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Netball: The Warm Up to Merger

On Monday 17th November, QM Netball first team went head to head with BL Netball for the third time this year

Team Line-up: Ozyurt (co-capt), P. Fletcher (co-capt), E. Wilson-Potter, J. Lewis, G. Mahal, S. Aujla, N. Siracusa, H. Ijoma, F. Dench, E. Watson

With the overall score between the two rival teams at 1-1, the tension was evident as the girls stepped out on court.

Having taken an early lead and spurred on from last week’s 19-goal victory, QM looked confident against the opposition. The game was tight throughout but the defense from Elly Watson and Faye Dench kept the goal score under QM control. The first quarter ended with a goal difference of only one, and the pressure to stay on top was building as a strong looking Bart’s team showed intent to turn the score around in their favour.

The second quarter showed promise for QM as a few quick balls into the ‘D’ gave Edwina Wilson-Potter and Polly Fletcher the opportunity to increase the score gap between them and Bart’s. Still within reach of a win, Bart’s clung on with a strong show of focus and persistence, and kept the score close enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This positivity is certainly what kept them in the game, and QM showed signs of irritation that they hadn’t been able to exploit the girls in black as they had the week before.

Co-Captains Ozyurt and Fletcher made changes within the team, intending to create a different rhythm of play that Bart’s would not be able to keep up with. Unfortunately for QM, both the third and fourth quarter showed Bart’s capitalize on a few sloppy balls and as they got into the swing of things and made a few swift turnovers, the score was equal. The intensity of the game built as the final whistle drew close, still with no definitive winner as the scoreboard went back and forth between the teams, each managing to create a one goal lead and lose it almost as fast. Sadly for QMN it was not to be, as Bart’s managed to take a quick turnover in the final minute of the game and earn themselves a two goal victory, with a final score of 44-42.

Following the disappointment of the loss, co-captain Ozyurt stated, “Now we’re down 2-1 but all three games have been really tight. This could be anyone’s Merger and that will be the real test that we have to face.” There is one more meeting between the two rival teams before the Merger Cup rears its head on March 21st 2015, and the question of who will come out on top remains unanswered.

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