Match preview: Surrey Storm v Team Bath
Date, time and coverage
Saturday 5th May 2012, 7pm. Live text updates on Twitter via @surreystorm.
Still unbeaten in phase 2 and top of tier 1, Surrey Storm will be looking for a clean sweep of victories on Saturday against the tier’s bottom side. With a place in the finals already secured for the home side, and a play off against Celtic Dragons for Team Bath yet to play, both sides will go into the game with their minds at ease, for now.
Storm made it 5 wins out of 5 on their home court last Saturday with a very comfortable 72-49 victory over the Hertfordshire Mavericks. Coach Greenway made the most of the fact that Storm only needed one more win to secure top spot and rotated the squad throughout the game. Despite this they kept a cool head and maintained full control from start to finish.
In contrast phase 2 has not quite gone to plan for Team Bath who have struggled to even get a point on the board. With 5 losses out of 5 they find themselves at the foot of the table but could still book a place in the Showdown Weekend if they beat the Celtic Dragons in the play-off next weekend. Bath were on the end of a 43-68 defeat on Monday night at the hands of Northern Thunder but could look to prove a point at Surrey Sports Park tomorrow by registering their first win at the last opportunity.
Head to Head
The two sides last met at the beginning of phase 2 and Storm ran out 45-66 winners at the Sports Training Village to kick off their 100% record in this phase.
Storm now the lead the overall records between the two teams with five wins over Bath compared to Bath’s three over Storm.
Ins and Outs
Storm are likely to name an unchanged starting side to face Bath, but similar rotations during last week’s game are likely to be seen in an attempt to give the whole squad time on court.
Player-coach Tamsin Greenway is already looking forward to the Superleague Showdown in two weeks: “We have worked hard all season to get to where we are now and to be top of the table is a massive achievement in itself.
We were very disappointed to lose out in last year’s Grand Final so we are obviously looking to clinch the title in Dagenham this year. Our fans have been fantastic all season so it would be great to see them all at the Showdown Weekend.
It was great last weekend to have a chance to change the squad around a bit and give everyone a run out. We have a lot of depth in the team and we proved that no matter who we have on court we can perform at our best and score goals.”
Expected Squad to face Mavericks: Reid, Holland, Seaton, Bello, Trippick, Modeste, Ainsworth, Plom, Greenway, Dunn, Cookey, McHale and Davis.