R11: Sirens 61- Storm 65
Sirens deliver a powerful performance at home against Surrey Storm
Showing confidence and growth they have to chase down the top 4.
Head coach Lesley MacDonald said after the match,
“Now it’s about how we close the gap on the top four and go and challenge them. So, this was an opportunity for us to ensure that we are reducing the deficit that we had previously and absolutely going out there with the belief that we can then get a one up on the top four.”
Delivering a standout performance and earning her first Player of the Match this season, Bethan Goodwin put up 42 points and shooting at 88%.
“Bethan at this moment in time is one of the best shooters in the league and one of the most creative in terms of her ability to be available for ball into that circle. Tonight, she proved that consecutively for sixty minutes. She’s strong and dominant within that circle and when they release the ball first time to her, she’s just phenomenal. I think everything about that brings confidence to the rest of the team, knowing that they’re able to give that ball to her and she’s going to turn to post and get us the goals that we require.”
Fan favourite Niamh McCall showcased her fearless abilities putting up 19 points and shooting at 100% against a top 4 side and England Roses defender Layla Gusgoth.
Looking ahead to Round 12, Sirens will take to court again on Friday night against 5th seeded Severn Stars who have been having a record season this year. Hosting Stars at home after a win away in Worcester in Round 2 is
“Probably one of the most important games going into the second half of the season” say MacDonald.
“How we take the momentum from the Storm game and continue that into our performance and belief is key. There’s a huge push now in terms of what we can do against the likes of Storm and how we can now continue that momentum into Friday’s game.”
Match Report: Sirens
Images: Ben Lumley & Sirens Netball
The game also saw Emily Nicholl become the first player to reach 100 appearances