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Katie Harris prepares for first return to Storm

Wasps Netball’s Katie Harris is ready for an “emotional” return to the club she called home for eight years.

The Black and Golds have started the Vitality Netball Superleague season with back-to-back wins and will look to continue their unbeaten start when they travel to Surrey Storm on Saturday 2 February (6pm centre-pass).

Harris joined Wasps from Storm last summer and has started both games at goal attack this season.

She has re-formed her partnership with Rachel Dunn, who she played with during her time at Surrey, and says she is already improving with the guidance of her new coaches and teammates.

“It’s going to be quite emotional for me going back to Storm,” said Harris.

“I have some great memories of my time there and I’m still good friends with everyone there, but my focus is completely on Wasps now and those friendships will be put to one side when we’re out on court.

“I’m really enjoying my time at Wasps so far, my teammates have been very supportive since I arrived. I feel like I’ve improved as a player already, especially on the technical side of my game.

“It’s been great playing with Rachel Dunn again too. We know we need to make that combination the best it can possibly be, so that is a big focus for us every week in training.”

Storm travelled to Team Bath and secured their first Superleague win under new director of netball Mikki Austin last weekend.

Wasps currently sit top of the table on goal difference and are one of only two undefeated teams remaining.

The fixture will also mark the third contest of the Tom Reseigh Trophy, which honours the former Storm team manager who passed away in October 2016 following a long battle with cancer.

“The match is in memory of Tom Reseigh, which is really important to a lot of us and is a great recognition of everything he did for the game,” added Harris.

“It’s a period of change at Storm but Mikki Austin has done well to assemble a talented squad there, who achieved a huge win against Bath.

“We know it will be a big challenge and they always have a great crowd at Storm too.

“We have worked really hard in pre-season and we’re starting to see results on the court, but we know we have a lot of work to do, with the league being so strong from top to bottom this year.”

Wasps Netball return to Ricoh Arena to take on Saracens Mavericks on Monday 11 February (7pm centre-pass).

Season Memberships are now on sale, and individual tickets for the first six home Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures of the 2019 season are also available.

Visit www.waspsnetball.co.uk for more information.

Tickets are also now available for the Vitality Netball Superleague Big Easter Weekend!

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Stars aiming to secure first away points

Severn Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, says her team wants to prove they can perform away from home, as the players prepare to face Team Bath on the road.

Stars are looking to follow up their impressive victory against Celtic Dragons in their first home game of the season with a win away in Bath on Friday (February 1, 7.30pm).

Despite some close results in the first two rounds of the Vitality Netball Superleague away from home, Stars are still chasing their first away points of the season.

“The win last week was well deserved for the squad, but we do want to show that we can perform away from home as well,” said Bird.  “We have had a good hard week at training and the connections between the players are improving each week.”

Bird is anticipating a significant challenge at the Team Bath Arena against last year’s fourth placed team, who have two wins under their belts already this season, but lost on Monday to Surrey Storm.

“We are looking forward to playing Bath,” she said.  “They had a surprise loss to Surrey Storm on Monday night so they will be looking to rectify those errors against us.”

Stars were inspired to victory by Captain Maryka Holtzhausen’s return from international duty when they took on Welsh side Dragons last week.

Extending their lead in every quarter of the match, the team, which is a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire, finished the tie 57-40 winners.

“It was great to get a home win, but there is still more to improve on,” said Bird.  “The table shows that everyone has now won a match and that there are no easy games in the Superleague this year. I was pleased with the starting seven, but also the changes that we made worked well. In our third season I think we finally have a strong bench with which to make tactical changes.”

For tickets to Stars’ next home game, at the University of Worcester Arena, against Manchester Thunder on February 9 (6pm), visit www.ticketline.co.uk/netball-superleague-severn-stars#bio.

Tickets are also now available for the Vitality Netball Superleague Big Easter Weekend!

Make sure you’re following the Vitality Netball Superleague on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

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