Storm 56 – 53 Pulse
Surrey Storm edged a tight, tension-filled game at the Sports Park arena to record a second vital victory of the week
The lead changed hands several times throughout an enthralling 60 minutes but a resurgent Storm finally came out on top for a win which Mikki Austin declared perhaps more impressive than Monday’s win against Lightning.
Storm raced into an early 10-6 lead but seemingly within seconds Pulse had reduced that to one goal and thus it remained. Storm led 17-15 at the end of Q1 but steadily the visitors wrested back control through Q2. They edged in front for the first time midway through the second period but the introduction of Rhea Dixon at GA helped to redress the balance somewhat.
Pulse led by three at half-time but that only spurred Storm into a comeback of their own. Within five minutes of the restart they had turned a three-goal deficit into a five-goal lead as Pulse managed to add just one to their total.
Grierson replaced Wells in attack for Pulse and they clawed their way back into the game to give Storm just a one-goal lead at the end of Q3. Then it was Pulse’s turn to force their way in front going into the final ten minutes but steadily Storm rose for one final time.
Mikki Austin’s bullet pass fed Burger to put Storm in front, 54-53, with two-and-a-half-minutes remaining and excellent game managed allowed the hosts to see out the closing stages with a degree of control. Appropriately, it was Burger who netted the final goal to send Storm into next weekend’s Big Easter double-header with huge confidence.