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Australian netball star joins Stars for Fast5 Tournament

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Ash Brazill of the Magpies looks to make a pass during round one of the Super Netball match between the Vixens and Magpies at Hisense Arena on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Severn Stars is delighted to confirm that Australian netball star Ashleigh Brazill will be joining the team as an All-Star player for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship next month.

Brazill plays for Collingwood Magpies in the Australian Suncorp Super Netball League.

“I am very excited to be heading over to England and thank you so much to the Stars for this opportunity,” said the 5ft 7in 28-year-old, who plays at wing defence and centre.

“I can’t wait to put on the Severn Stars uniform; I love the Fast5 game.”

Brazill has been with the Magpies since 2017 and recently confirmed her place in that squad for next season.

Originally from New South Wales, Brazill made her debut in the ANZ Championship for the New South Wales Swifts in 2010, moving two years later to play for West Coast Fever where she played for five seasons.

She has also represented her country, making her Australian Diamonds debut in 2015 and has played in the Australian Fast5 World Series team.

Stars, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire, will be competing at the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box Arena, in London, on October 13.

Run by the Barry Hearn led promotional company Matchroom Sport, the Championship will see eight five-player sides competing in a double elimination group stage for a spot in the semi-finals, with the eventual winners taking home £25,000.

Innovations include a double-point Power Play, 5-point line and 12-minute matches, and allows teams to include two global All-Star players in their squad.

Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, said: “We are delighted to have Ash join us for the Fast5.

“She is a world class mid court player and widely respected as a true professional of the game.

“She is renowned for being a ball winner and made history this year in being the first player to play professional netball and then to play for Australian football team Collingwood AFLW in the netball off-season.”

Image credit: Getty Images

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