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Vitality Netball Superleague 2021: Round 19 Recap

Action shot during Vitality Super League match between London Pulse and Saracens Mavericks at Copper Box Arena, London, England on 14th June 2021.

The 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season continued over the weekend with five matches across two days at the Copper Box Arena.

The teamwork shown between players, coaches, staff and volunteers helped to get the season up and running with fans able to enjoy every pass, goal and intercept live on Sky Sports. 

Here’s your recap of all the action… 

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Following the postponement of Surrey Storm’s meeting with Wasps, Sunday’s action began with Strathclyde Siren’s 53-34 victory against Celtic Dragons.

Princes Square Player of the Match Gia Abernethy starred in the mid-court as the captain aims to inspire her side to a strong end to a tremendous season.

Saracens Mavericks dispelled the notion that April’s triumph over Team Bath Netball was a fluke as they beat the league leaders again with an incredible performance that yielded a 46-35 win.

Mavericks impressed in defence and attack, with clinical shooter Ine-Mari Venter ultimately claiming the Rengen Player of the Match award.

Atlantic House Player of the Match Funmi Fadoju recorded a remarkable 10 deflections as London Pulse squeezed past Severn Stars 42-40.

The Roses Future stood out in a tight contest as Pulse’s young squad continue to progress in the closing weeks of the season.

Monday night saw the battle for top four take another twist as Saracens Mavericks suffered a damaging 46-33 loss to London Pulse, with Leeds Rhinos’s place in the semi-finals later confirmed.

Pulse seized control in the second quarter and never looked back, with Atlantic House Player of the Match Ash Dekker a creative force in the match.

In a possible semi-final preview, Manchester Thunder completed the double over Loughborough Lightning courtesy of a 60-46 victory.

Computacenter Player of the Match Kerry Almond was dominant at goal-keeper as Thunder established a good lead in the opening quarter built on that score thereafter.

Sky Sports pundit Mikki Austin said: “Kerry Almond today was unbelievable, she was outstanding from minute one, she contested well, she got up for ball and won it cleanly. She constantly changed up what she was doing so she never let the Loughborough shooting circle get settled.”

Watch all of the weekend’s action back on Sky Sports’ YouTube channel!

Head to the Vitality Netball Superleague website for upcoming fixture details.

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