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Preview: Team Bath v Surrey Storm

03 February 2012

Cookey, Greenway and Dunn return to a sell-out Team Bath Sports Arena tonight as Storm look for a third straight Superleague win.

Form Guide

Storm travel to Team Bath today after a promising start to the Fiat Netball Superleague. An away win at Mavericks was followed up with a 66-38 first home win over Loughborough Lightning, which put Storm top of the table on goal difference over Northern Thunder.

In contrast, Team Bath have got off to a stuttering start, losing their opening game to the surprise package of the season, Celtic Dragons and going down 45-55 in a tightly contested clash against Thunder. With two defeats from two, Bath will be looking to come out strong at home to Storm and get their season back on track in the chase for a spot in the top four after Stage 1.

Head to Head

Surrey Storm and Team Bath have enjoyed a competitive rivalry in recent years, with both teams gunning for the Superleague title during the last two seasons. In 09/10, both teams took wins before Team Bath knocked Storm out in the playoffs 42-57 on their way to the title.

Last year Bath again took the spoils away at Surrey, before Storm secured an away win of their own and then ultimate revenge in the playoffs, knocking out the champions in their own court 53-57 after a thrilling last quarter comeback.

With three wins each, both teams have the opportunity to take a lead in the rivalry, and a win for Storm will put them well on the way to securing a top two finish after Stage 1, and condemn Team Bath to an unprecedented three defeats on the bounce.

Ins and Outs

Undoubtedly the biggest story of Friday’s match is the return of Storm’s summer signing, Pamela Cookey to her old club Team Bath. Cookey has secured her place in Team Bath history, but will be looking to help Storm to an all important away win with a strong scoring and attacking performance.

The match will also see Greenway, Dunn and Cookey play together again at Team Bath for the first time since Tamsin and Rachel left Bath in 2009, and with all three now in the black and blue of Surrey Storm, fans of both sides will be intrigued to see how they link up again on their return.

Storm travel to Bath with the same squad that despatched Loughborough Lightning at home last week, with the addition of Rhianne McHale who returns from holiday and will be looking to make her mark on the team.

Jess Garland’s Team Bath are currently undergoing somewhat of a transitional period, with a lot of their renowned production line of university talent getting their first Superleague court-time this season.

Player-coach Tamsin Greenway is looking for an all-round performance from the squad in tonight’s match and admits the prospect of returning to Bath with Cookey and Dunn excites her. She said, “Last week we started really well against Loughborough, but we tailed off towards the end. Tonight we will be looking to perform at our best for 60 minutes, and get another important win against a talented Bath side.

“I was really impressed with Lorraine last week and so she deserves her place again in the squad. Elsewhere I’ll be hoping to get Kat Ainsworth on court as she has recovered from her broken finger.

“There’s a lot of talk and excitement of the return of Pam to Bath, and with myself and Rachel we all have great memories of playing there. We are all now on a new and exciting journey with Surrey Storm, and we’ll be looking to perform as an attacking unit and ensure it’s a happy return for us with a convincing win.”

The match at the Team Bath Sports Arena is a sell-out with no tickets available on the door.