Hatters full of confidence ahead of Play-Off Semi-Final

Four teams enter the weekend knowing victory will secure them a place in the Play-Off Final.

On Sunday, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters hit the road to take on Leicester Riders at Morningside Arena.

“Last weekend’s win was a great boost for us going into the semi-finals,” began Helen Naylor.

“I thought we produced a great team performance and played some really tough defence.

“We were unselfish with the ball and this is something we will need to carry in to this weekend.

“I guess you would say we enter the contest as underdogs and that’s not really a familiar label for us.

“It’s something we will use to fuel our performance and give us some extra motivation.

“We know what we need to do to win and I’m confident we will leave everything on the court in trying to do so.

“Against Leicester it is crucial you limit their fast break opportunities and play smart – particularly against Kate Oliver. She’s key for them.

“We did a good job on her last time we faced them, but we gave up too many easy looks to other players.

“The Riders are deep and have many options; we must stay focused, win the rebounding battle and limit our own mistakes.

“We will work on the necessary adjustments and continue to train hard in practice. Hopefully it will be enough to see us make it to The O2.

“It’s going to be an exciting game.”

Meanwhile, Sevenoaks Suns welcome Nottingham Wildcats to Sevenoaks School Sports Centre in the weekend’s other semi-final showdown.

Despite the absence of injured star Ashley Harris, the visitors will be hoping to extend their remarkable run of form and upset the Championship winners on their own court.

WBBL Fixtures Sunday

Riders v Hatters – 2:00PM

Suns v Wildcats – 3:00PM

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