Storm move up to third in Regional League 3 (South) after a 68-40 win at Plymstock.
It was important for Storm to bounce back from last week’s disappointment against Exeter as quickly as they could.
They did it with a comfortable 28 goal win just over the border in Plymouth despite missing key players.
Centre Phoebe Lagor and defender Maia Adams were both unavailable but Captain Rebecca Thompson was back in the squad after missing last week’s match.
Thompson was back in the starting line up alongside Kirstin Lamb in the defensive circle as Head Coach David White made positional changes.
Esme Adams started her first game this season at Wing Defence, Hannah Cox at Centre and Alice Piper at Wing Attack.
In the shooting circle Cerise Lauder and Caitlyn Oates played alongside each other for the first time this season.
Storm took a few minutes to bed into the new formation and trailed 5-3 in the early stages.
Then the team suddenly found their feet and put together a 13 goal run that blew the lead out to 16-5.
Storm finished the quarter strong and led 22-8 after the first period.
The home side made some changes in a bid to get back into the game as Storm remained unchanged for the second quarter.
Another strong period saw Storm leading 38-16 at half time.
White took the opportunity to bring on some fresh legs with Niamh Symons coming on at Goal Keeper and 13 year old Bryher Croker making her Senior Regional League debut at Centre.
Storm continued their impetus though and another good quarter saw the visitors stretch the lead to 53-24 at three quarter time.
More changes at the break saw Cox move to Goal Attack with Lauder moving to the wing, Adams came back on at Wing Defence.
Midway through the period, Croker came off injured and Piper replaced her at Centre but it was a terrific debut for the youngster.
Plymstock won the fourth quarter 16-15 but Storm was pleased to record their third win out of four and move up to third in the table.
White was pleased with the performance especially with so many different combinations: “I thought once we’d got over a slow start we really played some lovely netball and it was great to see what each line up was able to do.”
“I thought Caitlyn and Cerise really played well together and Hannah and Alice supplied great drive from mid court to the circle,” he said.
There was also plenty of praise for the defensive side of the game too. “It was the first time Rebecca and Kirstin played in the circle together and they really settled into their positions quickly and picked off some great interceptions.
“I thought our pressure all over court was much higher this week than last and we played at a really high intensity, which might explain the drop off in the last quarter.
“I was delighted to be able to give Bryher some court time and she did extremely well. It’s a big step up but she coped with the intensity and played some great netball.”
Player Of The Match
Storm’s Goal Defence, Kirstin Lamb, was given Player Of The Match by the Plymstock squad. “Thoroughly deserved,” said White. “Kirstin took some key interceptions to turnover a lot of ball, she brought the ball through court really well and her contact and obstruction was minimal, in fact that’s probably where the biggest improvement in her game is recently and I know how hard she’s been working on that so it’s great to see it coming to fruition.”
There’s now a two week break in the Regional League fixtures before Storm make the short journey to Saints, who are the current leaders. That match takes place on Sunday, 5th November.