Play-off Preview: Storm take on Thunder for a place in final
03 June 2011
Surrey Storm have arrived in Oldham as they prepare to face Northern Thunder in play-off 3 tonight for a place in the Fiat Netball Superleague Grand Final.
Storm will be in for a tough match against a resurgent Northern Thunder side that finished in second spot in the regular FNSL season. Thunder will however be without Lynsey Armitage, and more crucially captain Karen Greig, whilst coach Mary Beardwood has a full Surrey squad to select from.
Storm's star shooter Rachel Dunn is backing her side to deliver the goods and book a final spot tonight.
Dunn's 739 goals this season have been a crucial factor in Storm's success, and with an 85.5% efficiency, Dunn, as at Bath, will play a key role in tonight's play-off.
After promising league performances against Bath and Mavericks, and last week's stunning 57-53 win over Team Bath, England international Dunn believes Storm's form will give them every chance tonight.
Dunn said, "Last week's victory over Team Bath was a fantastic come-back and a great team effort. There is no doubt we are hitting form at the right time, and this gives the team huge confidence going into tonight's play-off.
"Thunder have beaten us twice in the season, but we are a different team to what they faced earlier in the year. We started slowly at the beginning of the campaign, but we have grown stonger and stronger as the season has gone on.
"With the finish line in sight, we will be looking to go one better than last season and secure a place in the Grand Final versus Mavericks."
The winner of tonight's play-off 3 will face Hertfordshire Mavericks in the Grand Final at the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Thursay, 9th June at 8pm.
Should Storm make it to the Grand Final, we hope to have a huge Storm following in the final.
Final tickets will be available from Monday 6th June at 9am via http://www.netballsuperleague.com/
To book your seats in Hatfield you can either call the ticket line on 01462 428 314 or fax through an application form to 01462 428 327, you can download the application form by following this link: http://www.netballsuperleague.com/file/manual/fnslgrandfinal2011ticketbookingform.pdf