New Year, new season, new team, new players!
London Pulse will make history in 2019 when they become the first Central London-based club to play in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
Ahead of their inaugural campaign, we caught up with captain Ama Agbeze to get her thoughts on starting with Super 10, her team and expectations.
How much are you looking forward to Super 10?
Super 10 is really exciting! You get to see the other teams in one venue, which is great. Pre-season games are all well and good but actually performing at Super 10 means we get to see and play all the other teams on one day. It’s fancy dress too so hopefully the atmosphere will be exciting and vibrant.
How are you feeling about the season as a whole?
Everybody’s ready and on point, it’s just exciting to get things started. There have been a few pre-season games, which gave us all a chance to test the waters but we’re all just really excited now to get into the new season.
What are the London Pulse’s main strengths?
I think we watch each other’s backs and are there for each other as a team, which is important. The diversity within the team is a real strength too I think with the mix of age, skill and experience.
What are your hopes and expectations for the season?
I think we need to take each game as it comes and not look too far ahead in the season. As we’re a new team we still need to gel and get used to new combinations. We want to set our standard on court and to show what our team looks like. Just establishing a good solid team and being consistent are the key things for us right now I think.
You can get tickets to watch all 10 teams in action at the Super 10 season opener here.
London Pulse have announced their squad ahead of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague – their inaugural eason in the competition.
England captain Ama Agbeze headlines the London-based side’s line-up.
Jamaican international Shantal Slater – formerly of Team Bath and Sirens – is another big-name addition for Pulse, along with Malawi’s Loreen Ngwira and youngster Chiara Semple – both of whom featured for Team Northumbria last term.
They will be joined by Manchester Thunder duo Bea Skingsley and Taylor Cullen, former Surrey Storm and Mavericks shooter Ashleigh Neal, and ex-England international Chioma Matthews.
Brie Grierson has also made the switch from Loughborough Lightning, while Fionnuala Toner, Honor De Winton and Frankie Wells are also on board, along with Olivia Tchine, who has climbed through the youth ranks.
London Pulse kick off the 2019 season on Saturday 5th January against Severn Stars – get your squad together and head to Super 10!
London Pulse Squad
|Honor De Winton
Loughborough Lightning and now England Roses captain Ama Agbeze has spoken with Sky Netball about who she thinks will win this year’s Vitality Netball Superleague.
She’s identified her player picks for each side, who she thinks are the surprise package, and ultimately who she thinks will win the title.
You can read Ama’s whole feature on the Sky Sports website, here: http://www.skysports.com/netball/news/12040/10260089/netball-superleague-ama-agbeze-answers-key-questions-about-saturdays-semi-finals
The shortlist is in for the Sky Sports Vitality Netball Superleague Player of the Season and Sky Netball have whittled it down to five of the league’s shining stars.
Loughborough Lightning’s Ama Agbeze, Manchester Thunder’s Sara Bayman, Team Bath’s Karla Mostert, Surrey Storm’s Sophia Candappa and Hertfordshire Mavericks’ Sammy Wallace are all up for the prize.
You can vote for your Player of the Season on the Sky Sports website here: http://www.skysports.com/netball/news/12415/10248613/vote-for-sky-sports-vitality-superleague-player-of-the-season