Another week, another convincing win for Surrey Storm as they brushed aside Loughborough Lightning 66-38 to reclaim top spot in The FIAT Netball Superleague. Player-Coach Tamsin Greenway, was pleased to see some improvement in her side, she said “We set a target, we wanted to hit 70, so we were almost there today. What I was impressed with was that we went goal for goal for the first five or six minutes and really showed that composure we were lacking the other week. We started to do that and when we had our opportunities we really started to take it away."
“I would say that we got into fourth gear at times, we’re definitely not there yet. There has been a lot of hype about our attack but you can’t deny what our defence did tonight, the amount of turnover they are getting is just incredible. Our centre pass is really starting to click, me and Pam (Cookey) are starting to work on that, we haven’t concentrated a lot on our attack end yet, but we have got to start stepping up on that. There are some areas when it doesn’t go direct and we think what do we do? That’s what we are going to focus on.”
With victory all but confirmed at the start of the second half, the England mid-courter took the chance to rotate her team, a tactic she had been keen to deploy “I spoke to the girls and I said that they will get opportunities this year, I am not about a squad of seven but they have got to take their chances when they do. It’s nice to make them feel comfortable; I don’t want them to feel out of their depth. We have got running combinations and we tried different styles and it worked out so that was nice."
The only blip for Storm was the fact that a drop in tempo saw them lose the fourth quarter and Greenway admitted that she had words with team as the energy dropped. She revealed “I did actually have a go at them at the end of the third quarter because I asked them to put another ball in. The great thing about our attack is that they are so quick, but actually that can be our biggest let down as well. We have got to be able to control that for it to work, so at times it was effortless but I would like to see them put a bit more effort in.”
At the end of the match, hundreds of fans gathered around the court patiently waiting for autographs from their heroes and the Storm coach was quick to pay tribute to their loyal fans, she said “It was brilliant in here tonight, it was a bit quiet sometimes but it was nice to get the crowd back going again. We have such a good atmosphere in here and it’s so nice playing in front of our fans. We have got one of the best venues and one of the best crowds.”
Lightning Coach Olivia Murphy focused on the plus points to be taken from what was always going to be a difficult challenge for her side, she admitted “They have got the best attack in the league so it was tough to close them down but I wasn’t too worried. At the start, our game was fantastic, it’s just putting all these pieces together for the rest of the season. We have got such a young team that every time they step on court they learn so much and it’s trying to get them to learn that in a positive way so they can keep reproducing the good stuff. We can in patches stick with the best, we forced them into some stuff they wouldn’t have liked, and if we can keep replicating the good stuff we do we can stay with anyone.”