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Team Bath deliver early Christmas present

The annual Blue and Gold tri-tournament – taking place at the Team Bath Arena on Saturday 15 December – will, for a second successive year, be broadcast to a national audience on the BBC Sport website and app.

The full event, which sees an exciting new-look Team Bath squad take on benecosMavericks and Surrey Storm, will then be available to watch in full on the BBC iPlayer for the following 30 days.

Team Bath Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby said: “It is fantastic to be working with the BBC again to provide netball with such a great platform ahead of what is sure to be a memorable 2019.

“Not only do we have what looks set to be an ultra-competitive Vitality Superleague season to look forward to in the New Year but there is the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, which is also being shown live on BBC Sport.

“The tri-tournament is an important stage of our pre-season preparations, giving us a final opportunity to try out combinations in a competitive match-day environment against top-quality opposition before the Superleague begins in January.

The tri-tournament, which gets under way at 2pm, will be a first run-out at the Team Bath Arena in four years for England superstar Serena Guthrie following her high-profile return to the Blue & Gold after a stellar spell in New Zealand and Australia.

She will be joined on court by fellow Commonwealth Games champion Eboni Usoro-Brown, one of a number of experienced senior players in the squad along with Mia Ritchie and Rachel Shaw.

Summer Artman, Laura Rudland and Amanda Varey are back in Blue & Gold after spells away, while it is a first opportunity for Wales international Leila Thomas and Australian duo Beryl Friday and Kim Commane to experience playing in front of the Team Bath crowd.

Completing the Sitec-sponsored squad are the exciting young talents of Imogen Allison, Chartie Curtis, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Abi Robson.

There will be some familiar faces amongst the opposition on Saturday, with Mavericks including the Corbin sisters – Kadeen and Sasha – in their squad along with University of Bath Natural Sciences student Tash Pavelin, who is on a year-long placement.

University of Bath graduates Nicole Humphreys and Yasmin Parsons, both of whom have played in Superleague for the Blue & Gold, are in the Surrey Storm squad.

Doors open at 1pm on Saturday and the BBC coverage, featuring Jennie Gow as lead commentator, begins at 1.55pm. Team Bath face Storm in the opening match at 2pm, then Storm take on Mavericks at 3.15pm before an action-packed afternoon concludes with the Blue & Gold against Mavericks at 4.30pm.

The live stream will be available by clicking here.

Remaining tickets for the tri-tournament are available at netball.teambath.com along with tickets for the 2019 Superleague and a new range of merchandise.

Tri-tournament squads for Saturday

Team Bath Netball: Imogen Allison, Summer Artman, Kim Commane, Chartie Curtis, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Beryl Friday, Serena Guthrie, Abi Robson, Mia Ritchie, Laura Rudland, Rachel Shaw, Leila Thomas, Eboni Usoro-Brown, Amanda Varey.

benecosMavericks: Karyn Bailey, Steph Collard, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Beth Ecuyer Dale, George Fisher, Georgia Lees, Lindsay Keable, Gabby Marshall, Dani McFarlane, Lauren Nicholls, Tash Pavelin.

Surrey Storm: Mikki Austin, Sigi Burger, Jessica Dale, Rhea Dixon, Leah Goss, Emily Gulvin, Yasmin Hodge England, Katy Holland, Nicole Humphreys, Lorraine Koweleska, Laura Morton, Yasmin Parsons, Emily Porter, Alima Priest.

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benecosMavericks head to MK

Director of Netball, Kat Ratnapala, will take benecosMavericks to Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Monday 15th April 2019, to take on new opposition for the club’s annual showcase event.

The new season sees benecosMavericks meet 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague champions Wasps in a clash that is set to be an outstanding match. This game will also have the added interest of seeing the Corbin sisters playing together alongside their fellow Vitality Rose & ex Wasps shooter George Fisher.

Kat Ratnapala said: “I am really excited to bring netball to Marshall Arena and to Milton Keynes in 2019. Having connections to Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, there is a huge population of netballers at both grassroots and performance level.”

Gloria Keech, Franchise Director, said: “We’re really delighted that we have the opportunity to take the Vitality Netball Superleague to a new area giving both existing fans and new ones the opportunity to experience the action and also giving us the opportunity to showcase netball in the Marshall Arena, another new venue for benecosMavericks.”

Make sure you grab your tickets early and join us at this new venue for netball and enjoy a top class Vitality Netball Superleague spectacle – buy your tickets here!

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British Fast5 All-Stars Championship results

Played in front of a packed Copper Box Arena, the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship featured 12-minute matches, an all-star 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play as the top eight Vitality Netball Superleague teams battled it out for their share of a £100,000 prize fund.

Wasps Netball took home the title as they beat benecosMavericks 42-32 in a captivating final game.

It was the perfect ending to an action-packed day, with MVP Rachel Dunn playing a pivotal part in Wasps’ victory and making particularly good use of the double-point power plays throughout their games.

Wasps scored a combined 123 points in their three matches prior to the final and continued to score regularly in the showpiece, beating benecosMavericks to claim the £25,000 winner’s prize.

Speaking post-match, Dunn said: “Thankfully my shooting arm was on fire today. It was great fun and an awesome tournament to be a part of. As the games went on I knew I was shooting well and the other shooters stepped up when needed.

“We knew Mavs were playing really well and shooting really well so we know we had to be better.”

Last year’s winners Loughborough Lightning were knocked out before the semi-finals by Surrey Storm, whose team included defender Sharni Layton who was playing the final event of her career.

The event, which was jam-packed with screaming fans, provided unlimited amounts of entertainment as promised throughout the entire day.

The results of the event were as follows:

Double elimination stage

Loughborough Lightning 19-21 Surrey Storm
Strathclyde Sirens 4-15 Severn Stars
Team Bath 23-18 Manchester Thunder
benecosMavericks 31-41 Wasps Netball
Surrey Storm 12-28 Severn Stars
Team Bath 23-37 Wasps Netball
Loughborough Lightning 32-28 Strathclyde Sirens
Manchester Thunder 22-32 bencosMavericks
Surrey Storm 15-6 Loughborough Lightning
Team Bath 21-47 benecosMavericks

Semi-Finals
Wasps Netball 45-36 Surrey Storm
Severn 8-38 benecosMavericks

The Final
Wasps Netball 42-32 benecosMavericks

Tickets are now on sale for Super 10 – get your squad together and head to the season opener on Saturday 5th January 2019 at Arena Birmingham!

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Teams gear up for British Fast5 All-Stars Championship

Teams are gearing up for this weekend’s British Fast5 All-Stars Championship, where some familiar faces are set to return to court.

A shorter and quicker version of the traditional seven-a-side game, Fast5 gives teams a fast paced, exhilarating 12 minute game format, where teams can boost points with the golden buzzer and five point shots from within the court.

Loughborough Lightning made history as the first ever winners of the competition, scooping a whopping £25,000 prize fund in the process and will be back this year to defend their title.

With new Head Coach Sara Bayman’s team for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season coming together now, her attention will turn towards the side that will aim to lift the trophy once again this weekend.

She said: “This year’s Lightning Fast5 squad is an exciting mixture of youth and experience. Naturally our aim is to defend our title, but Fast5 is about having fun and we’ve got some real crowd pleasers in this team.”

After a stellar four years with the Lightning side, Ugandan powerhouse Peace Proscovia will make her final appearance in purple before her move to Australia, where she will begin training with Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Linking up with Proscovia in the shooting circle is long bomb queen Renske Stoltz, the South African making a welcome return to the competition after being named MVP (most valuable player) 12 months ago.

The teams preparing to compete this Saturday include:

  • Loughborough Lightning
  • Wasps Netball
  • Manchester Thunder
  • Team Bath
  • benecosMavericks
  • Severn Stars
  • Surrey Storm
  • Strathclyde Sirens

Tickets for the event are still available, so why not treat yourselves to a day in the capital to witness all the action unfold live?