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21st March 2022
Round 9
Surrey Sports Park
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Niamh Cooper of Surrey Storm

Niamh Cooper of Surrey Storm (Image: Ben Lumley)

The Sky cameras were rolling, and it would be an emotional occasion at Surrey Sports Park as Storm would face Wasp’s netball in the annual Tom Reseigh Trophy. Playing in the memory of former Storm Team Manager Tom Reseigh, the home side would go on to lift the Trophy for another season as Storm make it 3 wins on the trot at home.

In a game that would be a constant battle throughout, Wasps started with a score on their opening possession. Storm would reply as VNSL top scorer Proscovia Peace answers back.

Wasps with a slow start to find their offensive rhythm, Kwangwa turns the ball over and Storm convert twice to take a 2-goal lead. Kwangwa follows this with her athletic reach to force a miss from Parize and Frankie Wells finds the net from range at the end.

Storms defence work hard as Leah Middleton blocks a pass, however Storm mid court unable to hold onto the ball and Wasps regain possession to keep it within 2-goals.

Halfway through the quarter Storm take a 9-5 lead as Proscovia Peace catches aerial feeds from Storm captain Yasmin Parsons, who would go on to win Player Of the Match.

After struggling to get to circle edge, Wasps find composure and feed experienced shooter Rachael Dunn as the deficit is reduced to 3 goals.

Storm continues to execute in the shooting circle, as Leah Middleton ends the quarter with a flying interception to sum up a great defensive display in the first quarter.

With the home side leading 17 – 11 going into the 2nd quarter, Wasps made a change in the shooting circle as Gezelle Allison replaces Lucie Parize and Rachael Dunn moves to GA. This change would steady the ship in the opening minutes as both teams would go goal for goal.

The momentum shift back into Storms favour as Peace continues to find the bottom of the net and Storm extend a 9-goal lead.

Powell-Davies darts across the court for an interception and quick transition down court to Allison to gain one back. Wasps look to step up the pressure on defence and force Storm into another unforced error and Wasps were within 6 goals with 4 minutes to go.

Another change for Wasps would see Tarnowski sub on for Rachael Fee for energy off the bench. Wasps dig deep in the last few minutes of the game and claw back the score as the team’s head to the locker room with only 5 goals separating each at 34 – 29. Sophia Candappa enters the court for the first time facing her former club and starts the second half to replace Mikki Austin.

Josie Huckle would exchange with Christina Shaw, who helps Wasps reduce the gap to 3 goals. However, Storm would adjust to finish the quarter strong as there was nothing to separate the two teams in the third quarter. The difference remained at 5 throughout with both team scoring 24 goals apiece. Storm with a 48 – 43 lead heading into the final quarter, Head Coach Mikki Austin gives the nod to U19 England Roses Sophie Kelly as she starts the 4th and replaces Frankie Wells to gain some VNSL experience.

Wasps look hungry in the opening minutes of the last quarter as they make it a 2-goal game.

Leah Middleton relieved some pressure with a block on Allison to give Storm some breathing room, as Storm regain a 5-goal lead.

Sophie Kelly misses her first shot but a loose pass from Dunn gained the fearless youngster another opportunity to find the net with 6 minutes to go.

Fee would replace Tarnowski to inject some energy off  the bench to try and claw the game back. Christian throws the ball away and Storm takes a comfortable 9 goal lead.

With the game out of reach Sullivan gives Kwangwa a much-deserved rest and Ellie Kelk replaces Proscovia Peace who would bring the home fans to their feet in a roar of applause.

Storm take a convincing 67 – 59 victory as Team Manager Becky Harrison-Smith is awarded ]the Tom Reseigh Trophy to lift in front of the home fans

Mikki Austin “It was an exciting game and we felt like we were always in control. We had some phases throughout the game that were not great but it was never so bad that I thought we would let that game slip out of our hands. Wasps are certainly a team on the rise, they came into the game with a lot of confidence after a couple of recent wins so we knew it was going to be a tough task to disrupt their momentum. But overall I am really pleased we were able to show that strength and mental resilience ”.

Gilbert Player of the Match: Surrey Storm captain, Yasmin Parsons

Match report provided by Surrey Storm. 

You can watch the highlights from all the games in the VNSL 2022 season HERE. Buy tickets to support Surrey Storm at their home games here and support Wasps at their home ground by buying tickets here.

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