Top­fouraim fortheSirens

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS -

Sirens star Ni­cola McCleery is not giv­ing up hope of a top four fin­ish in the Net­ball Superleague af­ter an ag­o­nis­ing ex­tra­time de­feat to ri­vals Manch­ester Ti­tans.

The only Scot­tish fran­chise in the UK-wide com­pe­ti­tion, Sirens have had an en­cour­ag­ing start to the cam­paign with four wins and six de­feats from the first 10 games.

Mon­day’s 66-76 de­feat at the Emi­rates Arena in Glas­gow leaves Sirens nine points adrift of the end-of-sea­son play-offs with eight games to go.

But McCleery, from Calder­wood, be­lieves Sirens can still make it in their maiden sea­son.

The 21-year-old wing-at­tack said:“It was such a good per­for­mance from us on Mon­day. For 60 min­utes we put in one of our best per­for­mances and fin­ished up at 58-58, but we lost a bit of gas in the ex­tra-time.

“We are gut­ted be­cause we should have won it in nor­mal time. We still want that top four po­si­tion, so we know we need to start get­ting more wins.

“The ta­ble has changed so much in the first 10 games so I’m sure there will be more changes in the fi­nal eight games.

““We know we are prob­a­bly go­ing to rely on other teams help­ing us out, but all we can do is fo­cus on our own per­for­mances and keep im­prov­ing.”

On Fri­day, Sirens travel to Coven­try to face Wasps, a side who beat them 57-43 on the open­ing day of the cam­paign.

They are sit­ting sec­ond be­hind lead­ers Lough­bor­ough Light­en­ing and 12 clear of McCleery’s side.

And she added:“It will be exciting to see how far we’ve come since that first game.

“We’ve been learn­ing all the time and hope­fully we can get a good re­sult.

“Play­ing a top four side, it’s im­por­tant for us to win the game and pick up three points.”

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