ZEO Netball Superleague: Surrey Storm hold off Hertfordshire Mavericks
Last Updated: 09/03/14 8:20am
Surrey Storm survived a ferocious fightback from Hertfordshire Mavericks before securing a 52-50 victory in front of a record crowd at London's Copper Box.
Storm stay unbeaten at the top of the ZEO Netball Superleague table but were given a major fright as the London neighbours served up a treat for a crowd in excess of 3,000 at the Netball London Live event to celebrate International Women's Day.
Surrey led 16-12 after a competitive opening quarter and had stretched that lead to 30-22 at the half.
There looked to be no way back for Mavs as they trailed 43-33 after three quarters, but they roared back to cose the gap to just a point at one stage.
Surrey held on and a relieved Tamsin Greenway - the Surrey player/coach who was named Player of the Match - told Sky Sports: "I don't know how I can coach this team to make sure when we are under pressure we keep pushing on, but you only do it by learning."
Asked what this win means, she said: "It is massive - end of round seven undefeated, that's huge and it means it puts us in good stead for the play-offs, it means you can mess up in the second round.
"We are still winning and we are nowhere near what we should be. There is a lot still to work on and a lot still to come."
"But it is that confidence as well, a few weeks ago we would have thrown that game away so to actually push on and win was brilliant.
"I thought they outplayed us in many areas today, I thought their attackers really threw the ball around, we weren't expecting the rotating circle.
"I thought defensively they did a great job on Rachel Dunn in the second half, but for us we are still winning and we are nowhere near what we should be. There is a lot still to work on and a lot still to come."
Mavericks coach Karen Atkinson admitted to mixed feelings after watching her side come so close to toppling the unbeaten leaders.
She told Sky Sports: "The kind of performance we put in in that last quarter we need to put in for the entire 60 minutes.
"There was some good stuff from us - it was a much better performance than in recent weeks. There were good bits in each quarter but you can't leave it that late against a quality side like Storm. I was proud of the girls the way they fought back and didn't let their heads drop."