24 April 2018
Battle To The Box: Wasps Maintain Perfect Start
The Netball Superleague returned from its mid-season break at the weekend, and Wasps Netball continued their unbeaten start with a 61-44 success over Team Bath.
There were also wins for Manchester Thunder, Severn Stars and reigning British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Champions Loughborough Lightning.
The top seven in the league table at the end of the season will join Lightning at the Copper Box on Saturday, October 13 for the second Fast5 All-Stars, and Superleague leaders Wasps are on course to secure their place in the event.
England Roses Gold medallists Natalie Haythornthwaite and Jade Clark both returned for Wasps, with head coach Tamsin Greenway praising their roles in the win. The Ricoh Arena based side are now perfect in nine matches and face second-placed Manchester Thunder on Friday evening.
Thunder are nine points behind the leaders having played two games fewer and had to work hard for their 62-57 win over Surrey Storm on Saturday. Severn Stars also scored a narrow victory, winning 47-43 away at Team Northumbria while Loughborough Ligntning moved to fourth in the table with a 54-41 success over benecosMavericks.
Tickets for the 2018 British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship are available via www.fast5allstars.co.uk with tickets priced at £20, £30 and £40 with courtside hospitality tickets available at £99. Under 18s receive 50% off tickets, excluding courtside hospitality. Family and group discounts are available.
The inaugural Fast5 All-Stars took place last September, when international all-star Renske Stoltz helped lead Loughborough Lightning to the title and £25,000 first prize. The South African collected the MVP award after taking full advantage of the tournament’s Golden Buzzer Power Play and five-point line to guide Lightning to a pulsating 35-33 success over Team Bath in the final.
The best of British netball will again be showcased by the tournament in 2018. Defending champions Loughborough Lightning will return, to be joined by the top seven teams from the 2018 Netball Superleague.