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April 18, 2023 by Samuel Lane

Storm dominate Stars on the road

Stars sported an unchanged starting seven but it was Storm who got off to a quick start going up three goals before Stars got on the board. Thanks to a clinical centre pass, the Stars attacking end were able to find South African shooter Sigi Burger under the post to get Stars on the scoreboard.

At the other end of the court Surrey Storm shooter Peace Proscovia proved why she is sitting at the top of the goal scoring table for the league, strong under the post and not missing in the opening minutes of the game.

Goal Defence Jess Haynes made the first turnover for Stars tipping the ball into team-mate Sarah MacPhail’s hands but they were unable to capitalise. A misplaced ball in Storm’s attacking end meant that this time Stars were able to bring the ball down court and score.

As the quarter went on, both sides found their attacking flow but it was she visitors who ended the first quarter strong, holding a 10-20 lead over Stars.

Head coach Jo Trip changed the attacking end going into the second quarter. Training partner Chloe Essam, making her Severn Stars debut, came on at Goal Attack and Grace Namana going to the bench. 

Storm started the second quarter strong scoring five quick goals and thanks to a goal from Essam, Stars were soon enough on the scoreboard for the second quarter. 

Jo Trip made more changes, this time to her defence end, bringing on Jasmine Brown for her Netball Super League debut in the Goal Keeper position with Trip moving to Goal Defence.

Storm’s defence continued to cause disruption to Stars attacking end, forcing errors and a turnover that saw Storm extended their lead to 20 points at half-time.

No changes were made going into the third quarter. Storm were quick out of the blocks with a turnover from Stars’ centre pass but the hosts responded straight away with a turnover to help claw back the deficit with Namana scoring. 

Jas Brown went out for an interception but was unlucky as she was called for contact and Storm were able to score and add another to the score board. Sigi Burger re-entered the court for Stars at Goal Shooter and was quickly able to find her partnership between her and Severn Stars captain Gabby Marshall at Centre. 

Stars Goal Keeper Jasmine Brown was able to pick up another tip trying to deny a  goal but Storm were able to regain the ball and score in the dying seconds through Goal Attack Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, with the third quarter ending 27-63 in favour of Storm.

There was just one change for Stars for the fourth quarter as training partner Rachael Fee entered the court at Wing Defence.

Stars had the first centre pass with a quick flow through the attack between Marshall and Jess Shaw the ball made its way to Burger for the first goal. Namana also quickly added to the score board with her beautiful trademark high shooting action. 

The Stars defence end forced three quick turnovers with Trip gaining an excellent rebound, Fee flying out for the intercept and Brown getting an interception, all trying to reduce the deficit of the scoreboard. 

Jo Trip made some final changes of the game bringing Jess Haynes back onto the court at Goal Defence, taking herself to the bench and also bringing Kelsie Taylor on at Centre. 

More defensive pressure was made by Jasmine Brown as she made another intercept and the ball flowed down court to the Stars shooters putting final goals on the board. It was too late to change the game and the final score ends 42-79 with visitors Surrey Storm taking the win.

Match Report provided by Severn Stars

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