Edinburgh University Netball 2nds began their BUCS trophy campaign last Wednesday, with a home tie, against the University of Central Lancashire.
UCLAN opened up the scoring, but they did not have the lead for long, with Edinburgh’s Georgina Bolton capitalising with a long shot. The first couple of minutes of the game showed quick play from both sides. UCLAN went 4 up, but the rest of the quarter was literally ‘end to end’, and each team would score alternately until UCLAN broke Edinburgh’s centre pass. The quarter finished 12-9 in favour of UCLAN.
Two changes to the home line up were made at the start of the first quarter, as Lucy Oates (captain) moved into shooter, while Katrina Seatter came on at wing attack. The early nerves seemed to have disappeared, and Elizabeth-Jane Young, who was unfortunate enough to have to mark UCLAN’s outstanding goal attack, had a fantastic quarter, making plenty of interceptions. She worked well in the circle with Jess Atkinson, Edinburgh’s only fresher, and the quarter finished 27-21 to the visitors.
Three more changes were made at the break: Edinburgh reverted to the original shooting partnership (Carys Barnfield and Georgina Bolton); Hazel Watson brought fresh legs to wing-defence, and a tactical move of the experienced Izzy Leahy to goal keeper brought a bit more height into the defensive circle. Several Edinburgh players enjoyed a good third quarter: Carys Barnfield linked play effectively, and Katrina Seatter had a strong quarter; her efforts at stopping the ball from going off court on several occasions did not go unnoticed. The score at the end of the quarter was 39-29 to UCLAN.
The last quarter started with a clatter: EUNC 2s used the intimidating tactic of creating lots of noise to stir panic in the opposition and it was no surprise that they were the first to score. However, UCLAN had a comfy lead and unfortunately Edinburgh could do nothing to stop them from proceeding into the next round.