Tuaine Keenan and her Loughborough Lightning Super League team mates produced an outstanding performance to record a 65-60 round 6 victory over Manchester Thunder, becoming the first side to defeat Thunder this season in the process.
The result was all the more notable as it followed a heavy defeat at the hands of Team Bath in round 5 and Lightning are now in mid-table with three wins from six games.
Below is Tuaine with her defensive partner Vicki Oyesola, who Grangetown supporters will remember for her superb performance for Academy in the first round of Prem 1 in September.
Congratulations to Tuaine, Vicki and the whole lightning squad.
Click the button to hear a fantastic interview with Ria Small from BBC Tees Sport Extra on Tuesday. The Grangetown feature starts at 52:48 and Ria finishes answering her first question roundabout Wednesday afternoon!
Grangetown defeated Worcester Reds 59-52 to further consolidate 4th position in Prem 1. There are very superlatives left to describe a squad that has claimed two successive promotions and now won nine of their 14 games in the top division of English club netball. Ash Neal was named Player of the Match in a game that was watched by Gen Slater, who had flown over from Dublin to meet up with the squad.
Elsewhere, Grangetown's nearest rival Academy were beaten by Leeds and the "title decider" between Oldham and New Cambell went the way of Oldham, who now look almost certain to retain their status as the best club in England.
Grangetown return to action in a fortnight when the play host to third-placed Viper 10 Blades in what is the final home game of a quite extraordinary season.
If you click here and go to 56:08, you can listen to the interview with club captain Vicky Rees from last night's BBC Tees Sport Extra Show. Vicky reflects on the superb win at Premier Romans and discusses Claudia Heath and Hannah Raine's recent respective selection for the English Universities and England under 21 Nets squads.
Only four fixtures were played in Prem 1 yesterday, but the results certainly made for interesting reading.
Academy’s game at home to Worcester was postponed, and this enabled Grangetown to jump two places to fourth with their fine 42-65 win at Premier Romans – the club’s first ever “double” in the top division.
The biggest surprise of the day came in Hertfordshire, where Turnford took Oldham’s unbeaten record – and in some style too, with a superb 79-48 victory.
Oldham’s defeat gave New Cambell the chance to go level on points at the top of the table … a chance that was duly taken with a comfortable victory at Tameside. However the 39-53 scoreline doesn’t tell the full story as, just ten minutes before the game was due to start, New Cambell had only six players, no coach, no scorer and no bibs!
The other game saw a resurgent Leeds squad claim their fourth win of the season with a 57-44 success over Viper 10 Blades, a result which further extended the gap between the Yorkshire side and the division’s bottom clubs, Worcester and Premier Romans, who have won just one game apiece.
Grangetown will aim to consolidate fourth position when they play host to Tameside this Sunday, and the following weekend New Cambell travel to Oldham for what could well be the division’s title decider.
Grangetown's Prem 1 squad returned to winning ways with a resounding 65-42 success away at the division's bottom club Premier Romans. Ash Neal (above) was named Player of the Match, as Grangetown recorded their seventh win from 12 fixtures, and their first ever Prem 1 "double".
Grangetown Prem player and Leeds Beckett University student Claudia Heath has today been named in a 20-strong English Universities squad that also includes Mavericks and England's George Fisher. Many congratulations on a fantastic achievement Claudia!
With apologies for the poorly-contrived title, both Ash Neal and Brie Grierson were part of the London Pulse squad that faced Wasps last night. Sadly, the Grangetown duo were unable to prevent Pulse from slipping to a second successive home defeat; the reigning Super League champions winning 61-50 in a game that marked visiting shooter Rachel Dunn's 200th Super League appearance - a remarkable achievement.
Photos courtesy of clivejonespr.com
You don't often get the chance to meet a netball legend ... so it was a day to remember for Tracey Neville when she bumped into Grangetown's Cathy Hewitt earlier today.