Thunder continue their perfect start to the season

The current Vitality Superleague Champions Manchester Thunder continued their 100% unbeaten record after defeating Surrey Storm by 60-42 at a sold-out Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.

In front of a crowd of over 900, it was the visitors who quickly took control of the contest by taking the opening quarter 16-10.

By half-time Thunder held a 13-goal advantage to go into the break by leading Storm 33-20.

An impressive third quarter display from Storm’s Centre Yas Parsons and Northern Ireland International Wing Defence Niamh Cooper kept Storm in contention, but it was Manchester who went into the final quarter, holding a 14-goal advantage.

Storm never gave up the fight, but in the end, it was the side from Manchester who won the final quarter 13-9 to make it four wins from four.

The Surrey based outfit will look back on a disappointing night in front of their loyal fan base with 20 unforced errors, 17 missed shots and only 13 turnovers, whilst Thunder missed only 13 shots all evening with an impressive 16 intercepts and 22 turnovers.

Leading the way for Storm on the night was Australian shooter Karyn Bailey with 24 goals, Sophie Hankin 11 goals and on her Storm debut Ellie Kelk with seven goals.

Both Malawi Goal Shooter Joyce Mvula and shooter Eleanor Cardwell picked up 54 of the 60 goals scored on the night.

Unfortunately, Saturday’s action will appear to be the last netball action for a while as on Sunday a statement from the Vitality Netball Superleague Board stated that due to the current concerns around the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Board has taken the decision to postpone Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures with immediate effect.

The Board and all Vitality Netball Superleague clubs will convene again on Tuesday 17th March where the position of the 2020 season, in light of an anticipated update on guidance from the Government, will be considered.

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