British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship returns in October | Netball News

Loughborough Lightning are the defending champions; hosts London Pulse and the league’s newest franchise, Leeds Rhinos, are set to participate for the first time. Each match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on October 30

Last update: 09/27/21 4:32 PM

Loughborough Lightning is the reigning 2021 British Fast5 All-Stars Championship champion

The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship returns on October 30, with eight Vitality Netball Superleague teams competing at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Loughborough Lightning will arrive in London as the defending champion after Jo Harten inspired a stunning championship victory in 2019.

From start to finish, the England international shooter wowed the crowd with her long-range shots and exceptional precision in the five-point zone. She scored all of their 61 points in their 61-35 final victory over the Wasps.

This year Manchester Thunder, Strathclyde Sirens, Saracens Mavericks, Team Bath Netball and Wasps will all challenge Lightning, alongside debutants London Pulse and Leeds Rhinos.

All Vitality Netball Superleague based on Vitality Roses will be available for selection, every match will be live Air sports and the winner of the competition will get a prize of £ 100,000.

“The Rapids will be very enjoyable. It’s always exciting and hectic as a player because it’s a one-day whirlwind,” said Gia Abernethy of Strathclyde Sirens.

“It’s non-stop netball for us and the fans make the competition so unique to watch. It’s about riding the momentum throughout the day and being on the pitch again with each other. the others – I can’t wait! “

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London Pulse’s Funmi Fadoju will make her British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship debut and, like Abernethy, she is eager to step onto the pitch.

“I am so excited to be competing in my first Fast5 All-Stars. This is the first time London Pulse has competed and the whole team is motivated and ready to compete.

“We can’t wait to play this fast and furious competition in front of all of our fans on our home site.”

Meanwhile, Sara Francis-Bayman is also focusing on the defending champions, giving an excellent account of themselves on October 30.

“The Lightning are thrilled to be entering this year’s competition as the defending champions, but they will go into the tournament like there is nothing to lose,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for new players to have time on the pitch and have fun with the team while fighting for some serious cash prizes.”

The format will see teams face off in a double elimination group stage before the semi-finals and final on the evening of October 30.

Matches will last 12 minutes with a 5-point all-star line and Golden Buzzer Power Play.

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