21st Sep, 2018

Leaders Wasps wary of underdogs

Liam Moakes 9th Mar, 2018

WASPS Netball’s fitness levels will be tested by this weekend’s Vitality Netball Superleague double-header at the Ricoh Arena.

Tamsin Greenway’s team face the challenge of playing two games in the space of three days as they aim to maintain their position at the top of the table.

They take on Team Northumbria on Saturday (7pm) before facing West Midlands rivals Severn Stars on Monday night (7pm).

Wasps have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, with five straight victories including an impressive win last time out against last year’s runners-up Loughborough Lightning.

Wasps beat Saturday’s opponents Team Northumbria twice last season and, like Monday’s opponents Severn Stars, the Newcastle-based outfit are yet to open their account this term.

Wasps have already met Stars this season, running out comfortable 65-44 winners at the University of Worcester Arena last month.

Wasps’ netball director Greenway knows the 72-hour schedule presents her team with a tough endurance test, but believes they are ready for the challenge.

“We’re excited about these two games, being back at home in front of our fans is always a plus and it’s a great opportunity to keep our momentum going,” she said.

“We have to make sure we are on the top of our game because both Northumbria and Stars will be coming here to beat us.

“We have the Commonwealth Games break coming up in a couple of weeks too. That will be an interesting time for us to regroup, recover and look at how we can keep improving.”

Goalkeeper Sam May has been one of Wasps’ star players during the opening five games of the season, starting in every fixture.

“It’s going to be pretty intense,” she said. “But I think that’s what we have to deal with and it’s up to us to just get on with the show.”

To buy tickets visit www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets.

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