ZEO Netball Superleague: Surrey Storm prove far too strong for Celtic Dragons
Surrey Storm moved back to the top of the ZEO Netball Superleague after a crushing 69-48 win over Celtic Dragons.
Last Updated: 17/02/14 10:16pm
Player-coach Tamsin Greenway and player of the match Rachel Dunn were both in fine form as the Storm eased to a comfortable victory at the Sport Wales National Centre.
The result means Surrey have taken 10 points from a possible 12 over the first four games of the season and are one point clear of Manchester Thunder and Team Northumbria at the league summit.
Meanwhile the Dragons, who finished as overall runners-up last season, have started their campaign with three defeats from four.
"I think at times Celtic really pushed us," Greenway told Sky Sports after the match.
"For us it was about not being complacent like we were last week against Team Bath (a 48-48 draw) and so it was important to get that goal margin, but it didn't feel like (such a big lead)."
She added of Dunn: "I've known Rach since I was 15, we came through England age groups together and we were at Team Bath for such a long time. I pretty much stole her when I came to Surrey Storm. I said if I was going to move I wanted her as well.
"Rach Dunn, for me, is probably the easiest feeder in the country, or the world, that I've ever played with."
Surrey began to assert their authority straight away and led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter, with Dunn bringing herself to the fore early on.
With the Dragons' towering goal shooter Lottysha Cato being kept relatively quiet, the Storm continued to stretch their lead in the second quarter.
The hosts seemed powerless to prevent Greenway from threading countless passes through to Dunn, who was successful with 54 of her 61 attempts on goal.
Surrey led 33-23 at half-time before snuffing out any hopes of a fightback in the third quarter, which they finished 51-34 to the good as the Greenway-Dunn partnership continued to pay dividends.
The Dragons needed a miracle at the start of the final period but it was the visitors who instead stretched their advantage to ultimately finish with a commanding 21-goal margin of victory.