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Cardwell desperate for Stars win

Goal shooter Eleanor Cardwell says Severn Stars are “desperate” for victory when they take on Hertfordshire Mavericks in their final home game of the season on Friday (May 26) after coming agonisingly close in their first encounter.

Stars succumbed to a 48-45 defeat at Hertfordshire Sports Village in the eighth round of the Vitality Netball Superleague last month, having lead with just 90 seconds to go.

But Cardwell believes her side can reverse their fortunes and come out on top at the University of Worcester Arena.

“We’re desperate to get the win,” said in-form Cardwell, who is currently the fourth highest scorer in the division.

“We lost by such a small margin last time, but we know we can turn it around and we really want it to go our way this time.

“I think it’s going to be a really competitive game. We’ve been working hard this week in training and hopefully we can come out with a win.”

The two sides head into the fixture level on points, with Mavericks one place ahead due to a superior goal difference, so a home win would see Stars climb above them in the league table.

Cardwell is keen for Stars to end the season on a high to give them a boost heading into the next campaign.

“We’ve only got two games left now, so we just need to carry that high level of performance through to the end of the season to give us a platform for next season,” she added.

“We’re a completely new team. There’s only a few of us that have played together before in previous seasons. This season was just about building and trying to create those partnerships, which I think we have done.

“There’s still a lot more work to do to try and get the best out of us all, but we’re definitely moving in a positive direction.”

Remaining tickets for the clash, which starts at 7.30pm, can be purchased at www.severnstars.co.uk/fixturestickets.

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Wasps looking to clinch Final Four place

Wasps Netball are looking to confirm their Final Four play-off spot with the slaying of Celtic Dragons on Saturday afternoon.

Tamsin Greenway’s side travel to Cardiff to take on the Welsh club (4.00pm centre-pass), after Wasps secured a resounding 62-40 victory over Dragons earlier this season at the Ricoh Arena.

Dragons sit bottom of the Vitality Netball Superleague, having secured only one win all season – which came against Sirens in April.

Wasps Director of Netball Greenway stressed that these are the games her team needs to win if they want to be challenging at Final Four weekend.

Greenway said:  “We have said all along that you need to beat the teams at the bottom, and if you want to be a contender these are the games you have to win.

“I hope that we go to Cardiff and put a solid performance in and prove what we are capable of, because if we don’t go there and play well we don’t deserve that place in the Final Four.

“I will be looking for more from my key players, my leaders out there on court.

“They have got to switch on when we feed information into them, make those changes out on the court and drive us forward when things aren’t quite clicking for us in games.

“We struggled to adapt in the game on Monday against Surrey Storm, but we did it very well against Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder, so we know we are capable of switching things up when we have to.”

Wasps Netball are currently second in the Superleague, level on points with Manchester Thunder in third position.

Team Bath and Surrey Storm could still reach Wasps’ points total, but the team’s superior goal difference means it is very unlikely they will drop out of the top four positions.

“We will have to have a really bad couple of games to not make the top four now,” added Greenway.

“Of course, we want to win these next two games and go into the Final Four weekend with some momentum behind us.”

Following the clash with Celtic Dragons, Wasps Netball return to the Ricoh Arena to play Team Bath in their final fixture of the regular season on Saturday, June 3 (5.00pm centre-pass).

Tickets for Wasps Netball vs Team Bath on June 3 start from £10 for adults while under-10s go free, and can be purchased from www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets.

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Storm delay Wasps Final Four spot

Wasps Netball suffered their first home defeat in two months with a 64-70 loss to Surrey Storm at the Ricoh Arena.

Tamsin Greenway’s side struggled to find an answer to Storm’s star goal shooter Megan Craig from first centre-pass, who proved the difference for the visitors.

It was a must-win game for Storm, who move back into fourth spot in the Vitality Netball Superleague with the victory.

Wasps Director of Netball Greenway said: “You can’t afford to go eight goals down and let them be that confident with their tall shooter.

“Storm play one-route netball but it works for them, I thought they were classy today and their tactics worked.

“We can’t give the ball away cheaply and expect to win – we’ve got to put on a better attacking display all over the court.

“We need to find out what our big strengths are ahead of the finals and work out what is ultimately going to get us over the line on that weekend.

“I hate losing but I love the game and our crowd were just incredible here tonight.”

Surrey Storm set out their stall early in the game, looking to find Craig with every opportunity – with the 6ft 7in goal-shooter looking in impervious form in front of goal.

Katie Harris impressed from the off for the visitors, proving instrumental in each offensive possession.

Storm’s high-intensity start saw Wasps trail by eight at the close of the first quarter, with the home side’s defenders struggling to block the long-feed into Craig.

The visiting side found themselves in a 10 goal lead shortly after the break, with Storm deploying the same tactic of throwing it up to Craig at any given opportunity.

Bongi Msomi and Natalie Haythornthwaite began to exert their influence mid-way through the second quarter, as their side tried to force their way back into the game.

Msomi and Rachel Dunn combined well in the closing stages of the half, to limit Storm to a six point half-time lead.

Top defensive work from Josie Huckle gave Wasps a platform to work their way back into the game but sloppy attacking play meant they were unable to capitalise.

Greenway entered the fold for the final quarter, but the ex-Storm star was unable to turn the game around for her team.

Wasps attempted to mount a late comeback, but ultimately fell just short – with the game ending 64-70.

Wasps Netball travel to face Celtic Dragons in their next game on Saturday, May 27 before returning to the Ricoh Arena to play Team Bath in their final fixture of the regular season on Saturday, June 3 (5.00pm centre-pass).

Tickets for Wasps Netball vs Team Bath on June 3 start from £10 for adults while under-10s go free, and can be purchased from www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets

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Final Four at Manchester Arena – Update

Following the tragic events at Manchester Arena last night, England Netball has chosen to temporarily suspend ticket sales for the Final Four.

We will release a further update in due course, for now our thoughts and condolences are with those in Manchester.