Solid Surrey Storm tame the Dragons

Surrey Storm came back from their first league defeat last week to slay the Dragons, 74-50 on Monday, qualifying for the final four in the netball Fiat Super League.

Tasmin Greenway returned from injury when Surrey Storm bounced back from the season’s first defeat to beat Celtic Dragons at home 74-50 securing them a final four place in the netball Fiat Super League.

Player and coach Greenway returned from a hamstring injury suffered against Yorkshire Nets to lead Storm to an emphatic victory despite a tight first quarter which they edged, 19-17.

The influential 29- year-old Greenway was delighted to be back from injury and playing in such an important game.  

“I am really happy to be back and we all played really well today. The win today was necessary to secure a place in the top four,” she said.

Storm lost their first game of the season, 67- 48, against league leaders Northern Thunder last week. “We were awful last week and never really got going, but today we really showed what we can do,” the England international said.

The Celtic Dragons looked dangerous in the first quarter as long balls were launched towards the 198cm tall Lottysha Cato and the goal shooter always looked dangerous, giving Surrey Storm’s Hannah Reid a tough job as goalkeeper.

“She’s a tough opponent, but we knew that and had worked during the week on how to stop her. We all worked really well today,” the game’s official MVP said.

The Celtic Dragons’ long ball technique onwards powerful Cato worked until half way in the second period when the Storm increased the passing tempo finishing the first half 41-28.

Second placed Storm continued their good movement and passing game in the third quarter and became too strong for the Welsh visitors. Goal shooter and England International Rachel Dunn looked unstoppable scoring 13 goals in Surrey’s best quarter of the game.

Visitors Dragons, the only non-English team in the league, tried controlling the ever-present Dunn, putting Cato as a goalkeeper half way through the third quarter, but Surrey always looked more dangerous going forward and finished the third quarter 58-40.

Surrey Storm never looked back in the final quarter lead by influential Greenway and in front of a full packed home arena they secured a solid three points, leaving them on 15 points, sitting second in the Netball Super League.

The Celtic Dragons are in danger of missing out a place in the final four, with only one game remaining and six points from five matches.

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