Rachel Dunn’s long-bombs inspire Wasps to Fast5 glory at Copper Box
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 13/10/18 6:28pm
Wasps Netball sealed their maiden British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship with a 42-32 victory over benecosMavericks on Saturday.
Rachel Dunn was Wasps’ star as she helped the side emulate their Superleague triumph by taking home the title, the trophy, and the £25,000 winner’s cheque over five hours of action at London’s Copper Box Arena.
Teams are made up of five rather than seven players and shooters have the opportunity to net long-bombs from a five or three-point zone, or they can play it safe for one point under the net.
The golden buzzer also returned, allowing coaches to select a two-minute period in which all points will be doubled, meaning players can put up to 10 points on the scoreboard in just one shot.
In pressure-cooker netball, Wasps defeated Sharni Layton and Surrey Storm 45-37 in an explosive encounter to reach the final, where they were joined by benecosMavericks after they crushed Severn Stars 38-8.
The final was tense and fast-paced with Wasps taking their power play just four minutes into the showpiece with Dunn and Tamsin Moala ripping through the opposition.
Karyn Bailey kept Mavs in contention before taking their power play and Ellie Kelk landed a huge 10-pointer to close the gap before soon levelling at 27-27 with two minutes remaining.
Dunn then took over the show with three massive five point scores, and although Karyn Bailey replied, it wasn’t enough as Wasps closed out victory.
New Wasps head coach Mel Mansfield told Sky Sports: “This competition is a bit different. We’re not under any illusion that the season is going to be like this. It is tough to follow Tamsin Greenway, but it’s all about the girls really. Three newbies today and zero imports, so I’m really proud I stuck with them.”
Stick with us through the off-season as we reflect on the campaign, track the England internationals and the latest player movements ahead of a huge 2019 which will feature another thrilling Superleague season and the Netball World Cup.
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