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Vitality Netball Superleague Watch: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka

All ten Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) sides are being represented at the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool this July. When Zimbabwe face Sri Lanka at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, on the opening day, one player who was involved in the 2019 VNSL season will hope to star.

The Lowdown

Zimbabwe will make their World Cup debut when they play Sri Lanka in their opening match on Friday 12th July – they’re the only team in the tournament to be making their first World Cup appearance.

Thirteenth in the world, the Zimbabwe Gems qualified for the World Cup in style, winning all of their matches bar one (against Uganda) at the Regional Qualifier – Africa in August 2018. They’ll be one of four African nations competing at the World Cup, the other teams being South Africa, Malawi and Uganda, meaning Africa has more teams competing in Liverpool than any other INF region.

Sri Lanka, who are currently ranked 18th, first participated at the Netball World Cup in 1963 under the country’s former name of Ceylon. During this tournament, they also claimed their highest finishing position of ninth. They emerged undefeated from the Regional Qualifier – Asia event last year to seal their place in Liverpool, marking their 10th appearance at a World Cup.

VNSL Players Involved

  • Adelaide (Adz) Muskwe (Zimbabwe & Severn Stars)

Adelaide Muskwe, who plays at either goal defence or wing defence, joined Severn Stars for her first season in the Vitality Netball Superleague in 2019. With speed and power in abundance, Muskwe is a hot prospect for the future.

Head-to-Head

With Zimbabwe making their World Cup debut in 2019, this will be the first time that the Gems and Sri Lanka have gone head-to-head in the sport’s pinnacle event.

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