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February 26, 2016 by Surrey Storm

Preview: Storm prepare for double header weekend

Surrey Storm head into a big three day of Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures, with trips to both Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder ahead.

Loughborough Lightning vs Surrey Storm
2016 Vitality Netball Superleague Round 5
Saturday 27th February 2016
6pm centre-pass
Tickets sold out

Manchester Thunder vs Surrey Storm
2016 Vitality Netball Superleague Round 6
Monday 29th February 2016
7.45pm centre-pass
Live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.45pm

The Opposition

Loughborough made their intentions clear over the summer, signing some key international stars including Kadeen and Sasha Corbin, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze, only for their fortunes to turn around with Sasha suffering a long-term injury and Jade announcing her return to the ANZ Championships next month.

Former Yorkshire Jets attacker Natalie Haythronthwaite made the move to Thunder in one of the key transfers of the summer, while 30 year old New Zealand international Liana Leota arrives in the UK to join husband and Sale Sharks player Johnny Leota, completing another strong Thunder squad under new Head Coach Dan Ryan.

The Ones to Watch

Peace Proscovia (Lightning) sits top of the shooting table so far this season having scored an impressive 166 goals with 192 attempts (86%), closely followed by Thunder’s Helen Housby on 138 goals (86%) meaning the Storm defence will need to be on top form across both fixtures.

The Squad

With Mikki Austin getting back to full fitness following her return to the squad, she will be pushing the already impressive Sophia Candappa for a spot in the starting 7.

Coach Kathryn Ratnapala will have the luxury of a full roster to choose from for both games.

Tickets and Coverage

Tickets for Saturday’s game at Loughborough are sold out, but there is limited availability for Monday’s clash at Manchester which is also live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm.

There will be updates from both games on Facebook and Twitter.

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