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Coach's Corner: Hannah Reid demonstrates the determination that's made Surrey Storm hard to beat

Features - Anita Navin Posted 16th April 2014 view comments

Hannah Reid reaps rewards and gave a lesson in the 'three R's' - rebounding, reading the game and a fast recovery - in another impressive defensive display!

Reid was named ZEO Player of the Match in Surrey Storm's final round match of this league campaign against Team Northumbria.

The GK has probably had her most consistent and successful season since her first appearing as a Loughborough Lightning squad member way back.

Hannah Reid: dominant and determined in the Storm circle.

Hannah Reid: dominant and determined in the Storm circle.

In this game Reid's target was to restric Northumbria GS, Noleen Lennon, and the impact of her solid defensive pressure resulted in only seven attempts being taken at goal per quarter.

Such a low tally in shooting opportunity has not been a characteristic associated with the Northern Ireland international Lennon, but credit must go to Reid - she disrupted and caused a chaotic atmosphere in and around the circle.

Reid operates with a quiet confidence on court and has the intelligence to track the ball, players and options coming down court which enables her to read the play and fly for the intercept.

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Northumbria didn't really turn on the early season magic demonstrated back in February and with a raft of changes Lennon found herself playing in her second position at GK for the latter part of the game.

Toetsie Kambatuku and Darcie Worsdale were also given a run out against Reid, but the stalwart at the back remained consistent and ever the more determined in the later stages, with only seven attempts at goal being recorded for those two shooters.

Dominant

Reid has demonstrated her resilience this season facing up to and dominating encounters with several shooters, who, in the past have dominated her in the circle.

Team Northumbria were not allowed to move swiftly through to goal and disruptions in play occurred around and in the circle as a result of the defensive pressure of Storm.

Their defensive double act of Reid and Katy Holland has developed into something special this season and a result of what both would say, is a partnership developed through the time spent together in training and most of all knowing each other off the court.

Reid's performances have been rewarded by selection for the England open squad on their tour to Australia and must, at this stage of her career, be confident she is not only competing with the best but counteracting.

She is taking more rebounds through her swift recovery from second stage defence to box out the shooters and most of all, now shows the discipline required to keep the penalty count down for the defensive duo.

Reid operates with a quiet confidence on court and has the intelligence to track the ball, players and options coming down court which enables her to read the play and fly for the intercept.

For those teams that have deemed Reid to be just a standard one-on-one defender are no longer accurate; she now fully comits to the challenges of this top flight competition.

She switches effectively with Holland, reads the ball swing across the circle, swiftly makes the transition from challenging for the intercept to recover and defend the opponent in possession and, most of all, is taking more of the rebounds when compared to the others in the same circle.

Disrupting the play and flying for the intercept is now all part of a routine game for Reid and she seems to be ready for the challenge of the semi final against Mavericks on Monday evening.

Demanding

On Monday night an animated Tamsin Greenway continued to demand more from her squad in every time out and interval between quarters.

It's evident this franchise want the victory and nothing else will suffice given their unbeaten record through the rounds of the ZEO Superleague.

With Greenway demanding that higher work rate and greater level of intensity in Storm's attacking play, it will take an enormous effort and consistent performance from Mavericks to secure a final place next week. The netball family is fully aware that Mavericks can produce the goods when it matters.

For any fan, Easter Monday will be one of the best days in netball history with two live semi finals being televised from 5:30pm on Sky Sports 3.

Will the home advantage prove beneficial? Or can Team Bath and Mavericks work against all odds and secure a place in the final?

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Get in touch by commenting below or follow me on Twitter @netballpundit

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