Surrey Storm took advantage of an uncoordinated TeamBath to move level on points with the side they will face in the FIAT Netball Superleague play-offs.
Surrey Storm were on a mission for this clash with their play-off rivals; it's not often a side puts 17 goals past TeamBath in a quarter, let alone for two. By half-time the visitors led by 14 which meant the second 30 minutes of play was from their points of view all about maintaining the advantage.
Storm Head coach Mary Beardwood admitted: "Obviously I'm delighted with the game today especially to get a first win over one of the top four this season.
"It's good to get confidence into the side going to Mavericks on Sunday and the play-off s against Bath."
A great night's work for Rachel Dunn who slotted home 53 shots from her 64 attempts, more goals and more shots than some teams manage in two matches.
Tamsin Greenway led by example for her team with an inspiring captain's performance and Katy Holland showed that maybe Storm will not need to bring Geva Mentor or Sonia Mkoloma in for the endgame.
Apart from the shooters, TeamBath struggled to hit their usual high standards on court as they took on a revitalised Surrey Storm. Everything was just a bit off, passes were too short, or too long, not quick enough or too fast - they didn't go to hand or were turned over; to sum it up the team didn't click, didn't get enough ball to goal and so they lost the game.
"It was a disappointing first half as we were operating well under capacity and credit to Surrey Storm for exposing us," Jess Garland, TeamBath's head coach said. "It was encouraging to see a response from TeamBath winning the third quarter and the second half overall."
Pamela Cookey was her usual accurate self (92%) closely followed by her partner Rosie Allison (90%) with Asha Tett bagging 75% in one quarter, but TeamBath didn't have their usual flow of shooting opportunities.
In the final round of the FIAT Netball Superleague - Storm have a tough clash at London rivals Hertfordshire Mavericks while TeamBath will end with a game against Glasgow Wildcats.
photos Janos Schmidt