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Netball - 01. March 2011.

Fiat Netball Superleague-Storm ease past Carnegie in round 7

Plenty of goals at Guildford, in Round 7 of the FIAT Netball 
Superleague, as Surrey Storm beat Leeds Carnegie 77-49, set a new 
record top-flight tally. An excellent start by the visitors, was 
boosted by a messy and mistake ridden beginning by Storm.  Although 
not a sell-out, it was a healthy crowd of around 900 watching the 
action at the Surrey Sports Park, including England and Harlequins 
rugby hunk Ugo Monye, and TV’s Tim Lovejoy, whose twin daughters were 
introducing him to netball for the first time.

It was the visitors who piled on the pressure in the first seven 
minutes of the quarter and took the lead 7-6, after an early exchange 
of goals.  Sharp, accurate passing down the court, saw the team from 
the north-east calling the shots with Jo Walker and Rachel Shaw 
landing them.  Storm’s mid-court mis-firing halted shortly after Leeds 
took the lead and with Rachel Dunn peppering the post from distance it 
was Storm who regained the initiative and went into the first quarter 
break 12-7 in front.

Storm calmed their approach in the second quarter and it allowed them 
to treble their advantage with a flurry of early goals. Rachel Dunn 
and Gemma Cosentino got moving around the D, which sent Lauren 
Potter’s pony-tail frantically flapping at times and created plenty of 
space. However instead of consolidating that 15 goal head of steam, 
Storm slowed up and Carnegie came back at them, narrowing the margin 
to 6.

The pace was slower in the third quarter, although the flow of goals 
continued on both sides.  The defence on both teams was largely 
ineffective but Storm “made hay”
and took the quarter 19-13 to lead 54-37.

Another 18 shots for Rachel Dunn and 17 despatched in the final 
period, in what turned out to be a match all about the shooters.  Dunn 
netted 60 from 66 - that’s 91% accuracy, her GA team-mate Gemma 
Costentino 85% (17 from 20).  Leeds had a hefty haul too, Rachel Shaw 
at goal-attack 22 from 27 (81%); Jo Walker netted 27 from 34, that’s 
79% but ended her evening with a scream, after landing badly on her 
ankle.  After receiving treatment and pain relieving gas, court-side, 
Jo was stretchered off to hospital.

QUOTES:

Surrey Storm, Head Coach Mary Beardwood. “We’re coming to the boil 
now, it’s coming along nicely, our attacking down the court was 
absolutely superb.
Leeds stuck at it and obviously, they attacked well as they got 49.  I 
never felt it was easy for us.  They were like terriers and they were 
there all the time.”

Head coach of Leeds Carnegie, Lisa Ferneyhough “It was an attacking 
game tonight, it was a shooting game and unfortunately our defence 
decided to stay at home.  We just couldn’t bring any turnover 
whatsoever. Rachel [Dunn] was formidable but we didn’t do anything to 
make that otherwise.”

TV’s Tim Lovejoy [Something for the Weekend and Soccer Am] “My twin 
daughters, Grace and Rose have just started playing netball and 
they’re getting good at it, so I thought I’d bring them to a proper 
match to show them how it’s done properly. They’ve tried to explain 
the rules to me, because I have no idea what’s going on - the refs 
just blow the whistle a lot.  I’m really impressed actually. I played 
a lot of basketball as a kid -  the speed they’re getting the ball up 
and down the court is phenomenal.”

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