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Q&A: Sirens’ Claire Maxwell and Cat Tuivaiti

Strathclyde Sirens blazed their trail onto the Vitality Netball Superleague scene two years ago and are out to shake things up in 2019.

They laid down a marker at Super 10 with an impressive 56-38 victory over Surrey Storm before suffering a 55-45 defeat to five-time champions Team Bath in Round 2.

We caught up with Claire Maxwell and Cat Tuivaiti to talk female icons, their thoughts on the team’s strengths and the Vitality Netball World Cup.

Who are your female icons and why?

Claire: I love Serena Williams because I feel like she’s a strong female in the world. She’s very powerful, very dominant and she does it in her own way as well. She’s had some hard press in her life and she’s pushed through and she’s determined and she’s the best in the world at what she does.

Cat: There’s a New Zealand shot putter called Valerie Adams, she’s very successful. I think I admire her a lot because I couldn’t possibly imagine being in a sport where you only had yourself. I think I spend a lot of time leaning on my teammates and management and everyone else. She’s been in a solo sport for so long and been so successful, she’s overcome some pretty big barriers and she’s been the best at her craft for around 10 years so I admire everything about her, she’s pretty incredible.

What do you think your team’s main strengths are?

Claire: We’ve got that grit and determination that’s never short of our game and I think it’s part of our trademark so you know whoever we’re against we’re going to fight for that ball for the full 60 and never give up and I’m really proud that that’s one of our key strengths as a team.

What are your expectations for the team?

Cat: I think I hold learning quite high on the list. I think there are some very young girls coming through and a number of Scottish players which is really good for Scottish netball at the moment with the Vitality Netball World Cup coming up as well. We just want to rock the boat, we want to shake up the competition a little bit – it’s going to happen.

With the Vitality Netball World Cup fast approaching, what impact will this have on the league?

Claire: The league is getting bigger and bigger in terms of the amount of people that are actually watching our sport and taking note of it, which is fantastic. There are so many people who come for the first time and then they love it which they don’t expect to do which I think is such a thing about our sport. Something we can be really proud of is that we take people by surprise with how athletic it is so the audience is growing and growing. I think that’s going to become even more evident at the Vitality Netball World Cup and with so many players bidding for a World Cup place – whether it’s in the England team, ourselves, etc. – you know it’s going to make it one of the best leagues in the world.

Get your tickets for the Vitality Netball Superleague Big Easter Weekend!

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Tickets on sale for Big Easter Weekend

The Vitality Netball Superleague is delighted to introduce a fantastic new addition the Superleague calendar… the Big Easter Weekend!

Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st April, four teams travel to Glasgow with the remaining six taking to the court in Coventry to continue their battle to finish in the top four.

As the season intensifies, and with two games in two days, the make-up of the league could hinge on what happens over the Big Easter Weekend.

With your favourite players taking to the court for a two-day festival of netball prepare to be mesmerised and inspired by the sensational skill and athleticism on display.

Strathclyde Sirens will be hosting London Pulse, Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Day one sees the home side take to the court to face last year’s runners-up Loughborough Lightning followed by league newcomers London Pulse taking on 2014 champions Manchester Thunder.

Day two in Glasgow starts with Sirens taking on London Pulse before Lightning face Thunder.

Wasps get things started in Coventry as they face Surrey Storm and the day finishes with Saracens Mavericks on court against Celtic Dragons.

The second day in Coventry gets underway with Wasps battling against Dragons before Severn Stars’ arrival is marked with a clash against Storm.

The weekend finishes with an eagerly-anticipated clash between Team Bath and Saracens Mavericks.

You can buy tickets for each day or make a saving and enjoy two days of top class netball with our two-day ticket option.

Don’t miss your chance to watch the UK’s best sides take to the court and do battle as the 2019 season draws to a close.

You can buy tickets here!


GLASGOW

Saturday 20th April

14:00 Strathclyde Sirens v Loughborough Lightning

16:00 London Pulse v Manchester Thunder

Sunday 21st April

14:00 Strathclyde Sirens v London Pulse

16:00 Loughborough Lightning v Manchester Thunder

COVENTRY

Saturday 20th April

17:00 Wasps Netball v Surrey Storm

19:00 Saracens Mavericks v Celtic Dragons

Sunday 21th April

14:00 Wasps Netball v Celtic Dragons

16:00 Surrey Storm v Severn Stars

18:00 Team Bath v Saracens Mavericks

 

 

 

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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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Additional hospitality seats on sale for Super 10!

Given the high demand, additional hospitality tickets have been released for Super 10!

The highly anticipated Super 10 will see all 10 teams 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!