Tamsin Moala says every win is crucial as Wasps Netball look to take a big step towards securing a top-four spot in the Vitality Netball Superleague on Monday night.
The Kiwi shooter, who was born in York, joined Wasps this season and has enjoyed increased court-time in recent fixtures.
Wasps travel to Milton Keynes to take on Saracens Mavericks on Monday 15 April (7pm centre-pass).
The Black and Golds currently sit second in the Vitality Netball Superleague and a win on Monday would see Wasps build a nine-point advantage over fifth-place Mavericks.
Moala, who signed for Wasps from Team Northumbria, has been benefiting from the tutelage of fellow shooters Rachel Dunn and Katie Harris this season.
She enjoyed significant court-time against London Pulse and also played a key role in closing out the win against Team Bath last time out.
Moala said: “We had been working hard on delivering a strong performance for a full 60 minutes, so it was nice to execute that against Bath.
“I think that it was a product of having good training and sticking to the game-plan, which will serve us well in the last few games of the season.
“Every game is important now because it’s so tight in the top four you can’t afford to have an off-night at this stage in the season.
“I’ve had some chances to perform in the last few games and every time I get an opportunity to show what I can do I really appreciate it – because we have such a talented squad here at Wasps.
“I really do feel like I’m learning and developing as a player and you can’t help but improve with players around you like Rachel and Katie.”
With five games left to play in the regular season, the race for a top-four finish is on, and Mavericks will be looking to secure an important three points to keep the pressure on the sides above them.
Mavericks suffered a shock defeat last time out against London Pulse and Moala believes they will be determined to bounce back in this fixture.
“The league is really tight at the moment and there are shock losses every week, we know Mavericks will be looking to come back with a strong performance,” she said.
“On any given night every team in this league has the potential to come away as winners - such is the quality of the competition now. You have to bring your A-game to every game.
“I’m really loving it here at Wasps. The team culture here is really strong and it’s a great set-up to be a part of.
“A win on Monday would of course help us in the push for a top-four finish but every game is important now.
“We have got to stay focused on us and keep doing what we can every week in training to achieve our goals come the end of the season.”