Sirens 56 – Storm 38
Surrey Storm lose at the hands of Strathclyde Sirens 56 – 38 in the VNSL Season opener at Netball Super 10
The Surrey side struggled to compete with Siren’s Cat Tuaviti’s crowd-pleasing tricks and flicks in the shooting circle as the shooter couldn’t seem to miss a shot.
With South African players Sigi Burger and Shadine Van Der Merwe unavailable whilst on international duty, Surrey Storm arrived in Birmingham with a shorter line-up than hoped.
Storm suffered from the early season nerves as the young side couldn’t get above a disappointing 67% shooting percentage.
The game looked promising early on in the first quarter as Sirens only earnt one more attempt at goal, but Storm ended the 15 minutes with only half the points as they headed into Q2 12 – 6 down.
Despite some rapid attacking ball movement through the court from Mikki Austin and Yaz Parsons to the edge of the circle, Storm couldn’t convert the work from the centre third into points. The girls in blue headed to the dressing rooms at half-time with an 11-point deficit and all the work to do.
The second half saw some positive defensive work from Captain Katy Hughes (previously Holland) and Lorraine Kowalewska as they tried to keep Tuaviti at bay, earning several turnovers but to little avail.
The final quarter was the opportunity for Storm’s younger players to get a run out on court as Laura Morton, Alima Priest and Jessica Dale all made their official VNSL debut.
Storm ended the game with a disappointing 38 – 56 loss at the Arena Birmingham as Director of Netball Mikki Austin explained the cause as “we gave away a lot of cheap balls and we cannot afford to do that in this league.
“We’re great at playing with freedom and flair, but we lost our confidence to do that at the start of the game.
“We’re here to compete and not just to make up the numbers, so we cannot afford to lose that confidence in future.”
Looking on the positives of the game Austin reflected: “Defensively we did some good stuff to keep them separated at times, and attacking wise we were really smart in moments, but we weren’t consistent enough.”
Surrey Storm will be looking to right the wrongs of today’s game in their next fixture as they return home to Surrey Sports Park against Saracens Mavericks on Saturday 12th January.