Vitality Roses in Focus: VNSL 2022 Round Four

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There were plenty of Vitality Roses, Roses Futures and Roses Academy athletes in the six action-packed games of round four, here’s a recap of how the England internationals performed…

Team Bath 58-62 Surrey Storm

Surrey Storm secured their first 2022 VNSL victory this weekend after securing an away win against Team Bath.

Team Bath started the match with three Vitality Roses on the court: Layla Guscoth, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and captain Imogen Allison.

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Allison led her team well with five deflections and three turnovers while Drakeford-Lewis displayed her on-court versatility with 11 feeds and two key intercepts. However, it wasn’t quite enough for Team Bath, Surrey Storm taking the win.

Imogen Allison was named Player of the Match.


Celtic Dragons 52-57 Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos took the win this weekend over Celtic Dragons.

Rhinos began the match with Vitality Roses Jade Clarke, Rhea Dixon and Vicki Oyesola. Also on the court: Roses Futures Brie Grierson and former England U21s Amy Clinton and Emily Hollingworth.

Clarke and Dixon showed great link-up play with quick give-and-go passes and movement around the circle. Dixon looked comfortable in front of goal, both scoring efficiently and finding her attacking partner Clinton with expert precision.


Severn Stars 52-62 Saracens Mavericks

Saracens Mavericks continued their undefeated run on Sunday after securing a 10-goal away win against Severn Stars.

Razia Quashie put on a great defensive display, notching six deflections and seven turnovers causing problems for Stars’ attack.

Stars centre and Vitality Roses Technical Coach Liana Leota showed excellent vision and playmaking ability, providing 21 feeds.

Roses Academy athlete Issy Eaton also started for Stars and added nine goals to the scoreboard.


Strathclyde Sirens 60-71 Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder were victorious over Strathclyde Sirens in the Monday Night Netball fixture live on Sky Sports.

Natalie Metcalf made an immediate impact noting 26 feeds in her second game back from injury.

Eleanor Cardwell continued her run of form adding 21 to the scoreboard and also providing 14

feeds to attacking partner and Gilbert Player of the Match Joyce Mvula.

Yomi Eza-Wilson also played her part to secure the win after coming on, quickly earning four deflections.

This result took Manchester Thunder up two places to lead the VNSL 2022 standings.


London Pulse 52-35 Wasps

London Pulse took the win at the Copper Box Arena as they faced Wasps.

Ex-England U21 Ellie Rattu took the first centre pass to begin Pulse’s effort.

Olivia Tchine put on a great performance in front of the post, netting 37 for her side.

Zara Everitt also showed strong defensive acumen, forcing six turnovers and eight deflections.

Wasps couldn’t quite find their rhythm in this match, the final score ending 52-35.


Surrey Storm 56-72 Loughborough Lightning

Surrey Storm couldn’t continue from Friday’s performance as they suffered defeat to Loughborough Lightning on Monday.

Lightning started the match with five Vitality Roses on court: Ella Clark, Hannah Joseph, Natalie Panagarry and Beth Cobden.

Hannah Joseph asserted herself well in wing attack, creating plays and notching 24 feeds.

Ella Clark showed her versatile style of play, both creating chances and finishing accurately, scoring 12 to help her team take the victory.


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