Blues’ netballers defeat Nottingham

Laura Spence 19 February 2014

The Blues netball girls had another big win on Wednesday afternoon at the University Sports Centre. Up against the Nottingham team directly below them in their BUCs league, the light blues went out for a fight and came away with a well-deserved 61-30 victory. Once again, the defensive unit led by Charlotte Plumtree worked well to break down the Nottingham attack, despite their significant height advantage in the circle. Consistently throughout all four quarters, the Blues worked together to put pressure on down the court and disrupt the opposition’s flow of play. By half-time, Cambridge had settled into a comfortable lead but refused to get complacent, and set out to maximise their goal difference by doubling the Nottingham score. A number of careless mistakes as fatigue settled in in the third quarter allowed the opposition to claw back some valuable goals but a quick switch around going into the final quarter, which saw fresher Everest Marshall take the stage in her first Blues game, put the Blues back on track. Commendable accuracy on the part of shooting duo Izzy Bell and Sophie Hussey right up to the last minute ensured the girls met their target with a penalty shot taken after the final whistle had blown. The score line is a considerable improvement from the narrow victory the girls achieved when playing the same side in Nottingham back in October, and is testament to the significant improvements the squad have made since then. This score line will no doubt fill the girls with confidence and set the right tone for their BUCs Quarter Final game against Coventry next Wednesday, and of course, for the Varsity match in Oxford on March 1st.