Jo Harten inspires Loughborough Lightning to British Fast5 All-Stars Championship title

Jo Harten Motivated Loughborough Lightning as they beat Wasps Netball in the final in the Burger Box Arena.

From start to finish the crowd was mesmerised by the England global shooter with her exceptional accuracy along with her long distance shots from the five-point zone.
Harten, who took home the MVP award, scored 40 points throughout their Electricity Play against Wasps from the title-deciding competition. Her work combined with the exceptional defence of Lightning in order to deliver the final success.
That was so much fun, said Harten following the full-time whistle.
I dont ever play with a grin in my face but this type of women have been electrical this whole day. The audience have been electrical what a feeling.
I am 30-years-old now and I feel so rejuvenated. Weve got 18/19-years-old working to get us the ball, gamers and its been team effort. Its been a privilege to pull on the Loughborough purple again.
Lightning, who won the competition flew out of the Double Elimination round with victories over Manchester Thunder, and the side which they would meet in the final.
With the competition format dictating that two successes delivered an automatic place, Lightning had a chance to rest-up before encountering this competitions shock package – Celtic Dragons.
Dragons was a real push under the guidance of head coach Tania Hoffman and were making their debut in the championships.
Their bill was directed by shooter Lucy Herdman with her optimism and array and Herdman game caught the interest.
Dragons had an opportunity to sneak his semi-final against Loughborough, with a three-point shot on the last play 35-33 down it only bobbled the rim off.
Wasps semi-final opponents were Surrey Storm, who proved to be an energetic force in London, as their director of player Mikki Austin and netball passionately drove them.
Even the block to them proved to be Rachel Dunn as the England global found her five-point scope throughout their semi-final which led to the 35-28 scoreline which favoured Wasps.
Both quad and Wasps arent strangers when it comes to encounters in finals, both still vividly remember prior Grand Finals and also this All-Stars shoot-out that is Fast5 delivered.
The tone was set by dunn using a five-pointer before Harten explained,Anything which you could do, I will do too, and the turning point came when Lightning pushed against the Golden Buzzer.
The Power Play, following just minutes, watched them move from 10-5 in front to 40-5 as Hartens masterclass played out.
After the cushion of Loughborough was established that the hard-yards were delivered in defence as Sam May used her understanding of her competitors while Jasmin Odeogberin and Hannah Joseph also stood out to snaffle ball.
Lightning could contain Wasps during their Power Play and confidently marched on to secure their Fast5 All-Stars title in three years area.

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