21st Feb, 2019

Wasps can secure top-four spot with a win

Craig Gibbons 15th Jun, 2018

WASPS can ensure a top four finish in the Vitality Netball Superleague when they travel to Bath tonight (Friday).

A win against Team Bath will put them out of reach of benecosMavericks in fifth position and secure a place in the semi-finals for Tamsin Greenway’s side.

The league-leaders will be looking to make it two wins in seven days, after they returned to winning ways against Celtic Dragons in their last fixture.

Wasps had suffered successive defeats prior to the win against Dragons and netball director Greenway says her team have had to adapt to new approaches in the second half of the season.

“There was a lot of doubt from other people about our team over the last two weeks – so it was nice to put that behind us in the win against Dragons,” she said.

“I think we had it all our own way the first half of the season.

“Teams have changed the way they approach playing us and we have had to adapt, but we’re looking in good shape now.

“The reality is that up until two weeks ago we were unbeaten in 12 games so we must have been doing something right.

“People were doubting us but we’re a team and we stick together.

“It’s a long journey and the season is far from finished yet.”

Star centre Jade Clarke was rested for the trip to Celtic Dragons but is expected to return to the squad for Friday’s game.

Bath come into the fixture in fourth position and locked in a battle with benecosMavericks for the final play-off spot.

Greenway, who started her career at Bath as a player, is pleased with the position her team are in at this stage of the season.

“We’ve got nothing to lose going to Bath now,” she said.

“They need to keep winning and unless a major disaster happens we’re going to finish top four now – which is always the aim.

“That will be another season in the semi-finals and another opportunity for Wasps to make history again.

“Bath will be gunning for us. We need that pressure, we need that goal for goal game.

“We need to know what that feels like because that’s what it will be in the semi-finals.”

Wasps’ next home fixture sees them face benecosMavericks on Monday, June 18 (7.00pm centre-pass.

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