Wasps Netball added more silverware to their trophy cabinet after securing their first British Fast5 All-Stars title.
Sharpshooter Rachel Dunn proved the difference maker for Wasps and was named MVP at the Copper Box Arena. Mel Mansfield’s side beat benecosMavericks 42-32 in the final and went through the whole competition unbeaten, in what was Mansfield’s first tournament as Head Coach.
“I’m really proud of the team today and Rachel Dunn was just something else,” said Mansfield. “Rachel has been in this game a long time and you want her in your team, you don’t want to play against her, it’s as simple as that. She delivers when it matters and was phenomenal today.
“Tamsin Moala and Katie Harris supported Rachel really well too, it was a great team performance. “We’ve kept a huge number of our squad together from last season. We had three new players out there today and no all-stars.
“This competition is very different, we know the Superleague season won’t necessarily be like this but it’s a great way to start.”
Wasps opened the tournament with a win against benecosMavericks in the first round – despite falling behind in the early stages. Mavericks raced out to an early 10 point lead, but the black and gold side took advantage of their power play - when goals count double - to turn the game around.
Goal Shooter Dunn registered three back-to-back 10 point shots in the power play to give her team the lead and swing momentum, with Wasps going on to win 41-31.
The Superleague champions overcame Team Bath in their second game to secure their semi-final spot.
Wasps suffered an injury scare when Hannah Knights crashed to the floor mid-way through the game, but she quickly recovered and a well-timed power play was the difference again. Dunn delivered again from long range in key moments and led her team to a 41-31 victory.
The semi-final against Surrey Storm saw Australian netball star Goal Keeper Sharni Layton tasked with keeping Dunn quiet – in what would mark the last time fans would see Layton on a netball court.
But it was Dunn who came out on top in the battle, opening the game with a five pointer on her first attempt and setting a precedent.
Sam May was introduced mid-way through and had an immediate impact, disrupting the Storm shooters, as Wasps battled to a 45-37 win.
Wasps met Mavericks in the final and it was a scrappy opening, with both teams struggling to gain a foothold.
The black-and-golds activated their power play early and Tamsin Moala scored in the final second to put six on the board.
Mavericks used their power play to turn the game on its head, Ellie Kelk scoring two 10 pointers to put her team in front.
A flying intercept from Knights set up a five pointer for Dunn to give Wasps the lead.
A shooting masterclass from Dunn followed for the remainder of the game, putting her team out of sight and winning 42-32 to take the trophy.