Netball: Second-quarter inconsistency leaves Yorkshire Jets with too much to claw back

Maria Lutua - made an impact when she came on for Yorkshire Jets at Goal Attack.
Maria Lutua - made an impact when she came on for Yorkshire Jets at Goal Attack.
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Yorkshire Jets endured another challenging day in the Vitality Netball Superleague as they were beaten 56-39 by the reigning champions Surrey Storm in Leeds.

Head coach Anna Carter changed her attacking line-up with the return of shooter Alex Kirk from injury alongside exciting young Yorkshire prospect Lucy Harris. They teamed up well in the first quarter of the game with the challenge being to get the ball to them through a strong Storm defence. It was a close 15 minutes with the visitors managing to open up only a two-point advantage.

In the second quarter, Storm upped their game and Jets’ inconsistency returned to haunt them as a series of unforced errors saw them fall behind the visitors. After a disappointing period, the home side went into half-time 18-29 behind.

After some tough talking at the break, Maria Lutua came on at Goal Attack and Jets put together a better passage of play.

It wasn’t enough to stop Storm extending their advantage though as they took a 15-point lead into the final 15 minutes.

The final quarter was about Jets trying to give the capacity crowd in Leeds something to cheer about.

Vanes-Mari Du Toit was the only Jets change, on at Goal Keeper, and she made an impact immediately, intercepting a Storm attack which was converted by Kirk at the other end of the court.

Despite some good periods, and a more evenly contested quarter from Jets, the visitors were able to add to their lead in the closing minutes to ultimately win by 17 points.

Another home game is next for Yorkshire Jets with their final chance of the season to win in front of a home crowd when they take on Team Northumbria on Saturday afternoon.