Thunder show Jets no mercy to claim the Roses bragging rights

Stacey Francis
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Yorkshire Jets brought their 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague season to a close with a 67-43 defeat to their Roses rivals, the competition’s leaders Manchester Thunder.

Jets played well in the first half and started the stronger of the teams, building a lead in the opening minutes.

But Thunder showed why they’re top of the Superleague table by finding their form quickly. They overtook the visitors in an enthralling 15 minutes to lead by three.

The hosts came out with all cylinders firing after the break and, despite a Jets performance from a side which included Lucy Harris who replaced Maria Lutua, they managed to extend their advantage. They led 32-21 at half-time but the scoreline didn’t reflect how close the contest felt.

The half-time break saw Thunder make changes and it was a ruthless display from the league leaders and they led by 20 within 15 minutes to go.

The final quarter of Jets season saw them refuse to give up and they continued to have moments of brilliance, more often than not from Stacey Francis, but there was no escaping the determination and quality of the home side and Thunder won the game by 24 points. It has been a disappointing and challenging 14 rounds for Jets with just one win and a series of inconsistent performances but positives will be taken, such as the development of young players like Harris and Imogen Allison.