The University of Sheffield Netball 4s team claimed a 37-34 win over local rivals Hallam 4s to go top of the table with five wins from five.
The game was close and tense as both sides came into the game having won their previous four games in Northern 8B and were joint on points at the top.
Hallam started the first quarter on top as they led 10-6 with them having equal possession but Hallam were more clinical with their chances on the attack.
Sheffield turned it around in the second quarter getting successive baskets to equal the score on points before going in the lead at half-time at 21-16.
It looked like Hallam were going to do a repeat of what the Black and Golds team did in the second quarter as they levelled the points up once again at 23-23 however they held on not to go behind and went into the final quarter with a 30-25 lead.
The last quarter was so tense as Hallam were pushing to overhaul Sheffield’s lead but they showed strength and spirit to hold on and win with only a three goal difference.
The Black and Golds celebrated like they had won the league with such a vital win against their title rival. It certainly felt like it.
Holly Crane, captain of the Uni of Sheffield Netball 4s, said: “We knew this would be the hardest game of the whole season and the fact they are our biggest rivals made it extra exciting. So, I cannot put into words today how happy I am today with the win. Fantastic performance and just over the moon.”
“We’ve beaten every single team in the league now so just looking to the reverse fixtures in the next half of the season. It would be incredible to win the league in my last year at university and would really top it off for me.
With a huge crowd behind the team today, Holly said: “Everyone’s such a big family so it’s lovely to have that support. The fact they have all come today to watch us literally means so much, having that encouragement behind us pushes you each and every step.”
Their next game is against bottom of the table Sunderland 2s, who they beat in a record breaking 113-5 score, before the Christmas break.