Rice is the Wasps star

PUBLISHED: 18:04 26 January 2011

Netball

Netball

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WASPS took to the court for their first game for five weeks and they had the unenviable task of taking on a strong Bicton side, writes Louise Passmore.

Wasps claimed the first centre and slotted almost immediately to open the scoring.

Picking up a loose ball from the re-start the end result was another speedy Wasps score as they began to show no signs of their long absence fro the action.

Bicton though, are a good side and they dug deep in those early stages of the match and began to turn ball over at regular times and that, coupled with their usual efficient brand of good all-round team play and clinical shooting from Annette Lord and Amelia Thorpe, ensured that they stayed very much.

The ball was being passed from end to end as both sides produced some exceptional netball and the first quarter ended with Wasps leading 11-9.

The second quarter continued in a similar vein to the first and, with goals being scored at a furious rate, half-time arrived with Wasps leading 20-15.

Bicton made changes going into the third quarter by making positional changes. Skipper Catherine Kilburn moved to goal defence and Sally Ede took over as goal keeper.

The changes did not interrupt the flow of the Wasps play and they struck fourteen more goals during the quarter to lead 34-22.

In the final quarter both sides looked to seize control and it made for an even more frenetic court. Bicton swapped goal attack with Amelia Thorpe making way for Annette Lord in that particular position and this seemed to cause an element of confusion amongst the Wasps defenders.

Bicton took full advantage and scored at regular intervals to get themselves right back into the contest.

Their strong finish was not quite enough to snatch victory though with Wasps relieved to hear the final whistle, emerging as 40-36 winners.

The Player of the Match award went to the Wasps goal attack Jacquie Rice and Bicton centre Cath Holt.

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