Manchester Thunder remain at the top of the table and are still unbeaten (Image credit: Touchlinepics Sports & Event Photography)
Manchester Thunder edged out Saracens Mavericks, while Severn Stars pushed Team Bath Netball on a busy Saturday in the Vitality Netball Superleague
There were also victories for London Pulse and Surrey Storm as Round Five of the competition continued across the country.
The final match of the round will take place on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix. Karen Greig’s Manchester Thunder outfit will return to court and bid to maintain their unbeaten record against Wasps.
Vitality Netball Superleague – Round Five fixtures and results
Friday Strathclyde Sirens 48-61 Loughborough Lightning Saturday London Pulse 50-37 Celtic Dragons Saturday Saracens Mavericks 56-59 Manchester Thunder Saturday Severn Stars 45-48 Team Bath Netball Saturday Surrey Storm 58-49 Leeds Rhinos Netball Monday at 5.30pm Manchester Thunder vs Wasps Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix
Saracens Mavericks 56-59 Manchester Thunder
Manchester Thunder and Saracens Mavericks both went into their Round Five contest at the Hertfordshire Sports Village unbeaten and in the end, it was the visitors who came away with the spoils.
Thunder held a narrow 32-29 lead after 30 minutes of netball. A single goal separated the two at the first pause and a 17-15 second quarter signalled how evenly matched they were.
Now that was interesting….finally Thunder kept below 60 goals, but only just. Great win for them – with SVM still to add to the mix, but Mavericks looking like real contenders. @SkyNetball https://t.co/sPvmBn7CDL
— Tamsin Greenway (@tamsingreenway) February 26, 2022
At the start of the second half, Mavericks reeled off six unanswered goals and punished mistakes from Thunder. It helped them to turn a three-goal deficit into a three-goal advantage before Thunder made changes and moved England international Nat Metcalf to goal attack.
Mavericks took the third quarter 14-13 and were dealt a blow as Kadeen Corbin suffered a leg injury and wasn’t able to take part in the fourth.
Manchester Thunder vs Saracens Mavericks – Quarter-by-quarter scores
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT Manchester Thunder 14 15 14 13 56 Saracens Mavericks 15 17 13 14 59
A tense final quarter ensued, with Mavericks keeping Thunder within their reach, before a key turnover from veteran defender Kerry Almond sparked Thunder’s final push over the line.
Severn Stars 45-48 Team Bath Netball
Watch highlights of the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Severn Stars and Team Bath Netball
Team Bath Netball’s strong final quarter ultimately allowed them to overcome local rivals Severn Stars at the University of Gloucestershire Arena.
A tight first 30 minutes was followed by Stars enjoying a 14-9 third quarter before Bath produced the same scoreline in the fourth.
Both teams were evenly matched across the statistics, with each side missing eight shots and Stars just edging the interception count by three to two.
Severn Stars vs Team Bath Netball – Quarter-by-quarter
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT Severn Stars 10 12 14 9 45 Team Bath Netball 14 11 9 14 48
Three Stars players – Paige Reed, Liana Leota and Iman Thomas – all were handed cautions during the encounter, something that head coach Melissa Bessell will need to take note of and look at ahead of their next match against London Pulse.
Bath’s Phumza Maweni also picked up a caution of her own, however she also came away with seven deflections and four turnovers too.
London Pulse 50-37 Celtic Dragons
Take a look at the highlights of the match between London Pulse and Celtic Dragons
London Pulse notched up 50 goals or more for the second successive match during their home encounter with Celtic Dragons at the Copper Box Arena.
London Pulse vs Celtic Dragons – Quarter-by-quarter scores
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT London Pulse 10 11 11 18 50 Celtic Dragons 9 8 10 10 37
After a 52-35 victory over Wasps in Round Four, Sam Bird’s team made light work of their Welsh rivals and consistently built over the course of the 60 minutes.
Dragons’ tally could have been much higher had it not been for 11 missed shots and their 12 unforced errors are something head coach Dannii Titmus-Morris must address.
Surrey Storm 58-49 Leeds Rhinos Netball
Watch highlights of the encounter between Surrey Storm and Leeds Rhinos Netball
Surrey Storm secured their second win of the season with Peace Proscovia again leading proceedings in their shooting circle.
The Ugandan international has now scored 255 goals this season in her five appearances and secured 56 of their 58 goals against Rhinos. Emma Magee added the other two.
Surrey Storm vs Leeds Rhinos Netball – Quarter-by-quarter scores
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT Surrey Storm 16 15 14 13 58 Leeds Rhinos Netball 16 10 12 11 49
Mikki Austin took charge of feeding duties from centre with Leah Middleton and Alima Priest working hard in their defensive end.
As was the case elsewhere in the competition, Leeds Rhinos Netball suffered from shooting inaccuracies. Sigi Burger and Rhea Dixon as their starting goal shooter and goal attack missed12 shots between them.