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Where to Watch: Round 9

Round nine of the Netball Super League (NSL) is fast approaching. Find out all the vital information about where to watch and follow the action over the next few days.

After all the action in round eight of the NSL, we now look ahead to round nine, where we can expect to see plenty of grit and determination on the court, with four of the five games featuring local rivalries.

On Friday 12 April fans can watch Team Bath host the LexisNexis Cardiff Dragons on Sky Sports in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’.

And on Saturday 13 April, BBC Sport will be broadcasting as Leeds Rhinos travel to face Manchester Thunder in what is sure to be an intensely fought northern derby.

All the details on how to watch these unmissable matches can be found here, along with how to keep up to date on all the other games across the weekend.

Team Bath v LexisNexis Cardiff Dragons – First Centre Pass at 19:30 Friday 12 April

The Severn Bridge is all that separates the home of Team Bath from the home of visitors, the LexisNexis Cardiff Dragons, and in this ‘Battle of the Bridge’ fans will get to see which of these local rivals will come out on top. Captains Nia Jones and Bethan Dyke are Welsh Feathers teammates and best friends away from the court, but they will be sure to put this to one side for this match up as they both look to lead their teams to victory today.

Team Bath Player to Watch: Team Bath have plenty of shooting options and have rotated these players significantly throughout the season. In their round eight loss against Rhinos, Sloan Burton impressed off the bench, shooting 19 goals at 90% accuracy and helping her team to draw the final quarter. She’ll want to back up this performance with more slick shooting against the Dragons.

LexisNexis Cardiff Dragons Player to Watch: Elle McDonald has made her way back into the Dragons’ starting seven since returning from injury and she continues to add some firepower to their already impressive mid court unit. Connecting seamlessly with wing attack Khanyisa Chawane, they delivered a combined total of 53 circle feeds in round eight. This supply to their shooters will be crucial in Friday’s game if Dragons are to come out with the win.

Where can I watch?

You can watch on Sky Sports YouTube, the first centre pass is at 19:30. Click below to watch:

International viewers can watch on NetballPass here.

Manchester Thunder v Leeds Rhinos – First Centre Pass at 17:00 Saturday 13 April

Another local rivalry comes to our screens on Saturday, with Manchester Thunder hosting Leeds Rhinos. Both teams are riding high in confidence after big wins in round eight, with Thunder delivering an impressive performance in front of a large crowd at the first ever NSL game at the Ovo Arena Wembley. Rhinos also put out a performance to be proud of with a 51-67 win away against Team Bath. With both teams wanting to put out a strong performance and demonstrate the best of netball in the north of England, there are sure to be some feisty battles worth watching across the court.

Manchester Thunder Player to Watch: Elmerè van der Berg was awarded the Experience Kissimmee Player of the Match award in round eight and was also selected in Tamsin Greenway’s Team of the Week in the goal shooter position. She has begun to establish herself as a starting seven player amongst Thunder’s star-studded squad and provides a direct route to goal for Thunder’s attack end. Fans will be treated to her match up against Geva Mentor on Saturday and this will certainly be one to watch!

Leeds Rhinos Player to Watch: Joyce Mvula has certainly grown into her new team after returning to the NSL this season. She has been slowly making her way up the Gilbert Top Scorer leaderboard and now sits in second place on 318 goals, behind the prolific Mary Cholhok. Mvula scored 54 goals at 96% accuracy in Rhinos’ round eight win and Rhinos will be relying on a similar volume if they are to challenge Manchester Thunder with the support of their home crowd on Saturday.

Where can I watch?

You can watch on BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer, the first centre pass is at 17:00. Click here to watch.

International viewers can watch on NetballPass here.

The rest of the round

On top of our broadcast games, there are three more matches taking place this round that you can buy tickets to watch live, or follow the action on X.

Surrey Storm host Strathclyde Sirens at 7:30pm on Friday. Both teams are coming into this game following a couple of consecutive losses and will want to right their wrongs in this game, but who will come out on top?

Loughborough Lightning then travel to Severn Stars on Saturday at 6pm, where fans will be able to watch yet another local rivalry play out. This battle of second versus third in the league table is sure to be an exciting and closely fought battle for fans in the arena to enjoy!

The final derby of the round takes place in London on Monday, when London Pulse face Saracens Mavericks at 7pm. With two young teams providing notable match ups across the court, Mavericks will want to bounce back strongly after their defeat to Thunder in round eight, but London Pulse are sure to have something to say about that!

If you would like to go down to any of this weekend’s games, head over to our tickets page where you will find links to all of the team’s ticket pages.

If you can’t make it to the games, you can keep up to date with all the action with updates at half time and full time on the @NetballSL Twitter account. You can also see all the results from round three as they come in on our fixtures & results page.

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