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Wasps Netball claim historic first win

Wasps Netball overcame first game nerves to claim a historic 43-57 victory over Sirens in their opening Vitality Netball Superleague match.

Tamsin Greenway’s side made the long trip to a sold-out Emirates Arena in Glasgow with all eyes, including the TV cameras, on them and their opponents Sirens.

After a tense start in the first quarter where they trailed 13-12, Wasps Netball asserted their quality in the second period and opened up a ten goal cushion for the majority of the game.

Despite the result, Greenway believes a change of mindset is in order for her team.

She said: “The first game nerves from both the players and myself made things a little bit edgy, and rightly so as it was our first game and was a big occasion for us, so I’m really pleased with the performance.

“My frustration was when we were ten goals up I wanted them to play with confidence and enjoy it.

“Moving forward we’ve got to enjoy when we are in the lead because that’s what netball is all about.

“I’ve been overloading the players and putting them into a lot of pressured situations so sometimes they go out there with a lot on their minds rather than getting into the flow of the game.

“That’s something for me to think about as well, I’ve got to give them the right information where they can just get on and play and do what they need.”

Both sides came out of the blocks in the opening stages – with Sirens goal shooter Carla Borrego and Wasps Netball’s attacking duo George Fisher and Rachel Dunn trading goals – as the home side finished the first quarter just ahead at 13-12.

Wasps found their rhythm in the second quarter, and with some sharp interceptions from Sam May, George Fisher and Rachel Dunn pounced to open up a 13 goal lead.

Sirens showed resilience in the third period to limit Wasps to a ten goal lead, with the home side’s goal shooter Borrego hitting 12 goals.

The accurate passing range of Natalie Haythornthwaite and Bongi Msomi up to goal shooter Rachel Dunn stemmed any threat from Sirens though in the fourth quarter, as Dunn finished the game strongly with 13 goals in the final 15 minutes.

Wasps Netball’s first home game at the Ricoh Arena is against Hertfordshire Mavericks on 5 March (6pm centre-pass), but before that they play Team Northumbria at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 25 February (4pm centre-pass) as part of the Super Ten Weekend.



Storm get title defence off to perfect start

Surrey Storm showed that they are up for the challenge of making it a hat-trick of Vitality Netball Superleague titles following a convincing 58-40 success over Superleague debutants Severn Stars on Saturday night.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the 2015 and 2016 Champions as Stars impressed in the opening quarter to take a narrow 11-10 lead.

By the half-time interval, Storm had turned the game around to grab a 30-20 lead. A fantastic attacking display in the final fifteen minutes from the hosts has seen their good form from last season continue into the 2017 campaign.

The official match report from Surrey Storm can be read online here.


Lightning silence Thunder in Round 1

An impressive performance from Loughborough Lightning saw them take a 59-45 victory over 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague runners-up, Manchester Thunder in the East Midlands on Saturday evening.

The two sides were extremely closely matched and although the home side managed to pull eight goals clear by half-time, a fantastic fight back by Thunder drew them back to within three goals at the end of Q3.

Lightning flew out of the blocks in the final quarter and overpowered their visitors to seal the win. The official match report from Loughborough Lightning can be found here.


Team Bath take derby win over Dragons

Team Bath opened up their 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague campaign with a hard fought 51-41 away win over local rivals, Celtic Dragons.

Having trailed by a single goal at the end of the opening quarter, the team in blue and gold hit back to lead by nine at half-time. The hosts reduced the gap with fifteen minutes to go but Bath stood strong to see out the win.

The official match report from Team Bath can be read here.