Malawi netball team goalkeeper (GK) and London Pulse new recruit, Loreen Ngwira, helped her team register their first win in Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL) against Severn Stars last Saturday, 5 January, 2019.
The game whose play was much capitalised in the mid-court rather than the attacking part, due to the coming in of new players at both sides who need time to gel, saw a daring first quarter for both teams as they disturbed each other’s play, but however at the end of the quarter, it was Ngwira’s Pulse who led by 15-13.
In the second quarter, Pulse dominated the first few minutes and opened a five goal lead (20-15), before the scrappy play resumed, where the Stars capitalised on Pulse’s mistakes to close the gap to 2 goals. At half time it was 26-22, after the quarter saw Stars restricted to nine goals.
Both teams dominated in the quarters that followed, getting level at times, and Stars even managed to take a 40-45 lead in the last quarter, but their shaky defence saw Pulse getting level again by 45-45, half-way through the quarter and later at 49-49.
In the last two minutes, Pulse’s Chiara Semple helped her team to get past Stars, and 51-49 it ended.
According to netballsl.com, Pulse’s GA Semple, praised her team spirit, as she highlighted the team’s first game and debut game in the Super 10 competition.
“We had a really great start and showed the crowd and the world what Pulse Netball is all about, that we’re not going to give up until the final whistle. But we made life hard for ourselves. We were up by five then they were up by five.
“It was only in the last 2 minutes that we really dug in. Even though it was our shooters who got it in at the end, it was our defence who got it back for us. Lots of us still need to work on our fitness and to keep pushing on so that we don’t get in a position like that again so when we get up by five (goals) we then go up by 10 and stay consistent throughout the whole game,” she explained.
The win took Pulse to the fifth position in the standings, behind Joyce Mvula’s Manchester Thunder who are fourth after thrashing Saracens Mavericks by 35-25.