihan coming back in to the fold as well as Denny, Whetton and Richardson.

Despite at one point losing 19-6, the Surrey based side fought till the end as they tried to make amends in the final quarter of the game.

Candler gave Goldsmiths much to think about as she asserted her importance with great interceptions and key passes when on the attack, providing vivid illustration of how the UCA girls had left nothing on the court.

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