Ipswich lose final netball league game

IPSWICH lost 36-33 when they travelled to Luton to play Wyvern in the last game of the Regional League season.Ipswich had not played Wyvern in the first half of the season as they cancelled Ipswich's home fixture so Ipswich were not sure what to expect.

IPSWICH lost 36-33 when they travelled to Luton to play Wyvern in the last game of the Regional League season.

Ipswich had not played Wyvern in the first half of the season as they cancelled Ipswich's home fixture so Ipswich were not sure what to expect.

Ipswich started slowly in the first quarter but both teams struggled to score in the first few minutes of the game; however Wyvern were the first to break and took an early lead over Ipswich. Avril Gray at C worked hard to prevent Wyvern pulling away, taking a number of inceptions. Ipswich were trailing 13-9 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter Ipswich again let Wyvern take an early lead, but with some good defensive work from Dawn Blake and Hannah Martindill and good back up play from Yvonne Ewers; Ipswich were able to get back in to the game. Good shooting from Lisa Rice and Carly Wicks saw Ipswich draw the quarter but were still down 21-16 at half-time.

Ipswich made a change at half time bring Sarah Holden on at WD to replace Yvonne Ewers. Ipswich's attacking play was a lot better in this quarter with some good work around the circle by Jane Fison and Avril Gray, but Wyvern did not let that phase them and they again won the quarter. Ipswich ended the quarter 31-24 down.

Ipswich made more changes bringing on Clair Martin at GK, Stacey Everett at WD and moving Sarah Holden to C, Avril Gray to WA and Jane Fison to GA with Dawn Blake and Carly Wicks coming off.

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With a number of changes made Ipswich needed to settle quickly, which they did. Some excellent link up play between Jane Fison and Avril Gray saw Ipswich take the advantage, but Wyvern soon pegged that back and won the quarter and the game 46-33.

Although disappointed to not end the season on a high, Ipswich's performances over the whole season have been excellent with the team coming second in Division One.

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