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Team Bath beat London Pulse on Monday to move into the play-off places Image: Clare Green Photography

The Vitality Netball Superleague heads into a bumper Easter weekend of action, with two full days of netball during the Spring Showdown.

All 11 teams will be on court at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, where matches will also be held at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Round 12 served up more drama, with Team Bath claiming two huge wins while Strathclyde Sirens also picked up an important victory.

It sets up what should be an enthralling double header of netball this Easter, with matches throughout both days. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a minute.

Loughborough Lightning v Surrey Storm – Saturday, 1pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

The Spring Showdown gets underway on Saturday with Loughborough Lightning taking on Surrey Storm.

Lightning will be looking to keep pace with leaders Manchester Thunder in their first of two games over the weekend, while Storm will want to bounce back from a disappointing 66-41 defeat at home to Team Bath in Round 12.

First centre pass is at 1pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube channel.

Leeds Rhinos v Celtic Dragons – Round 13, Saturday, 2.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here 

Leeds Rhinos and Celtic Dragons face off as the games keep coming on Saturday, as both sides look to get back to winning ways following defeats in Round 12.

Rhinos’ hopes of finishing in the top four took a hit with  a 60-44 defeat at home to Strathclyde Sirens, while Dragons went down 55-46 to Saracens Mavericks as they look to stay off the bottom of the table.

First centre pass is at 2.45pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Manchester Thunder v Strathclyde Sirens – Round 13, Saturday, 4.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Action

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

The action continues in Birmingham with undefeated Manchester Thunder taking on Strathclyde Sirens.

Sirens will be full of confidence off the back of their fourth win of the season with victory over Leeds Rhinos.

Thunder meanwhile charged on with a 78-53 win at home to Severn Stars, Joyce Mvula netting 45 goals as Karen Greig’s side remain invincible so far this season.

First centre pass is at 4.30pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Wasps v London Pulse – Round 13, Saturday, 6.15pm – Live on Sky Sports Action

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

The penultimate game of the first day of the Spring Showdown sees Wasps take on London Pulse.

Pulse won the reverse fixture 52-35 at the Copper Box in February and will be looking for a repeat after a disappointing 62-41 defeat to Team Bath in Round 12.


Wasps also tasted defeat in Round 12 to Saracens Mavericks, and will be looking to pick up a fourth win of the season after slipping out of the top eight behind Sirens.

First centre pass is at 6.15pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Saracens Mavericks v Severn Stars – Round 13, Saturday, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports Action

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

Saturday’s final game sees Saracens Mavericks face off against Severn Stars.

Mavericks moved to within goal difference of the play-off spots thanks to back-to-back wins in Rounds 11 and 12 over Wasps and Celtic Dragons, and will hope to keep up their momentum with victory over Stars.

Stars went down to Thunder in Round 12 and will be wanting to avenge their 62-52 defeat in the reverse fixture for their second win of the season.

First centre pass is at 8pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Team Bath Netball v Leeds Rhinos – Round 14, Sunday, 12pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

Day two of the Spring Showdown gets underway at midday with an exciting clash in the race for the top four between Team Bath and Leeds Rhinos.

Bath transformed their fortunes with two wins from two in Round 12 which propelled them to third in the table, with Kimberly Borger netting an impressive 85 goals across the two games.

Rhinos will be playing their second game in two days in what will be a pivotal weekend for their season as they currently sit six points behind Bath in the standings.

First centre pass is at 12pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Celtic Dragons v Loughborough Lightning – Round 14, Sunday, 1.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

Sunday then sees Celtic Dragons take on Loughborough Lightning.

Both sides will be playing their second game of the weekend, as both sides look to close the gap at their respective ends of the table.

Lightning have lost just once this season, 66-61 to Thunder, and will want to keep the pressure on the leaders, while Dragons will be looking to close the gap to eighth-placed Sirens with what would be their second win of the season.

First centre pass is at 1.45pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder – Round 14, Sunday, 3.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

The third game of the afternoon pits Surrey Storm against Manchester Thunder.

Storm have been much improved this season with Superleague top-scorer Peace Proscovia firing them to six wins so far this season.

It puts them just outside the top four but they will face their toughest challenge yet against Manchester Thunder.

Thunder have scored over 100 goals more than next-best Loughborough Lightning, so Storm will be have to be strong defensively to get a positive result.

First centre pass is at 3.30pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

London Pulse v Saracens Mavericks – Round 14, Sunday, 5.15pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

The top four race hots up with the penultimate game of the Spring Showdown as London Pulse come up against Saracens Mavericks.

The two sides go into the Showdown tied on points in fourth and fifth and a win for either side could be crucial to their end of season fortunes.

First centre pass is at 5.15pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

Severn Stars v Wasps – Round 14, Sunday, 7pm – Live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

UK viewers can watch via the Sky Sports YouTube channel here

The Spring Showdown comes to a close with the tenth and final game on Sunday evening as Severn Stars play Wasps.

Both sides know the game represents a huge chance to claim an important victory as they look to climb into the top eight.

First centre pass is at 7pm with highlights available on the VNSL YouTube Channel.

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