Teams are gearing up for this weekend’s British Fast5 All-Stars Championship, where some familiar faces are set to return to court.
A shorter and quicker version of the traditional seven-a-side game, Fast5 gives teams a fast paced, exhilarating 12 minute game format, where teams can boost points with the golden buzzer and five point shots from within the court.
Loughborough Lightning made history as the first ever winners of the competition, scooping a whopping £25,000 prize fund in the process and will be back this year to defend their title.
With new Head Coach Sara Bayman’s team for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season coming together now, her attention will turn towards the side that will aim to lift the trophy once again this weekend.
She said: “This year’s Lightning Fast5 squad is an exciting mixture of youth and experience. Naturally our aim is to defend our title, but Fast5 is about having fun and we’ve got some real crowd pleasers in this team.”
After a stellar four years with the Lightning side, Ugandan powerhouse Peace Proscovia will make her final appearance in purple before her move to Australia, where she will begin training with Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Linking up with Proscovia in the shooting circle is long bomb queen Renske Stoltz, the South African making a welcome return to the competition after being named MVP (most valuable player) 12 months ago.
The teams preparing to compete this Saturday include:
- Loughborough Lightning
- Wasps Netball
- Manchester Thunder
- Team Bath
- Severn Stars
- Surrey Storm
- Strathclyde Sirens
Tickets for the event are still available, so why not treat yourselves to a day in the capital to witness all the action unfold live?