The 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague has started with such a bang, it’s incredible to think that we have already reached the third round of action.
In the latest set of fixtures one team is guaranteed to lose their perfect start to the season whilst enough will pick up their first points of the campaign.
It gets underway on Friday evening as Severn Stars host their first home match of the year. They welcome a Celtic Dragons side who need to respond to a heavy defeat by Sirens at Super Ten.
A tough start to the season has been had by both sides as they currently occupy the bottom two positions in the table. However, the winner of tonight’s game will get a much needed momentum boost.
A double header awaits on Saturday as Manchester Thunder welcome Sirens and Surrey Storm travel to team Northumbria.
The 2016 Superleague runners-up have battled well but lost on both outings so far and they will come up against a team full of confidence after such a dominant display last weekend.
With home advantage Thunder will be keen to notch up their first win but Sirens will be in the mood to spoil the party.
Meanwhile in Newcastle, Northumbria will have their work cut out to stop a rampant Storm who have secured two wins from two.
The side from the north-east pushed Hertfordshire Mavericks close in their opening match before falling away in the second half to lose to Wasps Netball in Round 2.
A Sunday treat will see the aforementioned Wasps take on Mavericks in a first ever home match at the Ricoh Arena.
It is expected to be a titanic battle with both teams strongly pushing for a spot in the top positions and qualification for the Final Four.
An unblemished record is to be defended by Wasps while Mavericks are looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat to Team Bath at Super Ten.
Monday Night Netball returns to Sky Sports as Round 3 comes to a close and it promises to be a cracker.
Two teams will take to the court and one will lose their perfect record. Team Bath, the side with the best defensive record so far in 2017, will have to shut out a Loughborough Lightning attack which includes current league top scorer Peace Proscovia.
Whatever happens in Round 3, come Tuesday the table will have a very different look to it as the race continues to reach the top four.
Reserve players for Round 3
Team Northumbria – Victoria Burgess replaces Katarina Cooper
Manchester Thunder – Amy Carter replaces Liana Leota
Sirens – Samantha Murphy & Emily Nicholl replace Savannah Antoine & Fiona Moore-McGrath
Team Bath – Amanda Varey replaces Jess Shaw
Surrey Storm – Katherine Hayes replaces Rhea Dixon
Round 3 fixtures
Friday 3rd March:
Stars v Dragons, 7:30pm
Saturday 4th March:
Thunder v Sirens, 5pm
Northumbria v Storm, 6pm
Sunday 5th March
Wasps v Mavericks, 6pm
Monday 6th March
Bath v Lightning, 7:45pm, LIVE on Sky Sports Mix & Sky Sports 3 from 7:30pm
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