Match Preview: Hertfordshire Mavericks v Surrey Storm
23 March 2012
Surrey Storm Netball travel to the Hertfordshire Sports Village this evening as they take on the Hertfordshire Mavericks in the 2nd game of phase 2.
Date, time and coverage
Friday 23rd March 2012, 8pm. Live text updates on twitter via @surreystorm.
Surrey Storm head into their second game after the league split into two tiers on the back of a comfortable win against Team Bath last Friday. The formidable Dunn-Cookey shooting pair were playing to their usual form away from home, both netting 83% scoring rates against their former sides.
Despite a tidy 45-66 score line player-coach Tamsin Greenway was disappointed with some areas of play and has ensured that changes will be made to the Storm tactical play for tonight’s fixture.
Mavericks have not had such an easy start to phase 2 after coming unstuck against the might Northern Thunder on Monday night. After only managing 27 points to Thunder’s 59 they will be looking to get themselves off the bottom of the top tier tonight if they are going to be a force for top spot.
Head to Head
Storm and Mavericks opened the 2012 Fiat Superleague season in January at the Hertfordshire Sports Village where the Surrey girls ran out 47-62 winners.
Many fans will (unfortunately) remember the 2011 Grand Final meeting between the sides where Mavericks defeated Storm 57-46.
Storm just about edge the historical stats, winning 3 times in comparison to Mavericks 2, with 1 draw between the sides.
Ins and Outs
Storm are likely to name an unchanged side to last Friday’s victory over Team Bath, with just player-coach Greenway being a slight doubt after picking up a niggling injury in her last outing and facing a late fitness test before the game.
Expected Squad to face Bath: Reid, Holland, Seaton, Bello, Betsy, Trippick, Modeste, Ainsworth, Greenway, Dunn, Cookey and McHale.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s southern derby Greenway said “Of course I was happy with last week’s score line but there were many areas that we could have been better on the night. Once we got into our stride we were comfortable, but with fewer errors in getting the ball forward the score would have been much higher.
I know how good we can be. I am always looking for us to be at the top of our game no matter who we are playing. We will be getting back to that tonight against Mavericks.”