Sirens home in on Emirates victory

Captain Claire Brownie targets win against old club Team Bath

THE Sirens face a tough test against Team Bath at the Emirates as they return to Glasgow for the first time since their inaugural match.

Sirens Captain Claire Brownie is doubly motivated as she hopes her side can score a first home win against her former club.

She said: “We can’t wait to play at home again. Having five away games on the bounce has been a challenge, but it has also allowed us to really gel as a team and we’ve taken learnings from each game which we are continuing to build on.

“On Friday we face my old team, Team Bath, and they have a top team so we need to be at the top of our game too. I’m confident that, with our amazing supporters cheering us on our home soil, we will really challenge them and can come away with the win.”

The team has scored some big wins but a couple of costly final quarters have left them mid-table.

Sirens suffered a blow with a narrow 54-44 defeat to Severn Stars for only their second win in their maiden season, which leaves them trailing fourth-placed Bath as the battle for a semi-final place intensififes.

Coach Gail Parata said: “I’m very frustrated and disappointed at how we played. We didn’t play very well.

“I asked for smart netball. That would be really good if they could make decisions on the passes and placement but we’ll work hard. We’ve still got a little bit of work to do on that.”

She added: “We are excited to finally be coming home again and playing in front of our amazing fans here at the Emirates Arena. Our matches ahead are going to be tough as we play previous League Champions but we are mentally strong and ready to bring home the wins.”

The Sirens followed their opening 43-57 home defeat to Wasps with two great victories, 73-36 over Celtic Dragons in the Super Ten and a 64-46 win on the road over Team Northumbria. These followed a 53-49 defeats at Manchester Thunder and a narrow 66-51 loss to Loughborough Lightning.

Created through a partnership between Netball Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, the Sirens have been delivering a series of community programmes across the country.

The Sirens have also announced a new partnership with Certeco, a UK based business change management consultancy.

You can read a preview of our Sportswoman Sirens feature here http://bit.ly/2n9dv36

The match starts at 7pm and tickets are available on www.sirensnetball.com.