By Zara collings
Rounds five and six gave us another bumper four days of netball, as all eleven teams took to the court after a much needed weekend break. For many, the bye weekend offered a chance to regroup, put in some hard training sessions and take to the court with renewed enthusiasm. None more so than Severn Stars and London Pulse, who claimed their first wins of the 2021 season against Surrey Storm and Celtic Dragons. For Stars, the return of target Shooter Georgia Rowe, coupled with her mid-court’s new-found confidence to turn and sight her, proved to be the winning formula they needed to secure victory. It was the most comprehensive performance we have seen from Stars so far this year and they achieved this without their superstar Captain Liana Leota on court. There is no denying her flair and creativity is world class, however with Bethan Dyke and Lucy Harris partnering in the mid-court, we have instead seen Stars take a more measured approach to goal, which has proven to be key to their success.
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