Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disappointing Home Defeat Is Blow to Play-Off Hopes; Netball

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disappointing Home Defeat Is Blow to Play-Off Hopes; Netball

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Team Northumbria 40

Northern Thunder 47

TOP flight netball's debut in Newcastle last night will be remembered for all the wrong reasons as Team Northumbria succumbed to one of the most disappointing defeats in franchise history.

Denise Egan's defensive tactics were ripped apart by prolific Northern Thunder pair Charlotte Beenham and Karen Greig as the visitors overturned a six-goal second quarter deficit to win 47-40.

And the loss all but kills off TN's dwindling hopes of a push towards the end-of-season playoffs following a recent revival in form.

Thunder were seeking revenge for an opening night Netball Super League defeat in Bury and Greig sparked a 7-1 opening burst with some nerveless shooting from inside the paint.

The former England international and fellow attacker Beenham were in aggressive mood all night and the combination of youth and experience proved too much for laboured defensive duo Natalie Connor and Abi Ryan. …

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