SURREY STORM as at 28th May 2017
Surrey Storm suffered an agonising 50-49 loss at the hands of Sirens at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.
In a must win game for the hosts, it was the home side who were on the front foot from the off with Megan Craig scoring early goals. The New Zealand shooter was forced off court late in the quarter due to an injury precaution, but replacement Frankie Well was more than comfortable of filling in for her, as Storm shaded the opening quarter 16-13.
Sirens made a quick start to Q2, and pegged Storm’s lead down to two goals, before Storm got a firm grip in the game to increase the lead back to four goals. At the half time break came, it was Storm who held a slender two goal lead 27-25.
Storm flew out of the traps at the start of Q3, and quickly built up a nine goal lead. Scarlett Williams replaced Bethany Sutherland at WD to add some fresh legs to the side as the hosts ended the quarter with a comfortable 42-35 score line.
The visitors were in no mood to throw in the towel as they reduced the deficit to just three goals. Craig returned to the court, but the girls in Blue just couldn’t feed the ball into her without Aiken Pinnock claiming it first. Sirens tied the game, then grabbed a two-goal cushion with a minute left. Despite a huge push from Storm, the visitors held firm to record a narrow victory in their first ever visit to Surrey Sports Park and severely dent Storm’s chance of finishing in the top four.
Surrey Storm moved back to fourth place in the Vitality Netball Super League, after completing a 70-64 victory against second placed Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Monday.
Storm were on the front foot straight from the centre pass as they took the opening quarter 20-12, thanks to some outstanding goal shooting from Megan Craig. By half time the visitors held a six-point advantage to lead 36-30. By the third quarter Storm were still ahead, thanks to some outstanding defence. They went into the final quarter with a eight goal cushion 52-44. As Wasps Tasmin Greenway entered the court for the first time, it was a wonderful sight to see Mikki Austin returning for Storm after her recent injury. Austin entered the fray at the 4th quarter. Despite Wasps throwing everything they could at Storm, the visitors held out to record a well deserved victory in front of the Sky cameras. Before the contest began Storm were boosted by the news that Katy Holland had returned to the Side in defence after suffering an injury. The win keeps Storm’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Super League. With two games to go, Storm face Sirens at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday evening, before a trip to current leaders Loughborough Lightning.
Surrey Storm got back to winning ways after completing a 69-57 victory against Celtic Dragons in Cardiff on Monday evening.
The visitors needed a win after suffering two recent defeats. The win on Monday kept Storm’s hope of a top 4 finish. Dragons at one point in the opening quarter led 15-12 before holding a three-goal advantage at the first break 20-17. Lorraine Dixon entered the fray to start at WA. Storm turned the ball over early on as the visitors got their noses in front, with a cushion of six goals. Back came Dragons to cut the deficit to three, but Storm held on and led 49-47 heading into the final quarter.
Scarlett Williams returned to the court in the final quarter at WD, with Bethany Sutherland going back to GD. The momentum gradually went with Storm as they increased their lead to seven goals. Storm continued to dominate as they hit a ten-goal advantage late on before eventually closing out 69-57 winners.
Storm return to action on Monday when they visit the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to face Wasps in front of the Sky Sports Cameras with a 7.30 centre pass.
Surrey Storm slipped to a 59-52 defeat against the visiting Loughborough Lightning at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday. Lightning came into the match looking to get back to winning ways after a couple of recent defeats following their unbeaten 11 match winning record at the start of the season. Storm took the opening quarter 17-13 and by half time had built a five-point cushion to lead 31-26. The visitors had the better of the final two quarters to take the points. In Q3 Lightning took the lead for the first time in the game to lead by three points 43-40. The final quarter was dominated by the visitors, as they won the session by seven points.
Surrey Storm collected a win and a loss over the course of 72 hours with a 63-56 success over Hertfordshire Mavericks and a 56-49 loss to the visiting Team Bath on Monday.
On Saturday Storm travelled to the Copper Box Arena in London to face the Hertfordshire Mavericks. Storm took the opening quarter 19-15. The second quarter proved a much tighter affair which Storm shaded by two points to lead 33-31 at the break. In the third quarter Storm stretched their advantage to eight points. Storm continued to assert their authority on the game to close out a fine away performance.
On Monday in front of a packed Surrey Sports Park, Storm suffered a loss to Team Bath.
The visitors got their noses in front in the opening quarter by 25-23. A fine second quarter from the hosts saw them edge ahead at the break 39-37. Team Bath improved in the third quarter to take a four-goal cushion. The final quarter belonged to Team Bath as they increased their advantage to close out the game with a seven-goal winning margin. The win from Bath closed the gap on Storm to just three points, with the race to get into the final four hotting up.
Surrey Storm suffered a 66-62 defeat against Severn Stars in the Vitality Netball Superleague at Worcester on Monday evening in front of the Sky cameras.
Storm were on the front foot early in the opening quarter, with Megan Craig picking up some early goals. The visitors got their noses in front to lead 15-13 at the end of the quarter. The home side clawed their way back into the game in the second quarter, at one stage leading by five goals, but a late fightback from the Surrey outfit- including ten turnovers- saw both sides go into the half time break all square 29-29.
Lorraine Kowalewska entered the fray at the start of the third quarter, but it was the home side who got their noses back in front once again to hold a five-point advantage. Despite Storm never giving up, and putting constant pressure on the home side, Stars closed out the game to take the victory.
Storm will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s defeat when they travel to the Copperbox on Saturday to face Hertfordshire Mavericks with a 6 pm centre pass.
Surrey Storm had a mixed set of results over the Easter weekend in the Vitality Netball Superleague, with a 66-58 defeat at the hands of Manchester Thunder in Lancashire on Saturday, but returned back to winning ways with a 65-56 win against the visiting Team Northumbria at Surrey Sports Park on Monday.
On Monday, the opening Quarter was shaded by Storm who opened a four-goal lead 17-13. Katty Harris came on at the start of Quarter 2 in place of Rhea Dixon as both teams started strongly. Northumbria clawed their way back into the game to take a slender 29-28 lead. Storm responded well to level the game at the break 30-30. Dixon and Harris switched once again at the start of the second half. Storm eventually built a four-goal cushion late in the period, before leading 48-43 at the final break. In Q4 Storm increased their advantage to eight, before closing the game out to bounce back after three straight defeats.
Storm return back to the court in a week’s time when they travel to Worcester to face the Severn Stars.
Surrey Storm suffered their second straight defeat in the Vitality Superleague, after going down 65-59 to the Sirens in Glasgow last weekend.
Storm went into the game with just one change, with Yaz parsons coming in at Centre for Mikki Austin, who dropped to the bench. Sirens edged the opening quarter by a single point to lead 17-16. But by half-time the home side had stretched their advantage to six points to lead 36-30. Storm made two changes after half-time with Austin at Centre and Dixon on GA. Thanks to some good Storm shooting the visitors clawed back at the lead- at one point hitting an 8-3 goal run. If Storm had converted more of their 23 opportunities at goal, the game could have been closer. Despite this the home side had a slender three-point advantage after the third quarter 49-46. In the fourth quarter a five-goal run from the Sirens in the middle stages took the game out of the reach of Storm. The visitors to their credit finished strongly, but the hoists held on to record a victory. Sirens shooting won them the game with 89% from attacking end. Storm, out of 21 interceptions could only convert 13 of these.
Wasps netball inflicted Surrey Storm's first defeat in the Vitality Netball Superleague after recording a 58-51 victory. In a close contest at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, both sides were level at 14-14 at the end of the first quarter. Wasps shaded the 2nd quarter to take a three point lead which they extended to a six point lead after the 3rd quarter. In a closely fought final quarter the visitors claimed the upperhand by a single point to end Storm's unbeaten start to the season.
Surrey Storm made it six wins from six in the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague, after securing a 69-47 victory against the visiting Celtic Dragons at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday. Storm took an early 18-14 lead into the first break. Storm increased their lead by 15 points to lead at half time 40-25. Head Coach Tania Hoffman elected to rotate the bench for the second half by bringing on Frankie Wells, Scarlett Williams, Nadia Hutchinson and Katie Harris. Dragons did pull a handful of goals back, but Storm hit back with goals from Wells and Harris to give the home side a 11 goal lead at 52-41 heading into the final quarter. Mikki Austin entered the fray in Quarter Four, to give Storm some fresh legs. Storm continued to hit more goals, eventually easing to a 69-47 victory and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.