Wasps Netball's Road to the Final

Wasps Netball will take on Manchester Thunder this Saturday in London for the Vitality Netball Superleague crown.

It will be the last of 20 games to be played by the Black and Golds this season, as they seek to secure a historic third successive Vitality Netball Superleague title.

The season started against last year’s Grand Final opponents – and this year’s semi-finalists – Loughborough Lightning, at Super 10 in Birmingham.

It marked Mel Mansfield’s first Superleague match as Head Coach and saw a resounding 30-goal victory, thanks to an impressive third-quarter display.

The third-quarter proved fruitful for Wasps in the back-to-back away victories which followed against London Pulse and Surrey Storm.

Wasps came home to Ricoh Arena for the first time in 2019 to face Saracens Mavericks in March – and it proved to be their sternest test so far.

The Black and Golds were run close and resisted a late Saracens comeback to win by four goals, in a game which saw Sophia Candappa’s first Player of the Match award.

Mansfield’s side reeled off three further successive wins against Celtic Dragons, Team Bath and Strathclyde Sirens.

The seven-game winning run came to an end at the hands of Manchester Thunder on March 6 at Ricoh Arena, but Wasps bounced straight back to beat Severn Stars four days later.

Then came two tight away trips to Loughborough and Manchester, resulting in two losses by just one-goal – as Thunder moved into poll position in the league standings.

But at home on March 31, Wasps sent out a statement victory with a 32-goal margin win over London Pulse.

The Black and Golds would remain unbeaten for the rest of the regular season, including impressive wins against top-four contenders Team Bath and Saracens Mavericks.

The winning run saw the announcement of Sophia Candappa’s pregnancy, and the introduction of Beth Dix into the gameday squad.

Easter Weekend saw Wasps move back to the top of the table, and secure a top-four finish, with two more wins against Storm and Dragons at Ricoh Arena.

Top of the table is where Wasps stayed, eventually leading by six points with back-to-back away victories at Stars and Sirens in Glasgow – as the regular season came to a close.

The Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick was decked out in Black and Gold for the semi-final against Lightning.

A stunning second-half display saw Wasps come away as winners by 20-goals, making their third-successive Superleague Grand Final in the process.

And Mansfield’s side will head to the Copper Box Arena this Saturday (5.30pm centre-pass) for their final game of the season, as they look to make history with a third league title in three seasons.

Limited tickets are available from www.tickets.englandnetball.co.uk.

Wasps Netball 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague Results

Wasps Netball 72-42 Loughborough Lightning (January 5, Arena Birmingham)

London Pulse 50-61 Wasps Netball (January 26, Copper Box Arena)

Surrey Storm 47-70 Wasps Netball (February 2, Surrey Sports Park)

Wasps Netball 54-50 Saracens Mavericks (February 11, Ricoh Arena)

Celtic Dragons 46-58 Wasps Netball (February 18, Sports Wales National Centre)

Team Bath 46-57 Wasps Netball (February 22, Team Bath Arena)

Wasps Netball 61-34 Strathclyde Sirens (March 2, Ricoh Arena)

Wasps Netball 55-64 Manchester Thunder (March 6, Ricoh Arena)

Wasps Netball 54-47 Severn Stars (March 10, Ricoh Arena)

Loughborough Lightning 59-60 Wasps Netball (March 18, Sir David Wallace Arena)

Manchester Thunder 50-49 Wasps Netball (March 23)

Wasps Netball 67-35 London Pulse (March 31, Ricoh Arena)

Wasps Netball 61-46 Team Bath (April 5, Ricoh Arena)

Saracens Mavericks 51-58 Wasps Netball (April 15, MK Arena)

Wasps Netball 76-42 Surrey Storm (April 20, Ricoh Arena)

Wasps Netball 64-48 Celtic Dragons (April 21, Ricoh Arena)

Strathclyde Sirens 41-56 Wasps Netball (April 26, Emirates Arena)

Severn Stars 45-60 Wasps Netball (May 4, University Arena)

SEMI-FINAL: Wasps Netball 74-54 Loughborough Lightning (May 11, Sports and Wellness Hub)