Ian HarkinModeratorJune 6, 2021 at 11:36 amPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 7
By Ian Harkin
Round seven of the ANZ Premiership concluded with a thriller, but it began with an upset. Coming into the match in fifth place, Southern Steel travelled to Auckland and accounted for the second-placed Northern Mystics on their home court. It all started with a strong first quarter as Steel capitalised on a series of Mystics errors. Elisapeta Toeava had five turnovers on her own by quarter time. She then didn’t have another one for the rest of the game, but the damage was already done. Up by six goals at the first break, Steel controlled the game from that point on.
For Steel, young defender Taneisha Fifita continued a strong season, collecting five possession gains, including four intercepts. At the other end of the court, the combination of George Fisher and Tiana Metuara had a much improved showing. Metuarau, who had eight turnovers the previous week, had just two against Mystics, and importantly she was able to take some of the scoring load off Fisher, with 16 goals of her own. All three midcourt players performed their role well, with captain Shannon Saunders continuing her fine form.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round-7/Ian HarkinModeratorJune 7, 2021 at 10:58 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – SSN ROUND 6
West Coast Fever 78 def. Collingwood Magpies 55 (24-14, 20-11, 15-20, 19-10)
NSW Swifts 63 def. Giants Netball 51 (18-17, 18-15, 13-9, 14-10)
Queensland Firebirds 61 def Sunshine Coast Lightning 52 (18-10, 19-13, 10-18, 14-11)
Adelaide Thunderbirds 54 def. Melbourne Vixens 48 (13-14, 12-13, 12-8, 17-13)Ian HarkinModeratorJune 13, 2021 at 12:40 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 8
By Ian Harkin
Round eight of the ANZ Premiership was the tightest of the 2021 competition so far. Just seven goals in total separated the winners from the losers, with all three defeated teams picking up a bonus point. The round kicked off with a clash between last year’s grand finalists. The hosts, Tactix never trailed at any sage during the match and ran out 55-52 winners over Pulse. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
After leading by four at quarter time, seven at half time, and five at three quarter time, the home side controlled the majority of the last quarter, slowly but surely extending their lead. When Te Paea Selby-Rickit scored with less than two and a half minutes left on the clock, the margin was a comfortable ten goals. But incredibly, they didn’t score again while Pulse piled on seven goals straight to finish the match.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round-8/Ian HarkinModeratorJune 20, 2021 at 11:16 amPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 9
By Ian Harkin
In a recurring theme of this year’s competition, round nine of the ANZ Premiership proved to be another close one, with all three games once again going down to the wire and being decided by margins of five goals or less. That’s now seven straight games (and almost 60% of all this year’s games) that have resulted in the loser taking away a bonus point.
The first match of the weekend saw competition leaders Stars come up against defending champions Central Pulse. Just three rounds earlier, Pulse had won their previous encounter easily to inflict the first defeat on Stars for the season. Despite a good start from Stars, it appeared this result may be going the same way as that round six match when Pulse won both the second and third quarters to take a three goal lead into the final quarter.
read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round-9/Ian HarkinModeratorJune 21, 2021 at 9:59 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – SSN Round 7
Sunshine Coast Lightning 58 def. GIANTS Netball 52 (14-15, 14-13, 12-12, 18-12)
Collingwood Magpies 67 def. Melbourne Vixens 51 (15-15, 16-11, 19-13, 17-12)
Adelaide Thunderbirds 58 def. NSW Swifts 53 (13-11, 15-14, 14-13, 16-15)
West Coast Fever 79 def. Queensland Firebirds 59 (19-17, 18-16, 21-20, 21-16)Ian HarkinModeratorJune 24, 2021 at 8:41 pmPost count: 18822
By Zara Collings
It’s been quite the week in the Vitality Netball Superleague. We’ve had a postponed match, two cancelled matches and the adherence to a pre-season agreement between clubs that determined the outcome of the most exciting race for finals since the League’s inception. The mighty fell quite significantly, as Bath and Loughborough Lightning were both on the losing end of two comprehensive victories and netball Legend Karyn Bailey of Surrey Storm announced her retirement after sixteen years in the sport.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-vnsl-round-19/
Ben LumleyIan HarkinModeratorJune 24, 2021 at 8:42 pmPost count: 18822
By Zara Collings
After twenty rounds of fast-paced, captivating and athletic netball, the regular Vitality Netball Superleague 2021 season came to its conclusion in Round 20, as many teams took to court for their final match of the season.
With the announcement that Leeds Rhinos would be advanced to the semi-finals and were unable to play their remaining regular fixtures, Round 20 was not the thrilling race to the finish we anticipated earlier in the season, yet some team’s really had saved the best for last as we saw some outstanding performances throughout the court.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-vnsl-round-20/
Ben LumleyIan HarkinModeratorJune 27, 2021 at 6:48 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – VNSL Semi-Finals 2021
By Zara Collings
A year of preparation, hard-work, challenges both physical and mental, drive, determination and sacrifice and it all came down to this. The semi-finals for the Vitality Netball Superleague have given us our 2021 finalists: Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning. Two incredibly experienced outfits, decked with international stars and future heroes will take to court one last time, to win the ultimate prize. They could not have had two more different semi-final experiences, with Loughborough Lightning dominating a depleted Rhinos side, securing their place with a 20 goal winning margin and Team Bath having to dig deep to overcome a relentless Manchester Thunder by just 3, ending 41-38.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-vnsl-semi-finals-2021/Ian HarkinModeratorJune 28, 2021 at 7:51 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – SSN Round 8
New South Wales Swifts 64 defeated Queensland Firebirds 52 (15-11, 15-14, 18-9, 16-18)
GIANTS Netball 57 defeated Adelaide Thunderbirds 41 (15-8, 14-9, 15-11, 13-13)
Sunshine Coast Lighting 67 defeated Collingwood Magpies 65 (14-19,17-15, 12-13, 19-15, ET 5-3)
The game between Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever did not go ahead.Ian HarkinModeratorJune 30, 2021 at 4:48 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – VNSL Grand Final Day 2021
VNSL GRAND FINAL: LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING 49 def TEAM BATH NETBALL 32
Match report by Zara Collings
After an errant first centre pass of the game flew off the sideline untouched, Loughborough appeared to have gotten their nerves out of their system and began to dominate across court. They were clinical in both attack and defence and after winning the first quarter 11-7, the Midlands side did not look back.
After such an emotional performance against Manchester Thunder to secure their Grand Final position, Team Bath remained one step behind Lightning for almost all of the 48 minutes. They struggled to bring turnover ball through court and in the shooting circle, the combination of Kim Borger and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis that had started the season so strongly, again appeared disconnected and out of sync, due to the impressive work from Lightning’s Sam May, who prevented Drakeford-Lewis from exploiting the baseline as she has done all season.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-vnsl-grand-final-day-2021/
Ben LumleyIan HarkinModeratorJuly 4, 2021 at 12:08 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 10
By Ian Harkin
Round 10 of the ANZ Premiership saw the competition’s two leading teams, Stars and Mystics, put a handy gap between themselves and the chasing pack. In the opening clash of the round, Stars consolidated their position on top, defeating Steel by 10 goals. But that wasn’t really a true indication of the game. The final score line flattered Stars. Just before three-quarter time, they only led by two. That was when Steel shooter George Fisher and Stars defender Elle Temu clashed heavily and Fisher was forced to leave the court for the rest of the game.
read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round-10/Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 4, 2021 at 12:09 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 11
By Ian Harkin
Round 11 of the ANZ Premiership was reduced to just two games, thanks to the postponement of Pulse v Tactix. That fixture has now been moved to next Friday, July 9.
The first game of the round saw the much awaited top of the table clash between Stars and Mystics. Stars had just the better of a very tight first half. They won the first quarter by two goals, while Mystics won the second by one. But the second half was a completely different story. Mystics got on top thanks to a dominant third quarter from young shooter Grace Nweke who piled on 19 goals. Like every other team in the competition, Stars found the task of stopping Nweke almost impossible thanks to the great service she was getting from Elisapeta Toeava and Bailey Mes.
read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round-11/Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 5, 2021 at 4:28 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – SSN Round 9
Melbourne Vixens 55 def. Sunshine Coast Lightning 52 (12-14, 11-16, 16-15, 16-7)
New South Wales Swifts 66 def. West Coast Fever 65 (14-19, 21-13, 20-14, 11-19)
Adelaide Thunderbirds 62 def. Collingwood Magpies 54 (15-14, 17-12, 13-14, 17-14)
Queensland Firebirds 63 def. GIANTS Netball 52 (15-10, 14-13, 19-13, 15-17)Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 9, 2021 at 2:19 pmPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 12
By Ian Harkin
Round 12 may go down as the round when Northern Mystics really put their stamp on the competition. Having beaten Stars, the previous ladder leaders, by eight goals just seven days earlier, they went out and did exactly the same again on their home court. Due to a quirk in the draw, the two teams have actually played each other three times in the past five rounds, and Mystics have won all three clashes. The Stars defence has simply found it impossible to stop the potent Mystics attack. In each of those three matches, Mystics have scored over 60 goals, with young shooter Grace Nweke averaging 56 goals and wing attack Elisapeta Toeava 27 assists.
Read more… https://netballscoop.com/ns-scoreboard-anzp-round12/Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 13, 2021 at 9:26 amPost count: 18822
NS SCOREBOARD – SSN Round 10
New South Wales Swifts 62 def. Melbourne Vixens 48 (18-6, 13-9, 16-10, 15-23)
Sunshine Coast Lightning 65 def. West Coast Fever 61 (17-16, 16-17, 20-14, 12-14)
Queensland Firebirds 63 def. Adelaide Thunderbirds 47 (14-12, 15-15, 17-9, 17-11)
GIANTS Netball 58 def. Magpies Netball 49 (14-9, 13-14, 15-12, 16-14)
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