PREVIEW: Experience of last two weeks will benefit later in season - Jade Clarke



Wasps Netball’s Jade Clarke says the last two weeks have been a learning period and the experience will benefit the reigning champions later in the season.


The Black and Golds will host London Pulse on Mother’s Day at Ricoh Arena (4pm centre-pass) – as the reigning champions look to get back to winning ways after consecutive losses by a one-goal margin.


Wasps currently sit in third position in the Vitality Netball Superleague, with league-leaders Manchester Thunder holding a three point advantage.


The battle for a top four spot is in full effect with Saracens Mavericks, Wasps, Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning all locked on 24 points.


Clarke, who has featured in every fixture so far this season for Wasps, said: “It has been a tough learning period for us but it is all part of the season journey.


“I don’t think that any season ever runs perfectly smoothly but we’ve got a squad full of really strong characters and we’re determined to learn from the recent losses.


“We shouldn’t forget the positives and how well we have been playing for large parts of the last few games - we have actually played some of our best netball.


“I love these exciting games and now we’re working hard on how we can close them out under pressure.


“We are looking at each game and seeing what we need to improve – everyone is raring to go on Sunday.


“The goal remains to make it into the play-offs and then you’ve got yourself in the mix for the title.”


London Pulse come into the fixture bottom of the table and without a win since the first round of games.

Wasps came out on top when the two sides last met, winning 61-50 back in round three at the Copper Box Arena – but the Black and Golds did trail early after a fast start from the London-based side.


Clarke added: “It will be really nice to be back in-front of our home crowd. We haven’t played Pulse since round two. They have been pushing teams all season and it will be a good test for us back at home.


“This season’s Superleague is the most competitive I’ve seen it in my career. Any team can beat the other on the day and you have to be at the best.


“Having this kind of competition in the league is perfect in the lead up to the Netball World Cup later this year in Liverpool. Our league is so strong at the moment and every game is played at high intensity.


“I’m sure it will be an exciting game against Pulse and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”


For tickets to Wasps Netball v London Pulse at Ricoh Arena on Sunday 31 March go to www.waspsnetball.co.uk

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