Netball firsts falling short on a busy afternoon for Freya
After a smooth 37-4 victory in the netball seconds game of the day, many Westminster spectators expected a similar win for their first team. However, with just 20 seconds into the match both Westminster and West London had already scored twice. From that point everyone knew it was going to be a fast-paced game.
UWL upped their defence early, making it difficult for Westminster to get the ball in the D. By the end of the first quarter the score was 6-14 to West London.
That made Freya Thompson, University of Westminster’s students’ union president who teamed up with her old friends again, to take charge and give her team circled around a pep talk. Characteristic and loud “1…2…3…DRAGONS!” followed.
West London centre, to west London wing attack, to west London goal shooter to west London goal attack. She aims. Silence. Ball in the net. West London supporters erupt into cheers. This pattern went on for the majority of the second quarter.
West London defence was tight making it a very physical game for the Dragons. Twice the Westminster’s goal attack fell over due to the West London goal defence marking too closely.
Tensions were running high. By the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 25-31 to West London. The Westminster Dragons didn’t seem perturbed by this. They got themselves ready for the fourth and final quarter.
The comeback began. Westminster scored making it five away from drawing, six away from winning.
With two minutes left to go Westminster were just four goals away from winning. The Dragons were dominating the court, as the match went on their defence and passes had become tighter and stronger.
With 30 seconds left to go the score was 36-38 to west London. The match could go either way. Relentless Westminster’s goal attack scored making it 37-38. Emotions skyrocketed.
However, the time was against the brave Dragons. The referee blew her whistle. Time up. Game over. West London won reinforcing the Warriors’ chances in the varsity race.