Reigning Premier League One netball champions Academy defeated by Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds recorded an emphatic victory over reigning Premier League One champions Academy on Sunday. Thoroughbreds got off to a blistering start and managed to protect their lead right to the end, never losing a quarter, to eventually win 64-51.

Academy fielded three Super League players in their team including current Mavericks captain Camilla Buchanan and former Thoroughbreds player Alice Ewer.

A large home crowd turned out in force with supporters packing the balcony at Taverham Hall School to witness the action,

Thoroughbreds started strongly, pressuring every move made by the opposition and made numerous interceptions which GS Steffi Burt and GA Helene Hall calmly converted. The first quarter ended 21-14, giving Thoroughbreds the confidence to push on.

Academy upped the tempo in the second quarter, contesting every ball to try and recoup Thoroughbreds' lead. Thoroughbreds combated the fightback with some impressive play all through the court and managed to win the quarter 16-11.

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Both sides made changes at half-time with Zoe Groves and Gilly Chitty coming on at C and GD respectively and Academy's shooters swapping. Although Academy began to force errors, Thoroughbreds made turnovers to help eradicate these mistakes. The third quarter finished 15-15.

Thoroughbreds made two changes for the fourth quarter with Jen Purcell returning at GD and Gilly Chitty moving back to GK. Academy stepped up another gear making crucial interceptions and converting the majority of their opportunities. Thoroughbreds lived up to their name, fighting for every ball right up until the final whistle and winning the fourth quarter 12-11.

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Player of the Match: Jen Purcell.

Thoroughbreds' next home match is against Leeds Athletic on Sunday, February 12, at Taverham Hall School, 12.30pm start.

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