Severn Stars player, Iona Darroch, believes the team will come back stronger second time around against London Pulse this Saturday (16th March, 7pm) – the side they faced on the opening day of the season.
The mid-court player says Stars have been on a learning curve in the first half of the Vitality Netball Superleague season since they lost to the League newcomers back in January. She said thanks to their training regime and their mixed experiences on court, both positive and negative, they had grown significantly as a team in that time.
She said: “Obviously we played Pulse in our first game of the season and I think both teams have progressed since then, but we will definitely come back stronger this time as we have developed a lot since the start of the season.
“We have learnt a lot in the first half of the season and have had a great week of training so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can bring to the court on Saturday.”
Darroch is hoping her side can emulate at London’s Copper Box Arena the standard of performance they produced away against League leaders Wasps last weekend, who they pushed close, ultimately going down 47-54 at the Ricoh Arena. Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, has praised her team, saying it showed when they get it together they can compete with anyone in the League and that they had used the ball when they won it “brilliantly”.
“We put out a good performance against Wasps last week so we need to be confident in that and turn our good performances into wins,” said Darroch. “We have a great opportunity to do that against Pulse.
“We are expecting a good contest and a physical game but if we stick to our structures and reduce our errors then we should come out on top. As a team, we are very good at winning ball so we know we are going to get turnovers, we just need to make sure we are clinical in attack and play to our strengths to take care of the ball to goal.”
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