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March 13, 2016 by Surrey Storm

Storm take revenge on Bath at Sports Park

Surrey Storm firmly put their woes of an opening weekend defeat behind them on Saturday evening when they confidently overcame a strong Team Bath side at Surrey Sports Park.

The hosts were in control of the tie from the first centre-pass and never looked back from there on, matching Bath’s power and aggression across the court to take a 54-42 win in round 8 of the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

With thoughts of not only that Super Saturday loss but also a Netball London Live defeat a week previous, pre-match team talks were focused on battling hard and playing the opposition at their own game. And it didn’t take long for that tactic to work as both Katy Holland and Hannah Reid bagged early interception and rebounds to give Surrey an impressive 18-9 lead at the first break.

Bath opened Q2 with a steal from the first attacked but Holland was there once again to stop their attempts of a turnover. The visitors did attempt to close the game early on in the period but they couldn’t stop Storm extending their lead to 30-20 thanks to a superbly timed goal on the whistle by Rachel Dunn.

Q3 saw Amy Flanagan (WD) and Josie Huckle (GK) hit the court, with Hannah Reid moving to GD, and it took both sides a few plays to get back into the swing of the game. Bath ended a sloppy opening with the first goal of the half before Pamela Cookey sat out with a knock, allowing Kat Hayes her chance to shine, and it looked like there could be a way back in for the visitors. 3 goals in a row reduced their deficit to 9, as the quarter ended 39-30.

Huckle flew straight in with a strong interception in Q4 to remind Bath of which side were in charge in the game, and it was at that point that the flood gates opened. Cookey (GA) and Ainsworth (WD) returned to court, pushing Flanagan to C and Candappa to WA, and Storm quickly extended their lead to 13 goals. Bath did creep back in briefly midway into the period, but the flawless shooting from both Cookey and Dunn handed Storm a big 54-42 win, much to the excitement and relief of the onlooking duck egg blue faithful.

Storm were back in training on Sunday morning in preparation for Monday night’s round 9 trip to Team Northumbria, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm.

BRD Events Player of the Match: Rachel Dunn

Storm starting 7:
GK – Reid
GD – Holland
WD – Ainsworth
C – Candappa
WA – Lees
GA – Cookey
GS – Dunn

Changes for Storm – Flanangan to WD, Huckle to GK, Reid to GD, Hayes to GA (Q3), Ainsworth to WD, Candappa to WA, Flanagan to C, Cookey to GA (Q4)

Bath starting 7:
GK – Beckford-Chambers
GD – Mostert
WD – Brownie
C – Richie
WA – Vann
GA – Shaw
GS – Potgieter

Changes for Bath – Cook to GK, Beckford-Chambers to GD, Mostert to WD (Q2), Varey to QA (Q3)

Storm shooting stats:
Dunn – 36/41, 88%
Cookey – 18/22, 82%
Hayes – 0/0, 0%
Team – 54/63, 86%

Team Bath shooting stats:
Potgieter – 25/30, 83%
Shaw – 4/5, 80%
Lewis – 13/17, 76%
Team – 42/52, 81%

Quarter scores:
Q1 – 18-9
Q2 – 30-20 (12-11)
Q3 – 39-30 (9-10)
Q4 – 54-42 (15-12)

Smooth passing from @amyhflanagan to find @PamelaCookey. Storm turnover & the lead is up to 13 at 49-36 #StormLive

— Surrey Storm (@SurreyStorm) March 12, 2016

Full time at @Surreysportpark and Storm take the revenge win! Final score: 54-42 #StormLive @NetballSL

— Surrey Storm (@SurreyStorm) March 12, 2016

A great win tonight @SurreyStorm v @TeamBathNetball @NetballSL @SkyNetball @SurreyAdSpills

— Steve Porter (@6908jet) March 12, 2016

A great win tonight @SurreyStorm v @TeamBathNetball @NetballSL @SkyNetball @SurreyAdSpills

— Steve Porter (@6908jet) March 12, 2016

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