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Two England Futures join Stars

Two England U21 and Futures are the latest signings to join the Severn Stars squad.

Experienced Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) players Paige Reed and Halimat Adio say they are ready to hit the ground running and can’t wait to start building good relationships with the rest of the team, which is now in its third VNSL campaign.

The pair both have international experience, having previously represented England in their under 19s and under 21s squads.

Paige Reed was scouted at her school in Gloucester when she was 13 and previously played for Team Bath, but her career highlight to date has been playing for England under 21s against Australia. “I am both nervous and excited about playing for the Severn Stars this year. It’s a great opportunity for me to play with a good bunch of girls and will help me expand my skillset,” said the 21-year-old goal attack. She added: “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court and playing with a new combination of team mates. I want to become a consistent shooter and asset to the Stars and hope I can bring a fun style of play and a bit of banter to the team.”

This will be Halimat’s third VNSL season having already played for Mavericks and Wasps Netball. “I’m excited to see everyone, I know Sam Bird is a really good coach and I believe this squad will help me develop,” said the 20-year-old, who lives in Coventry. “When I do get match play I just bang it out and act like every match is my last. I have a lot of potential and can’t wait to get back on the court. I’m quite a loud character and want to help bring the new team together as a group.”

The pair will be joining fellow athletes Jodie Gibson, Iona Darroch, Lucy Harris, Maryka Holtzhausen, Sam Cook, Cara Lea Moseley, Georgia Rowe and Jodi-Ann Ward on the Severn Stars team, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and University of Gloucestershire.

Severn Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, said: “It is fantastic to have Paige and Halimat join the franchise. Paige is an exciting shooting player and was selected to play for England U21 in the Netball Europe Champs. Halimat is also an England Futures player and a fabulous defender. She has made the move from Wasps this year and forms part of a very strong defending unit for the Club. Both players represent the next generation of young England talent and I’m delighted to have them in our top 10 for this season.”

To check out the Severn Stars fixtures for this season and buy tickets visit www.severnstars.co.uk.

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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Welsh internationals join Stars

Two Welsh internationals are the latest signings to join the Severn Stars’ attacking line-up.

Experienced Superleague shooters Cara Lea Moseley and Georgia Rowe said they were looking forward to seeing what Stars could achieve in its third Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) campaign.

Stars’ Head Coach, Sam Bird, said: “We’re delighted to have Georgia and Cara with us.  Georgia has been improving year on year in the VNSL and is now a hugely effective shooter.  Cara impressed me last year playing for Dragons and Wales.  She is a clear leader on court and plays a smart intelligent game.  Between them they provide two of the tallest shooters in the VNSL and will combine brilliantly with our other shooters in our top 10.”

The pair both have experience in the Vitality Netball Superleague, having previously played for Cardiff-based side Celtic Dragons.

Moseley has more than 50 caps for Wales, competing at both the 2007 and 2011 World Championships and 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The South Wales-born 6ft tall shooter, who can play at either goal shooter or goal attack, combines elite netball with her work as a psychologist and her Psychology PhD studies.

“I am so excited to sign for Stars this season, it’s a great opportunity to join a new franchise and I can’t wait to get started,” said the 31-year-old, who lives in Penarth, near Cardiff.  “I hope I will play some of my best netball yet, and make a really positive contribution to the Stars attack.  I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team and seeing what we can do on court this season.”

South Wales-born Rowe started playing netball at 17 and has represented her country at Under 19 through to Under 21 level, and now plays at senior level.  She represented Wales at the Netball World Cup in 2015 and made this year’s Commonwealth Games squad. 

“I am so excited to be playing for Severn Stars this year, I’m really looking forward to improving my game whilst facing new challenges,” said the 23-year-old, who lives in Newport and also works as an early years practitioner.

“I am looking forward to working hard and becoming a much better and more dominant shooter for my new team.

“I am most looking forward to working alongside a new group of players and coaches and building new friendships and relationships on and off the court.”

This will be the 6ft 5in goal shooter’s fifth year in the Superleague after spells with Dragons and a year at Team Northumbria.

Rowe added: “I think and hope to bring some fun and laughter to this team as well as the obvious answer, height.  I will also bring a positive and open attitude, as well as youth, confidence and fight.”

Moseley and Rowe join Stars’ other signings so far, Jodie Gibson, Iona Darroch, Lucy Harris, Maryka Holtzhausen and Sam Cook.

To check out the Severn Stars fixtures for this season and buy tickets visit www.severnstars.co.uk.

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!

Photo credit: IanLovell.com