As Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters turn their focus from their inaugural WBBL Championship success to vying for a treble via the WBBL Play-Off Final, Helen Naylor has paid tribute to Nottingham Wildcats.
The side from the East Midlands lost out in the first ever WBBL Trophy to Hatters earlier this year and were then pipped to the first WBBL league crown, but Naylor has been quick to praise her main rivals.
“I think the title decider was an excellent game, with tremendous performances from both teams” she said.
“Ending the regular season with the game that decides the league was such an exciting way to finish and definitely the most competitive game so far.
“I think It was an exciting game not only to be a part of as a player, but for the fans and the whole of the WBBL family.
“Both teams came in well prepared and with lots of energy.
“The fact that it was a tough and close game until the final minute showed the quality of Nottingham’s team.
“Emotions were definitely high and from our own perspective, our energy and determination to come out on top never dipped.
“We played together for the full forty minutes and every player contributed coming into the game.
“I think it was the depth of our team that allowed us to come from behind and keep our energy high.
“The atmosphere was also awesome,” continued Naylor.
“But credit to Wildcats as they are a well-coached and very skilful team who battled until the end.
“It was an extremely physically and mentally tough game and we are so happy as a team to have won the first ever WBBL league title.”
With a rest from competitive action over Easter weekend, the versatile forward is now ready to try and complete the sweep – although recognises it will be a tricky assignment to complete.
She stated, “We are looking forward to the Play-Offs now and we are hoping to take home another piece of silverware.
“We know we have lots of hard work and preparation ahead during the next few weeks and we must play our best against some tough teams to come out victorious, but we look forward to the challenge.”