Netball: Yorkshire Jets cooking up a storm – Potter

Jets' Natalie Haythornthwaite who has been called into the senior England squad. PIC: Chris Midgey

Jets' Natalie Haythornthwaite who has been called into the senior England squad. PIC: Chris Midgey

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Jets’ last match of the league was on Saturday and we were playing Hertfordshire Mavericks down in Essex, who were sitting just below us in fourth position in the table.

If we won, we would finish third in the league, but if Mavericks won they would be third in the league, as although each team would have won the same number of matches and so be equal on points, though Mavericks’ goal difference would be slightly superior.

It was going to be quite a battle on court, especially as the Maverick’s team was weighted with senior England players.

We had already beaten them in the first round and they had their play-off reputation to maintain.

We wanted to prove our talent as a team across the court and certainly be worthy of a third-place League position, but most importantly prove ourselves as serious contenders for the Superleague title.

The defensive pressure throughout the game was intense and both sets of attackers found it quite challenging to deliver the ball safely into the hands of their shooters, although Jets demonstrated their superiority taking a four-goal lead in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, Mavericks put out a good second-quarter performance and it was 26-26 at half-time.

The Mavericks crowd really became the team’s eighth player in the third quarter; the roar of the crowd so deafening that the players were finding it difficult to hear the umpires’ calls.

Mavericks were getting increasingly hyped up and causing contact in all areas of the court, upsetting the timing of our passes as our players were blocked from getting into space to receive the pass. At the end of the third quarter we were a goal down, leaving the crowd and those glued to twitter on tenterhooks!

As captain, knowing my team-mates well, I knew that every one of them would give everything during the final quarter.

But I wanted them to have self-belief in their ability, and to support and encourage each other for the entire 15 minutes.

Despite the chants of the crowd, we played some impressive netball and won the game 54-51, securing a very strong third place in the league – six points ahead of fourth place Mavericks!

Finishing third in the League means that we are now off to Guildford to face second-place Surrey Storm on Saturday at 4.10pm.

It would be fantastic if some of our supporters could get to the match, although we appreciate that it is a long way to travel.

If you can’t make it, don’t forget to turn on your twitter feed or your TV as Sky Sports will be televising the fixture live.

Last week I shared the success of some of the youngsters on the team but this week some of the ‘oldies’ have proved that they are not to be outdone.

Natalie Haythornthwaite and Sally Butters have both received the call up to join the England senior squad in preparation for the Netball World Cup.

Both ladies have put out consistently good performances for Jets this year and it is great to see them getting the recognition they deserve!

This has been a fantastic season so far for Jets and one to be truly celebrated.

And we still have the semi-finals and finals to play in over the next two weekends.

It seems proper, therefore, that we celebrate in style and we have been busily organising an End of Season Celebration Dinner on Saturday, May 2.

We’re inviting our fans to join Yorkshire Jets players, management and volunteers at Headingley, the home of Yorkshire sport.

Anyone who would like to attend for the three-course meal, end of season awards and music and dancing can buy tickets at www.yorkshirejets.net/dinner

Fingers crossed we will have even more to celebrate by the second of May!

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