Surrey Storm Netball will host the Yorkshire Jets in the first Superleague semi-final on Saturday, with the winners booking their spot in the Grand Final.
Surrey Storm vs Yorkshire Jets
2015 Netball Superleague- Semi-finals
Saturday 18th April 2015, 4.10pm
Surrey Sports Park
The Superleague’s surprise package will visit Surrey Sports Park with a point to prove this weekend, as they look to secure their first ever Grand Final appearance.
Storm will have other ideas though, as they feature in their 6th consecutive semi-final and will want to break the bad luck which has seen them reach numerous finals without ever lifting the trophy.
Both sides go into the match in excellent goal scoring form, especially Surrey who picked up the biggest win of the season on Monday with a trouncing of bottom of the table side Team Northumbria.
The visitors found themselves 10 goals to the good within the opening minutes of the match and went on to secure a whopping 20-86 win to set them up for the semi-final.
Jets meanwhile fought out a narrow 4 goal victory over Hertfordshire Mavericks which saw the m secured 3rd place in table and a meeting with Storm.
Having completed two victories in two meetings between the sides this season, Coach Tamsin Greenway has high hopes for Saturday’s encounter: “We know how they play and we know how to beat them. This is key. They have a very specific style and once you know how to break that down you can start closing them out early.
“Jets have worked hard to take 3rd in the table and certainly have been a surprise package this season. But we are confident and can definitely win this match.”
Facing their second test in less than a week, Storm will go into the game on a high after Monday’s goal fest, a match which Greenway saw as being just as important as all 13 previous.
“We had already booked our home semi-final, so we could have easily just rotated the squad around from the start and played out the match with no meaning.
“I didn’t want that, though. I wanted to build some momentum towards the semi-finals and ensure that, while every player got time on court, we were working on the key tactics and movements that I want to see from the team week in, week out.”
Storm kick off Saturday’s semi-final showdown against Jets with a 4.10pm centre-pass, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 4 from 4pm, followed by Manchester Thunder hosting Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Manchester Arena from 6.10pm, also live on Sky.
Fans who were unable to get tickets to the match can watch the game live on the big screen TVs and projectors in The Bench Sports Bar at Surrey Sports Park, and will be joined by the Storm and Jets players to watch the second match.
Those who do not have a Sky Sports subscription can also watch both matches via NOW TV for just £6.99. Click here for more information.