Thunder to meet Wasps in Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final next Saturday at 5.15pm on Sky Sports Mix
Last Updated: 12/05/19 10:54am
Karen Greig believes Manchester Thunder’s perfect record against Wasps Netball this season “counts for nothing” ahead of Saturday’s Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final.
Thunder have done the home and away double over back-to-back champions Wasps and will bid for their third championship and first since 2014, when Greig was an assistant coach to Tracey Neville.
Greig, who replaced Dan Ryan as head coach in 2016, led her side to their first victory against Team Bath this season in Saturday’s semi-final.
“Our target is always to make the top four. We get here and take each job at a time,” Greig told Sky Sports.
“We have got a big job to do again this week. We saw Wasps absolutely (come) out of the blocks and put out a really good performance against a strong Loughborough Lightning team so we know they are not going to be a walk over.
“We have beaten them twice this season but as you have seen today that counts for nothing. We are back to 0-0 and we go hard again next weekend.”
Greig captained Thunder to their first Superleague title in 2011 and is proud of the progress her side have made since she was appointed at the helm.
“We have been working hard for this. The last three years have been really tough,” she said.
“We were on a massive re-build in year one and we said at the end of last year this year had to be different. And so far so good.”
The former goal shooter believes a change in game style after losing two of their final three matches of the regular campaign proved pivotal in their victory against Bath’s departing counterpart Jess Thirlby.
“Ultimately we just needed to believe in the process. We have worked really hard these last couple of weeks in training to tweak things a little bit,” Greig said.
“We had lost to them twice previously in the season and we wanted to throw out there something a little different to give them some more questions.
“That came to fruition and the girls did a great job persevering with it.”
92 games, 19 rounds, 10 teams – It all comes down to this! Watch the Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final live on Sky Sports Mix onSaturday, May 18 from 5.15pm. Also, Sky Sports will be showing every game of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in July.