Kent County 33 - Grangetown 48
Grangetown secure an impressive away win ahead of play-offs.
Grangetown’s Prem 2 netball squad made the 500 mile round trip to Dartford for their final game of the regular season against Kent County last Sunday.
The previous week’s defeat to Clan had ensured that Grangetown will compete in the end-of-season play-offs to retain their place in the second tier of the English premier league, but it was still important to give a strong showing and take some positive momentum into the upcoming play-off tournament.
As it transpired, Grangetown produced one of their finest performances of the entire season to record a 48-33 victory. The result kept Grangetown in eighth place on 49 points, frustratingly just six points behind the team in fourth position.
For Grangetown’s club captain Vicky Rees however, it was a memorable day: “It was an amazing result. At the end it felt like we’d won the league, never mind the match!
“Obviously we went into the game knowing that we’d be going to the play-offs, but in some ways that meant there was no pressure and we could just go out on court and enjoy the match. We travelled with just eight players, including Lauren Hodgson who has yet to make her Prem debut, and Gen Slater, who again flew over from Dublin to join the squad. "
“We were losing by three at the end of the first quarter, but we really picked up after that. Kent had a full squad of eleven, and were able to bring on fresh legs and switch things around to try and counteract us, but we were unstoppable today! The same seven players just kept working to bring the ball through the court and it was a great team performance. We were so united out there and it was fantastic to be part of it."
“It’s certain a confidence boost for the play-offs, which are being held in Sheffield on 14th and 15th May. "
“Unfortunately, that’s the same weekend as the European Championships in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, so we’ll almost certainly have to play without our Scottish and Irish internationals. It’s a real shame that we won’t have access to our full squad, but that is out of our control. For now, we will take forward this confidence and belief and get ready to work hard over the next eight weeks.”
Match Report by Richard Kirby