Hannah Knights: That Winning Feeling

The last four seasons have ended with Hannah Knights lifting the Superleague trophy – but the taste of success is far from waning for Wasps Netball’s captain.

Before winning back-to-back league titles in Black and Gold, Hannah secured successive championships with Surrey Storm.

A passionate competitor and leader, she has a desire to win and that was her goal when she arrived at Wasps ahead of the 2016 season.

“It was exciting to be part of something new and to come away with two titles is just unbelievable – you can’t look at our first two seasons as anything other than a huge success,” Hannah said.

“I have quite high expectations of myself and go into everything wanting to win.

“Each final with Wasps has been incredibly tight and we haven’t been unbeaten in either season.

We’ve learned from those defeats and that has put us in good stead for the rest of the season.

“Lifting the trophy never gets old, you play the game for moments like that. It’s an honour because

it represents the work of everyone behind the scenes as well.”

Three titles in a row with Wasps would be an unheralded achievement, a feat never achieved in

the 14 Superleague seasons – all of which Hannah has played in.

“A third domestic title would be right up there with everything I’ve done in the game so far.

“Each season is different and comes with its own difficulties and challenges, and we’ll be doing everything we can to be in that final again.

“I’m still learning and improving as a player after 14 years in the game, which is what drives me to keep playing at the top level.

“It’s great for me to be part of a squad with so much quality, which allows us to play with different combinations. That only helps you develop as a player.”

Her third season at Wasps has seen change at the helm, with Mel Mansfield taking over Head Coach duties.

The pair know each other very well, on and off the court, and Mel’s daughter Katherine was a bridesmaid at Hannah’s wedding.

This year will be the first full season that Hannah plays with Knights on the back of her dress, rather than Reid.

“Mel is already putting her own stamp on things but we have a great culture in the squad, which is something we have maintained since the start,” she said.

“A lot of the squad were at my wedding and it was great to celebrate with them. It really is like a family at Wasps.”

“We have great support from everyone at Ricoh Arena to make it a great match-day experience for us and we always look forward to coming home.”

First published in the Saracens Mavericks match day on 11 February.