Storm ground Jets, plus watch Storm Talent this weekend
14 February 2012
Surrey Storm continued their great start to the 2012 Fiat Netball Superleague season with a 57-38 win over league newcomers Yorkshire Jets at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.
Hosting yet another sell out crowd, Greenway’s troops were fired up and looking for another victory to make it 4 wins in 4 games. After a tight first few minutes, Storm pulled away in the first quarter, with Pamela Cookey scoring 8 from 8 to put Storm in a 14-11 lead.
The second quarter saw a lot of turnover from Storm, with Stef Bello working hard alongside the defence of Hannah Reid and Katy Holland. Some sloppy play from Storm saw Jets plug back the deficit to 21-17, but Storm seized the momentum and stretched their lead out to 28-19 at the break.
The third period saw the introduction of Natalie Seaton and Kat Ainsworth for Storm, and good work from both Jets and Surrey saw the match go goal for goal for the majority of the quarter. Cookey, showing some of her best form of the season and linking up well with Tamsin Greenway, helped to break the pattern and go 11 goals up with a 41-30 lead going into the final 15 minutes.
Quarter four saw Rhianne McHale come on for their first appearance of the season. She arrived with a bang, scoring 5 consecutive goals after just 3 minutes. Despite the continued physical pressure from the Jets, Storm continued to attack with class, Greenway and Ainsworth working well with Gidden Place Player of the Match Pamela Cookey. A long bomb from McHale brought an end to the game, with the final score 57-38 to Storm.
Player Coach Tamsin Greenway was pleased with the win, but highlighted her side’s missed opportunities. She said, “We had 77 attempts tonight. Defensively we were great and they are doing everything I asked of them but we’re still making silly errors.
“We are not clinical enough and we need to recognise when teams play on the body how to place ball and take it. To put up 77 shots and make that many errors is an exciting stat for me as a coach and as always this season there were patches of brilliance, but we’ve got a long way to go.
“It’s great to make it four from four and take another home win in front of our fantastic support.”
Surrey Storm’s next fixture see them go head-to-head with league leaders Northern Thunder away on Monday 20th. With both teams unbeaten so far this season, someone’s unbeaten record will fall.
This weekend sees Surrey Storm Talent take on Team Bath Netball in the Netball Talent League (NTL) at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, 12.45pm. Entry is free, so come and support the future stars of Surrey Storm.