Wasps Netball’s Mel Mansfield believes the Vitality Netball Superleague will be stronger this season – but is confident her side will be up to the challenge.
The two-time league winners begin their 2019 campaign against Loughborough Lightning on Saturday 5 January (centre-pass 1pm).
The fixture is part of Super 10 and will see all ten Superleague teams compete on the same day at Arena Birmingham.
It will mark the start of Wasps’ quest to win an unheralded third successive league title, and if successful, would become the first team in league history to do so.
Mansfield will be entering her first season as a Superleague Head Coach following two seasons as Assistant Coach to Tamsin Greenway.
She says that her team are focusing on improving every day but the initial target has to be a top-four finish.
“The first title was a sweet victory, in year two the pressure was off a bit but at the moment we’re not thinking about a third title,” said Mansfield.
“We are seeing consistent improvements in training and in the last few sessions you can really see connections developing with our new players.
“The league has seen some great players arrive and it will be a challenge, but we know that when we are at our best we will be a quality side.
“We’re really excited about our new goal attacks Tamsin Moala, Katie Harris and Chloe Essam. They all have the ability to challenge for a spot in our starting seven.