Surrey Storm Netball will be looking to turn around a disappointing opening day defeat on Saturday evening when they host the Yorkshire Jets at Surrey Sports Park, before travelling to Team Bath on Monday for their second live Sky Sports fixture.
Surrey Storm v Yorkshire Jets
2015 Netball Superleague- Round 2
Saturday 7th February 2015, 7pm
Surrey Sports Park
Team Bath v Surrey Storm
2015 Netball Superleague- Round 3
Monday 9th February 2015, 7.45pm
University of Bath Sports Training Village
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS
A narrow 3 goal defeat to Manchester Thunder in round 1 gave Storm a less than ideal start to the 2015 season, as the consistency of the hosts across court allowed them to start where they left off last season.
But with Coach Tamsin Greenway highlighting key areas for improvement immediately after the game, captain Hannah Reid says that training this week has been more focused than ever: “We knew straight away what needed fixing. We defended well, we were shooting accurately, we just needed to get that ball into the D more efficiently.
“We’ve been working hard on that in training since the Thunder match and is something that we know will improve with more time on court. That game was always going to be tough, but the pressure is off after our unbeaten season and we can now knuckle down and work on getting points on the board.”
The fixtures come thick and fast for Storm as they face two matches in three days in rounds 2 and 3, as a sell-out crowd hits Surrey Sports Park on Saturday evening before Surrey travel to the West Country to take on Team Bath on Monday night.
With Jets welcoming former Dragons shooter Lottysha Cato to their roster during the summer, Reid is more than familiar with their attacking threat: “We’ve faced many battles over the last few seasons. She’s an excellent shooter and is a headache for all defenders in the Superleague.
“The task is to break them down before they get to the shooting circle. If they cannot feed to Cato, they will be scoring fewer goals. We know what to do, and we know how to go and get that win.”
A new-look Team Bath pose a different sort of threat on Monday night as Storm will looking to show the world what they are made of in front of the Sky Sports cameras for the second time this season.
“Bath away is another trip much like Thunder- they have a great home support and will have more people than ever in the Sports Village to get behind them” said Reid.
“We won’t be worried about that though and will be looking to round off what will hopefully be a very positive weekend for Surrey Storm!”
Coach Tamsin Greenway will again have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend and is likely to choose an unchanged starting 7. Tickets for Saturday’s match at Surrey Sports Park is sold out, but you can follow live updates from both games on Facebook and Twitter, or tune into Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm on Monday to Bath vs Storm.