Happy reunions for some, but not everyone

IN A weekend characterised by a number of players playing their old sides for the first time, not everyone came away from those reunions happy.

To begin the weekend Surrey Storm earned a big 80 goal to 52 win over Team Bath.

Despite Bath matching it with their visitors early, they dropped off as the game progressed and the score blew out as a result.

Good defensive pressure early from Bath saw them take the early lead, putting three goals on the board before the Storm could even put one on the board.

Even in attack, Bath were moving with a particular quickness to their game, which was not allowing the Storm much of a chance to intercept as they came down the court.

It took them a while, but the Storm did eventually level things up and take the lead about five minutes into the quarter.

The lead was not much, but the key thing for the Storm was that the lead was theirs and they maintained it through much of the rest of the quarter.

Bath were able to peg one goal back late inside the final 10 seconds of the quarter though, and as such the quarter time margin was a mere single goal.

As much as Bath had the momentum going into quarter time, that dissipated quickly as the Storm blew the lead out to as much as six goals early in the second term.

Bath let the lead slip even further as the quarter progress as the Storm really kept the foot on the gas. The lead grew out to eight goals at times during the quarter, and that is where things sat as the teams went into the major break.

This where things went from bad to worse for the home side.

The Storm extended their lead out to as much as 10 goals in the third quarter, and a 25 goal to nine final term in favour of the Storm saw the final margin what it was at 26 goals.

Proscovia Peace (59 goals) was stellar under the ring for the Storm, as was Layla Guscoth (six deflections, two intercepts) up the other end.

Meanwhile for Team Bath, Betsy Creak (28 goals, one feed, four rebounds, one deflection and an intercept) had a productive game in front of goals, as did Bethan Dyke (18 feeds, two deflections) through midcourt.

In other results:

  • Leeds is still winless in season 2023, after the Rhinos lost to Manchester Thunder by 15 goals.

Things were actually all square at quarter time, but slowly but surely the Thunder put the foot down and began to pull away with the match.

Lenize Potgieter (34 goals from 36 attempts) and Lois Pearson (33 goals from 35 attempts) shared the shooting load evenly for the Thunder, while Natalie Metcalf (29 feeds) and Amy Carter (11 feeds, two intercepts, two deflections) both had a busy game through midcourt.

Meanwhile for the Rhinos, it was the defenders who starred, namely Vicki Oyesola (five deflections, four intercepts) and Michelle Magee (five deflections, one intercept, one feed).

  • The London Pulse have continued their winning ways, defeating the Strathclyde Sirens by 10 goals.

Things started tight in London, but it was not until the final quarter when London finally truly broke free of the Sirens to take the win.

Olivia Tchine (38 goals from 41 attempts, three feeds, two rebounds) had a great game for the Pulse, as did Funmi Fadoju (12 deflections, two intercepts, one rebound).

Meanwhile Bethany Dix (27 feeds) and Towera Vinkhumbo (four deflections, two intercepts) for the Sirens.

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