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Vitality Netball Superleague: Claire Brownie confident more to come from Sirens

Sirens took to the court against Celtic Dragons in the Super Ten weekend at Genting Arena
Published: 25 Feb 2017

Sirens captain Claire Brownie was thrilled after the new franchise secured their first win in the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague but believes more is still to come.

The Scottish side stormed to a convincing 73-36 victory over Celtic Dragons in the Super Ten weekend at Genting Arena.

Sirens were beaten 57-43 by fellow newcomers Wasps in the opening round of the competition and Brownie was pleased with her side's progress and development from that game.

Speaking exclusively to Sports Gazette, Brownie said: "We were really pleased with that performance throughout but I think in the first quarter we had a good start but then took our foot off the gear, which allowed them into the game.

"So it was not quite the full 60 but better than last week."

After an incredibly close opening quarter, Sirens led 13-12 but they accelerated through the second and established an unassailable 17-point lead by half-time.

Brownie said: "I think in the first quarter we had a few too many errors and we didn't look after our ball well enough and our timing was slightly out in attacking and we needed more discipline in defence.

"Once we tidied those little things up it was much better."

Brownie thinks that being one of the new franchises in the Superleague gives her side both an advantage and disadvantage.

She said: "Some teams have retained quite a few players so they've got that familiarity on court.

"For us, a new team bringing in new players, we've not been together for that long so it's unexpected for those we're against.

"At the same time we're still working on our connections and we'll just go from strength to strength."

Brownie knows there are still lessons to be learned so the side can truly fulfill their potential.

She said: "Our error rate was too high in that first game, which was not great to look at.

"So I think we need to work on that and then our timing on our through court and attack is really important."

Sirens' next game is away to five-time champions Manchester Thunder on Saturday 4th March at 17:00.

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