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Severn Stars

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5th March 2022
Round 6
Copper Box Arena
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First Centre Pass

Ellie Rattu
Ellie Rattu London Pulse View profile

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Funmi Fadoju pressures the pass (Ben Lumley)

Funmi Fadoju pressures the pass (Ben Lumley)

London Pulse recorded their third successive victory – all at the Copper Box Arena – to move into the top four in the Vitality Netball Superleague after proving too strong for Severn Stars.

Q1

London Pulse were highly clinical in the first ten minutes of the contest. Short quick passes and complete squad defence were incredibly efficient for the side; as a result, Severn Stars modified their whole defensive end, which benefited Stars.

The London Pulse attack was put under pressure as a result of this change, and the momentum shifted, and after a fast start from the hosts, Stars were able to trim an early seven goal deficit to four with Pulse leading 12-8 at the end of the first 15 minutes.

 Q2

With no changes from either side going into the second quarter, Pulse started fast and set the early tempo with players all over the court executing their roles effectively.

During the quarter, Pulse never allowed Severn Stars to settle., goal keeper Lindsay Keable producing a huge turnover midway through the quarter and Funmi Fadoju backing her up to continue her own impressive start to the season.

By half-time Pulse had extended their advantage with a combination of efficient attacking and inspired defensive efforts to lead 28-17.

 Q3

A shoulder injury forced captain Zara Everett to leave the court, with Ellie Rattu coming on at wing defence.

Alicia Scholes, Tayla Honey, and Sacha McDonald joined the game as Sam Bird used her full squad. The changes from the home side forced Stars into several combinations as they struggled to half Pulse's rhythm.

Another substitution for Pulse was Jasmin Odeogberin at goal defence, who came into the game with a lot of energy and put the Stars attacking circle under tremendous pressure on the shot, leading to a stupendous rebound by Fadoju.

In attack, Scholes’ speed and McDonald’s rapid change of direction sent the Severn Stars defence flying and the lead 46-30 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Q4

Berri Neil entered the game at goal shooter - ensuring Pulse used their full squad - and sank her first shot of the game with ease.

Slick play by Pulse in the eighth minute, brought the ball through court fast and injected some flair into the contest - it was clearly a delight for the audience.

Fadoju and Keable in the defensive circle were unstoppable in the fourth quarter, picking up tips and interceptions left, right, and centre as Pulse refused to let up until the final whistle as they closed out a dominant 64-35 victory - their biggest of the season to move up to third in the table.

Player of the Match - Funmi Fadoju

Match report supplied by London Pulse