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Wasps Netball's Bongiwe Msomi on Superleague Grand Final: "Nothing to lose"

View into the Wasps Netball huddle (Credit: Clive Jones)
Published: 11 Jun 2017

Bongiwe Msomi has credited teamwork, Tamsin Greenway and trust after Wasps Netball reached the Superleague Grand Final.

The new franchise beat Manchester Thunder 63-48 and now only a Midlands-derby against Loughborough Lightning stands between them and glory.

The mid-courter was visibly delighted with the club's achievements so far in their inaugural season.

Speaking to Sports Gazette, she said: "It's just down to teamwork. 

"I think we were all aware that it was win or we're out of the final. 

"We just wanted to go as hard as we could from the first quarter.

"I think we've been working amazingly well together and I'm really pleased we get to have a chance to play to be champions." 

Wasps beat league leaders Lightning 57-54 on Round 12 but Msomi stressed that the team simply have to focus on doing their best rather than being overly concerned about their opposition. 

She said: "I think at this point we don't really look at the team and worry about the name of the team, we worry about our own performance against their team. 

"So far we've done perfectly well, we just have to go back to the drawing board again and look at what we will have to try and implement on court and just try and do it as a team. 

"I think when we are in sync on the day, anything can happen. 

"So we're going all out because a final is anybody's game - we've got nothing to lose now. 

"It's our first season as Wasps Netball and we can only grow from this. 

"I think at this point every team knows how the other team plays - it's just a matter of going on court, having a plan and then sticking to that plan for 60 minutes." 

Msomi has thrived playing under, and even alongside, Tamsin Greenway in the Superleague. 

And was full of praise for the Wasps supremo and her role in helping the club develop so quickly and successfully. 

She said: "I think Tamsin is just netball herself.

"She's been an amazing coach for us and her stepping on court as well, it's just brilliant. 

"The confidence she gives us as players - I think everyone just steps on court knowing how much they can do because she trusts us and is always there to help on and off the court. 

"We just trust her and what she tells us and then we just go and try and implement it on court. 

"It's been working so far and I'm really excited to see if it's going to work tomorrow as well." 

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