Cumberland fall to defeat against leaders Hucclecote

Osiro Imoedehe was MVP for Cumberland against Hucclecote (pic: Kerry O'Shea)

Osiro Imoedehe was MVP for Cumberland against Hucclecote (pic: Kerry O'Shea) - Credit: Archant

Cumberland 45 Hucclecote 61

Cumberland lost 61-45 to Premier League Two leaders Hucclecote in an intense top-of-the-table encounter.

Cumberland were determined to improve on their previous performance against a Hucclecote which featured five players from the Severn Stars of the Vitality Netball Super League.

Coach Polini Langi said: “We made it hard for ourselves at times, but we also produced some high quality netball.

“While we came away with a loss, we improved greatly versus our first-round match against Hucclecote.”

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Cumberland only lost the second half by four goals with a strong showing from captain Sophie Croft who shot with 85 per cent accuracy.

Goal shooter Osiro Imoedehe drew praise from assistant coach Amelia Brooks, who said: “She put her body on the line and was the embodiment of being a team player.”

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Despite the defeat, Cumberland were able to remain second in the standings and next face Essex Open on Sunday.

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