Hayward and Winterburn relish Trophy triumph with Riders

Leicester Riders are still basking in the glory of their first WBBL title after prevailing in Saturday’s Betty Codona Trophy final.

Kate Oliver took MVP honours with a 20-point haul in the 68-53 success against Sevenoaks Suns as the club avenged last season’s defeat.

 

Dee Hayward was part of that loss and was delighted to help the club to their first piece of silverware.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “Especially after missing out last year – it’s an incredible feeling.

“We’ve come through adversities, Krumesh had surgery on Thursday, we lost Alex (Smith) so we are definitely on the way up.

“We’re an established programme and it’s definitely a step forward for us.

“Everybody hit the floor and contributed which is why we are such a good team.”

Meanwhile Holly Winterburn closed the game with the final nine points of the game to finish with 16 and help seal the victory for the Riders.

“Everyone made plays throughout and I made mine at the end,” she declared.

“Being put into the starting spot and having a bigger role in the team has been good.

The GB junior international also took inspiration from England’s Senior Women achieving a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

“Seeing how well the Women have done in Australia has been inspirational,” added Winterburn.

“It’s great having this success [with Riders] and that is what I want to continue doing in the future and with the National Team.”