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Severn Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, has called on her team to play more consistently at the high level they have shown they are capable of.

The club is still searching for its first win of the season and is hoping it will come this Friday (March 16) against Scottish outfit UWS Sirens in the last match before the break for the Commonwealth Games.

Bird said her team had shown “outstanding” play in their last match, but needed to maintain that level for longer periods of the match and to play consistently well against every team.

“We just need to extend these glimpses of excellent performances to start getting some points on the board,” she said.

Stars, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, lost to Midlands rivals Wasps Netball on Monday night despite an encouraging performance that saw them push the reigning champions all the way.

It also saw them match the same score margin against the league leaders as they had against sixth placed Celtic Dragons two days before.

Bird said her side needed to play to the same standard regardless of who the opposition is.

“I heard someone in the crowd [at the Wasps match] say that it was the best that Wasps have been challenged and yet we’re near the bottom of the table and they’re at the top. We have got to start performing against every team in every match,” she added.

Stars have little time to dwell as they prepare for their third away match in six days, heading up to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.  Bird said this was a tough run of fixtures, but she remained positive that Stars could bring back their first win.

“We’ve done our homework and we’ve strengthened,” she said.  “If we can take the type of performance at Wasps up to Scotland, there’s every chance of performing really well there.”

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