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Strathclyde Sirens finish 9th in the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague standings

14th May 2019

The 2019 season came to an end on Saturday 4th May after Strathclyde Sirens took on Saracens Mavericks to mark their final away match of the year. 5th placing Saracens Mavericks had a tough battle on their hands in a bid to scoop another 3 points at home against a feisty Strathclyde Sirens side, and came away with a 5-goal lead, 50-45.

It’s been a roller-coaster 2019 season for Strathclyde Sirens. From brand new partnerships with University of Strathclyde to the early departure of the wonderful Cat Tuivaiti to hosting the inaugural BIG Easter Weekend, a lot has happened in the space of 5 months and what an exciting time it has been for netball in Scotland as we head towards the Netball World Cup.

We caught up with our Head Coach Gail Parata who said: “The third year in the VNSL and the learning curve of being a super league franchise continues for the Strathclyde Sirens.

“Finishing 9th is not how any team wants their season to go and we are no different.  However what we have learnt is that winning comes in many forms from the development of athletes, to strengthening processes, to innovating with new ideas and strategies, to reducing a 30 goal margin from the first time we played a team to a 5 goal margin the second time we played them.

“All that said we will continue to strive in our fourth year to be competitive both on and off the court and deserved of being a franchise in this elite netball competition. 

“This season we had the Netball World Cup in the back of our minds when we selected the Sirens team and we believed it would be the right preparation for Sirens athletes that were also Scottish Thistles. With my National Coach ‘hat on’ I can honestly say we could not have obtained any other quality preparation that was available on our ‘doorstep’ week to week.

“We also signed two quality imports in Cathrine Tuivaiti and Gia Abernethy.  Both of them slotted seamlessly into our ‘way of doing things’ as well as bought some great learnings for both team mates, training partners and coaches.  Unfortunately, we lost Cathrine early in the season and it took a few weeks for us to adjust and find our way again.  Although with the loss of Cathrine this gave us the opportunity to provide all of our Scottish shooters in the Sirens programme with valuable match play whereas they would have had limited opportunities with Cathrine being available.

“In the latter half of the season we delivered some solid performances against teams ranked in the top 5 of the 2019 VNSL.  

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the University of Strathclyde and Sirens partners for their continued support.

“To all the volunteers, a massive thank you for the work that you do to make the Sirens home matches a great experience.

“To the best fans in the Superleague, thank you for coming out to support us at all our home matches and via social media.  We look forward to seeing you all at our matches in the 2020 season.”

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