Written by Grace Gunn
Severn Stars travel to the Celtic Dragon’s House of Sport on Friday, February 24 for round four of the Netball Super League.
The travelling side will be looking to pick up three points after suffering back-to-back defeats earlier in the week to Strathclyde Sirens and last season’s third place, London Pulse.
For the Dragons, they come into the game in high spirits having picked up their first three points in the campaign after defeating Team Bath for the first time since 2014.
Despite falling to two successive defeats, Stars have continued to display their strengths and will be hoping to build on those in their upcoming fixture.
Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to create a run of form off the back of the crucial win against Bath however, they will remain without their goal shooter, Georgia Rowe.
The former Stars shooter is yet to make an appearance for the Cardiff based side due to injury and continues to be side lined.
Stars have also been without young shooter Issy Eaton due to an injury whilst defender Rebekah Airey dropped out of the squad on Monday after picking up an injury during their round two clash with Sirens. Both are back fit and will be travelling to Cardiff on Friday.
Player-coach Jo Trip was forced into a change in the starting seven due to Airey’s knock, which saw summer signing Jess Haynes slot back into the starting line-up for the first time since the opening day and Rachael Fee making her Stars debut.
For the Dragons, defender Shaquanda Greene-Noel will be looking for her fourth consecutive start this season as the defender continues her fine form.
Greene-Noel proved vital in their historic victory over Bath and currently sits fourth for the most interceptions with 10, behind Stars’ Trip.
However, Greene-Noel with have a tough test on her hands as she’s set to face the clinical shooter, Sigi Burger.
Stars’ goal shooter, Burger, has already netted 163 goals, just two behind lead League goal scorer Proscovia Peace.
The two opposing in-form players are set to battle it out in Friday’s round four clash which could see either side pick up their second set of points in the competition.
Last time the two sides met, a very different looking Stars team fell to two close defeats however since then, both teams have seen many depart and join.
Stars will travel to the House of Sport on Friday, February 24 where they face Celtic Dragons with first centre pass commencing at 19:00.