Storm 31 – 46 Wasps
Surrey Storm suffered their second loss of pre-season at the hands of Wasps Netball, losing out 31-46 at Surrey Sports Park.
Mikki Austin’s side were hoping to bounce back from the defeat to Severn Stars last month, however an impressive Wasps outfit were able to overcome the hosts.
Playing six periods of 10 minutes, Austin was given the opportunity to hand minutes to several up and coming Storm talents.
Missing South African duo Shadine Van De Merwe and Sigi Burger due to international duty, the match presented a real chance for younger players to fight for their place within the squad.
Storm started the game well, consistent pressure unnerving the visitors as they tried to gain a rhythm in the game.
Rhea Dixon was a constant threat to the Wasps defence, finding pockets of space and making no mistake with her shooting from close range.
However, as the game went on Wasps were able to regain their composure and began to take a hold of the match.
Despite some exceptional defending from Katy Holland and Lorraine Kowalewska, former Storm player Katie Harris was able to convert anything that came her way.
Storm trailed 16-22 at the half, hot on the heels of the visiting side and reigning Superleague champions.
The second half followed the same suit at the first, Storm working tirelessly to remain within sight of Wasps.
Emily Gulvin and Yasmin Parsons were at the heart of Storms attacks, continuously chasing seemingly lost balls and creating excellent chances for attackers Dixon, Hodge-England and youngster Laura Morton.
As the match went on, Storm’s hard work was clearly taking its toll as Wasps began to assert their dominance on the game.
The penultimate quarter left Storm trailing by 11 points, putting the visitors beyond the grasp of the young side.
Yet, despite the score, Storm showed a determination to fight until the very last second.
Dixon and Morton combined time after time in attack, much to the frustration of Wasps defensive partnership.
However, it would be Wasps’ night, as they closed the match out 31-46 to the good to secure victory in front of the Storm faithful,
Storm could be immensely proud of their efforts on the night, and will take make positives as they look ahead to the start of the season.