The University of Sheffield Women’s Netball 3’s lost 44-42 to Hallam in a scintillating game at the English Institute of Sport on Monday afternoon.
Both teams were visibly up for this match after Hallam came out on top with a 44-36 win in the Netball 4’s game not so long before.
It was Uni who made the brighter start in this encounter as they managed to quickly gain a 5-1 lead over their bitter rivals. However, Hallam had a very aggressive but effective style of play and managed to pull it back to 5-4.
It was end-to-end in the first-quarter and quality shooting meant it remained a closely fought game throughout. Despite Uni’s superb start to proceedings, they only ended the first-quarter 9-8 up which would have been a disappointment.
The second-quarter involved good spells for both teams and was far less end-to-end. It looked as though Uni had got themselves in the driving seat after they scored four consecutive goals to put them 15-10 up.
However, Hallam were not going away and managed to pull it back to 17-15. Another good spell from Uni before the half-way point ensured they did take a four goal lead into the interval at 21-17.
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It became very clear in the third-quarter that the result was going to remain unclear until the final whistle. A quick start to the quarter allowed Hallam to get themselves 25-24 in front. Uni then missed two great chances to level in what was a pivotal period of the game.
Hallam capitalised on this missed opportunity to put themselves 26-24 in front. However, Uni did not let their heads drop and ended the third-quarter well by getting themselves back ahead at 31-30.
The atmosphere around court was electric with both sets of fans getting behind their side in this incredibly tight encounter. The game became quite frenetic as both sides desperately tried to get themselves the win.
Uni managed to get themselves 38-35 up but were again met by a strong Hallam response as they levelled at 38-38. As the game went into the final three minutes, the sides remained level at 40-40.
Despite mainly chasing the game throughout, it was Hallam who dominated the final few minutes of the game with the help of strong support from the stands. They managed to get themselves 44-42 in front and were then able to comfortably see the game out for the win.
It will be a hard result for Uni to take after having also been so close in a 36-35 defeat in the same fixture last year. However, Hallam’s courage in the final few minutes ensured they earned their second win in the netball on the day despite only achieving a scoring rate of 50% compared to Uni’s 58%.