Wasps Netball ended Surrey Storm’s unbeaten start to the season after an impressive defensive effort secured a huge 51-58 away victory and with it the Tom Reseigh Trophy .
The regular season fixture was played in memory of former Storm Team Manager Tom, who sadly passed away last October, with a number of players on both sides having played under his management during Storm’s back-to-back championship winning seasons.
“Tom did so much for netball at Storm and netball worldwide and he is sorely missed” said Wasps captain and former Storm skipper Hannah Reid during an emotional post-game tribute to Reseigh, whose wife Sarah and Mum Chris were in attendance for the crunch match.
It was also the first time Tamsin Greenway had faced Surrey Storm since joining Wasps Netball, but she saw her team rise to the challenge and defeat last season’s Vitality Superleague champions.
Tamsin Greenway said: “We needed a performance and I think we finally answered some of the questions that we have been asking of ourselves.
“We put a lot of the responsibility on the team, it wasn’t perfect but it felt like it finally all clicked together tonight.
“I was impressed with how we won the ball all over the court, we stuck to task, carried on all the way through to the end of the game and that was great to see.
“It was always going to be difficult coming back here but I think mentally our team turned a corner tonight and it just shows how good we are away from home at the minute.”
Wasps opened the game with former Storm duo Josie Huckle and Hannah Reid in the defensive third, tasked with slowing down prolific Storm goal shooter Megan Craig.
But it was Wasps goal shooter Rachel Dunn who enjoyed a hot shooting start to the game, seeing the visitors build an early three goal lead.
Dunn and Natalie Haythornthwaite’s partnership impressed throughout the first quarter but Storm remained in touch, closing the first quarter level.
A hotly contested second quarter followed, with Wasps’ impressive defensive work and sharp shooting giving them a slender lead.
Huckle and Reid proved integral for Wasps on the defensive end, with a series of fine interceptions springing offensive play.
Wasps grew their lead after half time, with Amy Flanagan’s disruptive mid-court play feeding the clinical Dunn in-front of goal.
The visitors continued to impress with their defensive intensity in the closing stages, securing an impressive 51-58 away victory.
Wasps Netball return to the Ricoh Arena in their next fixture, to face Celtic Dragons
on Friday, April 7 (8.00pm centre pass), with a casino inspired Fan Village providing pre-match entertainment before the Superleague fixture.
Tickets for Wasps Netball vs Celtic Dragons on 7 April start from £10 for adults while under-10s go free, can be purchased from www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets.