Harten breaks Wasps' hearts, but Mansfield confident for new season - The Coventry Observer

Harten breaks Wasps' hearts, but Mansfield confident for new season

Coventry Editorial 17th Oct, 2019   0

MEL Mansfield was left impressed by her young Wasps players, despite a 61-35 defeat in the British Fast5 All-Stars final in London.

It was the second successive year that the Black and Golds had reached the final of the pre-season tournament at the Copperbox Arena, although they were unable to replicate their 2018 success against a Jo Harten-inspired Loughborough Lightning side.

Beating Surrey Storm and Manchester Thunder en route to the showpiece, Wasps were undone by sharp-shooting England Roses international Harten, who scored all 61 of her side’s points.

Wasps head coach Mansfield said: “It was fantastic to have the group back together and back in black and gold for the first time since the Superleague Grand Final.

“This tournament won’t be a measure of the season ahead, but there are plenty of positives to take away. This really is the start of pre-season for us and we’re working towards the start of the season in February now.

“Jo Harten was simply outstanding in the final – we struggled to limit the ball getting into her and she was electric from the circle edge too.”

Mansfield says she felt vindicated by the performances of her team, after deciding against drafting in players.

“We decided to go with our own all-stars, we didn’t bring anyone in,” she said.

“It was great to be able to give our young guns some time on court too. Beth Dix, Hannah Leighton and Ally Housley all impressed me with their performances and maturity and they all have very bright futures in this sport.”

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Coventry Observer.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Coventry Observer newspaper.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.