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Surrey Storm 39 – 59 SaracensMavericks

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Surrey Storm suffered a heavy defeat in their opening home game of the Vitality Netball Superleague Season at the hands of Saracens Mavericks.

Despite a positive performance throughout from Mikki Austin’s side, the team were overpowered by the visitors at Surrey Sports Park.

Having lost out in the season opener last week, Storm were determined to make their mark on the Superleague by claiming the scalp of strong opposition.

The opening quarter showed Storm’s intent, the entire team working tirelessly to push Mavericks to the limit.

Young prospect Laura Morton was handed her first Superleague start, and quickly repaid Austin’s faith in her with a flurry of early goals.

Mavericks were able to establish a comfortable lead as the first half closed out, George Fisher and Kadeen Corbin proving a nightmare for Lorraine Kowalewska and Katy Hughes to contain.

The penultimate quarter proved to be the real turning point in the match.

Mavericks came out firing following the half-time break, and, despite the efforts of the girls in duck egg blue, they couldn’t seem to find a way to contain their opponents.

A reshuffle for Storm have Emily Gulvin the chance to make her way onto court, the University of Surrey student immediately injecting some pace into the attack.

Yasmin-Hodge England also stepped in for the remainder of the match, and swiftly set about notching goals to try and turn the tide.

However, the experienced Mavericks side showed a determination to ensure their victory, eventually running out 39-59 winners on the night.

POTM – Laura Morton

The young Storm attacker showed exactly why she has been included in the team throughout pre-season and the start of the Superleague season. Top scorer on the night and showed some intelligence beyond her years in her play.