The University of Sheffield Netball 2s’ took a remarkable 40-37 victory over Sheffield Hallam at EIS.
Hallam came into the tie reeling from losing all ten of their games in BUCS Northern Division 2B, but this was never going to be a low-scoring game and after just a few minutes it was 3-3.
Soon Hallam took a lead they would maintain until the back end of the fourth quarter. Goal Shooter Mae Hudson scored two in a minute amidst a flurry of Hallam goals to keep Uni in it, and when a Rebecca Nock effort swirled round the inside of the rim and into the net the score was 7-6 to the side bedecked in maroon.
Watch the full replay of Uni’s stunning comeback
A last-second goal gave Hallam a comfortable cushion going into the second. The next 15 minutes belonged to Hallam; replacement Goal Attack Lucy McDermott and Hudson dug deep to keep Uni in the game, but the Northern 3B side still trailed by three at the halfway stage. A five-minute goalless drought proved costly for Uni as Hallam established an eight point lead.
The scoreboard died midway through the third quarter and it seemed that Uni’s chances had perished along with it. Hallam continued to pick them apart as they cantered towards what seemed an inevitable victory. Uni refused to give up though; Hudson and Nock continued to shoot goals with some regularity, and a clever pass by Helen Morris set the former up to make the score 35-31, only for Hallam to go straight down the other end and score.
Then, as if by magic, the tide turned. Uni suddenly could not miss. 36-32. 36-33. 36-34. 36-35. The roar that greeted the equaliser was in its infancy when it was replaced by an even bigger one – Uni had taken the lead, and they didn’t let go. The crowd spent the final minutes on its feet. The tension was released in a euphoric roar when Nock added a goal right at the death to finish off the mother of all comebacks.