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England celebrate their 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal

The 2022 Commonwealth Games finally begin with the opening ceremony on 28 July in Birmingham with netball getting underway the day after when holders England take on Trinidad and Tobago.

England won a dramatic gold medal last time out on the Gold Coast beating Australia in the final, while Jamaica triumphed over New Zealand to claim bronze.

There are a whole host of Vitality Netball Superleague stars in action, so here is everything you need to know ahead of Birmingham 2022.

What is netball?

If you are starting as a complete novice, you have come to the perfect place.

Here is a handy guide to explain all the basic rules of the game:

And Birmingham 2022 have explained how those rules will work for the Games here.

You’ll know your bounce passes from your foul throws in no time.

Which countries are playing?

There will be 12 teams in action at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham with the teams split into two groups.

In Group A is Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Scotland, Wales and Barbados, while Group B is made up of New Zealand, England, Malawi, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago and Northern Ireland.

When is it?

The first match gets underway at 12:00pm BST on Friday 29 July, with group games going on every day until 4 August.

Friday 5 August is when the teams who finished 3rd-6th in their groups battle it out for the classification spots, with, for example, 3rd in Group A playing 3rd in Group B to decide who finishes 5th and 6th.

The next day sees the four semi-finalists battle it out for a place in the gold medal match before Sunday 7 August will see the medals handed out.

The bronze medal match begins at 13:30 before the battle to be named Commonwealth Games champion gets underway at 20:30.

Where can I follow?

If you can get yourself to Birmingham, there are still tickets left here.

In the UK, the BBC will broadcast the Commonwealth Games across TV and radio, but if you miss anything check the VNSL website for daily round-ups of all the best action.

The VNSL social media channels are also the place to be, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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Which VNSL stars are set to feature and when?

All 12 of Scotland’s squad play in the VNSL, with ten Wales and seven England stars playing in the UK. 

Five other countries have VNSL players in their squads, with Wasps’ Gezelle Allison named amongst Jamaica’s reserves.

Here is your comprehensive list of every VNSL star in action and when:

Saturday, August 6

Jamaica vs New Zealand – 9am to 11am

England vs Australia – 2.30pm to 4.30pm

 

Sunday, August 7

Bronze medal match – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Final – 8.30pm to 10.30pm

 

Results so far:

Friday, July 29

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm

England 74  – 22 Trinidad & Tobago

Australia 95 – 18 Barbados

Session – 6pm to 9:30pm

Jamaica 72 – 43 Wales

New Zealand 79 – 20 Northern Ireland

 

Saturday, July 30

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm

Australia 83 – 30 Scotland

England 66 – 41 Malawi

Session – 6pm to 9:30pm

Jamaica 68 – 49 South Africa

New Zealand 53 – 40 Uganda

 

Sunday, July 31

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm

Malawi 54 – 41 Northern Ireland

South Africa 91 – 36 Barbados

Session – 6pm to 9:30pm

Uganda 62 – 28 Trinidad & Tobago

Scotland 42 – 48 Wales

 

Monday, August 1

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm 

Australia 74 – 49 South Africa

Jamaica 103 – 24 Barbados

Session – 6pm – 9.30pm 

England 71 – 27 Northern Ireland

New Zealand 69 – 50 Malawi

 

Tuesday, August 2

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm

Australia 79 – 33 Wales

Jamaica 78 – 34 Scotland

Session – 6pm to 9:30pm

England 56 – 35 Uganda

New Zealand 80 – 24 Trinidad & Tobago

 

Wednesday, August 3

Session – 12pm to 3.30pm

South Africa 69 – 51 Wales

Uganda 63 – 26 Northern Ireland

Session – 6pm to 9:30pm

Scotland 72 – 28 Barbados

Malawi 70-30 Trinidad and Tobago

Thursday, August 4

Session – 9am to 12.30pm

Australia 55 – 57 Jamaica

Wales 60 – 44 Barbados

Session – 2pm to 5.30pm

Trinidad & Tobago 32 – 41 Northern Ireland

Malawi 43 – 56 Uganda

Session – 7pm to 10.30pm

South Africa 65 – 46 Scotland

New Zealand 44 – 54 England

Friday, August 5

Session – 9am to 1pm 

Trinidad and Tobago 63 – 31 Barbados

Scotland 43 – 33 Northern Ireland

Session – 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Malawi 62 – 56 Wales

Uganda 54 – 48 South Africa

 

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