Surrey Storm Netball take a trip across the River Severn on Saturday afternoon for a true Anglo-Welsh battle against Celtic Dragons in round 11 of the 2015 Superleague season.
Celtic Dragons vs Surrey Storm
2015 Netball Superleague- Round 11
Saturday 28th March 2015, 4pm
Sports Wales National Centre
Saturday afternoon’s clash could see Storm secure their spot in the top 4 and a place in next month’s Superleague semi-finals with a win, but an in-form Celtic Dragons side will be full of confidence on the back of two wins in a row in rounds 9 and 10.
Storm cemented their status as one of the top two sides in the league last weekend with a resounding victory over 3rd place Yorkshire Jets in Leeds as they completed the double against this season’s surprise package.
A final quarter goal surge from the hosts was quickly halted by the Surrey defence, which included Amy Flanagan who came off the bench for another appearance in a Storm dress: “They really put the pressure on us in that 4th quarter so it was important that we didn’t get complacent despite the lead.
“I think we really showed our strength and ability to focus in that match. We quickly understood the threat from Jets and dealt with it. They are an excellent attacking side so we did well to beat them by the margin that we did.”
Dragons meanwhile took the second of their recent victories, this time on the road to Team Northumbria which saw them leap frog their opponents to take a step off the bottom of the table.
With just a single home win on their record this season, a 1 point victory over Loughborough Lightning, they will be keen to make it three in a row against Storm, who know that 3 points of their own will secure a top 4 finish.
“It would be a huge relief to know that, with three rounds left, we would have our semi-final confirmed. We know that is our minimum target to achieve this season but we also know that we are capable of so much more.
“It won’t be an easy match by any means. Dragons will be hungry for another win to prove a point and they have settled really well as the season has gone on. Fingers crossed we will have something to celebrate on Saturday evening!”