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Celtic Dragons

Match Details

28th March 2021
Round 8
Studio 001
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Iona Christian of Wasps against Celtic Dragons.

Fifth-placed Wasps ground out a 52-38 win against Celtic Dragons who put in one of their best performances of the season so far in defeat.

A fast start from Celtic Dragons saw them take an early five-goal lead, thanks to some strong defence. A key interception from Josie Huckle started the comeback for Wasps, who fought back to make it 9-12 at the end of the first quarter, with Wasps shooting at 100% despite being behind.

Wasps made a change at the start of the second quarter, with Lily-May Catling coming on at Wing Defence, Iona Christian coming off and Amy Flanagan moving to Centre. The change worked with Wasps levelling the game up midway through the quarter. As the quarter progressed, Wasps continued their comeback to lead at half-time 23-21.

In the third quarter Wasps stretched it to their largest lead of the game so far, as they kept turning over ball to lead by seven. Wasps then made a second change of the match, with Gezelle Allison coming on at Goal Attack for Katie Harris. The tight and tense game continued, but Wasps came out with a 34-29 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Wasps extended the lead to double figures for the first time at the start of the fourth quarter, as the Black and Golds found their groove in attack, with some excellent ball delivery into the D. In the final quarter there were changes for both sides, including Vicky Booth coming on at Centre for Celtic Dragons to make her Vitality Netball Superleague debut and Leah Goss coming on for Amy Flanagan at Centre for Wasps. Wasps’ experience showed in the end, as they took the win 52-38, with the Black and Golds shooting at 90% for the match.

Mizuno Player of the Match: Amy Flanagan said: "Credit to them, they played some great netball today. They put us under loads of defensive pressure and their shooting for large parts of the game was insane. In the last few weeks at training, we have been working on our attack a lot, making some tweaks there to make more triangles on the circle edge to open up more room for our shooters, so that for us was the focus today.

"I really enjoyed playing at Centre today and I thought Lily-May coming in at wing defence did an awesome job. Making those changes worked for us today."

Wasps Netball Head Coach said: "It was a really disappointing first quarter from us, but they listened in the quarter breaks and we ground out three quarters, before ending it with an 18-9 quarter. "I was pleased with bits of the game, but we still have some fixes to make, because the error rate was pretty high. We were playing against a Celtic Dragons team with nothing to lose and why not, they are always going to give it a go, so we’ve got to learn to battle through that."

Celtic Dragons Head Coach Tania Hoffman: "It was really lovely to see them play like that. I was incredibly proud of them, because we have had a tough start to the season. Going into the last quarter we were within five, but I think we got tired, and we went back to some of our old ways and that is something that we need to work on. But I just said to them, have a look at that first quarter because that is how we want to play, just for four quarters."

Mizuno Player of the Match: Amy Flanagan (Wasps)

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