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Wasps Netball looking for back-to-back titles in Lightning Grand Final clash

Wasps Netball star Rachel Dunn says her team’s defence will provide the foundations to defend their league title this weekend.
It will be a re-match of the 2017 Grand Final but unlike last season the black-and-golds come into the clash as the higher seeded team – as Wasps seek back-to-back championships.
Dunn, who starred in the semi-final win against Team Bath, will be playing in her 10th final and is targeting her fourth successive league title.
The veteran attacker, who has enjoyed an 89 per cent shooting percentage this season, believes her team are in the perfect position to defend their title.
“I love the week in the lead up to the Grand Final. It is always a special time and it has been great spending it with this fantastic group,” said Dunn.
“We’ve beaten every team so far this season so we know we can beat anyone. We have put ourselves in the best possible position to defend our title and we are determined to do just that.
“These are the games you play for. We put in all the hard work to finish top of the league and then win our semi-final but we know that anything can happen in the final – as we proved last year.
“We’ve got huge confidence throughout the team and we know our defence will show up when it matters.
“As an attacker, when you know your defensive end is so effective at getting the ball back it gives you great confidence to do your job in attack.”
Lightning came away winners when the teams met at the Ricoh Arena in May but Wasps took victory earlier in the season at Loughborough – leaving the season series level.
Wasps Netball director Tamsin Greenway led her team to 16 wins in the regular season to top the table and finish one place above Lightning.
Greenway – who will be looking to secure her fourth consecutive league title as a coach – is looking forward to the battle between the league’s top two.
“You want to be in this position and be given a chance to defend your title,” she said.
“We have a lot of experience in this squad who know what it takes to win finals, you just have to give it your all.

“It will be good to face Loughborough again, it will be a rematch of last year’s final and we know it will be a real battle.”

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Wasps’ Greenway: “We’ll take nothing for granted in this game”

Table-toppers Wasps Netball go into this weekend’s Vitality Netball Superleague semi-final clash with Team Bath looking to take one step closer to retaining the Superleague trophy.

Tamsin Greenway’s side have won 16 out of their 18 league games so far this season, and go into Saturday’s clash at the University of Worcester Arena (5.45pm centre-pass) off the back of four consecutive victories, while Team Bath have lost their last three games against the top three sides.

“I don’t think we could be going into the semi-finals in any better way,” said Wasps Netball director Tamsin Greenway.

“There is the theory that if we finish top then we get an easier semi-final but I don’t think any of the teams in this year’s top four will look at each other and think ‘we want you’.

“We’ll take nothing for granted in this game, Bath are a quality side who are pretty much always in the top four. It only takes one game to turn it on its head so we have to be prepared and concentrate on our own game.”

The team will be preparing for the game over the next few days, with the winner set to face either Manchester Thunder or Loughborough Lightning at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday, July 7th.

“Experience speaks for a lot when it comes to finals and the reality is that every team is broken down in different ways. We will look at the video from Team Bath’s last outing, and depending on what we find, I will pick the team accordingly,” added Greenway.

Wasps finished the regular season three points clear of second place Manchester Thunder – an extra two wins than last season’s title-winning campaign, but Greenway is urging her players to focus on the task in hand.

“This is a complete clean slate now and the league doesn’t count for anything,” she said.

“The first job was to get into the top four but that’s gone now. I’ve been in competitions where I’ve won the league and not won the cup, and I’ve been in a situation where I’ve finished fourth in the league and won the cup so I know what the season is all about and now it is game on.

“We want as many Wasps supporters there as possible, they can really make a difference on the night, so we were adamant that we wanted to keep the game in the West Midlands to make it feel like a home game. We’ll be giving it everything on the night.”

Tickets for Wasps’ semi-final clash against Team Bath at the University of Worcester Arena on Saturday June 30th can be purchased by visiting www.eticketing.co.uk/waspsnetball

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Wasps’ Greenway: “We want to be even better and we know we can be”

Wasps Netball director Tamsin Greenway has challenged her team to keep seeking improvement ahead of their final outing before the play-offs.

The table-toppers have already secured a place in the Vitality Netball Superleague semi-finals ahead of the match in Newcastle on Saturday 23 June (6pm centre-pass).

Wasps are currently enjoying a three-match winning run, including a last-time-out nail-biting victory against benecosMavericks in their final game at the Ricoh Arena this season.

Greenway, who has seen increased playing time on court recently, says her team are now striving to be at their best for the semi-finals.

“We came away as winners against Mavericks on Monday but the players were still unhappy with their performance. We want to be even better and we know we can be,” said Greenway.

“This season we have taken building early leads for granted and at times slipped in the middle of games. That just can’t happen. We have to show the mental capacity to push on.

“I’ve got to be happy with the situation we are in right now. We’ve only got one game left to play and we’re sitting comfortably at the top of the league.

“But there is no complacency from us. At the end of the day it’s about how you perform when it really matters.”

Team Northumbria come into the game following a 63-33 defeat to Severn Stars and are currently ninth in the division.

Wasps beat the Newcastle-based side 74-38 at the Ricoh Arena earlier this season and Greenway is looking for another impressive performance in the reverse fixture.

“It was the resilience in the team that impressed me last time out. We showed just how good we can be and we want to show that again when we take on Team Northumbria,” added Greenway.

“We have a very deep squad and that will benefit us at this stage of the season, as we have a lot of different combinations and changes we can make.

“Our young stars have been exceptional this season but our experienced players will be vital now. Everything is magnified and experience will count for everything when we hit the semi-finals.”

Wasps’ semi-final will take place at the University of Worcester Arena on June 30.

Wasps have teamed up with coach partner Zeelo to prove a return park and ride service to Worcester for £15 per person, to find out more visit www.zeelo.co/rides/wasps

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Wasps Netball captain warns against mistakes

Table-topping Wasps Netball begin a sequence of three consecutive away games when they visit Manchester Thunder on Saturday June 2 (2.15pm centre-pass).

And the Manchester Arena clash has taken on added significance following the black-and-golds’ last-time-out defeat against nearest Vitality Netball Superleague rivals Loughborough Lightning.

This setback ended Wasps’ unbeaten start to the season and with the chasing pack now within three points, club captain Hannah Knights knows her team cannot afford another slip-up.

“We can’t afford to make simple mistakes like we did against Loughborough. We were punished for each mistake in that game,” she said.

“There are three away games in a row for us now. We really need to focus in these next few games – especially on the road because it’s always difficult when the crowd isn’t behind you.

“We need to continue to build to the end of the season. We take each game as it comes and we are focused on improving from the Lightning performance.

“We will look in-depth at the last time we played against Thunder because we know they are an elite side.”

The two teams last met at the Ricoh Arena in April, when Wasps edged a thrilling encounter 64-60, and netball director Tamsin Greenway is looking for her team to produce an immediate reaction to last week’s defeat.

“Thunder will look at what Loughborough did and try to replicate that,” she said.

“It was a really close game when we last played them and we know it will be again, especially with their fans behind them.

“We will be looking at what went wrong against Lightning and fixing those issues. We have to go to Manchester with more fire in our bellies.

“The next few weeks are going to be really interesting. There will be some real crunch games with the top four teams playing each other.

“We only need a couple of wins to cement a top four place and I’m confident we can do that.”

After trips to Manchester, Celtic Dragons and Team Bath, Wasps’ final home game of the season brings benecosMavericks to Coventry on Monday, June 18 (7pm centre-pass).

Tickets are available from www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets.

The race to reach the Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final is heating up – don’t miss out on the season-ending spectacular and get your tickets now!