Surrey Storm Netball face an Easter weekend double header in rounds 12 and 13 of the Netball Superleague season as they take on both Loughborough Lightning and Hertfordshire Mavericks in 72 hours.
Surrey Storm vs Loughborough Lightning
2015 Netball Superleague- Round 12
Saturday 4th April 2015, 7pm
Surrey Sports Park
Hertfordshire Mavericks vs Surrey Storm
2015 Netball Superleague- Round 13
Monday 6th April 2015, 2pm
Hertfordshire Sports Village
With plenty still to play for this season, Storm will be looking to confirm a home semi-final on Monday evening with a double weekend win, with two very different team awaiting them on Saturday and Monday.
Storm secured their spot in the Superleague semi-finals last weekend with a resounding 30-73 win away to Celtic Dragons- their biggest winning margin of the season. Coach Greenway fully rotated her squad during the match, proving the depth in talent as well as numbers.
Both Lightning and Mavericks also picked up wins in round 11, against Team Northumbria and Team Bath respectively.
Despite Loughborough now being out of the race for the top 4, Assistant Coach Tallisa Haynes is cautious of becoming complacent at home: “These games are real banana skins. The pressure is off the opposition, while we know that we still have some work to do, so literally anything can happen.
“Loughborough were no problem at their place in round 5 and we know that we can repeat that victory in front of our own fans. Last weekend’s result has definitely filled us with confidence.”
The story will be very different on Monday when Storm travel to Hertfordshire Mavericks, who are locked in a battle for 3rd place with Yorkshire Jets.
The Netball London Live rivals will be looking for revenge for that famous defeat almost a month ago but also know that a win could hand them a huge boost going into a huge final round match-up with Jets.
“We really will have to be at the top of our game to beat Mavericks. They have a great defensive record and will be hungry to a win. Our girls will want this too. We want that comfort of knowing we will play at home in the semis before the final round, having the luxury of one last game to play to prepare.
“One thing that will be certain is the physicality of the game. Every ball will be contested and every shot and goal will matter- a treat for the fans!”