Strathclyde Sirens head south for double-header against their nearest rivals

Strathclyde Sirens are hoping to continue their winning ways when they take on London Pulse and Leeds Rhinos on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Strathclyde Sirens goal keeper Towera Vinkhumbo has been in fine form. Picture: Ben Lumley

With the Sirens sitting seventh in the Vitality Netball Superleague, it’s a clash of the mid-table teams at the London Copper Box arena with Saturday’s opponents Pulse placed eighth and Rhinos sixth in the standings.

Fresh off the back of a 45-37 win against Severn Stars, the Sirens will be hoping to replicate last week’s exciting attacking performance which delivered their fifth victory of the season.

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With a six-hour journey from Glasgow on Saturday to take on Pulse in their home stadium, followed by a stern test against the Rhinos in the same venue on Sunday, the Sirens will look to utilise their strong squad to bring two wins back to Scotland.

Karen Atkinson, the club’s technical director, said: “This weekend is going to be a massive challenge for us, but one we are really looking forward to. We have a double header against Pulse and Rhinos, the two teams that sit directly above and below us on the league table - so they will both be extremely competitive matches.

“To play Pulse on their home court on Saturday is exciting and we hope to keep stepping up our performances as we have been doing over the last few weeks and get another two wins on the board.”

With no new injuries to contend with, the team will return to London this weekend with Bethan Goodwin in the squad after the goal attack had to drop out of last week’s match due to exams.

“I’m currently in my final year of study at University of Strathclyde and unfortunately missed last weekend’s game due to final exams,” she said. “Now that they are finished, I can fully focus on netball for the remainder of the season.”

Alongside Goodwin, the team will look to goal keeper Towera Vinkhumbo to continue her rich vein of form, with the Malawi internationalist topping the league stats for her performances over the past few months.

To watch Strathclyde Sirens take on Pulse and Rhinos tune in on SkySports.com or follow @SirensNetball on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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