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Noel's Stars end netball losing streak
England-based senior national netball
goal shooters, Afeisha Noel and Kalifa Mc
Collinteams enjoyed mixed results when
Round 16 matches in the Vitality Netball
Super League in England took place on the
First up, Noel looked on from the sidelines
with an injury as Stars ended a our-match losing
streak with a comprehensive 64-47 blow-out
of Team Northumbria.
Stars, a joint partnership between the Uni-
versity of Worcester and University of Glouces-
tershire started quickly and led 15-11 at the end
of the first quarter and extended their lead to
28-23 at the half before exploding for 18 points
in the third period to their opponents, 13 for a
The final quarter was more of the same as
Stars again converted 18 goals while limiting
Team Northumbria to 11 to seal a 64-47 triumph,
its fifth win from 16 matches, for 15 points, six
more than its opponent on the ten-team table.
It was the first win for Stars since beating de-
fending champion Surrey Storm back on April
24,66-62. A former Fire Service sharp-shooter
Noel was ruled out for the remainder of the sea-
son following a knee injury. She suffered a tear to
her anterior cruciate ligament during the away
match against Team Northumbria on April 1.
Back then Stars coach, Mo'onia Gerrard, said:
"Unfortunately Afeisha (Noel) sustained an in-
jury a few weeks back that scans have shown is a
torn anterior cruciate ligament. Afeisha (Noel)
has played an important part in the opening
games of the season so it is a blow to lose her
presence on the court, but we wish her a speedy
recovery and will offer her any support we can."
However, Celtic Dragons, the team of Mc Col-
lin stayed rooted at the bottom of the table, after
a seventh straight loss,44-74 to Loughborough
Lightning at Sir David Wallace Arena.
From early on league leaders Lightning applied
the pressure on the Dragons and stormed to a
T&T netballer Afeisha Noel
17-12 first period lead which they widened to 41-19 by
the half-time whistle to put any doubt about the out-
come to rest. The third period saw Lightning expanding
its cushion to a 30-point lead, 60-30 after outscoring
their opponents, 19-11. But in the final quarter, 21-year-
old Mc Collin and her team-mates showed a little more
fight and managed to go goal-for-goal with Lightning,
14-14, to keep the margin of defeat down, to 30.
Individually, Mc Collin has impressed in her debut
season with the Scottish club, with 442 goals from 474
attempts at league best 93.2 per cent shooting average
while her team-mates Eleanor Roberts has contributed
239 from 294 attempts, at 81.3 per cent shooting average.
With two rounds of round-robin matches left to play,
Lightning leads the table with a 15-1 record and 45 points,
nine more than Wasps Netball and Manchester Thunder
as the three teams have sealed Big-Four semifinal places.
The final semifinal spot will be decided between Storm
and Team Bath, both on 30 points from 10-6 record and
two matches left as well.
Sirens is next at 7-9 and 21 points, six ahead of Hert-
fordshire Mavericks, the former club of T&T standout,
Samantha Wallace, now a member of Suncorp Austral-
ian Super League club, New South Wales Swifts. In their
remaining matches, Dragons entertain Wasps Netball
on Saturday May 27 and close out the season at home as
well to Team Northumbria on Saturday June 3 while Stars
host Mavericks tomorrow (May 26) and end the season
at Manchester Thunder on June 3.
Over in the Suncorp League in Australia, 23-year-old
Toco-born Wallace and the Swifts will return to Qudos
Bank Arena for their final match of the season in recent
rivals the Firebirds in Round 14 on Saturday.
The Swifts, runner-up last year, but forced to rebuild
after a number of players were drafted by expansion teams
currently sit third from bottom of the table with a 3-1-9
record on the eight-team table with seven points, just
ahead of West Coast Fever (2-0-11) with six four points,
while Adelaide Thunderbirds have two points from a
Melbourne Vixens and Sunshine Coast Lightning are
joint top with 21 points from identical 10-1-2 record, a
point ahead of Giants Netball (10-0-3) while Magpies
Netball, fourth with an 8-5 mark and 16 points while
Queensland Firebirds with their 6-1-6 record and 13 points
are still in the hunt with one match left to play. Individually,
Wallace who was voted as the Skysports Vitality Super
League Player of the Year in England after leading Mav-
ericks to fourth spot and ending the second best scorer
has netted 475 goals from 533 attempts, the fifth best.
Magpies'Australian international Caitlin Thwaites leads
with 555 goals from 603 attempts,just ahead of her inter-
national team-mate Caitlin Bassett of Sunshine Coast
Lightning (550/585) while Malawi's Mwai Kumwenda
(481/519) and Jamaican Romelda Aiken of Firebirds with
480 from 588 attempts are third and fourth respectively.
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