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Thunder, Lightning and Bath qualify for British Fast5 All-Stars

Manchester Thunder, Loughborough Lightning and Team Bath have all sealed their place at the 2019 British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship to join defending champions Wasps Netball at the Copper Box Arena, London on Saturday, October 12.

Four more teams will join the quartet in the £100,000 tournament, which returns for its third year in the autumn and will feature the top eight teams from the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague.

Superleague leaders Thunder defeated Strathclyde Sirens on Monday evening to ensure they cannot be edged out of the top eight this season. That win also meant qualification for Team Bath, while Loughborough Lightning beat Saracens Mavericks to guarantee a top-eight finish.

Mavericks themselves are just one win away from qualifying and will be confirmed for the Fast5 All-Stars should the beat London Pulse on Saturday.

Featuring 12-minute matches, an all-star 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play, the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship is an all-action afternoon of non-stop, pulsating netball.

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The 2019 British Fast5 All-Stars Championship will take place 1-6pm on Saturday, October 12 at Copper Box Arena, London.

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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

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Thunder sign Selby-Rickit and Thompson

Manchester Thunder have swooped for two big-name New Zealand players, signing Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and Anna Thompson for their Fast5 All-Star squad.

The duo will be Thunder’s international All-Star players for the tournament, which takes place at the Copperbox on October 13.

Southern Steel defender Selby-Rickit has plenty of experience in the format, having won the Fast5 World Series in 2012 with New Zealand.

The 29-year-old joins Thunder on the back of a title-winning season with Steel in the ANZ Championship.

Meanwhile, Thompson, 32, is set to be a real asset for the Black and Yellows as she is able to play in a number of attacking positions.

She has competed in an impressive five Fast5 International Series for the Silver Ferns and has a decade of experience playing in the New Zealand domestic top-flight, playing a franchise-record 131 times for the Mainland Tactix.

Manchester Thunder head coach Karen Grieg said: “I’m really excited to have both Anna and Te Huinga in our Fast5 squad.

“They both bring great experience to our line-up where between them they have won six gold and a silver at international Fast5 for New Zealand.

“I can’t wait to have them in our training environment and get the ball rolling!”

Greig has picked out the qualities that each player will bring to her side, in the fast-paced. different points format of Fast5.

She added: “Shooting is a critical element of this version of the game and Anna being a long-bomb specialist and plays a bit of basketball, she certainly has it in her locker.

“Te Huinga is an imposing defender and is sure to bolster our defensive unit and look to disrupt the opposition and being strong on rebounds.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Ash Brazill of the Magpies looks to make a pass during round one of the Super Netball match between the Vixens and Magpies at Hisense Arena on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Australian netball star joins Stars for Fast5 Tournament

Severn Stars is delighted to confirm that Australian netball star Ashleigh Brazill will be joining the team as an All-Star player for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship next month.

Brazill plays for Collingwood Magpies in the Australian Suncorp Super Netball League.

“I am very excited to be heading over to England and thank you so much to the Stars for this opportunity,” said the 5ft 7in 28-year-old, who plays at wing defence and centre.

“I can’t wait to put on the Severn Stars uniform; I love the Fast5 game.”

Brazill has been with the Magpies since 2017 and recently confirmed her place in that squad for next season.

Originally from New South Wales, Brazill made her debut in the ANZ Championship for the New South Wales Swifts in 2010, moving two years later to play for West Coast Fever where she played for five seasons.

She has also represented her country, making her Australian Diamonds debut in 2015 and has played in the Australian Fast5 World Series team.

Stars, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire, will be competing at the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box Arena, in London, on October 13.

Run by the Barry Hearn led promotional company Matchroom Sport, the Championship will see eight five-player sides competing in a double elimination group stage for a spot in the semi-finals, with the eventual winners taking home £25,000.

Innovations include a double-point Power Play, 5-point line and 12-minute matches, and allows teams to include two global All-Star players in their squad.

Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, said: “We are delighted to have Ash join us for the Fast5.

“She is a world class mid court player and widely respected as a true professional of the game.

“She is renowned for being a ball winner and made history this year in being the first player to play professional netball and then to play for Australian football team Collingwood AFLW in the netball off-season.”

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