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The battling Celts are beaten by the Outlaws; NETBALL.

CELTS suffered a 34-55 home defeat at the hands of Essex Outlaws.

At their home venue in Eastern Leisure Centre, Cardiff, the Celts started the game on a promising note by winning the tip and scoring first.

However, the away team replied quickly and the teams traded baskets through the first period.

The Celts were pressing, but were unable to prevent the quick Outlaws team from bringing the ball up the court and the Celts were being unlucky on their home rings.

Neither team could pull away and the visitors finis 1hed the first period one basket ahead, 10-12.

The Celts had an awful start to the second period and went nearly five minutes without being able to add to their scoreline.

The Outlaws, on the other hand, seemed to break through the Celts defence at will.

Celts head coach, Holly Hinchey, was forced to call a time-out to try to rally the beleaguered home team, but the Outlaws had already achieved a massive lead.

The Celts managed to put a few points on the board before the half-time break, but the home team lost the period heavily (6-22) and the teams went into the half-time break 16-34.

The Celts went into the third period determined not to lie down. The new-found aggression of the home team led to a dramatic drop in the Outlaws scoring rate.

The Celts continued to create excellent offensive opportunities but remained unlucky with the rings.

So, the Celts were not able to make a dent in the Outlaws lead and the away team maintained a 20-point lead. The Outlaws won the period 6-8. The Celts went into the final period trailing 22-42 but were still determined not to quit.

The baskets began to fall and some excellent long outlet passes led to some incredible lay-ups under pressure from the Celts' Mo Khan.

They managed to put away 12 points in the final period, but the Outlaws won the final period 12-13, with a final 34-55 score.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 7, 2010
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