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Severn Stars look to bounce back against Surrey Storm

Severn Stars will look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat when they take on Surrey Storm on Saturday (16 February).

The Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) side will be playing their second home game at the University of Gloucestershire Sports Arena (6pm centre pass), with another sell-out crowd expected.

Stars’ were left frustrated when they lost to Manchester Thunder at the University of Worcester Arena last Saturday (9 February) by 49-62. Head Coach, Sam Bird, has been working on a number of strategies during training this week to put in a successful performance in front of a home crowd.

Severn Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, said: “We will be looking to expand the periods of very good play we put out against Manchester Thunder on Saturday. We have been working on our strategies to give ourselves the best chance to perform strongly against Storm and we are looking forward to the match.

“The last game at Gloucester was great in terms of the crowd being very close to the courtside and creating a great atmosphere for us to play in. We hope to use the home support to our advantage this week.”

Bird added: “Both teams have South African import players so will be familiar with the style of play and each other’s preferred way to play.”

The Severn Stars are a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire.

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Activity during the Vitality Netball Superleague Super 10 at Arena Birmingham on January 5, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for England Netball)

Featured player – Yasmin Parsons

 

Name: Yasmin Parsons

Position: WA/C

Clubs: Surrey Storm, Weston Park Blades

Domestic honours: Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2013 (Team Bath) and Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2016 (Surrey Storm).

International honours:

  • Gold European Championships u17 and Captain 2011
  • Player of the Tournament u17 European Championships
  • Gold at European Championships u21 2013 and Captain
  • Gold at Senior Open European Championships 2012 and 2013
  • 4th at U21 World Championships in Glasgow 2013
  • Gold at World Universities representing Great Britain 2013
  • England A

About:

At only 25, Yasmin has a vast amount of Vitality Netball Superleague experience and since being given her first taste of Superleague action by Team Bath, she has not looked back.

Yasmin is no stranger to representing her country as she has featured for various age group squads. She has also travelled with the senior side to a Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand but was not capped.

Yasmin is now a key member and vice-captain of Surrey Storm where an outstanding performance saw Surrey Storm defeat Team Bath 56-50.

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Wasps weather early Storm

Surrey Storm suffered defeat at the hands of Wasps Netball in the fourth round of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

It was a confident start for the home squad, returning to the Sports Park arena off the back of a momentous win over Team Bath earlier in the week.

With the Tom Reseigh Trophy up for grabs, Surrey Storm’s Sigi Burger was first to start off the scoring for the home side, making way for what was to be a very close quarter.

The was ball moved end to end by both teams, full of pace and intention. Storm placed themselves firmly in the driving seat, really taking the game to the defending Superleague Champions. The first quarter ended all square at 16 points a-piece.

Storm continued to get the ball into the hands of their shooting pair Rhea Dixon and Burger, who made the tough shots look effortless from mid to long range in the circle.

It remained close throughout Q2, with the team down by five at the half (29 – 34) and plenty of positives to take with them.

However, it was the third quarter that saw the momentum shift in Wasps’ favour, as they began to pull away with a decisive lead.

Despite a persistent defensive effort from the starting trio Katie Hughes (c), Lorraine Kowalewska and Shadine Van Der Merwe to keep the ball away from Wasps Rachel Dunn, it was not to be as the visiting team orchestrated to a 10-point lead by the end of Q3.

The final quarter left Surrey Storm with plenty of work to do. Despite some impressive long shots from Laura Morton and relentless defence from Lorraine Kowalewska, it proved too much for the girls in blue and they had to settle for defeat and watch the Tom Reseigh Trophy return to Coventry.

Shadine Van Der Merwe walked away from her first home game for Surrey Storm as Player of the Match as she dominated in her defensive role tonight. Speaking to her after the game she said, “it’s good to be back and wearing the duck-egg blue dress. Thank you to the fans and we’ll be back stronger.”

Katie Harris

Katie Harris prepares for first return to Storm

Wasps Netball’s Katie Harris is ready for an “emotional” return to the club she called home for eight years.

The Black and Golds have started the Vitality Netball Superleague season with back-to-back wins and will look to continue their unbeaten start when they travel to Surrey Storm on Saturday 2 February (6pm centre-pass).

Harris joined Wasps from Storm last summer and has started both games at goal attack this season.

She has re-formed her partnership with Rachel Dunn, who she played with during her time at Surrey, and says she is already improving with the guidance of her new coaches and teammates.

“It’s going to be quite emotional for me going back to Storm,” said Harris.

“I have some great memories of my time there and I’m still good friends with everyone there, but my focus is completely on Wasps now and those friendships will be put to one side when we’re out on court.

“I’m really enjoying my time at Wasps so far, my teammates have been very supportive since I arrived. I feel like I’ve improved as a player already, especially on the technical side of my game.

“It’s been great playing with Rachel Dunn again too. We know we need to make that combination the best it can possibly be, so that is a big focus for us every week in training.”

Storm travelled to Team Bath and secured their first Superleague win under new director of netball Mikki Austin last weekend.

Wasps currently sit top of the table on goal difference and are one of only two undefeated teams remaining.

The fixture will also mark the third contest of the Tom Reseigh Trophy, which honours the former Storm team manager who passed away in October 2016 following a long battle with cancer.

“The match is in memory of Tom Reseigh, which is really important to a lot of us and is a great recognition of everything he did for the game,” added Harris.

“It’s a period of change at Storm but Mikki Austin has done well to assemble a talented squad there, who achieved a huge win against Bath.

“We know it will be a big challenge and they always have a great crowd at Storm too.

“We have worked really hard in pre-season and we’re starting to see results on the court, but we know we have a lot of work to do, with the league being so strong from top to bottom this year.”

Wasps Netball return to Ricoh Arena to take on Saracens Mavericks on Monday 11 February (7pm centre-pass).

Season Memberships are now on sale, and individual tickets for the first six home Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures of the 2019 season are also available.

Visit www.waspsnetball.co.uk for more information.

Tickets are also now available for the Vitality Netball Superleague Big Easter Weekend!

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