Storm graft out hard fought win.
Storm Tornadoes ground out another win in the South West U16 Division 2 when they beat second-placed Plymstock at Truro School.
The win keeps Tornadoes top of the league but with two tough games remaining.
It was a slightly changed line-up that started the match with Caitlyn Oates only arriving back from National Performance League duty with Team Bath 30 minutes before the first centre pass.
Holly Rowe, who played in the win at Keinton last time out, started at shooter. Jenna Rogers returned to the team at Goal Attack after missing the last game through illness.
Plymstock started the game stronger and took an early lead but the home side hit back and the quarter finished level at 10-10.
Oates replaced Rowe at Goal Shooter while Storm had to make an unforced change at Centre with Brenna Rowe complaining of a sore hamstring. Chloe Filkins moved to Centre while Megan Byrne came on at Wing Attack.
Gradually the home side got into their stride and played some better netball in the next period.
Storm took it 15-9 to lead 25-19 at the half time break.
Brenna Rowe recovered enough to return to the action at Centre for the third period and Storm started to play the way they have been in their previous three matches.
Niamh Symons and Phoebe Lagor continued to turn over ball in the defensive circle and the team brought the ball through court much better in the next 15 minutes.
Storm took the quarter 17-6 to lead 42-25 going into the last period.
Head Coach David White made a final set of changes as Filkins came back on to replace Rowe at Centre, Tanni Smitham replaced Byrne at Wing Attack and Esme Adams came on for Bethany Fenn at Wing Defence.
The final period proved much closer but Storm were able to give a debut to 13-year-old shooter Antonia Sparling who opened her Regional League account when she came on for the final few minutes after Oates tweaked her ankle.
“Well it certainly wasn’t a ‘vintage’ performance,” said White. “But ultimately we did what we had to do and that was win the match.”
“We knew it was going to be a tough one because Plymstock were second in the table but we seemed a little out of sorts and just couldn’t get our game flowing like it normally does but credit to Plymstock who made it very difficult for us.”
“We had spells, of course, where we played really well, the third period in particular we were very good but we weren’t able to maintain that consistency all game like we have been doing.”
“Caitlyn didn’t have the most ideal preparation, a 5 hour journey back from London after being part of the Bath NPL squad last night but she’s so dedicated to the club and the squad she was desperate to play and we were delighted to see her walk in before the match.”
“Very pleased Antonia got a few minutes, she’s only 13 so this is a different level than she’s used to but she’s playing in our Senior teams and is developing all the time.”
Storm Player Of The Match: Jenna Rogers
Goal Attack Jenna Rogers won the Storm Player of the Match, chosen by the Plymstock players.
“Jenna had another good game and linked very well with all three shooting partners she had today,” said White. “She got some great long shots in too and her drives to the post were very good as usual.”
Tornadoes have two games remaining in their quest to become League Champions. Next is going to be one of the toughest games of the season when Chelts Falcons visit Truro on Sunday 26th February. Chelts currently lie third in the league and won 48-26 at Clevedon Royals in their last match.