REIGNING Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) champions, Manchester Thunder will face 2018 runners-up Loughborough Lightning in what is expected to be one of the classic first round matches in the British Fast5 All-Star draw which was announced today. The competition is a double-elimination style, with two wins guaranteeing a semi-final berth, while two losses eliminates teams from the competition. The four teams which will sit at 1-1 after the two rounds will then face-off for the remaining two spots in the semi-finals.
The All-Star matches features a number of talented international stars, with the likes of Jamaican goal shooter and West Coast Fever star Jhaniele Fowler, England Roses and GIANTS Netball shooter Jo Harten and former Australian Diamonds shooter Erin Bell, all competing in the tournament. Aside from the Thunder-Lightning match, the three other matches see 2019 grand finalists, Wasps Netball taking on Severn Stars, while Team Bath meet Celtic Dragons, and Surrey Storm facing off against Saracens Mavericks.
The games will be shown via Sky Sports and get underway on Saturday, October 12. Keep your eyes out for a full preview later in the week.
British Fast5 All-Star draw:
Wasps Netball v Severn Stars
Manchester Thunder v Loughborough Lightning
Team Bath v Celtic Dragons
Surrey Storm v Saracens Mavericks