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Severn Stars Coach Wants Team to Pick Up Where they Left Off

Severn Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, is determined to ensure her team continue in the positive vein of form they were in when they got their first league win in March.

After more than a month without a match, thanks to a mid-season break for the Commonwealth Games, the Vitality Netball Superleague resumes with Stars travelling north to face Team Northumbria at the Sport Central arena, in Newcastle, this Saturday (April 21, 6pm).

They finished off the first half of the season with an impressive 66-46 away victory against UWS Sirens, their first win of the campaign, having lost by just one goal in the dying seconds on two other agonising occasions.

“It is part of my role to ensure the squad comes together again quickly to repeat the level of performance we did against Sirens,” said Bird. “We are back to business and want to start where we left off, with a convincing strong performance.”

Stars will be hoping to take some inspiration from their returning international players, South Africans Phumza Maweni and Maryka Holtzhausen, and in particular England Roses player Jodie Gibson, whose gold medal, Bird said, had given the squad a boost.

Gibson was part of the squad that triumphed against tournament favourites Australia in a thrilling match on Monday.

“The team have been training well during the break,” said Bird. “We have had a short rest and then resumed training, including friendly matches as part of our preparations for this phase of Superleague season.

“It was great to beat Sirens so convincingly before the break, and the 20 goal win was a result of the hard work we had put in.  The players always knew that they could perform well, but it was good to see it all come together to give that extra belief in what we can do.”

Bird said they were looking forward to the match, but acknowledged the side faced some challenges.

“The travel is always a challenge and made harder still this week as three of our 12 have just returned from Commonwealth Games duties in Australia. But Jodie Gibson winning gold for England is a great boost to our squad and we are all delighted for her.”

Stars, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire, follow the Northumbria match with a home game against Loughborough Lightning, at the University of Worcester Arena, on April 28 at 6pm.

For tickets visit www.severnstars.co.uk.

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VNSL Grand Final tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale for the showpiece event in the Vitality Netball Superleague season as the 2018 Grand Final returns to the capital. Purchase your seats here!

England Netball is delighted to confirm that the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague season will come to a thrilling close at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 7th July.

The London venue has become one of the iconic locations for netball in the country with several Roses internationals and both the 2015 and 2016 Grand Final played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Vitality Netball Superleague General Manager, Ian Holloway said: “The Superleague Grand Final is the pinnacle event on the domestic netball calendar and we are delighted to be returning the event to the Copper Box Arena for 2018.

“The atmosphere in the ‘Box That Rocks’ is always incredible for netball so fans can look forward to another spectacular showdown as the country’s top two teams go head-to-head for the coveted VNSL title once again.”

The format of this year’s finale will see the two winners from the semi-finals on Saturday 30th June battle it out to be crowned 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague champions.

With seven rounds of the 2018 campaign played, the race for a semi-final spot is still wide open.

The 2017 Grand Final showcased the best of netball as Wasps Netball beat Loughborough Lightning in a 55-51 thriller to be crowned champions in their first ever VNSL season.

Stay updated with the latest Vitality Netball Superleague news by downloading the official app and following @NetballSL on Twitter.

#VNSL2018 #BelieveTheHype

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VNSL stars on show at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!

VNSL stars on show at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!

Missing the Vitality Netball Superleague?

Fear not, the 2018 Commonwealth Games are here and lots of your favourite VNSL stars are now hoping to shine for their nations on the Commonwealth stage!

Here’s who to look out for in action on the Gold Coast…


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Michelle Drayne – Northern Ireland


Celtic Dragons

Fern Davies – Wales

Suzy Drane – Wales

Bethan Dyke – Wales

Kyra Jones – Wales

Nia Jones – Wales

Sarah Llewelyn – Wales

Kelly Morgan – Wales

Cara Lea Moseley – Wales

Georgia Rowe – Wales

Leila Thomas – Wales

Amanda Varey – Wales


Loughborough Lightning

Beth Cobden – England

Peace Proscovia – Uganda

Shamera Sterling – Jamaica


Manchester Thunder

Caroline O’Hanlon – Northern Ireland

Joyce Mvula – Malawi


Severn Stars

Jodie Gibson – England

Maryka Holtzhausen – South Africa

Phumza Maweni – South Africa


Surrey Storm

Sigi Burger – South Africa


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Kadeen Corbin – England

Eboni Beckford-Chambers – England

Chelsea Lewis – Wales

Zanele Vimbela – South Africa


Team Northumbria

Hayley Mulheron – Scotland

Loreen Ngwira – Malawi

Lisa Bowman – Northern Ireland


UWS Sirens

Ella Gibbons – Scotland

Claire Brownie – Scotland

Lynsey Gallagher – Scotland

Bethan Goodwin – Scotland

Nicola McCleery – Scotland

Emily Nicholl – Scotland

Samantha Murphy – Scotland

Jo Pettitt – Scotland

Bethany Sutherland – Scotland


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Natalie Haythornthwaite – England

Jade Clarke – England

Renske Stoltz – South Africa


Best of luck to all of our VNSL stars competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!

For details on BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games, check out their schedule.

 

 

 

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Netball at the 2018 School Games

Netball will be included in the national School Games Finals for the first time in 2018!

The multi-sport event, which showcases the most talented school-age athletes, will once again take place at Loughborough University.

Ahead of a particularly exciting 18 months for the sport, with the Netball World Cup on home soil in the summer of 2019, netball is one of five new events and will feature 12 teams competing over three days of competition.

All of the teams are Under-15 squads, with representation from eight Vitality Netball Superleague teams, London Pulse, Yorkshire and home nations Netball Scotland and Netball Northern Ireland.

The competition will feature four stages, the first two will see four groups of three teams playing in single round robins and final positions will determine the groupings for the next stage of the competition.

Stage three will feature three groups of four teams, where groups one and two will be battling for standings to play in placing matches for positions 1-8, whilst group three will be competing for 9-12.

Stage four will be a final placing game for each team to determine the final positions for the competition.

That means a total of 48 games (1,536 minutes of netball) will be played at the 2018 School Games and there is likely to be in excess of 1,500 goals scored!

Tickets are now available for school groups and the general public – so don’t miss out on this thrilling weekend of sport!

This year, the organisers are introducing ‘Team Up’ tickets. These tickets will allow ticket holders to spectate at Cricket, Hockey and Netball throughout the day.

For further information and to purchase tickets, head to the official School Games Finals website.

For more information on the TeamUp initiative between the England and Wales Cricket Boards (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball, head to the official website.