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Leota completes Thunder squad for 2019

Manchester Thunder have signed New Zealand star Liana Leota to complete their 10-strong 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague squad.

The centre-courter will play for the Black and Yellows for a fourth season, after first joining the club in 2015.

The former Silver Fern, 33, has been instrumental in helping Thunder qualify for the play-offs in every one of her seasons with the club.

Her performances have earned her a place on the Vitality Netball Superleague All-Star VII team for the past two years.

“I’m really excited about the season ahead,” Leota said.

“I think we’ve got an awesome team.

“Stay tuned for a big ticket announcement next week.”

Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: “Liana was one of the first players we wanted to secure for next season, her play-making and breath-taking skills show she is one of the best wing attacks in the business.

“Not only that, her experience and leadership skills make her a vital member of the team.

“We are looking forward to seeing what she can do in her fourth season with us.”

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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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?

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Tickets on sale for VNSL Super 10!

Tickets are now available for the highly anticipated Super 10 as all 10 teams will take to the court for the opening weekend of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

There’ll be excitement both on and off the court with fans encouraged to come in fancy dress as their favourite female icons for the event at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday 5 January 2019.

Celtic Dragons will be taking on five-time champions Team Bath Netball to open the new season, which will be followed by a repeat of last season’s Grand Final as Wasps Netball face Loughborough Lightning.

It will then be the first chance for fans to see the new club London Pulse in action as they take to the Vitality Netball Superleague stage to play Severn Stars.

Jodie Gibson, who has signed for Severn Stars for a third season, will be out to impress with the Netball World Cup 2019 on the horizon.

She said: “I am so excited for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season with Severn Stars. 2019 is an exciting year for netball in England and the Super 10 competition is such an exciting event to showcase the talent we have across all teams. It’s always a thrilling day of netball so be sure to get your tickets for the day!”

Strathclyde Sirens, now in their third season, will be up next to battle it out on the opening weekend against Surrey Storm, who have announced Mikki Austin as their new Director of Netball.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kadeen Corbin is set to reunite with Sasha Corbin at benecosMavericks ahead of the new season, following her departure from Team Bath Netball.

The Corbin sisters will go head-to-head with Manchester Thunder in the final fixture of the Super 10 opener.

Kadeen said: “Super 10 is the most exciting place to see all 10 teams in one venue. I’m excited to get the Vitality Netball Superleague started and what a better way than to start altogether. It’s going to be very competitive with all teams out to win first game of the season. We want to see all the colours and support throughout the day. So you know you don’t want to miss out!”

Clubs are still fine-tuning their squads but there has been plenty of off-season movement and announcements with plenty more still to come in the build-up to the opening event of the 2019 season.

Get your squad together and buy your tickets for Super 10 now!