Severn Stars vs Strathclyde Sirens Match Preview
Severn Stars welcome fans back to the University of Worcester Arena on Saturday, February 18 as they face Strathclyde Sirens in round two of the Netball Super League.
Stars, who come into the game in fifth, are looking to bounce back following a 76-51 defeat to the clinical Surrey Storm in a rescheduled round 20 fixture on Monday.
Despite the loss, the Worcester based franchise displayed signs of positivity once again after their season opener victory over Saracens Mavericks.
For opponents Sirens, their season began with a loss against Storm so will be looking to earn their first win against a resolute Stars side.
The Glasgow based side will have a tough test against Stars though, as the trio of Jo Trip, Rebekah Airey and Gabby Marshall rank in the top 10 of the most interceptions so far this season.
Stars have not only displayed their defensive stability, their attacking outlet has also proved to be clinical and dangerous.
Goal shooter Sigi Burger has already converted 88 goals, placing her in second just behind Storm’s Proscovia Peace.
Stars last faced Sirens in the final game of the 2022 season at the University of Gloucestershire Arena, however despite leading after quarter one, the home side fell to a 48-40 defeat.
Now a very different side, Stars will be looking to right their wrongs as they welcome them to their permanent home in Worcester.
For Sirens, their side remains similar to last season with the likes of Bethan Goodwin, Bethany Dix and Towera Vinkhumbo retaining their positions.
However, Sirens have since lost mid-courter Sarah MacPhail who joined opponents, Stars, in the summer.
MacPhail has started her Stars career strongly, retaining her place in both of their opening fixtures in the wing defence role.
Stars remained unchanged in their starting seven against Storm as they continue to gel on the court however player-coach Trip handed debuts to 17-year-old Lily Smith and Kelsie Taylor.
Goal shooter Issy Eaton remained out on Monday as she continues to nurse an injury.
Trip’s side will be looking to bounce back and add to their tally of points so far this weekend whilst Sirens will be on the search for their first three points of the season.
The first centre pass can be seen live on Sky Sports YouTube channel on Saturday, February 18 at 19:00.
Written by Grace Gunn