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Northern Thunder victorious over Storm
NORTHERN THUNDER 60-38 SURREY STORM
Castle Leisure Centre, Bury.
It was the first big clash of the 2011 Fiat Netball Superleague with
Northern Thunder taking the initiative in the title race by scoring an
impressive victory over Surrey Storm in front of a home crowd in
Bury. A physical start to the match led to a tight first couple of
quarters, nothing much in the score line with both sides taking a lead
only to be hauled back.
Storm will probably admit they got better in the second quarter, their
defensive zoning created problems for their hosts with Karen Greig
struggling to find her trademark accuracy. At the other end it wasn’t
the best performance we’ve seen from Rachel Dunn either. Surrey took
an 19-17 lead but let it slip.
Thunder's captain Karen Greig woke up in the second half leading the
way for her team with a perfect 15 from 15 attempts in the third
quarter. We expect nothing but the best from Sara Bayman and Jade
Clarke and it looks like they have a new friend to join them in their
“centre (third) of excellence”. What a difference Jess Langman made
coming on at WA and bringing pace, precision and a bounce pass (that
even scares her team-mates), onto the court helping turn the game to
the home side’s advantage in the last 30 minutes of the match.
But it was defender Emma Dovey who was named player of the match after
a series of key rebounds and interceptions. Thunder finding their
groove later in the match an improvement on their finish against
Hertfordshire Mavericks less than 5 days before
Surrey Storm's Head coach Mary Beardwood: “We some silly mistakes at
the end of the second quarter where we went from 2 goals up to 3 goals
down. Langman coming on for Thunder was extremely effective, but it
was great to give our younger players a run out, Fran Desmond making
her Fiat Netball Superleague debut and giving us lots to work on ahead
our Mavericks game on the 7th."
Northern Thunder captain Karen Grieg: “A good win, although a slower
start than we wanted we picked up the pace. The second half we
started to ask questions of Surrey, they had no answers. Our through
court ball and our patience were excellent. We’re looking forward to
what challenges the other teams have for us - bring it on!”