Loughborough Lightning won their first Netball London Live 41-63 to end Surrey Storm’s season.
The scene was set, the final game for Surrey Storm’s Superleague season ending at the biggest venue yet, The Copper Box Arena. Storm faced Loughborough Lighting with the Surrey side looking to right the wrongs from a tough season.
Storm took an early 3-1 lead through Sigi Burger and Katie Harris, much to the delight of the onlooking crowd.
Then, Lightning struck. The brand-new rivals made the most of their possessions, working the ball quickly to turn the tide and ending the quarter 14-10 ahead.
Exceptional work from Storm in the second quarter drew the game level, Katie Harris netting the all-important shot.
However, Peace Proscovia, was an unstoppable force in Storm’s defensive circle and quickly regained the lead for the visitors.
It was the third quarter where Lightning asserted their dominance on the game.
The guests began to find their rhythm despite the hard work of Storm to keep them at bay. Intricate passing and movement undoing the duck egg blue resistance.
Despite the efforts of Yasmin Parsons, Georgia Lees and Harris to create shooting opportunities for Burger, Lightning stood firm. They closed the quarter out 14 goals to the good.
Storm entered the final quarter chasing the game, meaning they had to take risks in their attacking play. Unfortunately, this opened the door for Lightning to pounce.
As Loughborough extended their lead you might have expected the crowd to die out, you would be wrong.
The passion on show off the court inspired the girls on court to give one last push, never accepting defeat regardless of the score line.
Loughborough emerged 63-41 winners on the night, but no Storm fan could be anything but proud of their team’s performance.