Pulse edge out Storm in Monday night thriller at the Park. 3rd March 2020
Surrey Storm suffered their first defeat in the brand-new Vitality Netball Superleague season, after visitors London Pulse completed a narrow 51-50 victory in a titanic struggle at Surrey Sports Park in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday.
It was Pulse who made a lightning start, dominating the opening quarter 19-6. Storm Director of Netball Mikki Austin decided to make a couple of changes for the second quarter by bringing on Sophie Hankin and Lorraine Kowalewska, and the changes certainly worked with Hankin at GA making a huge difference in the shotting circle and Kowalewska GK, excellent in defence. By the time the buzzer sounded for half-time, Storm had reduced the deficit to only four points, with Pulse leading 28-24 at the interval.
Storm continued their momentum after the break, and for the first time in the match took the lead 35-34. By the end of the third, it was the hosts who held a slender one goal advantage, 39-38.
With everything to play for in the final quarter, it was nip and tuck with both sides giving everything in and enthralling contest.
Storm opened up a healthy six goal cushion with five and a half minutes to go, but Pulse hit back to draw level with 90 seconds remaining. Into the final minute it was the London outfit who finished stronger, to hold on to make it two wins from their opening two games.
It was a triumphant return for former Surrey Storm Sigi Burger who hit 32 out of 34 goal attempts. For Storm, Australian Goal Shooter Karyn Bailey hit 35 out of 44 attempts with Hankin scoring 14 goals.
Picture of Mikki Austin. Credit: Surrey Storm Website