DEFENDER Jodi-Ann Ward says Severn Stars are in a really positive frame of mind going into this weekend’s double header against Team Bath and Surrey Storm.

The Worcester franchise are on a run of three Vitality Netball Superleague wins on the spin including last Saturday’s stunning victory at top-of-the-table Manchester Thunder.

Since then Stars have been preparing for the league’s ‘Big Easter Weekend’ as they take on Team Bath on Saturday (6pm) at the University of Gloucestershire Sports Arena before travelling to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to play Surrey on Sunday (4pm).

Jamaican international Ward says her side are in better place now compared to when they lost to both teams earlier this season.

“Beating Thunder was a great accomplishment for the team,” she said.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the entire squad.

“We played for each other from start to finish. We still had a few rough patches on court and we fixed them on court which was one thing we didn’t do well in most of our previous games.

“At the moment we are really motivated and positive going forward.

“Bath and Storm are both strong teams but we were struggling in a few areas when we last played them.

“With those areas fixed we should perform well against them this time around.”

Ward developed a love for the sport over a number of years when she started playing for Moneague Primary School in St. Ann.

The 24-year-old won a bronze medal with Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 before joining Stars this season.

“For me I think the team have come a long way from when we started the season,” Ward said.

“The connections have grown a lot within the team.

“The links from defence through court to attack have improved significantly and our circle connections both in attack and defence have improved as well.”

On playing for Stars, Ward added: “I had to adjust to the way the team plays, which I feel I'm doing well at.

“I think the best thing about playing for Severn Stars is that everyone is open to changes and new ideas and the players are [there] for each other.

“Playing in the UK took a lot of adjusting, mainly with weather.

“I'm not a fan of the everyday cold but I think I am adjusting well. I know what to expect daily - always walk with a jacket!”