#nsl2024 Sirens 49 – Dragons 58

Sirens first game of the season sees a sell out home crowd as they faced Dragons.

In their electrifying first home game of the season, the Strathclyde Sirens faced off against Cardiff Dragons in front of a sold-out crowd, marking the event with an atmosphere super-charged with anticipation and support from the passionate Sirens Tribe. Despite taking an early lead, Sirens encountered a resilient Dragons team that held the lead for much of the match, turning the game into a thrilling spectacle of netball prowess.

One notable absence from the Sirens’ line-up was fan favourite Towera Vinkhumbo, absent from the team bench due to an injury, leaving spectators and the team feeling her absence on such a crucial night. However, Head Coach Lesley MacDonald lauded her team’s unwavering determination and work rate. “There is an absolute desire within this group of players to fight for each other, and those connections are building week on week,” MacDonald expressed, underscoring the team spirit that defines the Sirens.

Beth Goodwin, revelling in the support of the home crowd, shared her enthusiasm: “I’m so excited to be back here tonight; the crowd were everything.” This ‘Celtic Clash,’ a fierce rivalry between Scotland’s sole franchise and Wales’ lone representative, added another chapter to their storied competition, with the Sirens holding an 8-win advantage out of 13 encounters over six seasons.

The final score 58-49 to Cardiff Dragons, and leaves Sirens still on the hunt for their first win of the season.

Looking ahead, Strathclyde Sirens are set to continue their campaign on Saturday, 23rd March, against the Saracens Mavericks, as they aim to build on the night’s performance and strengthen their position in the league.

Match Report & Image: Sirens Netball

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