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Round 9: UWS Sirens still Superheroes despite Round 9 defeat against Surrey Storm

29th April 2018

UWS Sirens returned to the Vitality Netball Superleague at their Superhero Saturday themed match on 28th April, however it was Surrey Storm that pinched the win at the Emirates Arena.


The UWS Sirens starting seven were: Shantal Slater GS, Lynsey Gallagher GA, Nicola McCleery WA, Sara Bayman C, Claire Brownie WD, Emily Nicholl GD and Nicole Aiken Pinnock GK.


Both teams took time to find their feet in the opening minutes. Slater and Lynsey showed great links in the shooting circle, and great intercepts from Brownie, Bayman and Aiken Pinnock helped keep the game level. Height advantage in the shooting circle for Surrey Storm, twinned with high shooting percentage from Burger lead to Storm leading the game after the first quarter 10-14.


No changes in quarter two for both teams. Slater opened the second quarter after 90 seconds of back and forth. Captain Brownie pulled out another one of her superhero like intercepts in the mid court, straight into an open wide Slater to bring the score line to 12-16. UWS Sirens displayed fantastic phases of defensive play, pushing Storm to feed in and out the circle and back to the transverse line before they could materialise. However, after some long balls, quick interceptions and strong connections in shooting circle from Storm, the first half finished on an 8-goal advantage to Storm, 22-30.


In quarter three, Murphy comes onto court as WD, Goodwin on at GS, Sutherland on at GD and Gibbons at GK. Storm took the first centre pass, but Goodwin was the first to score after her first touch of the ball. Goodwin took 5 from 5 goals in the first minutes of game play, and the energy from UWS Sirens grew throughout the quarter. Sutherland and Gibbons kept close ties in the shooting circle, with the help of pocket rocket Murphy on the wing. Sutherland shortly left the court and Aiken Pinnock made an immediate impact by deflecting the ball and giving UWS Sirens possession. Fantastic defending by our 6’3 superhero Gibbons on the final seconds prevents a last minute goal opportunity, but Storm continued the lead 34-45.


Walker takes to court as GA in the final quarter. Storm opened with centre pass but Gibbons pulled another great steal and UWS Sirens were back on the attack. The UWS Sirens continued to fight for the ball, but struggled to close the gap. Storm converted every opportunity and picked up on small errors from UWS Sirens. Final score: 44-58.


Player of the match: Nicola McCleery


Not the score UWS Sirens were looking for at home despite some good improvements on court following Gold Coast, and having such an epic support system from fans both on and off the court. Despite the result, the UWS Sirens fans truly are superheroes. The energy, the support and the atmosphere on Saturday was incredible. Thanks for making the Superhero Saturday event so fantastic!


Next match: UWS Sirens vs Manchester Thunder – Bring the Boys! Centre pass, 2pm.