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Fast5 All-Stars to bring the 2023 season to a close

The Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship returns on Friday following a scintillating season of Netball Super League action.

Loughborough Lightning will enjoy a well-deserved rest after their trophy triumph last weekend as ninth-placed Team Bath step in to join the rest of the top eight.

Squads have been released and tactics are being assessed while some stars gear up to play their final matches of domestic netball.

The rules

Fast5 is a quicker alternative version of netball where eight teams of five play a series of knock-out games lasting 12 minutes until a winner is crowned.

Teams are allowed roll-on, roll-off substitutions and each side are granted a golden buzzer powerplay, where every goal is worth double points for two minutes.

And to add to proceedings, multiple-point shots can be netted from inside and outside the circle, making precision on long-range shots even more important.

Clubs have been able to draft in two players from any other Super League side to bolster their chances of claiming a piece of the £100,000 prize fund.

The first centre pass at the Copper Box Arena will kick things off at 5:30pm and the action does not stop until 10:30pm.

The draw and squads

Fast5 returns after a year hiatus with Bath as the defending champions from 2021.

In the opening game of the competition, Asha Francis’ side have been drawn against Surrey Storm who will be looking to bounce back after missing out on a medal in their 3rd-4th play-off game against Manchester Thunder last weekend.

Super League bronze medallists Thunder, with Lightning shooter Mary Cholhok drafted into their ranks, will take on Strathclyde Sirens who welcome former Fast5 winner Rachel Dunn into their squad.

It’s going to be an emotional goodbye for Sasha Corbin who bids her farewell to Saracens Mavericks. The Hertfordshire-based side face Severn Stars with Rebekah Airey back in the fold.

Netball Super League runners-up London Pulse have linked up with Loughborough’s Emma Thacker and are up against Leeds Rhinos in the first round.

Pulse’s Lindsay Keable plays in her final game for the club while Ellie Bird puts on a Rhinos dress for one last time.

The four winning teams from the first round of fixtures square off against each other for a direct place in the semi-finals.

The losers of those games then face the losing sides from the first round of matches, with the two victors progressing to the semi-finals.

It then all comes down to the final to see who will take home the trophy and top prize of £25,000.

How to watch

The stage is set for a rousing crowd at the Copper Box Arena who will get to witness netball in its fastest form.

Tickets for the final are still on sale and can be bought here.

Fast5 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Youtbe for the UK and Ireland with coverage getting underway on YouTube at 5pm, and 5:30pm on Sky Sports Mix.

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