Teams set for return of Premier League netball

Premier League netball is set to return this weekend as teams begin their 2022/23 campaigns on Sunday 25 September. 

The season will run until the end of March 2023 with the Premier League play-offs taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2023 at the University of Worcester Arena.   

The Premier League, as the top level amateur competition in the country, will be live streaming some of its fixtures for the first time this season. 

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Working in conjunction with live streaming platform Joymo, 15 teams (marked by asterisks in the individual league overviews below) have signed up as part of a pilot to broadcast their home fixtures themselves directly to fans. 

A selection of teams will be starting to stream this weekend with the rest of the 15 teams launching over the upcoming rounds. 

Head to englandnetball.tv to see which games you can watch – these will be free to view this weekend to celebrate the start of the season. 

Here’s the lowdown on Premier League 1, 2 and 3… 

Oldham, whose squad includes Future Roses Berri Neil and Taylor McKevitt, will face stiff competition as they aim to defend their title.

History-makers Charnwood, who became the first side from the East Midlands to win the second division last season, start their maiden campaign away to the reigning champions.

Fellow newly-promoted side Leeds Athletic, with 2021/22 Premier League 2 Player of the Season Rachel Towell in their squad, start at home to YWCA Bury.

Darcy Griffin scooped the Premier League 1 Player of the Season award last campaign after standing out for Academy and has once again signed on with the London-based team. Their opening fixture pits them against Weston Park Blades, who finished fourth last year.

England’s Everitt sisters – Vitality Rose Zara and Roses Academy athlete Darcie – are both registered to play for Hertfordshire outfit Turnford who will want to start on a high as they visit Hucclecote.

New Cambell got the upper hand in both their games against Tameside last season and will be hoping for a repeat result as they go head-to-head in Round One.

2022/23 Premier League 1 teams: Academy, Charnwood*, Hucclecote*, Leeds Athletic*, New Cambell*, Oldham*, Tameside*, Turnford*, Weston Park Blades, YWCA Bury*

Bookmark the Premier League 1 page to track your team’s progress.

All 10 teams will come flying out of the traps as they aim to finish in the table’s top two and win promotion to the highest division in the Premier League pyramid.

Sussex Thunder and Exeter are the league’s newcomers after coming first and second respectively in Premier League 3 last season.

Exeter’s Jade Richards, who scooped the Premier League 3 Player of the Season accolade for the key role she played in her team’s promotion, will be looking to impress once again having made the step up.

Richards’ side travel to Grangetown to start their campaign while Sussex Thunder play host to Linden.

After a tense final weekend in 2021/22 in which they narrowly missed out on promotion by a single point, Cumberland make the trip to Team Bath Toucans in Round One.

Having finished just two points clear of the drop last season, Oaksway will be aiming to start strongly as they travel to Telstars while The Downs play Worcester Reds.

2022/23 Premier League 2 teams: Cumberland*, Exeter, Grangetown*, Linden, Oaksway*, Sussex Thunder, Team Bath Toucans, Telstars, The Downs*, Worcester Reds

Bookmark the Premier League 2 page to track your team’s progress.

Trafford, Northants Storm and Eagles will be looking to make their mark on the competition after winning promotion to Premier League 3 in the play-offs.

Eagles, who were crowned South regional champions and boast three-time Vitality Netball Superleague winner Sophia Candappa in their ranks, have successfully made the step up at the seventh time of asking. Their opening fixture sees them at home to Leyton.

Fellow newly-promoted sides Northants Storm and Trafford face Thoroughbreds and Ryland respectively, while last year’s sixth-place team BSV Billericay welcome TFC Leicester.

After finishing third last season, Norfolk United will be determined to break into the top two this time around. They begin at home to Premier Romans, who were just below them in the final standings in 2021/22.

At the end of the regular season, the bottom three teams from Premier League 3 take part in the play-offs alongside the nine regional league winners to decide who will compete in the division the following season.

2022/23 Premier League 3 teams: BSV Billericay, Eagles*, Leyton, Norfolk United*, Northants Storm, Premier Romans, Ryland, TFC Leicester, Thoroughbreds, Trafford*

Bookmark the Premier League 3 page to track your team’s progress.

To stay up to date with the leagues, including fixtures, results and standings, make sure to visit their official pages on the England Netball website. 

All results received within two hours after the final whistle will be updated on the website by 6pm on Sundays. 

Make sure you’re following England Netball onTwitter for the latest news and updates. 

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