Strathclyde Sirens secured a comprehensive 56-38 victory over Surrey Storm in the VNSL Season opener at Netball Super 10.
The Surrey side struggled to compete with Sirens’ Cat Tuivaiti’s crowd-pleasing tricks and flicks in the shooting circle as the shooter couldn’t seem to miss a shot.
Sirens picked up where they left off in the third quarter with a combination of brilliant pressure, nice through-court play and accurate shooting – sprinkled with a touch of Tuivaiti flair – helped them extend their lead.
The second half saw some positive defensive work from Storm captain Katy Hughes (previously Holland) and Lorraine Kowalewska as they tried to keep Tuaviti at bay, earning several turnovers but to little avail.
The final quarter was the opportunity for Storm’s younger players to get a run out on court as Laura Morton, Alima Priest and Jessica Dale all made their official VNSL debuts.
Speaking after the game, Director of Netball Mikki Austin admitted “we gave away a lot of cheap balls and we cannot afford to do that in this league.
“We’re great at playing with freedom and flair, but we lost our confidence to do that at the start of the game.
“We’re here to compete and not just to make up the numbers, so we cannot afford to lose that confidence in future.”
Looking on the positives of the game, Austin reflected: “Defensively we did some good stuff to keep them separated at times, and attacking wise we were really smart in moments, but we weren’t consistent enough.”