Varsity Netball 2012
20th March 2012
An in form Nottingham Uni. team are set to face near demoted Trent this coming Wednesday afternoon at Trent’s Clifton Campus in what can only be described as one of the biggest fixtures in the Netball calendar.
After last year’s narrow win by a single point and a loss to Trent the year before, this new look Uni team will be looking to put their demons to bed and put in a performance to really prove that the balance of power in Nottingham netball is shifting. Following an impressive run of form in the Midlands 2A league (9 wins and only 1 loss since November), the Nottingham Uni. Netball team are looking to complete “the triple” this season, crowning a title and cup winning campaign with a victory over Nottingham Trent in this year’s Varsity Series.
After a demotion from the top league last season, you’d think they would relish the lack of pressure associated with their underdog status. Not so it seemed, with the girls aware of what was at stake and the pressure on them not only to perform but to overturn Nottingham Trent on their own turf. Being in separate divisions has its advantages; with Trent having very little time to study Uni’s playing style meaning this new look side will be able to play their game and hopefully reap the benefits.
Uni have a huge advantage this season in the form of Rochelle, their secret weapon and resident Netball professional. Used to scoring live on Sky Sports every week will mean that she’s one player likely to be able to keep a cool head when the pressure is on in the final minutes of the match. This experience and quality is invaluable in big game situations and may prove to be the difference between the two sides. However this will be her first Varsity fixture and as we all know… anything can happen on the day.
With a healthy number of freshers making the first team this year, this side is looking strong beyond the end of this series and I’m sure they’ll be looking to keep their city rivals very much in the dust during the rest of their time at the University and if their record in the league is anything to go by, I can’t imagine they’ll have much to worry about.
Words: David Straw