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Vitality Netball Superleague: Melissa Bessell delighted with 2022 Severn Stars roster |  Netball News


England Roses technical coach Liana Leota and former Silver Fern Cat Tuivaiti will both appear in court in 2022; Michelle Drayne leaves London Pulse, Katie Harris of Wasps and Summer Artman joins the Bath Netball team

Last update: 10/13/21 5:27 PM

Liana Leota will return for another season at Stars and will be joined by compatriot New Zealand Cat Tuivaiti (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

Severn Stars head coach Melissa Bessell is eager to start with a “powerful squad” as she announces her full roster of 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague.

Bessell combined seasoned players like England technical coach Vitality Roses, Liana Leota, and former Silver Fern, Cat Tuivaiti, alongside emerging young talent.

The head coach secured a number of new signings during the offseason with Katie Harris of Wasps and Nicole Humphries of Surrey Storm.

In addition, Summer Artman has swapped Team Bath Netball for Stars and Michelle Drayne is arriving from London Pulse.

“They are a powerful team and I can’t wait to get started,” Bessell said. “I know the team I have put together is not only exciting, but has caliber, spirit and experience.

“I bring together so many contrasting talents, which means I can choose some amazing, mind-blowing talent while changing the whole dynamic of the game. For me, it’s really exhilarating.

“Every athlete that plays for the Stars this year, I’ve made sure he’s there for a goal and to really make us a great team. I’m proud to have done it.

Severn Stars 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague Team

liana leota Tuivaiti Cat Michelle drayne
Katie harris Nicole humphries Summer artman
Paige Roseau Dee Bolakoro Iman Thomas
Bethan dyke Lucy herdman Issy Eaton
Jane taylor Chloe Carchrie Elisha New

“I have a solid base of people who were there last year, players who have been with me and know me. Then I handpicked the others to add volume and improve as a group.”

Vitality Netball Superleague: Melissa Bessell delighted with 2022 Severn Stars roster |  Netball News

“The fun will start when we get this team together, start experimenting with combinations and watch this team grow and come together into something very special.”

Melissa Bessell

One of the names that will grab the attention of the rest of the league is Tuivaiti, who joined the Severn Stars coaching staff last year but will appear in court in 2022.

The shooter, who has played for the Strathclyde Sirens in the Superleague before and for top New Zealand and Australia teams, is looking forward to the season.

“Being able to come back to the field in the Superleague, this time as a mom, is terrifying and exciting,” said Tuivaiti. “I’ve always liked a challenge and this will be my biggest so far.”

Vitality Netball Superleague: Melissa Bessell delighted with 2022 Severn Stars roster |  Netball News

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Cat Tuivaiti’s tours and films were exceptional when she played for Strathclyde Sirens

Cat Tuivaiti’s tours and films were exceptional when she played for Strathclyde Sirens

Familiar names for Stars fans include shooter Paige Reed, who has stepped down for her fourth season, Fiji international Dee Bolakoro and Iman Thomas.

In midfield Bethan Dyke has re-signed and remains on return following an ACL injury during the 2021 season. Lucy Herdman will also be back for another season.

17-year-old shooter Issy Eaton, who was recently selected to the England Roses Academy squad for 21/22 and U21 Netball Europe teams, is also included in the Stars’ main squad in the Superleague after having been a training partner last season.

Severn Star Squad: Liana Leota, Cat Tuivaiti, Michelle Drayne, Katie Harris, Nicole Humphries, Summer Artman, Paige Reed, Dee Bolakoro, Iman Thomas, Bethan Dyke, Lucy Herdman, Issy Eaton, Jane Taylor, Chloe Carchrie and Elisha New.

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