Surrey Storm Netball will host Yorkshire Jets at Surrey Sports Park this Saturday (7pm centre-pass) as the 2015 Superleague season arrives in Guildford.
A crowd of over 900 netball fans will hit the University of Surrey-owned venue to watch Storm continue their quest for Superleague glory following a disappointing round 1 opener against Manchester Thunder last Monday.
The season opener, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports, saw the 2014 champions defeat Surrey 55-52 in a frustrating night for the Storm shooters, who were not being fed consistent balls to prevent Thunder from taking the win.
“The match against Thunder was disappointing for us. We were defending well and the shooters had an excellent game, but we just struggled to the get the ball to the goal” said Coach Tamsin Greenway. “Rachel Dunn was the top scorer on the court, yet we still lost. That is something that we have been working on for Saturday.”
Greenway’s squad will be looking to overturn this disappointing start on Saturday when they host a Yorkshire Jets side who picked up a key signing over the summer in former Celtic Dragons shooter Lottysha Cato.
Tickets for home matches played at Surrey Sports Park sold out in record time, with all seats being snapped up for the six Guildford-based matches in the New Year.
Netball London Live, Storm’s show piece match against Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Copper Box Arena in March, is also very close to a sell-out meaning a record breaking attendance of 6000 fans will be at the event in only its second season of existence.
“The support that we have is unbelievable. Year on year the fan base grows and gets more and more passionate. It’s something really special for all of our players. Surrey Sports Park has become a real fortress in recent years and it’s an away trip feared by most of the Superleague. And to say that we will have thousands getting behind us at an Olympic venue as well is phenomenal.”
“Not only does it show the continuing growth in popularity and reach of Surrey Storm across London and the South East, but it also shows how netball as a sport is really picking up the pace from both a playing and spectator perspective.”
Storm will have a quick turnaround of fixtures after Saturday’s match as they travel to top 4 rivals Team Bath in round 3 on Monday evening (7.45pm centre-pass) for their second live Sky Sports match of the season.
Tickets for Netball London Live at available online now at www.surreystormnetball.co.uk. Live match updates will also be available online throughout the season.