Wasps Netball secured a resounding 70-47 win against Surrey Storm to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
Mel Mansfield’s side produced an impressive defensive display in the third-quarter to come away with all three points.
The fixture marked the third annual Tom Reseigh Trophy game, honouring the former Storm Team Manager who passed away in October 2016 following a long battle with cancer.
Mansfield said: “We knew Storm would be confident this evening after their win against Team Bath, so I’m very pleased to score 70 goals and win like we did.
“I asked the girls to play as a team tonight and they did exactly that and we came out fantastically in the third-quarter.
“It’s always good when you make changes like we did at half-time and you see the impact. We have a very strong squad here and we’re seeing the benefits of that.
“For us we want to win every quarter even if we are leading on the scoreboard, and it’s great that we played hard right to the final whistle.”
The hosts enjoyed a quick start, with South African shooter Sigi Burger opening the scoring with the first shot of the game.
Wasps struggled in the early stages with Storm’s composed attacking approach but a brilliant rebound from Josie Huckle switched the momentum to bring her side back within one goal.
A flying interception from Huckle and quick transition through the court to Rachel Dunn brought the Black and Golds level, before another turnover allowed Wasps to take their first lead.
The high-intensity first-quarter came to a close with a flurry of goals for the hosts to tie up the score.
Wasps started the second-quarter strongly, with mid-court duo Jade Clarke and Bongi Msomi linking up well with Rachel Dunn and Katie Harris.
Back-to-back defensive plays from Hannah Knights and Fran Williams pushed the visitors to a four-goal advantage – the first significant lead of the game.
Harris and Dunn continued to put on a shooting clinic, finding space in the circle to give Wasps a five-goal advantage at half-time.
Mansfield made three changes at half-time and saw an immediate impact, with Amy Flanagan producing a great interception.
Wasps took control of the game in the third-quarter, forcing mistakes from Storm’s mid-courters and extending their lead to double figures.
The visitors continued to press and win the ball back regularly, going into the final 15 minutes with a 20-goal advantage.
Storm looked to rally in the final quarter but the league champions matched their intensity to maintain their lead and come away 70-47 winners.
Wasps Netball’s next fixture will see them face Saracens Mavericks at Ricoh Arena on Monday 11 February (7pm centre-pass).
Wasps Netball season tickets and general match tickets are now on sale. For more information go to www.waspsnetball.co.uk
Wasps starting seven: GK Josie Huckle; GD Hannah Knights; WD Fran Williams; C Jade Clarke; WA Bongi Msomi; GA Katie Harris; GS Rachel Dunn
Used substitutes: Sophia Candappa (WA), Amy Flanagan (WD), Sam May (GK), Tamsin Moala (GA)
Storm starting seven: GK Lorraine Kowalenska; GD Katie Hughes; WD Shadine Van Der Merwe; C Mikki Austin; WA Yasmin Parsons; GA Rhea Dixon; GS Sigi Burger