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Vitality Netball Superleague: Spring showdown at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena | Netball News


Every Spring Showdown game will be live on Sky Sports as all 11 Superleague teams take to court inside Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena; the action starts at 12.30pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Action and Mix with Loughborough Lightning v Surrey Storm

Last update: 04/15/22 12:53

Loughborough Lightning will be one of the first teams to appear in court in Birmingham (Image credit: Loughborough Sport)

Everything you need to know as all 11 Vitality Netball Superleague teams travel to the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham for the ‘Spring Showdown’ on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the two days, 10 matches will take place and each match will be broadcast live on sky sports and streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel for viewers in the UK and Ireland.

Manchester Thunder go into the weekend as the competition’s only unbeaten side, with last year’s champions Loughborough Lightning six points behind them in second in the table.

Anna Stembridge’s Bath Netball team follow in third, with London Pulse occupying the last play-off position.

Devices and coverage

The Spring Showdown marks rounds 13 and 14 of the Vitality Netball Superleague season. After the conclusion of the final game on Sunday, there are only six rounds left of the regular season.

The top four teams will then advance to the play-offs and the 2022 Grand Finals will take place at the Copper Box Arena on June 5.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spring Showdown

Saturday Sunday
1 p.m. Lightning vs. Storm Sky Sports Arena and Mix 12 p.m. Bath against rhinos Sky Sports Action and Mix
2:45 p.m. Rhinos vs. Dragons Sky Sports Arena and Mix 1:45 p.m. Dragons Against Lightning Sky Sports Action and Mix
4:30 p.m. Thunder against Sirens Sky Sports Arena 3:30 p.m. storm against thunder Sky Sports Action and Mix
6:15 p.m. Wasps against pulse Sky Sports Arena 5:15 p.m. Pulse vs. Mavericks Sky Sports Action and Mix
8 p.m. Mav vs. Stars Air sports mix 7 p.m. The stars against the wasps Sky Sports Action and Mix

Get ready for goals galore!

With Proscovia Peace shooting at one end and Mary Cholhok at the other, the Spring Showdown opener on Saturday will be a shooting masterclass.

Together, the two international shooters have scored 1,025 goals in the season so far and hold the top two spots in the Gilbert Golden Shot award bid.

Mary Cholhok has continued to be a prolific shooter in the competition this season

Mary Cholhok has continued to be a prolific shooter in the competition this season

The Gilbert Golden Shot is a distinction awarded to the player who has scored the most goals during the regular season.

The challenge for both groups of defenders will be to stop the ball early and prevent it reaching the edge of the circle.

With 12 rounds already played, Hannah Joseph and Yasmin Parsons have their eyes on the power and should be able to make the most of the accuracy of their respective shooters.

Dam rivals will meet

London Pulse lives up to its potential on paper (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

London Pulse lives up to its potential on paper (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

On Sunday afternoon, London Pulse and Saracens Mavericks will take to the pitch and face off.

Both sides head into the weekend double-headed as they sit fourth and fifth in the table and level on points with Bath above them.

The Mavericks are a team that has suffered play-off angst for a number of seasons, while Pulse are pushing hard for a first top-four finish.

Pulse fans will be eager to see if Funmi Fadoju is fit to be sued. The club announced on April 4 that Fadoju had suffered an injury and was being managed by Pulse and Vitality Roses in England.

The Saracens Mavericks are looking for consistency to reach the play-offs (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

The Saracens Mavericks are looking for consistency to reach the play-offs (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

Meanwhile, Saracens Mavericks fans will want to see Temalisi Fakahokotau in action after his recent arrival from New Zealand.

Elsewhere on the pitch, England head coach Jess Thirlby should enjoy watching how Olivia Tchine takes on Mavericks England defenders Jodie Gibson and Razia Quashie.

Thirlby’s Notebook

Speaking of the England head coach, Thirlby will have this weekend on his diary for a long time and will be looking forward to seeing all 11 Superleague teams in one place.

Following the announcement of Serena Guthrie’s pregnancy and her decision to retire from playing, Thirlby has a lot to think about ahead of the Commonwealth Games this summer.

The competition takes place in the city of Birmingham from July 29 to August 8 and England will be looking to defend the title they won on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Jess Thirlby's England team will begin their Commonwealth Games title defense on July 29

Jess Thirlby’s England team will begin their Commonwealth Games title defense on July 29

For England’s established players this weekend will be a chance to cement their position in Thirlby’s mind, for others it’s a chance to make their case loud and clear in person.

Will we see Sophie Drakeford-Lewis spending time on the wing attack? Will Laura Malcolm gain playing time at the Center? Will Fadoju be in good shape? All these questions will be answered during the two days of action.

The coaches are ready to go

Wasps Netball and Team Bath Netball will be back in action for the first time since their respective head coaches announced they would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Mel Mansfield was named assistant coach ahead of the franchise’s inaugural season in the competition and became head coach in 2019.

Meanwhile, Stembridge will end a two-decade association with Team Bath at the end of this season. She is in her second stint with the franchise as a coach, having also been a player on the pre-winning Super League Super Cup side.

Both coaches’ teams will be eager to deliver for their outgoing head coaches as the rounds go by and putting on a show to a packed house at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham will be the best way to start.

Watch the Vitality Netball Superleague ‘Spring Showdown’ live on Sky Sports this weekend. The action begins with Loughborough Lightning v Surrey Storm at 12.30pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Action and Mix.




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